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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Southern Comfort

(S.T.A.L.K.E.R #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  136 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
To outsiders, the former USSR is always been a place where everything is strangely different. All the more so in the Exclusion Zone around the ill-fated Chernobyl power plant, where after a secret experiment went wrong in 2006, the laws of physics are bent and mysterious phenomena manifest. In 2011, another Zone is apparently created after Al-Qaeda detonated nukes in Afgha ...more
Paperback, 466 pages
Published September 2nd 2011 by Createspace
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Mar 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Terrible, terrible, terrible.

Patrick Green
Apr 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I've played all the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games, read Roadside Picnic and watched Tarkovsky's film "Stalker", but that didn't make Southern Comfort any better. After the cancellation of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, I turned to the more obscure products of the fandom and slogged through uncountable quantities of fanfiction, art and videos before finally stumbling upon this book. My expectations were high. Perhaps a little too high.

Southern Comfort is a drag right from the start. The writing is amateurish, the plo
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I think that this book will appeal more to people who are fans of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game, which I have played. It felt more like a mission report of some one's gaming experience. I acknowledge that it takes place in Afghanistan, and I have no idea if the game was updated to reflect this universe, the book needed better characterization, dialogue, and plotting.
Achtung Englander
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Do the following words mean anything to you - Monolith, Duty, Freedom, Anomalies, Artifacts, Strelok, Sidorovich, Mutants

If they do than you know the universe that is the S.T.A.L.K.E.R (ST) video games and the hugely imaginative spin off this place is since the release of Roadside Picnic. If they do not than this book will be more of a uphill struggle because Pataki will reference a lot of ST aspects than he presume the reader will take for granted in having some knowledge about, especially when
David Dalton
Based on a video game (I am not a gamer), but the storyline looked good to me.

Very much a sci-fi story and a military one as well. X-Files meets Platoon. There are a few other S.T.A.L.K.E.R. books out there and I will try to track them down.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Northern Passage by Balázs Pataki


S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Captives of the Zone (diary #1) by Artur Frank
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Blah. It seemed like it was starting out okay. This should have been a story line to the next STALKER game or something. Or at least an outline to one and then have it improved. Too much stuff happening on and not enough covering it.

Although, if you liked the STALKER games, just go with it and enjoy it for another trip to The Zone, or the New Zone for that matter.
Jan 08, 2012 is currently reading it
I read the books of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. As you know, the first books of the series were written and published in Russian. I read some of them and really liked it. Now I'm reading the first book about adventures and survival in alienation zone in Chernobyl. I've just began reading the book so, actually, I can't tell anything good or bad about it yet. I hope it is going to be great. ^_^
Steven Matuska
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read

A+ would definitely read again, recommended for all stalker fans. This book has just the right amount of action and just the right amount of great story building ever book should have, the best of the creepy under ground, ghosts, and mutants is also included.
Mike Van
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great read, especially for those who are familiar with the S.T.AL.K.E.R. ethos. It comes across as a bit like the in game play of previous games, but to an extent that it does the story line credit. If you are a fan of science fiction or military fiction, this is a great choice.
Milan Vrškový
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Southern Comfort, author manages to preserve the atmosphere of the Zone, the place we love and always go back to, whether it is one of the pc games, the movie, or the novel.

A valuable addition to the Zone, with a compelling story.
Jun 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
I'm a big fan of the STALKER video games, and thought it might be fun reading a book set in that universe. I wasn't expecting a masterpiece, but I was still let down. The writing is awful, and this book isn't any better than most fan fiction. Avoid it like the plague...
John Hoddy
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apocalypse Now meets Marines, Taliban, Russian Spetznas, and Michael Crichton in a suspenseful military/scifi tale. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jack D
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Meh. It's an action novel written for people familiar with the STALKER universe. It was fine, had lots of action sequences.
Steve Maldonado
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
having played the game, i know that certain parts of the book were just a description of parts of the game.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it
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