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Dead Space: Martyr (Dead Space Series) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011
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About the Author
B.K. Evenson has also published the Aliens franchise novel Aliens: No Exit and the Halo short story "Pariah" in Halo: Evolutions. As Brian Evenson, he is the author of Last Days and The Open Curtain. He has been a finalist for an Edgar Award, a Spinetingler Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, and received and IHG Award. Last Days was chosen by the American Library Association as Best Horror Novel of 2009.
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Top Customer Reviews
This horror novel is Exhibit A of Visceral's careful management of their IP. They hired someone who could actually write, not some hack who spits out something that reads like a video game walkthrough with slightly better vocabulary. Hiring Brian Evenson was a terrific choice. Video game developers take note: when you want to cash in on a novel that your fans will buy, at least take a second to find somebody like this guy, who can actually write.
Martyr is a prequel to the original Dead Space, set hundreds of years before that game. The novel covers the discovery of the original Marker and ultimately gestures towards the beginnings of the Church of Unitology. Michael Altman may not turn out to be quite who you'd expect him to be, given the reverent way you hear his name used in the games and comics, but that's part of what makes this read so much fun. Evenson doesn't deliver some punched-up version of the text logs you read in Dead Space. He's made a unique and interesting story that doesn't insult your intelligence and will surprise you along the way even if you know where it has to end up.
This is a skillfully crafted narrative that is full of paranoid, horrific, violent and gut-wrenching moments. If you're a huge fan of the video game, you'll be reading this to fill in the back-story. You'll be pleasantly surprised to find that it's actually an absorbing read in its own right.
The author, Brian Evenson, is no stranger to horror fiction. Looking at his novels and short stories easily reveal that. As a result, his perturbing style of writing blends well with the macabre universe of Dead Space. After playing through both DS1 and DS2 numerous times, I can honestly say that Evenson takes the gory imagery in the games and perfectly blends them into writing. On top of the gore, Evenson captures the psychological elements that can't be missed when dealing with the Marker. I often found myself nervously thinking about where my mind would go in certain situations of the book, sometimes hours after reading a few chapters. Overall, the writing is fast-paced and very easy to read. However, it retains the feel of a horror novel in that you get that dreadful sense of a downward spiral all the way through, that disconcerting calm before the terrifyingly violent storm you know will inevitably come.
The story follows Michael Altman, the very ironic 'founder' of Unitology (does, "Altman be praised," sound familiar?).Read more ›
But again awesome book, I love how it does the game justice and then some. The best book I have ever read that tied into a video game universe.
DEAD SPACE: MARTYR isn't a prequel per se, since it beings around two hundred years before Isaac Clarke and the Aegis VII Incident. But it does tell a story that pretty much acts as a foundation for both games: the origin of the Church of Unitology, and how Michael Altman became the face of it all.
It begins with the discovery of the mysterious Black Marker on Earth, buried deep beneath the Chicxulub impact crater in Mexico (created by the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs), and continues with conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory. If you've played DEAD SPACE, you'll know that neither games are all that keen on giving up their secrets, and the book is no different. Some of the answers you might be looking for will probably only be hinted at, though the book does a lot to nudge you in the right direction. What's "Convergence"? Why are people "haunted" when they're near a Marker? What's the overall connection between the Marker and the necromorphs?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 1st Dead Space read, but a big Dead Space fan. Can't wait till I read the rest. Play all
3 Dead Space PC games.
Well paced book, entertaining and a good beginning to the mythos of the dead space universe. Any fan of the franchise will love this book.Published 1 month ago by Fsubulldogg
Is a great look to the origins of the Unitology, i used to hate Altman, now i feel very sorry for him, very recommended book for the Dead Space fans ;)Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Short and simple: Great book! A must for fans of the game, ties in well with the story line and gives a back story to the plot. Definite A+Published 2 months ago by John J.
I have to admit, even as a Dead Space fan I wasn't expecting much going into this adaption... but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt R.
Really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it!! I literally read it in one day. Now I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.Published 4 months ago by Patricia Minnich
Very good and well written. Good tale if the beginning if an amazing story. Couldn't have been any better at all.Published 4 months ago
This book tells the origins of Michael Altman the suppose creator of the marker worshiping cult-Unitologist. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Boxcar
The Dead Space franchise is a series of works which I've devoted a good deal of effort to familiarizing myself with. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer