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Mass Effect: Revelation

Mass Effect: Revelation

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by Drew Karpyshyn

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Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished fifty thousand years ago. After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars; the newest interstellar species, struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community.

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Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished fifty thousand years ago. After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars; the newest interstellar species, struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community.

On the edge of colonized space, ship commander and Alliance war hero David Anderson investigates the remains of a top secret military research station; smoking ruins littered with bodies and unanswered questions. Who attacked this post and for what purpose? And where is Kahlee Sanders, the young scientist who mysteriously vanished from the base–hours before her colleagues were slaughtered?

Sanders is now the prime suspect, but finding her creates more problems for Anderson than it solves. Partnered with a rogue alien agent he can’t trust and pursued by an assassin he can’t escape, Anderson battles impossible odds on uncharted worlds to uncover a sinister conspiracy . . . one he won’t live to tell about. Or so the enemy thinks.

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Eight Years Later

Staff Lieutenant David Anderson, executive officer on the SSV Hastings, rolled out of his bunk at the first sound of the alarm. His body moved instinctively, conditioned by years of active service aboard Alliance Systems Space Vessels. By the time his feet hit the floor he was already awake and alert, his mind evaluating the situation.

The alarm rang again, echoing off the hull to rebound throughout the ship. Two short blasts, repeating over and over. A general call to stations. At least they weren’t under immediate attack.

As he pulled his uniform on, Anderson ran through the possible scenarios. The Hastings was a patrol vessel in the Skyllian Verge, an isolated region on the farthest fringes of Alliance space. Their primary purpose was to protect the dozens of human colonies and research outposts scattered across the sector. A general call to stations probably meant they’d spotted an unauthorized vessel in Alliance territory. Either that or they were responding to a distress call. Anderson hoped it was the former.

It wasn’t easy getting dressed in the tight confines of the sleeping quarters he shared with two other crewmen, but he’d had lots of practice. In less than a minute he had his uniform on, his boots secured, and was moving quickly through the narrow corridors toward the bridge, where Captain Belliard would be waiting for him. As the executive officer it fell to Anderson to relay the captain’s orders to the enlisted crew . . . and to make sure those orders were properly carried out.

Space was the most precious resource on any military vessel, and Anderson was constantly reminded of this as he encountered other crewmen heading in the opposite direction as they rushed to their assigned posts. Invariably, they would press themselves against the corridor walls in an effort to let Anderson by, snapping off awkward salutes to their superior as he squeezed past them. But despite the cramped conditions, the entire process was carried out with an efficiency and crisp precision that was the hallmark of every crew in the Alliance fleet.

Anderson was almost at his destination. He was passing navigation, where he noticed a pair of junior officers making rapid calculations and applying them to a three-dimensional star chart projected above their consoles. They each gave their XO a curt but respectful nod as he passed, too engrossed in their duties to be encumbered by the formality of a true salute. Anderson responded with a grim tilt of his head. He could see they were plotting a route through the nearest mass relay. That meant the Hastings was responding to a distress call. And the brutal truth was that more often than not their response came too late.

In the years following the First Contact War, humanity had spread out too far and too fast; they didn’t have enough ships to properly patrol a region the size of the Verge. Settlers who lived out here knew the threat of attacks and raids was all too real, and too often the Hastings touched down on a world only to find a small but thriving colony reduced to corpses, burned-out buildings, and a handful of shell-shocked survivors.

Anderson still hadn’t found a good way to cope with being a firsthand witness to that kind of death and destruction. He’d seen action during the war, but this was different. That had been primarily ship-to-ship warfare, killing enemy combatants from tens of thousands of kilometers away. It wasn’t the same as picking through the charred rubble and blackened bodies of civilians.

The First Contact War, despite its name, had been a short and relatively bloodless campaign. It began an Alliance patrol inadvertently trespassed on the territory of the Turian Empire. For humanity it had been their first encounter with another intelligent species; for the turians it was an invasion by an aggressive and previously unknown race. Misunderstanding and overreaction on both sides had led to several intense battles between patrols and scout fleets. But the conflict never erupted into full-scale planetary war. The escalating hostilities and sudden deployment of turian fleets had drawn the attention of the greater galactic community. Luckily for humanity.

It turned out the turians were only one species among a dozen, each independent but voluntarily united beneath the rule of a governing body known as the Citadel Council. Eager to prevent interstellar war with the newly emerged humans, the Council had intervened, revealing itself to the Alliance and brokering a peaceful resolution between them and the turians. Less than two months after it had begun, the First Contact War was officially over.

