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Dead Space: Martyr Kindle Edition
The first novel in the multi-million dollar video game franchise Dead Space
When geophysicist Michael Altman hears of the mysterious signal emitted from deep within the Chicxulub crater, he can not resist the lure of an undiscovered artifact. With his girlfriend Ada, he joins a team excavating the underwater crater, determined to find the source of the baffling message. The artifact, named "The Black Marker," possesses a mysterious power. Close proximity to the stone causes strange occurrences: visions of the dead, vivid dreams, and violent murders. When Michael secretly obtains a small piece of the marker, he too begins to dream.
The Black Marker has chosen him to hear his message: You need to prove yourself worthy of eternal life, or the slate will be wiped clean on Earth.
This is the story of the origin of "The Black Marker," the foundation of the Church of Unitology, and a discovery that will change the world.
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About the Author
B.K. Evenson has also published the Aliens franchise novel Aliens: No Exit and the Halo short story "Pariah" in Halo: Evolutions. As Brian Evenson, he is the author of Last Days and The Open Curtain. He has been a finalist for an Edgar Award, a Spinetingler Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, and received and IHG Award. Last Days was chosen by the American Library Association as Best Horror Novel of 2009.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B003OUXEDI
- Publisher : Tor Books; Reprint edition (July 14, 2010)
- Publication date : July 14, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 461 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #289,035 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is only one female character, Altman's girlfriend, and she is either fretting that Altman 'was never one to take the safe route' or going batty from the Marker.
I would give Evenson's idea of Altman 1 Star. It truly sucks.
The book shines, however, in other areas, and it somewhat makes up for the lacking rest. The depiction of the Marker's affect on various people working as part of the research team was interesting. Evenson creates good scenes here, especially those of the hallucinations. These were my favorite parts of the book.
The book is not technical, and it's fast-paced, though not suspenseful. It raises no interesting questions.
I think the Dead Space story is a deep, dark and profound one, and that it deserves a better treatment, by a better author,
Following the movements of scientist Michael Altman the story is centred on the Chicxulub crater, where a range of scientific anomalies have been detected deep underground and many miles underwater. While trying to research the strange findings legally and independently he eventually gets unwillingly tangled up in DredgerCorp, a business who aren’t exactly whiter than white and are insistent on mining the bottom of the crater no matter what. This strange discovery causes problems for many people in the vicinity; most nearby have headaches, people begin to hallucinate and see dead people from their past, so the news that Altman doesn’t seem to be affected as much obviously interests DredgerCorp.
This anomaly turns out to be the Black Marker, the initial force behind all the Necromorph goings on in the Dead Space games. During a range of mining dives to uncover and bring the Marker to the surface all hell breaks loose in the vessels and as a direct result of people going a little mad a fair few people end up quite dead, literally tearing each other apart after suffering crippling bouts of insanity. Meanwhile the battle of wills between Altman and DredgerCorp intensifies, leading to some startling stand-offs and genuine shock moments, getting you quickly to the point of desperately wanting to see what happens next – indeed, reading a single chapter of Martyr is as near-impossible as eating a single Malteser out of a whole packet.
By the time the marker surfaces and the action levels hit the roof, we’ve already seen a huge number of twists and turns through the story, and that’s despite barely seeing anything in terms of Necromorphs at this stage. It’s hard to portray the excitement of the story without ruining a whole host of storylines, but there are moments you really won’t see what’s coming. The pace of the writing isn’t perfect, and there are times when the story drags itself out a little more than needed, but on the whole it’s snappy and punchy, and balanced nicely to leave you wanting more without overwhelming you. And with all of this mixing with the often graphic and slightly freaky events that unfold as the story develops, it’s not a book best read in bed. Not only will you be awake far later than you expect unable to put the book down, but when you do get to sleep there’s no guarantee your dreams will be full of fluffy clouds and cream cakes – they’re more likely to involve having an arm ripped off.
The beauty of Martyr is that you don’t need to be a huge fan of the Dead Space games to enjoy it. The ending is open enough to lead into the series, but with enough questions answered to make it a standalone book in its own right. You’ll have a few more “oh right” moments if you’ve played the games reading this, but nothing that would ruin the story if you didn’t make the link. The book excites from the start, builds the horror tension sensibly and in the last few chapters explodes into a finale that leaves you with no idea what’ll happen next. I’ve been intentionally vague with storyline details, and as such may not have done the novel full justice, but if you have any interest in Dead Space universe or just fancy some well-written and enjoyable horror-fiction then Dead Space: Martyr is well worth a the read.
Top reviews from other countries
Dead Space no more! Honestly, I'd rather have another 20 years of this ugly, menacing, utterly, utterly depressing universe than another 10 minutes of Star Wars, but what do I know? I don't even know what I find so appealing about Dead Space. The games are as miserable as they are bone-chilling and represent the bleakest future for mankind that I've seen in any horror series.
This prequel novel is set on Earth and details the rise of Michael Altman, the "founder" of the Unitology religion seen throughout the games. He's not the L. Ron Hubbard madman you might think but just a scientist who discovers the Marker buried in the Chicxulub crater (an amusing bit of irony there) and tries to warn the world about its true nature before evil scientists shut him down.
It's interesting to read the first encounters with the Marker, the hallucinations and the disturbing mental frailty that comes with close contact. As much as it seems ridiculous it's a perfect analogy of religious fervor and the poison that can quickly spread through false prophecies, greed, and simple lack of common sense. Everyone seems to have a need to believe in something higher, even if that higher power can easily be proven to be beyond evil (see current events).
I would have liked more description of the state of the Earth and humanity in this universe, and, in that regard, the novel does lack some much need context, but this was way better than Catalyst and for fans of the series the expanded lore is pretty much all you've got left.
A good addition to the series.