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Dead Space: Martyr (Dead Space)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,466 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
The first novel in the multi-million dollar video game franchise Dead Space

When geophysicist Michael Altman hears of the mysterious signal emitted from deep within the Chicxulub crater, he can not resist the lure of an undiscovered artifact. With his girlfriend Ada, he joins a team excavating the underwater crater, determined to find the source of the baffling message. The
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dead Space: Martyr (Dead Space, #1), B.K. Evenson
عنوان: فضای مرده کتاب اول : قربانی؛ نویسنده: برایان اونسن؛ مترجم: بهزاد بهروان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، آذرپاد، 1393، در 462 ص، شابک: 9786006225371؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 21 م
اینبار بچه ها بجای جوراب، کتابهایی را که خود میخواستند بخوانند بمناسبت روز پدر هدیه دادند، یکی از آن کتابهاست
Fairul Asannan
Jun 02, 2011 Fairul Asannan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY LOVE this book. I think it was mostly because i had played both of the game, and i had wondered days and nights about the mysterious Markers and Necromorphs.

The plot in both games (Dead Space 1&2) are mind-fucking as hell, and I was somewhat disappointed after the credits rolled, with thousands what and why and WTH spinning in my mind, so I decided that maybe reading the novel would provide me some insight about what the hell is going on. I was wrong, unfortunately, but enjoyed the
Sep 21, 2016 Panagiotis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το Dead Space είναι ένα μυθιστόρημα βασισμένο στο ομώνυμο παιχνίδι. Δεν το έχω παίξει, δεν ξέρω παραπάνω πληροφορίες πέραν του ότι είναι τρομακτικό και δεν θέλω να αναλωθώ σε πράματα που θα το συνδέσουν με διεκπεραιωτική λογοτεχνία για την βιομηχανία των παιχνιδιών. Το βιβλίο είναι γραμμένο από τον μοναδικό Έβενσον, κάθε του βιβλίο που έχω διαβάσει με έχει ενθουσιάσει με αυτόν τον επικίνδυνο τρόπο που αθόρυβα με τραβάει σε σκοτεινές γωνίες του ανθρώπινου ψυχισμού. Έχει την ικανότητα ο Έβενσον να ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Igor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, horror
Since I played all the Dead Space games, this book came as most welcoming because the games didn't reveal too much about Black Marker or Altman or how everything started. Book is a prequel to the games so it can be read by anyone interested in horror sci-fi. Also, possibly could be more interesting for those who didn't play the games as they don't know what's all about therefore reading experience could be much more intense. Personally, it gave me quite few chills late at night as just the same ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of the Dead Space franchise and the backstory that the games have set up in Dead Space, Dead Space 2 and Dead Space: Extraction. There's a wealth of other media, too - a comic series, a graphic novel, two animated movies, an iOS game, and a Live Arcade/PSN downloadable game. The quality really lurches all over the place when it comes to the 'extended universe'. I really enjoyed the original comic, but hate both animated features with a passion, for example.

I was intrigued, then, by
Higor Felipe Alves De Freitas
For some reason, this book took me longer than usual to read, ( I would usually read a book like this in 3-5 days, but it took me 2 weeks). I think that this is mostly due to the slow start, and trust me, it is Slow (with a capital 'S' for emphasis). Although slow, the author does a great job of building up tension, all this tension leading up to an absolutely amazing second halve.
I don't tend to read novels based on games, but this one, luckily, isn't a novel of the actual game (oddly enough,
Kyle Muntz
Feb 10, 2015 Kyle Muntz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a solid novel, especially considering how thin the setting felt in the original games. There are a lot of elements here that remind me of Evenson's other work: the stripped down prose, film-noir dialogue, gorgeous take on violence, hints at the mythical, and even moves towards a similar thematic complexity. The main differences were structural, as here he gives the book the pace and feel of a thriller. The last act was especially impressive, I think, as it explodes in a mess of gore that ...more
Steve Owen
Feb 28, 2011 Steve Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian Evenson doing straight genre work still feels very much like Evenson proper with its mimetic style and epistemological quandaries. Interesting work for writers looking to bridge the gap between genre and literature.
Phillip D
Mar 27, 2011 Phillip D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
As a fan of Dead Space and Dead Space 2, I really enjoyed this book. Having played both games I started sense of foreboding about what is to come. I would have liked to know more about the church of unitology but perhaps we'll get a sequal.
Jul 04, 2013 Damon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Underwhelming, poorly written, macabre filler that sullies the Dead Space lore with unnecessary and contradictory exposition.

