If you can put down the controller for a second when Battlefield 3 comes out on October 25, you may want to read Battlefield 3: The Russian, a novel co-written by ex-SAS operative and DICE consultant Andy McNab (anonymously shown above).

The book (co-authored by Peter Grimsdale) explores the backstory of Battlefield 3's RU special forces operator Dmitri "Dima" Mayakovsky, who is one of the game's single-player characters.

"It is impossible for any single medium to fully capture the emotion and intensity of war," says McNab. "The Battlefield 3: The Russian novel is one window into the experience, and the game is another. They complement each other perfectly. Working with DICE has been a fantastic ride," he continues. "Battlefield 3 is going to surprise people this autumn. The story, the characters, the world, and the intense action come together to create a resonant, memorable experience."