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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416550844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550846
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #304,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Penchuk on Sept. 30 2010
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If you are a fan of Starcraft, you will enjoy viewing the early days of James Raynor and Tychus Findley. It really gives a little more insight into their background storyline, while giving you other characters you actually care about (Ark Bennent). Ultimately, if you are not a fan of Starcraft you will not find this book very entertaining. The plot is engaging, but not overally impressive as a standalone title without the Starcraft backdrop, and the author has a slightly annoying habit of avoiding curse words (which comes across as unbelievable and cartoonish considering we are discussing dangerous soldiers/murderers). That is my one main critique, but overall I really thought the book was a lot of fun and eagerly awaited to find out what was next. I do hope there is a proper sequel to explain how Tychus meets his fate, and how Raynor becomes a marshall.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in a week of vacation and I must say I was impressed. I liked to learn a lot about Jimmy's Background and his unit that were called H Devils.

A lot of action, much like the game. I put this book in my personal SC top 2 anlong with I, Mengsk.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By whatever on Nov. 23 2011
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the author went to the trouble of showing how both sides in the war are pawns being used for others greedy ends, that's ok but by the midway mark the fighting has gotten so repetitive, so lopsided that I no longer care, "our guys win by slaughtering the other guys." the drama is gone, not for a moment do I believe anything is going to happen to "our guys".

when the fighting gets so lopsided that I begin rooting for the "other guys" and sympathize with them.... well you've lost me at that point.

by the end of the book all I wanted was for everyone to die except Tychus and Jim, the rest I just wanted either dead or badly wounded so that if only for a brief moment I could think "wow that was a real fight" instead of more of the same.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Heaven's Devils review May 14 2010
By Joshua W. Tunis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Heaven's Devils was given to me as a birthday gift. My sister (who picked out the book) knows that I've been an avid Starcraft fan since the game's original release in 1998, and also knows that I've been anxiously awaiting for Starcraft II to be released. The thought of buying this for myself hadn't crossed my mind, so when the time came to open presents, I was shocked to see this sitting in front of me. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive that I might not enjoy the book, because I hadn't read a Starcraft novel before, nor had I heard of William C. Dietz. However, after reading it from front to back, I can say that my initial thoughts weren't the correct ones.

I enjoyed the book so much, I felt compelled to write a review. This book did not disappoint; infact quite the opposite. Part of me had always wondered who Jim Raynor really was, where he came from, and how he came to be. This book explains it, and also explains a whole lot about who Tychus Findlay is, and the type of character he is. Heaven's Devils was definitely a great read. It's a tad over 300 pages long, and I finished it in about 4 days, on and off, reading a little each day. Which says a lot, if you consider the fact that I'm a slow reader compared to the rest of the population. It was hard to put the book down and I couldn't wait to see how it ended.

It had action and adventure, suspense, and some mystery. It was very descriptive. From the feelings and emotions of each individual character, to a great story line where I could imagine the scene unfold in my head as it took place. The book was very thorough, and it explained everything. It's not all combat and it's not all talk. The book had a great vibe, and it works very well. I'd go so far as to say that someone unfamiliar with the Starcraft universe could pick it up, give it a read and love it, and not feel like they're missing out on something. Parts of the book made you laugh, made you cheer, made you feel involved, and made you wish some things hadn't happened.

I definitely recommend this book to any Starcraft fan, to anyone who is familiar the Blizzard universe, or even to anyone who isn't. You'll like it, I promise!

Lets just say that I'm very happy with my birthday gift! :)

*By the way, this book does contain violence, combat sequences, scarce profanity, drug usage, and mild (but brief) sexual references.*
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Don't read the ecerpts on the SCII official website June 15 2010
By Thad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It was officially announced - the release date for the much anticipated sequel to StarCraft. For years, unofficial release dates on pre-order websites kept getting pushed back. I had learned to stop getting my hopes up as each false date approached; but this time the announcement comes straight from the source. Soon, we will be swept away to the Koprulu sector to not only witness, but experience the events that will decide the fate of mankind and the two races incubated by the Xel'Naga.

Now that it is so close, so real, I am watching the pot again, waiting for it to boil. It seems somehow farther off and I need something to satisfy the craving for just a few more weeks. The first single-player storyline, Wings of Liberty, will feature Terran hero Jim Raynor whom we met in the original game. What better way to prepare than to read this book about Jim's early military career and the events that shaped his character?

With that said, this book is NOT a biography of Jim Raynor. While his story provides the main plot line, a good bit of this book goes to the exploits of Tychus Findlay and several sections are devoted to character development regarding the other members of the 321st as well as the bigger picture narrative that drives the Devils' chronicle.

For the non-StarCraft-fan, William C. Dietz provides a realistic portrayal of military life, war, corruption and politics. For us StarCraft junkies, he fleshes out the Guild Wars and exposes the atrocious state the Confederacy was in even before the Zerg and Protoss showed up.

