- Hardcover: 327 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; 1st edition (April 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416550844
- ISBN-13: 978-1416550846
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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William C. Dietz is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Halo: The Flood and the Legion of the Damned series. He grew up in the Seattle area, served as a medic with the Navy and the Marines, and graduated from the University of Washington. Dietz worked as a surgical technician, a news writer, a college instructor, a television producer, and a director of public relations for an international telephone company prior to embarking on a full-time writing career. Visit his website at WilliamCDietz.com.
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In this novel, Jim Raynor is a farmer's son on the planet Shiloh. Times are hard because of the War and his parents are barely making a living.
Tom Omer is a friend and classmate of Jim. The two exchange video puzzles.
Hank Harnack is another classmate of Jim's, but they don't like each other. Jim won a fight with Harnack just before they enlisted.
Tychus Findlay is a Staff Sargeant in the Confederacy'd Marine Corps. He is busy selling captured weapons on the blackmarket.
Ark Bennet is the scion of an Old Family. He has just graduated from upper school.
In this story, Jim and Tom join the Marine Corps for the signing bonus. It should cover the taxes for this year. Besides, now their families will not have to feed them.
The new recruits leave Centerville on a bus. Harnack has also joined and is on the same bus. They spend the night in a school gym. When Harnack breaks into line ahead of Jim, Raynor headbutts him and then knees him in the groin.
The new recruits are shipped to Turaxis II on the troopship Hydrus. Several violent criminals on the ship break out of confinement. Harnack hits a convict and a dozen or so decide to take him down.
Raynor grabs a crutch and hits a con who has Harnack in a headlock. Another con pulls the crutch out of his hands and hits him. Jim and Harnack go back to back and stand against the criminals. Afterwards, they become bosom buddies.
Meanwhile, Ark is given a mickey and sold to a Marine Corps recruiter. When he comes to, Ark insists that he was shanghaied. Nonetheless, he is inducted into the Corps under the name Ryk Kidd and sent to Boot Camp.
Ryk is exposed to the usual irritations as a Boot, but he finds that shooting is a joy. He qualifies as a sniper while in Boot Camp and is sent to the Advance Sniper course. He begins to feel better about himself and welcomes having a role where his actions make a difference.
Tychus has a buyer lined up for some surplus weapons when his captain calls out the Tactical Response Team. They use an enemy dropship on the raid. Then Tychus figures out that his captain has them firing on civilians and decks the officer with his rifle butt.
Tychus gets time in Military Correctional Facility R-156 on Raydin III. He definitely doesn't like the facility or the guards. He does get a bit of revenge on the guard sargeant.
This tale introduces Jim to military theft. Harnack has a ball. And Ryk discovers some disturbing things about his father.
This series is not exactly chronological. This novel is close to the end of the sequence and Jim returns home in the last of the series. This storyline continues in Devils' Due.
Recommended for Dietz fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of armed conflict, military crime, and disillusioned soldiers. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
I really couldn't put it down and I feel like I learned a lot about characters I'm only slightly familiar with.
The only thing I would say is that the abrupt off in the night ending left me hanging a bit more than I'd like, but it did succeed in getting me to buy Devil's Due.
I found myself pleasantly surprised with the story, which was very entertaining, and Dietz's humor frequently made me laugh out loud. Mostly, though, my five-star rating is for hitting the characters spot on and doing justice to their relationships.
I can't wait for the sequel, Devil's Dues!
Now that it is so close, so real, I am watching the pot again, waiting for it to boil. It seems somehow farther off and I need something to satisfy the craving for just a few more weeks. The first single-player storyline, Wings of Liberty, will feature Terran hero Jim Raynor whom we met in the original game. What better way to prepare than to read this book about Jim's early military career and the events that shaped his character?
With that said, this book is NOT a biography of Jim Raynor. While his story provides the main plot line, a good bit of this book goes to the exploits of Tychus Findlay and several sections are devoted to character development regarding the other members of the 321st as well as the bigger picture narrative that drives the Devils' chronicle.
For the non-StarCraft-fan, William C. Dietz provides a realistic portrayal of military life, war, corruption and politics. For us StarCraft junkies, he fleshes out the Guild Wars and exposes the atrocious state the Confederacy was in even before the Zerg and Protoss showed up.
The question is not whether you should buy this book - of course you should - the question is whether Blizzard should have put so many excerpts on the SCII official website. The answer is, no. As of this posting, they've got ten of them available. The most recent is plucked from chapter twenty-two, well into the story; and while they do their job of drawing you in, these snippets give you an unpleasant sense of déjà vu as you read through the book. If you haven't read the excerpts yet, don't; but either way, definitely read this book.
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Story line wise, if you played Starcraft 2, this book will gives more insights on Tychus and Raynor background before the full...Read more