It's the story of Michael Altman, the religious figure at the heart of the church of Unitology, and his clumsy journey from a lowly computer tech to an unwilling cult legend. Far in the future, Earth's resources are dwindling, and major mining corporations have already wasted thousands of lives and dollars fighting over the surface of the Moon during "the moon skirmishes".
Kristian Wilson
Dec 29, 2015 Kristian Wilson rated it really liked it

Video game tie-in novels aren't known for being big-L Literature, and you won't spot B.K. Evenson's Dead Space, Martyr on any awards lists. That's a shame, too, because Evenson's novel is a unicorn --- a visceral, horrific unicorn. Dead Space, Martyr is a damn good work of fiction that transcends franchise appeal.

All too often, video game tie-in novels get by on series name alone. Stilted writing turns reading into slogging, and sometimes even an inventive story cannot save the novel from its po

Apr 18, 2013 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was freaking brilliant when it comes to introducing us to Altman. From the games we are only presented with the fact that he is the founder of a religious movement, called unitology and that he died misteriously.
These informations will make you assume that he is evil or, as the rest of the believers, completely ignorant about the Marker and its intentions and effects. Well, this book may change your view on him.

Since the beginning of the book we follow Altman and the events that led to
Aug 07, 2012 Aka rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
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Achtung Englander
May 29, 2013 Achtung Englander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a pretty good introduction to the Dead Space canon. A lot of the elements that made the video game fun like holoscreens, Convergence and various Necromorphs all make a show. The story is surprisingly original with the propagandist being a reluctant martyr as opposed to the stereotypical megalomaniac. It also takes a large slice from 2001 A Space Odyssey with the Marker stepping in for the Monolith. It even gets digged up after being purposely buried by "other" beings. The writing is flui ...more
Feb 18, 2015 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, sci-fi
4.5 - Well written with good pacing and suspense.
This review will contain very mild spoilers about the pacing

The good
I'm partial to the Dead Space series via the games, but my main concern going into this book was how the prequel would be able to capture the series disturbing atmosphere without coming on too strongly and losing the reader.

In my opinion the author manages to balance the ominous elements of the story so that there's always a sense of dread but at the same time it doesn't try too
Jessica at Book Sake
Reviewed by Kole for Book Sake.

I’ve been a Dead Space fan for a long time. And I always wanted a real prequel to them. This story has lived up to that in every way. It explains many things and makes the story of the series make more sense. You get to see the origins of the markers, or their discovery, and how the society spiraled into what is now Dead Space. I liked how the focus of the story was on a very important person in the mythology. This person was previously unknown, and I couldn’t real
Alexander S...........
I am a fan of the dead space series.
I really enjoy this book
good well written story with twist and turns
True to the Dead Space series amazing book
Book is a prequel to the original Dead Space, set hundreds of years before that game. It covers the discovery of the original Marker and ultimately gestures towards the beginnings of the COU .This story is full of paranoid, horrific, violent and gut-wrenching moments.
This book is a must read for fans of Dead Space...
I love it...
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I couldn't get into this book but my 13 year old son wanted to read it once I mentioned the video game Dead Space. I actually wanted it for him so I'll be curious if he likes it. Review coming when he is done with it.
Mar 26, 2012 Bjorn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read at all. Starts off a bit wonky, and I always feel silly when reading books based on games, but it picked up nicely. Some elements from the games felt like they were forced in, but it didn't really affect much.
Kaine Andrews
Well, if you're a fan of the video game series, this is probably worth a peek. If you're not, it's probably not going to do much for you. The idea is that the author is trying to give you some backstory for how mankind first got interested in the Marker (some form of pre-human monolith that generates nearly limitless energy) and the founding of the Church of Unitology (the group that worships the Marker, believing it will bring them to transcendance.)

