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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983231354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983231356
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,523,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chase W. Beck on September 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
After the first few pages I was hooked. I received the book in electronic format early on Labor Day. I read a few pages, expecting to then move on to something else, something recreational, like enjoying the sun and weather outside, or perhaps catching-up on a little school work. I didn't go outside that day, and I didn't do any school work. No, instead I found myself glued to the computer screen. eagerly scrolling the mouse wheel to see what happened next. I'm a Luddite when it comes to literature. I prefer the printed work, in book for, when it comes to reading. On a few occasions, I have attempted to read electronic books and met with little success. Eventually, I accepted that an ebook reader, such as the Kindle might be what I need. Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly captured my attention and I read the entire thing, on a computer screen. That's no small feat for me. Even though I am an avid reader, It often takes me days, if not weeks to finish a book. I had no trouble finishing Detwiller's book. His writing style is simple and engaging, neither overly flowery or distractingly spartan. It flowed, without drawing attention to itself.

The story is interesting and fun. There are various references to Delta Green lore and scenarios although, I have never read any of the other fiction and found it easy enough to follow along. I would recommend this story for fans of Delta Green and for fans of fiction involving vast government conspiracies and aliens. It's a Lovecraftian work but builds upon themes established in Delta Green RPG's so if you're not familiar with those then you might not enjoy it as much as I did.
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An entertaining book if you're well acquainted with the Delta Green universe, and it was good to see some of these characters again - it's hard to believe it's been more than a decade since Tynes' The Rules of Engagement - but the book itself feels less like a novel and more like a 200-page justification for a new Delta Green edition.

The plot itself is very much a rushed mess, and its initial central mystery could have made a much better, longer novel in better hands. As it stands, things happen too quickly in the book with no apparent rhyme or reason, with some events occurring almost because a keeper needs to get his players moving and not because they necessarily make any plot sense.

If you're not into Delta Green, chances are this will feel like a gorier Michael Bay movie. Recommended only for people familiar with the setting, and preferably the previous novels as well.
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Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly is an interesting beast. For those in the know who have read other Delta Green books it is almost required reading. It makes me itching for more, for a new source book and for more stories. For those who've never heard of Delta Green on the other hand it is probably impossibly puzzling and strange. Through a Glass, Darkly makes no apologies for drawing on a decade and a half or more of Delta Green lore and weaving together plot threads from a variety of sources, including previously released novels and short stories as well as gaming supplements. It gives us a wild ride, and a terrifying insight into the activities of the darker sides of the Delta Green universe as well as that of Delta Green itself.

So in short, if you know what a green box is, or you have heard of the horrors of Groversville, or if NRO DELTA scares you, or if you sincerely think A-Cell are utter soulless bastards, then this book is for you. If you don't, well, Project GARNET will soon clear things up.
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Delta Green. Simply one of the BEST things to happen to the Mythos since....well, H.P. himself. The stories are engaging and full of action, the mixing of historical fact with Mythos 'weird' is entertaining, and the amount of story you get for the cost of this book is a huge value.

Definitely recommended for fans of the Mythos.
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Each chapter is a piece of the puzzle that makes up the plot of this book. It's a fun read, but not for someone looking for a straight and simple narrative. Who's on who's side? Which side is controlled by whom (or what)? Are we rooting for the right slightly-insane character or is that other lunatic gonna be the real hero?

I guess it's easier to just say that the book is Delta Green, through and through. And that I like it that way.
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I am a big fan of Lovecraft and have played and run Call of Cthulhu. However, I have never played DG, or even read the rulebook. Having read this book, I wish I had. Although I enjoyed the book very much, I know there were a lot of things I was missing because I am not familiar with the DG setting. (It was near the end of the book before I finally realized who the factions were.)

That said, you do not have to be familiar with DG to enjoy this book. It kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat throughout, never knowing what was going on. The fact that the plot jumps from place to place without any seeming connection raises the tension. (This being DG, there is, of course, actually a connection, but what that connection is develops slowly throughout the book.)
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As other reviews have stated, this novel is not for the uninitiated and builds on nearly two decades of Delta Green's investigations into Conspiracy Horror. Now the narrative finds itself in a murky era between the Trust No One 1990's and the omnipresent creeping totalitarianism of post-9/11 Homeland Security. Delta Green's creators are belatedly dragging the fight against apocalypse kicking and screaming into the New Millenium and few are privy to the shape of things to come.

With this as a backdrop, this novel comes off as a bit too short. It feels too bare bones and not fleshed out enough. The settings need more description; the characters need more development. Some events occur out of the blue, when they could clearly have used more buildup and less shock-value. Perhaps a lot of these holes will be filled by future short stories, scenarios and so forth. The Author is known for playing his cards a bit too close to the chest for comfort.

Ultimately the book meets it's stated purpose, providing a tantalizing glimpse into the inevitable changes to come. Those looking for a stand-alone work of fiction would be better satisfied reading the author's heartwarming exploration of Man-Goat love serialized in his seminal work on Goat-Ball Licking entitled "The Sense of the Slight of Hand Man". That work features graphic and explicit scenes of Men, Men From Leng, Goats, Goat-related entities, and Moon Beasts indulging in the love that knows no shame.
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