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If your a fan of the games your going to like this - alot. Having played all three games it's not as good, but a splendid jaunt into the world of Drake & Sully. The wise cracks from the pair are worth the addmission alone. Well worth a read (but only if your a fan)!
I've played both Uncharted games and seen the "Eye of Indra" motion comic, so naturally I was excited for a novel based on the series. It was a bit different from what I expected, but I wasn't disappointed. A couple of reviews here have said that it didn't feel like an Uncharted story, and while the tone was somewhat different from that of the games, I did enjoy seeing what the characters of Uncharted were like when they weren't having shootouts or climbing walls every two minutes.
Basically, the plot is that Drake and Sully's old archaeologist friend gets mysteriously murdered, so they team up with his daughter to find the treasure he was looking for. There seemed to be a bit more of an Indiana Jones influence here than in the games, given that there was archaeology involved for purposes other than just grabbing loot. I did notice that while I was reading it, I noticed that the basic plot seemed familiar, which I first thought was because I'd read the product description a while ago, but then I realized that the upcoming "Uncharted: Golden Labyrinth" is about Drake and Sully helping the granddaughter of an archaeologist who's gone missing. So even though UGL isn't out yet, I'm hoping it's not going to have too much deja vu.
The author expects you to know basically who Drake and Sully are, which isn't unusual for a licensed book, but there really wasn't much initial characterization. One minor thing that sort of bugged me was how frequently random pop-culture references were thrown in for the characters to say and think. I know Nate is supposed to be literate in pop culture, but it took me right out the story when a character says "It's a trap" and Drake is mentioned as wanting to make a Star Wars reference. I cringed a bit. I was also a little put off by how all of the female characters in the book seemed to have been created around "female character" archetypes rather than being unique and developed in their own right--the aforementioned archaeologist's daughter was motivated by trying to fulfill her father's work, she had a lot of spirit but Drake and Sully were trying to keep her safe, but then she could hold her own, but then one time she couldn't when required by the plot, and so on. I know Uncharted uses a lot of old pulp novel cliches, but usually it uses the elements in a way that isn't quite so predictable.
One thing I really liked was the pacing. There was a sense of progression for the heroes toward their goal that also seemed similar to Indiana Jones, in a good way. Locations on five different continents are visited throughout the story, adding some variety and color. There are also numerous scenes where everyone sits around and manages to solve ancient puzzles which no one's been able to figure out for thousands of years with a bit of armchair history. I also liked these, although there are a lot of historical figures and legends that are casually name-dropped without any explanation for readers who might not be familiar with the details. There are also a couple of chapter cliffhangers that seem to set up an interesting situation to get out of, but then the next chapter starts with the situation having been resolved. This was probably the strangest part of the book for me, since it's 300 pages with largish print because of the book's size format; it's not like they needed to trim it down.
As far as series continuity goes, they seem to be going with the "standalone adventure" approach they've been following for the various media. There is a single offhand reference that seems to place it sometime before the first game, but there's really not much external continuity you need to keep track of. There are a few references to events that happened X years ago, but the timing is mostly unimportant. The background information does drop a few hints as to Drake's origins and upbringing, but not much more than Naughty Dog has already explained in interviews.
If you're a fan of the series and you're kind of on the fence about this one, what you'll want to take away is that this is its own story and doesn't have much to do with the main story of the games (probably, I can't say for sure since the third game isn't out yet), but it's still an entertaining read in its own right.
As most people will know, either by playing it or by reading the words above the title, this book is based on the video game franchise. It does not follow one of the adventures you get to experience in the game, instead taking you on a suspenseful journey to discover you killed a young girls father, the young girl of which Sully is the godfather of. The book begins a bit slow, the one reason I rated it 4 instead of 5. Around chapter 6 things start to heat up and get action packed just as the 1st chapter was. It sounds very much just like an Uncharted story and is worth the price.
I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It definitely catches the tone of the video games. Nathan Drake is as sarcastic and daring as ever, Sully is trite and true, and the McGuffin is nearly as good as the ones in the games. I think the locations were great and akin to the series. This book has all the elements of a thrilling story where you aren't sure who exactly the bad guy is.
I did have a hard time grasping some of the detailed information about labyrinths, minotaurs, and other history lectures. I love history, but something about the way it was translated left me a bit confused at times. I think most of the elements of the games were captured in this book, aside from some of the parkour-esque parts of the game. Drake con be found climbing everything in the games and on his own for most of the time. In the book, we was always part of a group and didn't really do much more than run and shoot. I wouldn't say it is a downfall, just a missing element from the games.
As long as you are a fan of the series I would say definitely pick this one up. No need for character development on Nathan and Sully; I'm fine just jumping right into the story. Hopefully more novels are written about Nathan Drake, Sully, and the crew.
This book was a great adventure!! Loved the twists and turns with myths merging with history just like in the games. A great fix for the characters when you've finished all 4 of the Uncharted video games and are itching for a little more adventure 😆 I thought the author did a great job of staying true to the characters too.
This is the first book from the Uncharted IP. In the interests of full disclosure, I guess I should say that I'm a big fans of the first two games and I have pre-ordered the third.
Fans of the games really should check out The Fourth Labyrinth. Without spoiling the story, Drake and Sully embark on a worldwide adventure with Sully's "niece." In this respect, the book sticks pretty close to the format of the games: Drake, Sully, treasure, and a girl. The pacing, however, is a lot different from the games. While the games are fairly combat heavy, this book focuses a bit more on the exploration and cloak & dagger aspects to the adventure. This really isn't a bad thing, because it provides a lot of insight into how Drake thinks and operates; insight that simply isn't available in the games. Drake's relationship with his own family is briefly explored (and I mean brief) and his relationship with Sully is really explored. The combat does pick up a bit towards the end. Overall, the book is a real page turner and a quick and fun read.
Even better, since the author worked closely with Naughty Dog and Amy Hennig, this story (I think) can be considered part of the Uncharted canon. Of course, that's probably another reason to pick it up.
So, why not five stars? First, this book isn't likely to interest anyone not already drawn into the series. For example, Drake's physical appearance is actually never described in the book. For those of us that have spent numerous hours guiding him through the games, this is no big deal. But, if I just picked up the book without the benefit of the games, my only clue to his appearance would be the cover art (which is not great). Second (and more frustrating for fans of the series), this book does nothing really to advance the IP. As a fan, you could skip this book entirely and you wouldn't be any worse off in terms of understanding the Uncharted mythos. It's not as if this book explains (or links to) anything in the games. Thus, it's really just a stand alone adventure, albeit it with characters we're really invested in.
All this being said, if you consider yourself a fan of the series, I'm sure you really will enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.