Far in the future mankind has taken its first tentative steps
into the great unknown. Governments have fallen to be replaced
by the corporations. One of these, Union Aerospace Corporation,
has established a research base on Mars, where they engage
in experiments too secret or dangerous to be conducted on
earth. Now one of the experiments has gone horribly wrong
and a crack squad of marines is sent in to quarantine or contain
the situation. But the marines training cannot prepare them
for what they will find. On Olduvai base the marines will
finally know the meaning of doom...
Shirley has really taken on a mission here; let's face it
the film was pants in the extreme, stealing many of its ideas
from previous movies. Corporations in control, that's as old
as Rollerball and Alien, Space Marines - that
would be Aliens, and opening the door to hell... well
Faust comes to mind. So this is the book of the film
of the game. Not an auspicious beginning.
To be honest there's not really much to say about the book,
Shirley does a good job at translating the screenplay into
book form. He beefs out the back story a little, but nothing
that really adds much to an already lackadaisical narrative.
We learn a little more about the socio-economic environment
and some personal stuff about the marines - but not enough
to care when they get greased.
whilst he is the author of many other good books, I feel he
missed an opportunity to really bring something of himself
to this novel. Still, I'm not sure that he would care. I'm
sure that the payment for the book would have bought him something
great game, poor film and a workmanlike novel. One for the
fans I'm afraid.
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