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Delta Green : The Rules of Engagement (Delta Green Fiction)

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Delta Green: The Rules of Engagement is the first Delta Green novel, following the release of the short story collection Delta Green: Alien Intelligence. Delta Green weaves the comic terrors of the Cthulhu Mythos seamlessly with the paranoia and shadowy forces of conspiracy theory, updating the stories of jazz era horror writer H. P. Lovecraft to the modern day.
Paperback, 229 pages
Published February 14th 2000 by Tynes Cowan Corp
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Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it
Shelves: weird, lovecraftian
Actually, this is more of a book for people who are into the Delta Green RPGs, which I am not. I'm not a gamer at all, but I thought I'd try the book because it said it was based on the Cthulhu Mythos.

This book is kind of a cross between the X-files, a techno-thriller a la Tom Clancy and is filled with conspiracies behind conspiracies behind conspiracies. The meat of this story is that one of the Delta Green agents (an organization which supposedly started with the FBI raid on Innsmouth -- I'll
neko cam
Mar 05, 2013 neko cam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, horror, madness
Delta Green: The Rules of Engagement (henceforth DG:TRoE) is a wonderfully matter-of-fact presentation of the sort of procedure behind a typical DG operation. Its sense of factuality is enriched by the depth and frank humanity of its characters - even those who are no longer strictly human.

It was tricky at first keeping straight so many characters, each referred to with two or three different names (real name and code name, mostly), but that difficulty quickly fell to the wayside once the story
Though it is inspired by the Delta Green game, and even refers to some scenarios from the rulebook, this is not a gaming book, but a full novel by itself. And not a bad Mythos novel by itself, even if the HPL cosmic horror is clear only at the end, unless you are quite familiar with it to recognize the signs.

It plays on the Heart of Darkness conundrum, where you risk to become what you fight, made even clearer when you fight supernatural horrors. It will help characters realize how alienated the
Ville Halonen
Mar 30, 2016 Ville Halonen rated it really liked it
I was a huge John Tynes fanboy back when this novel came out, but somehow never got to reading it until now. I have to say, he knows his business and this is fine stuff for a first novel. I like his style and his pacing; I was also impressed by the structure.

Compared to Lovecraft, without whom this novel wouldn't exist, Tynes actually has believable and likable characters. They feel human, they have problems, their very human psychologies lead to decisions that shape the story. I quite liked th
Jun 30, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This is the first Delta Green book I have read, and in fact they are kinda hard to get ahold of now. I am trying to actively acquire the others now. What a good read! Modern weird science/Cthulhu and a mish mosh of other things thrown in for strangeness and to keep things lively. Well written, with interesting characters, and a "hands around your neck" pace, this book doesn't let you go. Read it now! I hope you can find it!

Dec 25, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it
I thought this book was fun as hell. Liking Cthulhu, especially modern Cthulhu RPGs, I was stoked for this book. It didn't disappoint. Tynes obviously did a lot of research into how covert agencies work. I also liked the pacing of the story, and the interesting actions the 'player characters' took to get through the adventure (aka story.) Was also REALLY creepy at parts. Woot.
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Other Books in the Series

Delta Green Fiction (8 books)
  • Delta Green: Alien Intelligence
  • Delta Green: Dark Theatres (Short Fiction Collection, Delta Green Cthulhu Mythos)
  • Delta Green: Denied to the Enemy
  • Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly
  • Delta Green: Strange Authorities
  • Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies
  • Delta Green: Extraordinary Renditions

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