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Starcraft II: Flashpoint [Kindle Edition]

Christie Golden
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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The sinister zerg leader no longer commands her legions of bloodthirsty aliens against the humans of the Koprulu sector, all thanks to the combined courage and tenacity of Jim Raynor, General Horace Warfield, and a mismatched team of Dominion soldiers and outlaw rebels.

Although the queen is no more, Sarah Kerrigan is very much alive. The woman who once controlled countless alien minds in a rampage across the stars has been spirited away by the man who dethroned her. Now Arcturus Mengsk’s Dominion armada is on her heels, roaring for blood. Jim Raynor will need to test his strength, his wit, and his loyalties against impossible odds to protect the woman he loves. StarCraft II: Flashpoint bridges the events that take place in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the upcoming StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Featuring never-before-seen glimpses into Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan’s past, this novel opens a window into a world of passion, action, and adventure.


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About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written more than forty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and several original fantasy novels. An avid player of World of Warcraft, she has written two manga short stories and several novels in that world. Golden lives in Tennessee. She welcomes visitors to her website: ChristieGolden.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2009 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BRAFD9A
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0KTE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! November 10, 2012
By Luna
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What an excellent book for Starcraft fans! For fans of Christie's character driven stories in the Blizzard universes, this is an absolute MUST HAVE! It's got a bit of everything in it: tons of action, adventure, great dialogue, mystery, suspense and heart touching romance!

The story transitions well from the immediate aftermath of Wings of Liberty to set the stage properly for the upcoming Heart of the Swarm expansion set. Many characters, both major and minor, have their motivations and personalities shown in spotlight to create a much more personal journey than has been explored in the previous games. Of course the main characters you would expect make appearances: Jim Raynor, Sarah Kerrigan, Matt Horner, Valerian and Arcturus Mengsk. More importantly, many of the series minor characters are also explored, including Mira Han, Rory Swann, Egon Stettman, and previously unknown members of Raynor's Raiders. The character driven plot gives a much greater sense of a "universe" than Wings of Liberty could on its own, giving the games setting more depth in hindsight.

In my opinion, though, the highlight of the book was not its wonderful, character driven plot to set up Heart of the Swarm, but the tantalizing looks that it gave to the past, concerning the relationship of Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan. The book goes into detail about just what Jim thought upon meeting Kerrigan for the first time (the famous "You pig!" and "Yeah but you were thinkin' it" line), their first date, Jim's deepening feelings for Sarah as she expresses her true emotions and motives.

While I have mentioned many of the character driven elements of the book, that is not to say that it isn't still set in the Starcraft universe!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read March 1, 2013
By Javier
Format:Kindle Edition
You need to be a fan to like it definitelly. It's a little slow at times but overall a great prelude to HOTS (the book basically covers what happened after Jim leaves Char with Kerrigan)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's amazing! November 9, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I'll be honest, I did not expect to enjoy this book. I was afraid it would be a side-story, unimportant. But I was absolutely wrong! Damn, the book is amazing. I have not finished it yet, but what amazes me about it is that it is written very well, the characters talk like they do in the game, and the story is very important, and interesting! It is the key story from two seconds after the ending of Starcraft II, to the beginning of Heart of The Swarm. If you care about the game, buy it. If you like sci-fi, buy it.

