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Besides video games, I enjoy reading. Unfortunately I never
seem to make time for it like I do gaming. Let me tell you, it's challenging to
actually finish a book of any substance if your reading time is the five or
ten minutes you contribute to it when you're sitting on the ivory throne. But I
have a deal with myself that anytime I am in an airplane flying somewhere, the
portable electronic devices stay powered off and I devote all of my air time to
reading or sleeping. And as luck would have it, I had about 10 hours of reading
time this past weekend broken down into two 5-hour periods. And what do you
know...I managed to finish a book. But not just any book - it was Metal Gear
This explosive Metal
Gear Solid novel ventures beyond the thrilling videogame and delves into the
dark heart of Solid Snake's world!
Highly skilled former
FOXHOUND agent Solid Snake is called out of retirement to do what he does
best-neutralize a crisis of epic proportions. A deadly team of renegade
FOXHOUND operatives has taken over the nuclear disposal facility on Shadow
Moses Island in the icy Aleutians. If their demands aren't met, a powerful,
top-secret weapon will be unleashed upon the world.
Solid Snake's mission
is to breach the heavily fortified base to rescue hostages and to destroy the
superweapon. His only obstacles are brainwashed commandos, DNA-enhanced troops,
and six first-rate killers with extraordinary abilities. All alone in hostile
territory, armed with nothing but his wits, Snake has only a snowball's chance
in hell of taking out his target and keeping nuclear nightfall from descending
on the earth.
But nothing is as it
seems. Somebody is hiding something. Somebody has a hidden agenda. And somebody
wants Snake to learn secrets about his dark past-secrets that would shake any
man to his core.
You can purchase the book at Amazon
or other fine stores, but only if you're interested.
So, the book is an easy read and relatively short. Sure, it
weighs in at just over 300+ pages but I think that's more because of the way it
is constructed. Too be fair, I haven't played the game this book portrays, but
I can definitely tell you it adheres to the game (the first and only Metal Gear game I
have ever played is the first one, on the Nintendo). I think I finished the
book in roughly nine hours.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. There were some flaws with a
few technical details (the submarine had some major issues) and some of the
language/grammar was questionable, but overall, I liked it. If you're a fan of
this episode, you'll definitely like the book. They are strikingly similar. How do I
know (if I haven't played the game)?
I know this because one clever YouTube channel made a "movie"
by seamlessly stringing all of the cut scenes together to make this Metal
Gear Solid movie. And it is pretty cool. Not only does the story in the game
match the book, you'll find the actual lines of dialogue quoted there too. That's
kind of cool if you ask me, especially since I never played the game. I had my
own mental images of the various characters and settings. Now I've seen them as
the developers intended, and I've read
about it too.
I'm a bit hesitant to recommend it unless you're a Metal
Gear Solid fan, unless of course you're like me and just like reading video game
inspired novels, then you're in luck.
Up next, I think I'm going to give Assassin's Creed (the
novel) a try.