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Heaven's Devils (Starcraft II #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,049 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
For the poor, hardworking citizens of the Confederacy’s fringe worlds, the Guild Wars have exacted a huge toll. Swayed by the promise of financial rewards, a new batch of recruits joins the fight alongside a slew of neurally resocialized criminals—and a few dubious military leaders. Eighteen-year-old Jim Raynor, full of testosterone and eager to make things right at home, ...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Gallery Books (first published December 1st 2009)
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Giovanni Gelati
Jul 02, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it really liked it
I have been trying to get into other genres to keep things fresh and exciting once in a while. I am a bit of a suspense/mystery type person. I enjoy the occasional romantic comedy to break things up, with a smattering of non-fiction on the side as books on interesting people and events come up on my radar. The Sci-Fi thing I enjoyed when I was younger, but have not really gotten back to it till now. William Deitz really intrigued me with his bio on the back page and the little blurb of dialogue ...more
Jun 08, 2011 George rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ένα ελαφρύ πολεμικό μυθιστόρημα επιστημονικής φαντασίας στον κόσμο του Starcraft. Πολλές μάχες, χιλιάδες πυροβολισμοί από 'δω και από 'κει, μπόλικες εκρήξεις, μπουνιές, κλωτσιές και άλλα ωραία. Ανάπτυξη χαρακτήρων μέτρια, εκτός κάποιων εκ των πρωταγωνιστών, περιγραφές μαχών μέτριες προς σχετικά καλές, η πλοκή υποτυπώδης αν και σε σημεία είχε ένα κάποιο ενδιαφέρον, τέλος συνηθισμένο σε τέτοιου είδους περιπετειώδη μυθιστορήματα, και διάλογοι ψιλομέτριοι, με μπόλικες κλισέ ατάκες, που ταιριάζουν βέ ...more
Sep 28, 2010 Todd rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
I've never played Starcraft, but that's not why this book earned a bad rating. The prose is horrible. I've never complained about prose before, nor have I ever really cared. That is how bad it is. It's bloated, choppy and juvenile. Exclamation points are to be used sparingly!

The dialog was horrible. Ninety percent of it could never be uttered by a real character, and the rest would earn mockery if it was spoken aloud.

The story was okay, and is about the only thing that earned a star.

However, I g
Mike Harrington
Oct 11, 2016 Mike Harrington rated it really liked it
Good read, plenty of action. Anticipate reading the entire series.
Jan 10, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, war
I'm usually not impressed with books based off movies or video games. The endless numbers of Star Wars books and World of Warcraft books never interested me that much. When a movie or game defines its own plot, an author of a book finds him/herself limited to either retelling a story everyone knows or just giving something random a try by using new characters that would somehow fit into the movie or game's universe, but not directly affect the plot of the original storyline. Its at this point, y ...more
Henry Chan
Sep 16, 2016 Henry Chan rated it it was amazing
The Starcraft universe is a vast one. All the lore and stories behind each and every character is really hard to find. In this edition, fans will find the story of James Raynor's life as young adult as he grow up as an average farm boy to battle harden commander. Through his experience in the Marine Corps, he makes a long time friend and partner Tychus Findlay.
Dec 02, 2013 Bmah1 rated it really liked it
Prequel to the sequel of the popular RTS (real-time-strategy) game for PC. This novel focuses on the origins of Jim Raynor, one of the main protagonist of the game. The world is set in a science fiction scenario where 3 different races are at war over scarce resources around the universe. The story explains the life of Raynor as he lived in his home world before he becomes a marshal. His experiences in boot camp, first team and his first battles against the other alien races are some of the high ...more
Feb 06, 2017 Calvin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Stacraft Players
Shelves: owned
Overall a great read for ANYONE who plays Starcraft, and would like to know more about the "friendship of Tychus and Jim"........
As usual, Tychus has ALL the contacts.

Certainly engaging near the end, not terribly engaging in the beginning. I do appreciate that the author took to time to "tie up loose ends" though.

