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Battlefield 3: The Russian

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  477 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
As bullets whiz by, walls crumble, and explosions throw you to the ground, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before. In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines where they will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York ... Since 2002, EA's series of Battlefield games ...more
Paperback, 399 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2011)
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Maristela Rezende
Jan 20, 2013 Maristela Rezende rated it it was amazing
This is a book for those who like espionage, war and lots of action. I read the book in a day and a half, because I love reading this kind of literature. I do not know the game, but should be very good, if we base the book.
Dima is a Russian soldier who does not always work that may appear. Already a veteran and is always solving the issues, not the conventional side, but its way. Resolve to get away, but the bosses want to get rid of him and put him behind a negotiator for nuclear weapons. Actua
Erin Pallott
Jul 15, 2013 Erin Pallott rated it really liked it
Something strange has happened... Me and my Grandad now have an author in common. I have long been aware of Andy McNab's work but I haven't been inspired to start reading any of his books... Until now of course.

I picked this up firstly because it's a novel based on a videogame that I enjoyed and secondly because I recognised the author. I haven't played the actual game in quite a few months, but after reading the book I can remember the story quite clearly.

The very first and most important point
Chris Harrison
Oct 28, 2014 Chris Harrison rated it really liked it

I have not played the game but I did recognise the cover as video game related. I thought this book was very good but ultimately let down at the end with what seemed like a rushed finale into the final 2 pages. I also felt there was too many characters which made it at times confusing, so much so that I didn't realise until flicking through the book after finishing it that Soloman was with Dima in the opening episode. Story was intersting and they built Soloman up to be a
Feb 26, 2012 Oscar rated it it was amazing
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Dec 15, 2016 Coverop rated it it was amazing
Great Book
Great moments
Plenty of nice touches

I've first read the book and then played the game.
Game felt wrong... there is one particular moment where game changes timeline differently than the book it says. (not sure if its positive or negative actually)

This book has some amazing moments where you want to read more and to not stop.

Sean the Bookonaut
Nov 11, 2011 Sean the Bookonaut rated it liked it
The Russian - Battlefield 3 is a book tie in with one of the hottest gaming properties on the market. As befits the kind of money thrown behind the multimedia & merchandising campaign that such a release requires, publishers Swordfish have gone with a high calibre author as the front runner on the book.

There are precious few authors that can bring the sort of credibility to military adventure stories that McNab does and he’s backed up by Peter Grimsdale an award winning television producer w