Six hundred and twenty-three human lives had been lost. Most of the casualties were sustained in the first encounter and during the turian attack on Shanxi. Turian losses were slightly higher; the Alliance fleet sent to liberate the captured outpost had been ruthless, brutal, and very thorough. But on a galactic scale, the losses to both sides were minor. Humanity had been pulled back from the brink of a potentially devastating war, and instead became the newest member of a vast interstellar, pan-species society.

Anderson climbed the three steps separating the forward deck of the bridge from the main level of the ship. Captain Belliard was hunched over a small viewscreen, studying a stream of incoming transmissions. He stood up straight as Anderson approached, and returned his executive officer’s salute with one of his own.

“We’ve got trouble, Lieutenant. We picked up a distress call when we linked up to the com relays,” the captain explained by way of greeting.

“I was afraid of that, sir.”

“It came from Sidon.”

“Sidon?” Anderson recognized the name. “Don’t we have a research base there?”

Belliard nodded. “A small one. Fifteen security personnel, twelve researchers, six support staff.”

Anderson frowned. This was no ordinary attack. Raiders preferred to hit defenseless settlements and bug out before Alliance reinforcements arrived on the scene. A well-defended base like Sidon wasn’t their typical target. It felt more like an act of war.

The turians were allies of the Human Systems Alliance now, at least officially. And the Skyllian Verge was too far removed from turian territory for them to get involved in any conflicts out here. But there were other species vying with humanity for control of the region. The Alliance was in direct competition with the batarian government to establish a presence in the Verge, but so far the two rival species had managed to avoid any real violence in their confrontations. Anderson doubted they’d start with something like this.

Still, there were plenty of other groups out there with the means and motive to hit an Alliance stronghold. Some of them were even made up of humans: nonaffiliated terrorist organizations and multispecies guerrilla factions eager to strike a blow against the powers-that-be; illegal paramilitary troops looking to stock up on high-grade weapons; independent mercenary bands hoping for one big score.

“Might be helpful to know what Sidon was working on, Captain,” Anderson suggested.

“They’re a top-security-clearance facility,” the captain replied with a shake of his head. “I can’t even get schematics for the base, never mind get anyone to tell me what they were working on.”

Anderson frowned. Without schematics his team would be going in blind, giving up any tactical advantage they might have had from knowing the layout of the battleground. This mission just kept getting better and better.

“What’s our ETA, sir?”

“Forty-six minutes.”

Finally some good news. The Hastings followed random patrol routes; it was pure chance they happened to be this close to the source of the distress call. With luck they could still get there in time.

“I’ll have the ground team ready, Captain.”

“You always do, Lieutenant.”

Anderson turned to go, acknowledging his commanding officer’s compliment with a simple, “Aye-aye, sir!”

In the black void of space the Hastings was all but invisible to the naked eye. Surrounded by a self-generated mass effect field and traveling nearly fifty times faster than the speed of light, it was little more than a flickering blur, a slight wavering in the fabric of the space-time continuum.

The vessel altered its flight path as the helmsman made a quick course correction, a minor adjustment to the trajectory that sent the ship hurtling toward the nearest mass relay, nearly five billion kilometers away. At a speed of nearly fifteen million kilometers per second it didn’t take long before their destination was in range.

Ten thousand kilometers out from their target, the helmsman took the element-zero drive core off-line, disengaging the mass effect fields. Blue-shifted energy waves radiated off the ship as it dropped out of FTL, igniting the darkness of space like a flare. The illumination of the blazing ship reflected off the mass relay growing steadily larger on the horizon. Although completely alien in design, the construction closely resembled an enormous gyroscope. At its center was a sphere made up of two concentric rings spinning around a single axis. Each ring was nearly five kilometers across, and two fifteen-kilometer arms protruded out from one end of the constantly rotating middle. The entire structure sparkled and flashed with white bursts of crackling energy.

Meet the Author

Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction and other fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as an award-winning writer/designer for the computer game company BioWare.

David Colacci has been an actor and a director for over thirty years, and has worked as a narrator for over fifteen years. He has won AudioFile Earphones Awards, earned Audie nominations, and been included in Best of the Year lists by such publications as Publishers Weekly, AudioFile magazine, and Library Journal.

