- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Star Trek; Reissue edition (Nov. 27 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671784986
- ISBN-13: 978-0671784980
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.5 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 263 g
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #883,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Code: Veronica Mass Market Paperback – Nov 27 2001
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About the Author
S. D. Perry is a novelist living in Portland, Oregon. She is currently lives with her husband, Myk, her two children Cyrus and Myk Jr, and their two dogs. She mostly writes tie-in novels based on works in the fantasy/science-fiction/horror genre, including Resident Evil, Star Trek, Aliens and Predator. She has also written a handful of short stories and movie novelizations. Her favorite Star Trek series is the original series, with her favorite characters being "The Big Three" - Kirk, Spock and McCoy.
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However, as time has passed, I have grown more jaded to this series. Book one was much loved by me and I thought Perry did a very good job of turning the game into a book. But somewhere along the line I think she lost intrest. The newest book, Code Veronica, is based on the...THE game of the series and it just doesn't do justice to its origins.
One of my major peeves about this book is the writing style. Villians all seem to be the same...Mostly insane and bloodthirsty. True, the game portrays them as this but where is the cold calculations of Alexia and the brutal efficiency of Alfred? They are so...One dimensional. As for the hereos, I didn't feel that the Chris Redfield of the game would have liked his book counterpart. The book version cusses randomly and moves about his objectives without thought. Sure, I would scream obsanities if I was shooting at a zombie...But when I was just walking around and talking? This aspect began to really draw me down when applied to Claire and Leon. I just didn't think they were well portrayed.
As a "somewhat" writer myself, could I have done a better job...maybe. Perry has her action sequences down and she does write very well. But compared to some of the people who put out books, the Resident Evil series is a poor one. If I were to make a suggestion on this, I would say read books one(Resident Evil) and three(Caliban Cove), by far the best. Also read four(Umbrella Conspiracy) as it has some good personal writting by Perry. But stay clear of the others. They just don't tell the same story as the games and you may even feel a little robbed by the experience.
Once again, I must congradulate Perry for breathing life into these characters. She continues to stay true to the videogame series while at the same time revealing certain aspects of the characters (Claire, Steve, Chris) that helps us to identify and even sympathise with their struggles. The mythology surrounding the evil Ashford twins, Alfred and Alexia, is finally fleshed out in this novel, filling in the gaps left by the videogame.
When I first encountered these evil characters, I felt disappointed, believing their introduction in the game was ridiculous and farfetched. However, S.D.Perry helps readers to understand their origions, and she brings credibility to their role in this story, as well as the reappearance of Albert Weskers.
Finally, the story has a happy yet sad ending that leaves readers to question the possible future of the surviving characters: Will they ever bring down Umbrella? Will their life on the run ever end? Where will the series go from here? These are questions I have often pondered after reading each novel. I have no idea how the game and the novels alike will bring a close to Umbrella's evil legacy, but whatever happens, I look forward to the next novel and videogame; I'm sure other fellow RE fans will too.
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