Dead Space: Martyr
When geophysicist Michael Altman hears of the mysterious signal emitted from deep within the Chicxulub crater, he joins a team excavating the underwater crater. The artefact, named “The Black Marker,” possesses a mysterious power. Close proximity to the stone causes visions of the dead, vivid ...more
Dead Space: Martyr is a 2010 science fiction novel by B.K. Evenson.
The novel delves into the origins of Church of Unitology, Michael Altman, Necromorphs and the mysterious Black Marker in the Dead Space universe.
The story revolves around geophysicist Michael Altman as he investigates the source of a mysterious signal and uncovers a strange alien artifact. The narrative then goes on to focus on how Altman's actions led to his own unwilling ...more
An okay read, a mixture of alien horror and scientist versus military/corporation thriller. The ending leaves you with interesting consequences for the future that I actually enjoyed. But the book is full of inconsistencies, e.g. scientists that aren’t all that intelligent.
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 ...more
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". ...more
I was intrigued, then, by ...more
I don't tend to read novels based on games, but this one, luckily, isn't a novel of the actual game (oddly enough, ...more
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...more
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 ...more
This review will contain very mild spoilers about the pacing
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...
The book was big but not heavy. It was easy to read and most of the chapters were very short and well sorted out and sectioned.
-works well with game lore, in terms of Marker's effects
-parallels between (view spoiler)[Michael's visions of his girlfriend, and Isaac's visions of Nicole, except Michael realizes this means his girlfriend is dead. (hide spoiler)]
-enjoyed the easter egg that one of the background characters is named Ishimaru, that Dead Space 1's ship is named after him
-frustrating to read in that you're like DON'T DO THE THING, but they keep doing the thing
This holy record of the church of Unitology has been archived in one of the mausoleum ships. There it is studied, that we may follow its holy lessons.
But it has not always been safe! The blasphemous notion that Altman would FIGHT against the Marker is ludicrous... yet, we refuse to make further alterations. Know only that his is the word - the word of the deathless faith - the only true faith.
I personally don't think the book ...more
“It was not human, but seemed as though it once had been. It’s neck looked like it had been flayed free of skin, the reddish pith underneath flecked with white splotches, oozing slowly. What looked to be eyes were only empty sockets covered with veined, opaque membranes. The jawbone seemed to have vanished entirely, leaving only a flap of loose skin and a hole where the mouth should have been.”
My friend recently got me hooked back on sci-fi/horror core and in doing so, leant me ...more
I've cursed Michael Altman's name under my breath many times when dealing with his crazed followers. I was shocked to find out the truth. This book is a bit slow, but it tells a strong story and escalates extremely fast in the fourth, fifth, and sixth sections. This is probably one of the darkest books I've Read recently, but that really fits the universe it's from. I expected nothing less. It delightfully revels in violence and gore. I think my biggest takeaway was the ...more