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PMass Effect: Revelation 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 228 reviews.
J-Efaw_BNEmployee More than 1 year ago
This book has some things to love and hate. Video gamers rejoice! Finally a prequel novel to a video game release that actually feels like part of the video game. In this book you'll find out about the past of some choice characters and learn a lot more about the various races involved. Believe it or not, Saren wasn't always completely evil. I'll say it now: this is NOT for the die-hard SciFi reader. The writing feels amateur at times and the chapters can get a little logged down with dialog. This is definitely a title for fans of the video game who wish to immerse themselves deeper into the world of Mass Effect. Revelation fills in quite a few gaps and whne the action hits... it hits HARD! Very descriptive, sometimes painfully so. But trust me, Gamers, it is worth the read. It is written by the same person who wrote the storyline of the video game... and we all know how purely awesome the video game/story was. Check it out.
AldenteJH More than 1 year ago
This book I read after i played and beat the first mass effect game. So many questions were left after the game, i didn't know if they would ever answer them. This book answers the questions about captain Anderson and us well written to keep your attention. I would reccommend that people play the game first as much is assumed information you simply will not fully appreciate without the first game. Other than theending feeling rushed it was one of the better books I have read.
Jake_Cheney More than 1 year ago
This is a must read if you really want to understand a lot of the back-story of the Mass Effect universe. Though I wouldn't recommend reading it if you've never played the game, as the author doesn't really give detailed descriptions of places, other alien races and some characters, and the only way to really know what these things or characters look like is to play the games first. Overall, a very well written book, the action feels authentic and draws you in. I couldn't put it down till I was finished.
Thracecius More than 1 year ago
Mass Effect is one of the best story-driven games ever made so it is a delight to delve deeper into the background of it's universe with the novels. Unlike a lot of spin-off novels, Revelation, and its sequels, are authored by the same person who wrote the story for the game, so the intimate familiarity with the background makes for a smoother read. The writing is solid, engaging, and light - perfect for reading during your commute, before going to bed, or just relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. I highly recommend this book for sci-fi fans and Mass Effect players alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book shortly after finishing the first game and purchased it after learning the plot focuses on the backstory of Saren, and how David Anderson came to meet him. Right off the bat I appreciated how this book is by no means required reading to understand any elements of the game. However, I get the feeling while reading it that playing the game is required to really get into the book. A good example of this is the large amount of info dumps sprinkled liberally throughout the story. While I adore worldbuilding and readily wolfed down the universe expansion these gave, I definitely see how they could weigh the book down substantially. Not to mention the inconsistencies to the game this book has become quasi-infamous for in the fandom. In short, if you love Mass Effect, definitely give it a spin! If not, this is probably one to skip, or play the game first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you loved the universe, characters and story of mass effect , the you will love this book. It gives so much context and background for the events of the first game, that it makes me wonder how some of this didn't make it into the game. Beyond the great universe building, this novel is fairly well written and does a great job sucking you in. Sure, there isn't much depth or subtext that needs to be figured out, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. Even if you're not a fan of rhe video game, this book is a solid science fiction tale that is worth a read.
Monica Russell More than 1 year ago
The title says it all. Check this book out if you're a fan of Mass Effect or sci-fi at all.
emelki1968 More than 1 year ago
Muy buena novela que precede el primer juego Mass Effect. Te introduce algunos personajes que aparecen en el video juego de Boiware. La historia transcurre varios años antes a los acontecimientos del primer juego. Es una magnifica forma de ampliar el mundo creado por Bioware para la saga de juegos de Mass Effect. Recomendable para todos aquellos que quieren saber más de ese universo creado alrededor del comandante Shepard.
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The book was very well written and a easy read. Its great if you're a hardcocre Mass Effect fan or just getting into the series. It answers a lot of questions from the first game. I highly reccomend it!
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This book does a phenomenal job of filling in a little back story provided in the first Mass Effect video game. The story of Saren and Anderson, that is hinted go in the game, is markedly expounded upon in greater detail. Fun, quick, easy read that is a must have for any fans of the Mass Effect series.
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I am a big Mass Effect fan of the trilogy PS3 games and reading this is a real treat . It's has intense and gruesome moments that take me back to the video game and I think why wasn't the game that graphic. All sci-fi fans and fans of investigation mystery novels as well as Gamers Mass Effect fans or not , should and must read these novels .
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D-Kun More than 1 year ago
Revelation is a "Pre-quel" of sorts to Mass Effect. Gamers and Sci-fi enthusiasts alike will love diving into the Mass Effect stories depicted by the talent of Drew Karpyshyn. This story ties the First Mass Effect events in great detail and will leave you sweating with excitement. You'll be cheering, yelling, and holding your breath the whole way.
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I have only played a mini ipod version but it was awesome...
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