Aug 24, 2015 Robert rated it did not like it
I was a big Starcraft fan as a kid, and had enjoyed reading earlier Starcraft novels, despite their mixed quality. Even owned a couple of them. Heaven's Devils was so, so poorly-written, so remarkably uninspired, that after reading it I took it and my other Starcraft books straight to the local library to donate them. That is not a joke.

Dietz fails to capture the feeling of the computer games the book is supposed to be a prequel to, which might not be an issue if it weren't an incredibly lacklus
Feb 25, 2011 Vivek rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I've been really into the game StarCraft II lately and thought I'd check this out for some backstory on Jim Raynor. Its been a while since I've read any science fiction, and I wasn't expecting much. The book wasn't bad, but wasn't really good either. It has an alright plot: Raynor leaves his farmer parents and decides to join the Marines, where he meets Tychus Findlay and eventually gets disillusioned with the whole thing.

If you're interested in StarCraft, its fun reading about Raynor. If you do
Jun 21, 2011 Sawada rated it really liked it
A good read. Although some of the characters were a little stereotypical, I felt for them and the ending felt like it set the foundation for Ryanor in Starcraft 1, as well as for Tychus in SC2.

I like to relate it to that movie "Jarhead". Raynor (18 year old of farmer parents) is lured into the military with the sign on bonus and promised excitement. Goes through boot camp, becomes best friends with those in his unit (some started as enemies), goes on a few missions taking tactical command of hi
Apr 04, 2013 Kazia rated it liked it
A well written, engaging story that gives a very different perspective on Jim Raynor's character, and establishes the origins of Tychus Findlay and his connection to Jim when you play the Wings of Liberty campaign. I didnt like Findlay much before and this book made me really not like him. the other character that were members of the "Heaven's Devils" group were mostly not very memorable, except for the sniper who was a conscripted, kidnapped teen originating from a rich family, and the treacher ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Mphecker rated it liked it
While I normally don't expect much from video-game inspired books, I was pleasantly surprised by Heaven's Devils. While there were obvious game references, Dietz used them to help establish the setting instead of just adding them in like many other authors. This would have definitely been a 4 star book, except for one fatal flaw: there was no climax. After graduation from boot camp, the protagonists travel from one battle and caper to another, with no definite high point. When the end DID come, ...more
Scott Martin
Nov 09, 2011 Scott Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Jim Raynor's early years growing up as a farmer on Shiloh, his recruitment into the Confederacy Marines, and his early victories against Kel-Morian on Turaxis II. It is captivating; well-written both from the perspective of military tactics, as well as the ability to create believable characters who you want to follow; and of course, it gives insight into Jim and Tychus' early years before the Zerg. If you finished all the achievements in Wings of Liberty and are waiting on He ...more
Jun 10, 2013 Vdan rated it really liked it
The book is pretty good from what I read. I started to touch on Starcraft book about a month ago and I'm reading according to the chronology (well, I DID play the game so I had a few ideas here and there who is who which helped me to answer some questions).

Thought it had a pretty good story but I can't really comment on the writing as what I put more onto the story and plot itself. It kinda details the stories of how Raynor become who he is in the future and Tychus. The character I liked best i
Aug 18, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok
As much as I love video games, and the story of Starcraft in particular, I've been really hesitant to read books based on games. If movies based on games is any indicator, the books must all kind of suck.