Overall, it's amazing (so far)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good SC novel October 27, 2013
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As someone who specifically seeks out video game-related literature (such as Halo, Diablo, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Gears of War, and other series), this is the sort of novel that is only natural for me to come across at some point. It was good, but not particularly amazing or anything -- still, it filled in some gaps on the Starcraft 2 storyline, which was something I appreciated since I like to learn about all the lore behind such games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Overall the writing and the story is good. The author tries to give us a deeper understanding of the main characters motives and feelings.
My only gripe is not about the book itself and isn't directed towards the author. My problem is that during the game, I don't feel like the characters acknowledge the events that happened during the book. During Hiperion mission the dialog between Horner and Valerian pretty much ignores all of what happened on Dead Man's Port. I would have hoped that the writers would pay more attention to these details and gave us a more coherent universe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read February 10, 2013
By P. Kim
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Picks up the story quite well. Not a "classic" by any means, but for the SC2 fan, there's enough to bridge the gap between games. Some big stretches, but hey, it's fiction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! November 12, 2012
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First time reading a Starcraft book and it was great! Makes me wish the next x-pac would come out for SC2 already I buy the games for the story and the multiplayer is a bonus. Thanks for a great book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book with few missed opportunities January 27, 2013
Format:Hardcover
First I would like to lay out my potential biases for-or-against this book. I'm really into Starcraft universe, but mainly through the games and online wiki pages. This is the first book on the Starcraft universe(besides from game manuals) I've read thus far. I do read regularly, but my topics of interest in books were mainly history/politics/philosophy than fictions of any sort. My primary reason for purchasing this book was the new Heart of the Swarm cinematic trailer. After seeing such epic trailer, I really wanted to satisfy the itch to find out just what happened after Wings of Liberty. I figured that the odds are, I would have a decent time reading through this. Worst case I would be reading a total cheeseball of a story about characters I liked, which would still be fun.

Now that I laid out my background, here is my opinion on the book itself. Overall I had a great time reading this book. It gives much needed explanation to make sense of some really lackluster character motivations in WoL.

SPOILER ALERT

For me, the prime example is Valerian. If you played WoL without reading any of the outside canonical materials, his whole motive of "let's cure Kerrigan so I can show people what a great leader I can be" sounds extremely naive to the point of complete foolishness. Why not just use the artifect to weaken her to kill her? Once Golden tell us that Valerian is aware of the prophecy, his plan suddenly makes a whole load of sense. This revelation, along with the rest of first three chapters of the book, IMO, is so necessary that I want to praise Golden and criticize Blizzard. To Golden, thank you for making better sense of the whole messy final arc of WoL. To Blizzard...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
It's my first book that I read in english (not my primary language) and I absolutely loved reading it from the start to the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Dumbovic
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing read
I just wished it to go on. But that is where Starcraft 2 HOTS continue the rest of the story
Published 2 months ago by Tyler Leavitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Package was on time book was bent and damaged.
Published 3 months ago by Robert J. Marques
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but still not enough
The story is great but I think that Narud is quite lame here. If it really is/was the same Duran than before, then his mind suffered a crackdown. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hector Jose Hernandez Reinoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
As a SC fan, i simply loved it. Perfectly fills the gap between the firs and second game expansion pack.
Published 4 months ago by Todor Karanikolov
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 4 months ago by chris leotta
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
Couldn't put it down
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
quick fast read, enjoyable
Published 7 months ago by UpsYourAs
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridges the gap bewteen WOL and HOTS
Fun for any Starcraft fan. It bridges the gap bewteen WOL and HOTS.
Published 8 months ago by Mathieu Parenteau
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I read this book
I'm glad I read this book.

Flashpoint quite cleverly adds in the content between the end of Wings of Liberty and the beginning of Heart of the Swarm. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kyle Huxtable
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More About the Author

Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Golden launched the TSR Ravenloft line in 1991 with her first novel, the highly successful Vampire of the Mists. She is the author of several original fantasy novels, including On Fire's Wings, In Stone's Clasp, and Under Sea's Shadow, the first three in her multi-book fantasy series The Final Dance from LUNA Books.Among Golden's other projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and the well-received StarCraft Dark Templar trilogy, Firstborn, Shadow Hunters, and the forthcoming Twilight. An avid player of Blizzard's MMORPG World of Warcraft, Golden has written several novels in that world (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde) with three more in the works. She has also written two Warcraft manga stories for Tokyopop, I Got What Yule Need and A Warrior Made. Golden lives in Colorado with her husband and two cats.

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