The question is not whether you should buy this book - of course you should - the question is whether Blizzard should have put so many excerpts on the SCII official website. The answer is, no. As of this posting, they've got ten of them available. The most recent is plucked from chapter twenty-two, well into the story; and while they do their job of drawing you in, these snippets give you an unpleasant sense of déjà vu as you read through the book. If you haven't read the excerpts yet, don't; but either way, definitely read this book.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It's Not Too Bad Oct. 12 2010
By bascurero - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a good book for those who love the Starcraft universe. I have to say this book does do some explaining of Tychus and Raynor's relationship and how they met each other. I like the insight on Raynor's beginnings and how he becomes the way he is.

However, the book starts off fairly slow. You will not see much action until at least halfway through the novel. This made the book a little laborious to read. But, the ending is pretty good. I wish there were a little more expansion on what happens towards the end, but there may be more books to come.

All in all, it's a good read. If you like Starcraft, go for it. If not, but are willing to see what it's about, go ahead and give it a shot. You may like it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
NOOOOOOOOB July 21 2012
By Nissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I checked out this book at my work, thinking that maybe it'll be a good sci-fi. After all, I love Starcraft the games, so why not Starcraft the books?

Uughhh...if this were published by any real publishing company and not by Blizzard, it would never have seen the light of day. It's just too noobish.

Throughout the book, Dietz chooses the least exciting way to describe everything. At one scene, as Raynor and fellow cadets are escaping a shot-down plane, he describes each and every sound that goes along with an exploding plane. It would be simple enough to say something like "the blast from the plane deafened everyone and sent them sprawling", but instead he says something like "a muffled thump sounded as the fire got too close to the fuel line" and then proceeds to describe the rest of the plane's destruction by what sound goes along with what action. He doesn't describe how the noise or fire affects the characters.

And this isn't once a chapter. Every long expanse of narrative is filled with errors like this that make reading the book a chore. He describes things in a boring manner, and sometimes in just completely strange ways. Tychus Findlay passes out at one point, and Dietz says "he fell into a black hole". Yeah.

Also, the characters are pretty bland. There's not nearly enough description or personal development to build an attachment to the characters. This story was meant to elaborate on Raynor's life, and yet it never does. It basically said that Raynor was a poor farmer's son who signed up one day on a whim because some dude piloting a goliath told him to. It barely describes his emotions at all.

One of the biggest problems with this book is that the dialogue doesn't feel distinct. Raynor, his family, Tychus, and the vast majority of Starcraft characters are complete rednecks. They therefore should talk like rednecks. Instead, much of the dialogue feels bland. There's one point where Raynor's father is giving him advice on bullies (note that Raynor is beyond high school at this point) and it sounds just like advice on an after school special.

As a nitpick, Dietz also commits two amateur sci-fi writer sins. First, he uses a special adjective to describe ordinary items. He keeps calling things "sonic", like a sonic shower, a sonic toothbrush, or a sonic clothes cleaner. I had to wonder if people in the K Sector are huge fans of blue hedgehogs, or if Raynor's toothbrush was a gift from the Doctor.

Secondly, Dietz gave a character an awkward name of questionable pronunciation: Ryk Kydd. Yeah.

Honestly, the writing in this book is so stiff and strange that I couldn't even finish it. I know it's bad to comment on a book if you can't finish it, but I just couldn't make myself finish this. I spent more time picking out errors (like picking berries off an in-season bush) than I did enjoying the plot.

To say at least one thing positive about this book, every so often there was funny dialogue. It's not nearly enough to balance the rest of the book. Lackluster plot, bad writing, underdeveloped characters...yeah, don't get this book. There's much better fiction out there.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
SCII: Heaven's Devils July 31 2010
By Sirius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Heaven's Devils is a book that had a lot of potential to be a very good book but fell short. There are several issues I find with the book but the most basic is the prose arrangement. William Dietz has a peculiar style of arrangement that inhibits the flow of his prose, at least in this book. Some of his grammatical devices seem almost childish (I won't go into them to avoid nit picking). Long story short, the novel reads like a manuscript in second or third draft and that theme continues with the actual storyline itself.

Dietz tells the story from the third person omniscient and soundly abuses that omniscience in order to achieve a shorter story. What takes place in 300 pages here really deserves about 500-600. There are too many characters and not enough time to care about all of them. So the focus of the story is blurry, which is sorely disappointing. Usually stories about tragic heroes such as Jim Raynor, are just that: tragic. This one doesn't have enough time to be tragic even though the story itself obviously is. Again, it reads like a manuscript, not a finished piece.

I have not read Dietz's other work on Halo but I imagine him to be an author of some skill to have been a bestseller for the Halo series. It makes me wonder if perhaps this work was rushed and his wings were somewhat clipped by Blizzard. In the first chapters there are vestiges of a truly advanced style of a thinking that Dietz is apparently capable of but it is rapidly squelched and obscured. I also wonder if perhaps he was out of his element. It seems like this book might have been written for a younger audience, which would go against conventional wisdom (seeing as those of us who played Starcraft the original are now 12 years older). Still compared to another novel in the SC lineup "Liberty's Crusade" (which I very much enjoyed, a tragic story about tragic people), the book dims.

I would say that Heaven's Devils is worth a read for anybody who likes to know histories. It is not an abysmal read and can be completed in a day. Just buy it in paperback or check it out from the library when it comes.

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