Heaven's Devils...well...kind of sucked. Profanity and drug use aside, the book is at about a 3rd grade reading level and it was very slow going for the first half of the book. Those problems aside, I think it might have just been that the subject matter for this particular novel just wasn't tha
Dave Swavely
Jun 18, 2013 Dave Swavely rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this, because I like StarCraft, and the book design is so cool (I'm a sucker for nice covers, plus this one has bonus art inside). But it was a rather pedestrian military story about young men, in my opinion, and I didn't get through it all (keep in mind that I have major time constraints, and don't get through most books I read.) One thing kinda bothered me, too...I'm assuming the audience this was intended for was largely teens who played StarCraft, but I thought the im ...more
May 31, 2016 Richard rated it liked it
The Starcraft series is very promising from a lore standpoint, but the games didn't do much to flesh this out. This book provides a sketch of one of the most prominent and likeable protagonists, James "Jim" Raynor and his humble origins in a fringe world backwater as well as the situation in the Terran Confederacy's wealthy capital of Tarsonis via a sketch of Ark Bennet "Ryk Kidd." I think it could've been better written, but it's not bad as far as game tie-in's go.
Apr 10, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: StarCraft fans, Jim Raynor fans
This is one of the good books about the StarCraft universe. It's fast-paced and really entertaining, and the art in the front is AMAZING!
BIG let-down in the end, though; it was so abrupt, it felt like a chapter or two had been cut off at the end. Not so bad as to make it three stars, though I would have given it three and a half if I could. I rounded up because of how worth it it is to read this book.
Brad Ward
Feb 18, 2012 Brad Ward rated it it was ok
I found that the sexual content in this book was highly wrong. It really took away from the book's story and I ended up throwing it away because I really wasn't looking forward to continuing it after the various scenes containing prostitutes. I really don't mind the mention of a prostitute or a sexual abuser, but the amount of detail Dietz put into it is absolutely disgusting.
Apr 23, 2012 Julian rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
unfortunately I read devils due before heavens devils and this book fills in a lot of the questions you would have at the beginning of devils due. however this book did a great job of setting in the story of james raynor and his so called "band of misfits" if you are new to starcraft universe I don't know where to start to read, I would recommend this book as the starting point
May 23, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing
I haven't read a Starcraft book in probably two years and I almost forgot how awesome they were - until I borrowed this book from my brother. It was absolutely AMAZING. I loved it. I love how Starcraft is such technical, wide-scope scifi and yet I follow it easily and with enthusiasm. Loved it. Only part that tore me up, as my brother predicted, was the ending 3
Jessica Peveler
This was an entertaining read for anyone who is a fan of the Starcraft game. However, the book's main feature seems to be the under-development of...everything. The plot clicks along without taking time to develop characters, relationships, or other important details. Didn't "explain" as much back story as I had hoped.
Sep 15, 2010 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Great character development for the character of James Raynor within this book. This may just be my biased opinion as a die-hard Starcraft Fan, but I seriously believe this book could be adapted to a movie and not lose too much. Not as slow paced as other video game novels (such as Halo). Excellent read. Must buy for Starcraft fans.
Casey Hodges
Sep 20, 2012 Casey Hodges rated it liked it
The back-story of Jim Raynor joining the terrain army, prior to the first Starcraft game. I suppose it explains what led Raynor to be an outlaw, and establishes his relationship with Tychus in Starcraft II, but it needlessly complicated things. After playing the games, I never felt this story needed to be explained, but here it is.
Eli Skinner
Apr 17, 2016 Eli Skinner rated it it was amazing
Great read, the writing style was a bit different than I was used too and perhaps a bit vague at times, but the story was solid and the characters were fantastic. Ryk Kydd is definitely the star here.
Greg Agate
Nov 30, 2013 Greg Agate rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
Not bad, not great.

An interesting read for the backstory if you are a fan of the Starcraft universe. Otherwise, I would skip over to something else in the genre.

Primarily features Jim Raynor's first experiences in the military and his early days with Tychus Findlay.
Oct 28, 2010 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A decent story, the downside to this book is the cliched writing. If you like Starcraft and it's colorful universe, you will tolerate this book. That being said, you don't get much out of the investment.
Jan 20, 2012 Robb rated it really liked it

It was a very slow start, but after getting through a third of the book it started to pick up. Enjoyable, but nothing to really celebrate over, having interest in the SC universe is enough to keep you in this.
Hugo Saraiva
Oct 08, 2010 Hugo Saraiva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Great story to how Jim Reynor And Tychus Findly met up... and how they became Heaven's Devils.

I'm gonna have to relisten to this one again.. just a good book, and read by Neil Kaplan (the voice of Tychus) which just sweeten the pie for me.
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William Corey Dietz grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a corpsman, graduated from the University of Washington and worked as a surgical technician, college instructor, and news writer. Later he worked for US West in a number of different marketing communications and public relations related positions, before leaving to accept a job as Director of Public Relat ...more
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