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WHAT KIND OF MAN MAKES A LIVING IN HELL?

His name’s Roland. Soldier class, a former mercenary, he’s on a full-time mission to scrape a living out of the most dangerous planet in the galaxy.

Is he qualified? He’s well armed, he’s ruthless, and he’s tougher than skag hide. And, oh yeah—he’s strapped with some of the most exotic weaponry this side of the Vault, not to mention possessing fists like chunks of ...

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Overview

WHAT KIND OF MAN MAKES A LIVING IN HELL?

His name’s Roland. Soldier class, a former mercenary, he’s on a full-time mission to scrape a living out of the most dangerous planet in the galaxy.

Is he qualified? He’s well armed, he’s ruthless, and he’s tougher than skag hide. And, oh yeah—he’s strapped with some of the most exotic weaponry this side of the Vault, not to mention possessing fists like chunks of steel.

Zac Finn and his wife and young son had better get on the right side of Roland, because a stopover in orbit has turned into a nightmarish fall to the unforgiving landscape of the Borderlands. Zac hopes to find a strange new alien treasure in the Borderlands to turn his down-spiraling life around. But his wife, Marla, and his son, Cal, just want to survive, and reunite, because catastrophe has left them separated by hundreds of klicks. Their chances aren’t good . . . and Roland is all that stands between them and the planet’s kill-crazed Psychos and murderous bandits—not to mention the grotesque primals, giant wyrm squids, insane tunnel rats, voracious skags, brutal bruisers, and ruthless mercs. . . .

An original novel set in the universe of the Rated M for Mature video game created by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games.

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Based on the dynamics of the mega-popular (4.5+ million copies sold) Borderlands videogame, this series starter possesses the magnetic action and suspense of its original. In John Shirley, they found a fitting author. Famed writer William Gibson praised his "Bosch-like visions [which] mark him out as perhaps the closest thing contemporary American fantasy has to a genuine 'outsider' artist." Easy to recommend.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439198476
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 272,871
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 5.42 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

John Shirley is the author of many novels, including Borderlands: The Fallen, Borderlands: Unconquered, Bioshock: Rapture, Demons, Crawlers, In Darkness Waiting, City Come A-Walkin', and Eclipse, as well as the Bram-Stoker-award winning collection Black Butterflies and Living Shadows. His newest novels are the urban fantasy Bleak History and the cyberpunk thriller Black Glass. Also a television and movie scripter, Shirley was co-screenwriter of The Crow. Most recently he has adapted Edgar Allan Poe's Ligeia for the screen. His authorized fan-created website is DarkEcho.com/JohnShirley and official blog is JohnShirley.net.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    This Will Appeal More To Fans Of The "Borderlands" Game...

    I lost many hours of my life--willingly--to the "Borderlands" video game and had high hopes for this book. Eventually, it met some of them.

    This book gets off to a slow start. And when I say "slow", I mean it was nearly 100 pages in before things really started to hold my interest. And with only 244 pages in total, it may be a little too slow.

    It's also worth noting that, while the plot of the game is referenced several times, this book is an original story--existing completely independent of the events from the game. This is not a re-telling of the game, as other video game tie-in books have been.

    To his credit, John Shirley does an excellent job of capturing the feel of the planet of Pandora. Danger truly lurked at every turn. To my disappointment, I don't know that the overall asthetic of the game itself was well-captured. There was only one brief encounter with a Claptrap--arguably the most iconic character of the game. There was also a bad typo on one page that took me completely out of the book, where he used the incorrect book character's name ("Vance") when that character was nowhere in that scene otherwise. I ended up re-reading that whole section several times and finally just ended up scratching my head.

    If you're a Borderlands fan, I'd give this 3.5 to 4 stars--you will enjoy it if you're willing to stick with it.

    And if you're a general sci-fi reader, I'm going to knock it down to 3 stars, as this book takes over a third of its length to really develop into something that will keep you turning the pages.

    With such a depth to the planet Pandora that they've created, I would hope that Gearbox Software sees fit to publish another novel in this universe. And I would hope that John Shirley is given the opportunity to pen it. As I said, I think he captured Pandora--if not the game itself--very well.

    This novel wasn't great, but I wouldn't go nearly as far as to call it bad.

    And Gearbox (if you're listening): How about a book about a Siren?

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Wow!

    It is amazing

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

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    This superb science fiction tale is one of the best tie-ins to a videogame

    Engineer Zac Finn takes shortcuts on his projects so he can move onto the next one. He, his wife Marla and their son Cal are on board the Homeworld Bound docked at the Study Station. While his family waits on the ship for him, Zac uses DropCraft to head to an ET crash site in the Borderlands to loot alien artifacts. However, his vessel fails and he crash lands on hostile Pandora while thinking his mission was sabotaged as he transmits back to his astonished family his coordinates so they can mount a rescue. Only the pair is forced to abandon ship in one person lifeboats as the security drones have gone rogue.

    Zac fears for his family are superseded when skags come for him. He is recued by people who want to roast him on an open fire. Berl and Bizzy rescue him from being dinner. At the same time slavers seem to have captured Marla and Cal tricks skags and spiderants to fight one another. The Finn family gets their second critical break when Cal runs into Roland the mercenary.

    This superb science fiction tale is one of the best tie-ins to a videogame as John Shirley captures the essence of the Borderlands through the fresh futile survival efforts of the separated Finn trio. Rapid rotating between the three action-packed subplots, the solid cast makes for a dark thriller as Roland and his two compatriots try to form a Finn family reunion.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    ??

    So should i get it? i don't have the game but have played it before

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 8, 2012

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    To below

    The pre-sequel was pretty good game it has a few glitches but other than that i think its a great game especially the part where your in space

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    I cant wait for the third!

    I have first and second and I want t
    hree

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Alex

    Ausome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Death

    Death

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    I like Brick

    Kaboom. But my Roland is a higher level .

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Well written book for Borderlands fans

    Great book for Borderlands fans, focuses on Roland and gives more personality to the character. Definitely a good book to read.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Recommended for any Borderlands Fan

    This book is a must for any fan of Borderlands. You get a behind the scenes look at what happened with Roland.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Great book gear box make a fucking book on modica hes the best

    Whats your faver chater

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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