I personally don't think the book accomplishe
Oct 29, 2016 Krystina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Altman. I seriously loved it. It isn't all necromorphs and action, in this book it is more about understanding. There is a decent amount of action and death, but the story and build up make this novel. Well worth the read if you are even slightly a Dead Space fan.
jacob smythe
Jan 25, 2017 jacob smythe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good book to good game

this is a great book prequel to show how the games begin. it helps explain what the marker is and how the crazy began.
C.T. Phipps
Mar 05, 2016 C.T. Phipps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grimdark
The Dead Space franchise is a series of works which I've devoted a good deal of effort to familiarizing myself with. The series premise is the galaxy is littered with "Markers" which are worshiped by a cult called the Unitologists. These Markers are, unfortunately, not very helpful to humanity as they result in horrific mutations along with violent resurrection into space zombies. The trilogy of video games star Isaac Clarke as the only man in the universe with any luck fighting them while the ...more
Jan 06, 2017 Sonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether you played the game or not, it's an excellent read if you want to get familiar with the lore of Dead Space. This writing style of the book takes a little getting used to at first, but it builds and builds and does not fail to lose your interest as you go along. It keeps you wondering what the purpose of the Marker is, why it affects those in its proximity, and in its later chapters has the suspense and horror resembling the game.
Alejandro Mujica
Game-to-film and game-to-novel adaptations miss more than hit. A lot of times, what makes a good story gets less importance than recreating the setting and mythos. Evenson doesn't just dodge this adaptation problem, he blends the Dead Space universe into a cohesive and decently written novel, while exercising his creative liberties.

If you are not familiar with the Dead Space franchise, it revolves around two major elements: an otherwordly artifact and the religion that sprouted from its discove
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Sep 13, 2010 Terry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gaming
Dead Space introduced us to Unitology, a religion built around an alien artifact found on Earth. The religion, founded by Michael Altman, is based on the belief that the purpose of human existence is tied to this artifact called the Marker. While the game was focused on the discovery of a second Marker on a far off world, this book takes us back 200 years to the discovery of the first one.

Michael Altman is a geophysicist working in the Yucatan Peninsula because it keeps him with his girlfriend A
May 08, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scifi, video games
Shelves: sci-fi
Some things are lost for a reason.

Michael Altman is about to find out the meaning of the old saying that “idle hands are the devil’s playground”. In the future the world is on the verge of a resource collapse that has reshaped the political climate of the world as the few remaining resources are fought over and the powers that be are always racing to find the next big advantage over their competition. In this new world fields such as archeology and geology are either put on the back burner or ar
Roberts "elles
May 16, 2013 Roberts "elles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mirušais Kosmoss:Moceklis" sarakstījis Braens Evensons. Šo grāmatu izlasīju dēļ labajām atsaucēm , un tādēļ, ka man patīk šāda žanra grāmatas.
Stāsts notiek 2508 gadā, kad no kosmosa kuģa "Ikušima" (no Jāpaņu valodas "Akmens ciems") tiek raidīts SOS signāls no planētas "Aegis VII". Uz šo izsaukumu atbildēja kosmosa kuģis, kurā strādāja mehāniķis Īzaks Klārks, kurš arī ir galvenais varonis. Bet viņu kuģis avarē uz šīs planētas, kuģa apkalpe ir pazudusi, Īzaks , kuģa komandieris un datorspeciālist
James Caldwell
I just finished Dead Space 3 and found myself wondering about the Marker and where it comes from and all that. That's why I decided to read this book, which covers the beginnings of the Marker religion known as Ornithology from the video games.

I found myself drawn into the plot of this book in the beginning, but I felt the middle was somewhat of a slog, and found myself putting this one down every few chapters, which is why it took me so long to read it. It picks up again near the end, and it ha
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