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Wing Commander: The Novel (Movie Universe, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 1999


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment (February 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061059854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061059858
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Telep earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Central Florida, where he now teaches English. Mr. Telep is a recipient of the prestigious John Steinbeck Award for fiction and has written a number of science fiction and fantasy novels, including Descent (based on the popular computer game), the Squire Trilogy, and the Space: Above and Beyond books.

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The insight into the Characters emotions at certain points were also good.
Brad
Of course, the writing also shines - anyone familiar with Peter Telep's previous books (Space: Above and Beyond, Descent) knows he can tell a great war story.
Ben Lesnick (loaf@wcnews.com)
Much better than the movie, really fun to read, really enjoyable, and not tiring at all!
Andre D. Ribeiro

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben Lesnick (loaf@wcnews.com) on January 31, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The WC universe has finally found itself an author who respects the source material and who can also tell one hell of a story - and the fan's have never had it so good. While Baen's Wing Commander novels usually cause the more fanatical WingNuts headaches with their continuity errors, this movie adaptation does just the opposite; it actually takes time to explain such problems caused by the movie's script! (according to the movies producers they `ignored' much of the original material - thank Sivar Peter Telep didn't). Of course, the writing also shines - anyone familiar with Peter Telep's previous books (Space: Above and Beyond, Descent) knows he can tell a great war story. I'm eagerly looking forward to the second book in the series, so we can see what the author can do without having to base everything around a movie script!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
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I have never read or known anything about the Wing Commander universe until I saw the movie which left me eagerly awaiting to learn more. After reading thso novel, I felt full again. Now to preamble this review, it is generally that the novel of the movie far exceeds it and it is true once again of the work of Peter Telep. I can understand that any fanatic finds fault with incoming authors so it's best that I am bringing a completely new point of view coming here, leaving alone Chris Robert's movie script and concentrating on the storytelling of the author. Peter Telep's, work, I find to be inspired and driving as he easily dramatizes war with the decrepit and dark events cascading onto people--along with ship hull plating. He meticulously constructs his characters with each their own sorrow past, reflections of wars long ago, and then drives in the conscious rendering of how each person copes with his or her situation in the present. Each finds their own avenue of choice. Although the book remains albeit of dynamic story telling, (seeing the enemy Kilrathi's point of view is quite refreshing and all the time gives you a bigger broad of what it was like for them) Telep continuously paints out the emotions and actions on a level most efficient with war. Feeling that both sides of the battle, Confederation and Kilrathi, both suffer the same kind of agony, pain, and vengeance, Telep drives in the heart of his version of Wing Commander. Aside from the characters, the plot moves undulating with brilliant battles and scenes alive, although the landscape of space was not as unique or detailed as some Sci-Fi authors. Telep can find interesting ways of rewording the destruction of Dralthi fighters or Rapiers so that the story doesn't feel repetitive.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SX Glory (sxglory@yahoo.com) on March 15, 1999
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Telep writes a well-paced novel, that is one of the most pleasant novels I've read this year. Readers are treated to a good degree of depth to the characters, more drama, a history to their plight, and can read scenes edited out of the film. As such, this work offers more than the film could, and is certainly a work any science-fiction reader should well add to their reading list. Telep's use of resources and his respect for other Wing Commander works and the fans, has allowed him to create a novel, that stays true to the spirit of "Wing Commander". And at the same time, you need not know what "Wing Commander" is to enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre D. Ribeiro on August 30, 2006
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Before I ever knew about this book I saw the Movie Wing Commander, and I was a little disapointed with it. I was expecting more, and there was a lot of potential for this story to becoma something like Star Trek or even Star Wars. But unfortunately it wasn't. Then I found out about this book, bought it and read it. And it was EXCELENT! Much better than the movie, really fun to read, really enjoyable, and not tiring at all! Great action, great story, great characters. Too bad PETER TELEP wasn't envited to write the movie script as well. I was really glad I bought it, and I recomend it for all the sci fi fans out there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
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Peter Telep's adaptation of the original screenplay blew the movie out of the stars! I, for one, did enjoy the movie a great deal. However, after reading the novel, the movie disappoints. While Telep captures the essence of each charater from the movie incredibly, you'd better hold on to your hats for the twists and turns the novel took that the movie didn't show you! If you didn't like the movie, you'll still like the novel, and if you DID like the movie, you'll LOVE the novel. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1999
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While the movie left a few aspects without explore and anothers that are imposible to show in the silverscreen, the book fills the gaps and add to the plot in the movie. Read the book is something indispensable if you want to understand better the movie. Excelent storytelling and description. An fine addition to the WC novels. I'm already waiting for the sequel, "Pilgrim Stars".
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To review this book, we have firstly to set some constraints/limits: (a). it is written after the script (in time), (b). I have read the book after I have seen the movie. Under the above prism the book is a fair to good transfer of the script to a novel. The scenes that never reached the movie, which are included here, increase the drama, and this is something a book must have. Despite this, the scene of Blair - Gerald duel is completely unjustified and it could be avoided in the book as well. Also, the ending scene com- pletely complexes the reader, it should have been mised and it adds nothing to the plot we have just been narrated, while on the same time is completely alien to the Wing Commander liter- ature (rest of books/games). Despite these two mistakes, in scenes added/subtracted, the plot follows a steady pace, lacking intensity till the middle of the book, while afterwards it starts gal- lopping a little till the climax. The characters are well presented and pictured, while Blair gets the most widening and deepening with all the others just being presented and Admiral Tolwyn's pre- sentation creates just the hints for his two sided self that will be uncovered furthermore to the rest Wing Commander books/games. The book scenes also are placed well, they flow, not fast but steadily, but again here the battles are not as wide as they should (in space) and not as complete as in Forstchen, Lackey, etc books. A good idea is the Kilrathi side that is kept, as in the rest Wing Commander books, but Mr. Telep although a good narrator, focused too much on the script and didn't innovate more scenes to add to his book, to increase the tension and span to the universe.Read more ›
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