Review: The Umbrella Conspiracy (Resident Evil #1) by S.D. Perry

November 1, 2013 3.0 Stars, Bio Warfare, Biological Expermination, Meh, Military Fantasy, Mutants/Mutations, paperback, Science Fiction, series, unlikeable main characters, woman warrior, Zombies 0

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Raccoon City: a remote mountain community suddenly besieged by a rash of grisly murders encroaching upon it from the surrounding forest. Bizarre reports start to spread, describing attacks from vicious creatures, some human…some not. Victims are apparently eaten.

At the epicenter of these deaths is a dark, secluded mansion belonging to the mysterious Umbrella Corporation. For years Umbrella has labored within the mansion, unwatched, ostensibly conducting benign genetic research.

Deployed to investigate the strange goings-on is the Special Tactics and Rescue Squad (S.T.A.R.S.), an unusual paramilitary response unit boasting an eclectic assortment of mission specialists: roguish Chris Redfield, former cat burglar Jill Valentine, dead-eye Barry Burton, and the enigmatic team leader, Albert Wesker. Together with the other S.T.A.R.S. operatives, they have good reason to believe they’re ready for anything.

But what unfolds as the S.T.A.R.S. penetrate the mansion’s long-locked doors is terror beyond their worst nightmares: creatures that defy the laws of life and death – the result of forbidden experiments gone disastrously wrong. Behind it all is a conspiracy so vast in its scope and so insidious in its agenda that the S.T.A.R.S. will be betrayed from within to ensure that the world never learns Umbrella’s secret. And if any survive…they may well come to envy those who do not.

Another Vacation Read

I’m not sure what to say about this book. I enjoyed it for what it was…I was entertained.

I have a bit of a thing for video game novelizations. I love the Diablo series (currently I’m waiting for the Diablo III expansion pack: Reaper of Souls to be released). I managed to pick up two of those novelizations and I enjoyed those as well.

I decided to pick this book up because I really enjoyed the Resident Evil movie (the first one, of course) and my husband and I have one of the games (don’t ask me which one). So I had some familiarity with the franchise but not very much.

The book was interesting. Like the (one game) I’ve played there were a series of puzzles that the characters had to solve. The familiar zombies and horrible mutated zombie dogs were present and the nasty zombie crows even make a guest appearance. The Umbrella is still the location of the main action and Jill Valentine is a major character.

But that’s where the similarities end. There were a lot differences that bothered me – and I don’t know if the book did its own thing or is truer to the video games than the movie. First, Jill is a S.T.A.R.S. member in the this book – and she’s is one of two women in the book (the other is a younger woman named Rebecca) and I don’t think they speak to each other at all.

But where was Alice? Where was The Red Queen? I really wanted to run into those characters – so I was disappointed – but in being honest…I have no clue where Alice falls in the scheme of things so…

I was also surprised to find that the Tyrant Virus (T-Virus) doesn’t seem to infect people outside of the original infection of the Umbrella employees and test subjects. I kept expecting to run into a zombie S.T.A.R.S. member but that never happened. The book did set a decently creepy tone so I avoided reading it at night.

The book ended on a cliff hanger: A phone call to the deserted S.T.A.R.S. helicopter pilot from a stranger named Trent is the only reason they were saved.

All in all, it’s an entertaining book. Can’t say it’s much more than brain candy but I did enjoy it for what it was. If I run across any more of these books I’ll grab it.

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