Retribution: Drew Strikes Back!

A new Mass Effect Novel has been announced, Mass Effect: Retribution, written by Drew Karpyshyn – the original writer on the Mass Effect series of games and books.

With Mass Effect 2 coming out at the end of this month, this book should continue the Mythos beyond that and forge the way for the final conclusion to the gaming trilogy, namely Mass Effect 3.

According to Bioware, they provide this short summary of the books content:

Retribution is set in the universe fans know well from the video game and novel series—one in which humanity has explored the very farthest reaches of the universe, only to discover the ruthless Reapers, a race bent on extinguishing all organic life. One man is bent on discovering the Reapers’ secrets, the mysterious Illusive Man, the leader of a pro-human, black ops group, Cerberus. And he’s devised the perfect plan: implant a human subject with Reaper technology in order to study the enemy.

He also has the perfect test subject—Paul Grayson, an ex-Cerberus operative. Grayson betrayed Cerberus in order to save his daughter. So when Grayson is kidnapped and made the subject of Cerberus’ evil experiments, the Illusive Man will finally have his revenge…

With the Mass Effect comics being released very soon now from Dark Horse, theres never been a better time to delve into the satisfying space opera that is Mass Effect.

My biggest problem these days is to avoid any content spoilers for the imminent release of Mass Effect 2, it seems Bioware have been shoveling major content spoilers for months now, and I’ve been trying to stay away from most of the hype, because I’d prefer the new character reveals to be made in the game, within the storied context, rather than through blog posts or twitter snippets. I’m almost in love with the Mass Effect Universe, and have been since the first game swept me off my feet, so I’ve been keenly awaiting the next installment, having devoured the additional content, in terms of Drew’s novels and even the iPhone tilt action game. So this next month will be a very exciting one for Mass Effect fans. Now, time to listen to my Mass Effect: Ascension audiobook to prepare myself for 29th January 2010, when my incarnation of Shepherd once again smears on the omni-gel and powers up the omni-tool.

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