Dec 11, 2015 Harry007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: video-game
This book is as badly written as its sequel 'Battlefield 4', and I think I know the reason. It's not reasonable to assume that Andy McNab would write something as terrible as this. So since the secondary author also wrote the awful 'Battlefield 4' (by himself), you'd have to think he wrote the majority of 'Battlefield 3' without Andy McNab contributing too much. I might be wrong, but the writing flaws in both books are hugely similar. The story concerns two soldiers, US marine Henry Blackburn an ...more
Feb 20, 2017 Thomas rated it really liked it
Per motivi personali di scarsa concentrazione mi son perso varie volte il filo del discorso nella prima metà del libro. E dire che il videogioco lo reputo super e McNab è uno dei miei preferiti. Si nota il suo stile ironico, preciso, duro e crudo. Molta azione e trama scorrevole fino al gran finale
Jason Hoffmann
Jan 14, 2013 Jason Hoffmann rated it really liked it
Whether you are a history buff or a hard core gamer this book is the one for you! Battlefield 3 by Andy McNab is based off of the popular game battlefield 3. The story follows the campaign of the game so great it is like the book is just feeding you more background knowledge to the game. Whether or not you have played the game, you will find yourself in chapter one already in action! The real world events fit into this book so well you will feel like this is a true story. Although the book is on ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Randy rated it really liked it
As bullets whiz by, walls crumble, and explosions throw you to the ground, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before. In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines where they will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York ... Since 2002, EA's series of Battlefield games have set the standard for realism and ambition. And in Autumn 2011, with the global release of the hotly anticipated Battlefi ...more
Oct 27, 2011 Cody rated it liked it
Read the dead tree version (because it was cheaper than the e-book, what are you thinking, book publishers?). It wasn't bad. It follows the campaign of the game pretty closely, which I usually don't like but I didn't mind so much this time because I didn't play the campaign (after about an hour I realized I wasn't having fun and would rather be playing multiplayer). There was plenty of action, and I enjoyed the writing for the most part, but the ending seemed majorly rushed and there were severa ...more
Nov 03, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it
Battlefield 3: The Russian is about a man named Dima Mayakovsky who teams up with U.S. Marine Sergeant Blackburn to stop and take out a highly ranked fugitive. The Kremlin wants Dima to bring this man in at all cost and they wont let him fail. As Blackburn and his men go into Iran they are going into extreme chaos!
Over all this book is great, If you play the video game Battlefield 3 you'll love this book. Its similar to the campaign but it has a twist. If you havent played the game, but your
Jun 21, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it
I bought this book on a whim because I had enjoyed the videogame. This book was a pleasant surprise. The story was well paced and regarded the joint story between an American marine and an ex Soviet black ops agent. Both men find that the have a common enemy in a terrorist knows as Solomon. Very interesting and kept me going all the way through to the end. Plenty of action, which is just the kind of story I enjoy. I don't know whether Peter Grimsdale or Andy McNabb wrote it 50:50 or not but the ...more
Michael Alexander Henke
This novelization of the Battlefield 3 video game is enjoyable because it tells the other side of the story. The game tells it's story from 2 perspectives. Sergeant Henry Blackburn of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Dmitiri Mayakovsky, and ex-Spetsnaz Russian soldier. The game focuses primarily on Blackburn's story, with a few missions dedicated to Mayakovsky to change things up. This book focuses mainly on Mayakovsky's story, and it's cool to see all the stuff that was going on behind the scenes, an ...more
mookie kong
Apr 08, 2012 mookie kong rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, own
The book is much more satisfying and entertaining than the story that is presented in the game. The book follows the same basic storyline, because as I understand, Andy McNab came up with the premise. But, the book has more character and charm than the game -- the characters can be related to and there is a slight sense of humor that runs throughout the book. I was sorely disappointed by the game's single-player story and was thinking the worse for the book. I am very pleasantly surprised by how ...more
Emma Milner
Aug 07, 2013 Emma Milner rated it it was amazing
Undoubtably this us a Great book for any keen Battlefield 3 fan. Andy McNab does a brilliant job at breathing a whole new level of emotion into the often simple and bland game characters by giving them history and a reason for the readers to understand them. With equal amounts of heart racing action and intriguing mystery, this book has to be one of my all time favourites. I recommend to both gamers and anyone who enjoys a good military thriller.
Bence Vass
A játék rongyosra játszása után úgy döntöttem, hogy ezt kérdem karácsonyra. Gyerek fejjel nem volt a legérthetőbb a regény, ettől függetlenül egy erős közepest mindenképp megérdemel. Ha valaki ráakadna egy bolhapiacon, egy kávé árát nyugodt szívvel kicsengetheti érte. Bár az elolvasására szentelt időt sokkal jobb könyvekkel is töltheti. :p
May 29, 2012 Donpedro rated it really liked it
It was my very first McNab book, and i quite enjoyed it. Although i needed some time to get used to McNab's style. The story itself was not the most brilliant i've ever read, but it was good. If only DICE would have used the entire book for the actual story of Battlefield 3, and not a cut, heavily modified version...
Nov 23, 2011 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: andy-mcnab
Fast pace, great action, good story with endearing characters. Not the intelligence of Clancy or Ludlum, but plenty more raw action than the usual McNab/Nick Stone thriller. A gripping novel with an intense, though possibly too short, ending. Highly recommend it and hope for more, similar collaborations.
Lee Hardy
Aug 20, 2016 Lee Hardy rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Finally managed to get around to reading this book. Not as good as the Nick Stone books but a good read with a tie in to the video game. You have a USA marine, a Russian special ops & a dangerous fugitive who wants to set of a nuclear device. Lots of action & explosions & government cover ups. Not a bad read all in all.
May 22, 2012 Don rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, military
Filled in some of the gaps in the single-player campaign for Battlefield 3. The ending is different, but this could reflect an earlier version of the campaign, which changed as the game development progressed.
Graeme Skinner
Jun 11, 2012 Graeme Skinner rated it really liked it
Read in 3 days.
Fast paced and easy to read. Good bit of bad guy saves the world.
Apparently based on the video game but you don't need to play it to get the gist of it. Airport reading...

Good book
Andy Smith
Sep 16, 2012 Andy Smith rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone whom like's war and action reads.
Shelves: favorites, gaming, 2012
This is the first book of Andy McNab that I have read and I couldn't put it down. action packed from start to finish, amazing characters all the way from start to finish. Not all russian are evil and hell bound on killing everyone, but they are all just as nuts as Dima show's you.
John Pol Molina
Sep 15, 2016 John Pol Molina rated it really liked it
Two point of views from an American Soldier and a Russian mercenary where a new conflict arises between two nations. Based on the video game this story has a bit of action and thriller that is written in every page along with two viewpoints from two main characters.
Nov 07, 2014 10C6matthewb rated it it was amazing
great book. really fast paced and lots of action
Aug 31, 2013 DSG2806 rated it it was ok
Mar 18, 2014 Chataclysm rated it it was ok
A badly written cash-in to coincide with the release of the game. Don't read it. Isn't worth it.
Helen Goltz
Sep 20, 2012 Helen Goltz rated it liked it
For fans of action, escapism and a good McNab book, this one won't disappoint. Good fun and really likeable characters.
Dean Thompson
Feb 09, 2013 Dean Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid read given the obvious confines of writing within the limitations of a game. Well worth a read though.
Andrew Herbert
Mar 26, 2016 Andrew Herbert rated it liked it
Marketed with the coauthor listed in very faint type. Typical of McNab - good action, odd choices with some characters, and a bit of a cartoon.

Diverting, a quick read. It isn't literature... ;-)
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Andy McNab joined the infantry in 1976 as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was badged as a member of 22 SAS Regiment. He served in B Squadron 22 SAS for ten years and worked on both covert and overt special operations worldwide, including anti-terrorist and anti-drug operations in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland.

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