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Offline Wolfstarr

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Look what I found in the attic :)
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:33:35 am »
Totally forgot I tracked this down years ago on eBay the Diane Duane novel on XCOM!.

Honestly can't remember the plot of the book so at have to dig in!

Offline Yataka Shimaoka

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Re: Look what I found in the attic :)
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017, 02:53:59 pm »
Oh my ass! There still one alive?! Come on! Spoil the contents

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Re: Look what I found in the attic :)
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2017, 07:33:57 pm »
lol i need to read it again first :)

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Re: Look what I found in the attic :)
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2017, 05:11:33 am »
Spoil the contents

Isn't a cover image of an Avenger in orbit around Mars enough spoilery? ;)

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Re: Look what I found in the attic :)
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2017, 08:46:23 am »
After the free main chapter, here's a tl;dr of the rest of the plot: 

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Main female protagonist is appointed commander. Sets up base. Alien base is found and promptly destroyed. End.

Not overly complex, but a nice slice in the life of an X-Com commander. It's the plot in between that fleshes it out. ;)

I quite liked it, but it is written with the X-Com fan in mind. Your average reader might struggle with things and concepts from the game thrown at them without a great deal of explanation. The main problem with the book being written for the fan is that the fan is going to pick up on the inconsistencies. The sheer scale of the forces on both sides in the final battle for example.

The one thing that did leave me unsatisfied was the subplot for the male lead. Or at least that's what I think he was. There was a bit of effort put into setting him up in a quite interesting and precarious situation, but then you cut back to the main plot and he just shows up again.