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Knee-Deep in the Dead (Doom #1)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  1,105 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
The Gates were there on Phobos when mankind first arrived. Inert, unyielding, impossibly alien constructs, for twenty years they sat lifeless, mute testaments to their long-vanished creators, their secrets hidden. Then one day, they sprang to life... Meet Corporal Flynn Taggart, United States Marine Corps; serial number 888-23-9912. He's the best warrior the twenty-first c ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Pocket Star Books
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The chief amusement of this book was that it made me nostalgic for all of that time that I wasted as a teenager playing the game on which this book is based -- but hey, it was an awesome game, so, y'know, I enjoyed reading this a lot.

It wasn't The DOOM Comic of yore (comic reading link, youtube dramatic reading), of course, which is and always will be the DOOM adaptation against which all others must be compared, and I think that where it missed most of its mark was that, unlike the comic, the b
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
The original Doom is a rather mindless and repetitive game, so to see this novelized was quite the curiosity. To further my resolve to read this, my friend went so far as to tell me the novel was actually very good. Based on this, I thought it was time to give this a try!

People expecting some grandiose literary work with a fully in depth story should probably look elsewhere. This book is written in the spirit of the game! Those complaining about the books sequence where the characters, mainly F
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review is being written over 15 years after the fact. The boy who read this book and loved doom, has grown up, but still this book is remembered fondly.

The big thing about this book, is unlike the scholastic series of Video game books, this is written as if it was a real book, that only owes a theme from the game, and it comes off surprisingly good. It's not high end fiction, it's not pop fiction, this is a novelization of a video game that takes a good amount of liberties to keep it intere
Oct 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
While reading this I was reminded of a Stephen King quote:“...most writers can remember the first book he/she put down thinking: I can do better than this."
Knee-Deep in Shit is more like it.

Doom Guy not only has a supporting cast, but he can't stop talking about them. Even in the middle of a demonic invasion, he'll spend as much time fighting as expressing his admiration for a female Marine and reluctance to go beyond the "buddy" zone. The same crutches are used over and over. So many times, he
May 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I’ve read bad books before. There have been books I wanted to toss across the room after reading. There’s even been a book I wanted to burn after reading. Several books made me feel disgusted at the amount of time I put into them. You know that feeling where you feel disgusted you let that book into your mind, and let it roam around for a while? The first Doom novel somehow worse than the books that made me feel all these things.

The narrative is a clunky mess. It follows a space marine as he get
A.J. Howells
Read the review of the entire series (plus much more ranting on the overuse of exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) at The Books in My Life.

The video game Doom’s plot can be stated in a single sentence. You are the lone surviving space marine gunning down legions of zombies and demons on Pluto’s two moons and Hell itself. That’s it. Grab your guns, shoot the bad guys, win the game. This does not make for very compelling fiction, so Knee Deep in the Dead expands big time.

Flynn “Fly” Taggard is
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
DooM: Knee Deep in the Dead - Brad Linaweaver and Dafydd ab Hugh (1995)
With a game as big as DooM you would expect its paperback counterpart to be at least decent right? Wrong. The book starts you off in the perspective of Flynn “Fly” Taggard, who is a soldier in the middle east. Fly punches his CO and is then court martialed for insubordination, and is imprisoned on Mars’s moon Phobos. On Phobos Fly is being moved by two guards when over the radio they hear screams of terror, following that Fl
Perry Gough
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Was in a Doom mood after playing Doom VFR and couldn’t find any more books like the non-fiction book about the creation of Doom so thought I would pick up a tie-in Novel.

Honestly I was not expecting much going in with this, I just needed something I could come in and out of due to long hours at work and this was a very easy read.

It sort of follows the story of Doom but when I say sort of it’s not really what you think. Doom the game really has no story Your a nameless Marine on Mars where Hell h
Luca Pierfelice
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La storia di Doom è semplice: il protagonista è Flynn "Fly" Taggart, il più cazzuto di tutti i marines della Terra. E ci sono demoni, e altre cose, in quantità industriali. E Flynn li uccide tutti.
Davvero, ci ho messo anche troppo. E questo romanzo è stata una piacevolissima sorpresa.
Gli autori sono riusciti ad arricchire il poco di cui sopra con un background interessante e divertente, e ad inserire ben più di un personaggio in un contesto in cui sarebbe bastato un uomo infuriato e armato fino
Where to start with this one? It was much better than I was expecting it to be and, perhaps, much better than it has a right to be. Capable Military Sci-Fi with a touch of horror and a bunch of fun callbacks to locations and set pieces from all three episodes of the original DOOM. It loses momentum in the last few dozen pages and doesn't quite stick the landing, but I definitely enjoyed myself with it.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best way to summarize this book is: THIS IS DOOM!! Relentless, non-stop action from the first page to the last, just as the game.
I hope the other three books are the same, for this one is hellishly good!
Jan Pruce
Fun read

If you are a fan of Doom, this is a fun read. Otherwise, you won't find much here. It's slightly above fan fiction.
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Starts off strong, but after a while reading this book becomes like watching someone else over their shoulder play Doom with god mode and no sound.
Nicholas Diak
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
With the upcoming Doom reboot on the horizon to be released, this is an opportune time to take a look at the novelizations of the original Doom games. Four books were jointly penned by Dafydd ab Hugh and Brad Linaweaver in the mid-90s: Knee-Deep in the Dead, Hell on Earth, Infernal Sky, and Endgame. This review is for the first book in the quadrilogy, Knee Deep in the Dead.

Knee-Deep in the Dead is an adaption of the first game in the Doom series, and attempts to cover the events from the game’s
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This isn't exactly high brow literature, but it was surprisingly fun to read! I skimmed over a lot of the nitty gritty because I've never played the original game, but even on it's own, it's a pretty fun sci-fi/horror thing.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Action packed, funny, and full of character. Absolutely better than it had any right to be and more people should read this book.
D.L. Denham
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
DOOM is a recognizable brand to any 90s kid or true gamer from the PC age of first person video gaming. One of my most vivid memories as a kid is sitting in my underwear at the large IBM PC a kid, around the age of six, blasting away demons, boneys, and hell-princes until late into the night. DOOM changed video gaming and provided a fun, horror filled universe for fans to live in. Sadly, as a kid, I never read the DOOM novelizations. Now, more than twenty years later, I am enjoying this series. ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This is obviously not going to be high literature, or even groundbreaking writing - it's a simple, mindless, "junk food" kind of read; and for that I actually don't think it's that bad. In fact, it's actually quite okay.

The book doesn't really retell the story of the Doom video game - there wasn't really any story in that game - but reinterprets the game in a way that makes it readable. It brings in its own original sci-fi ideas, which, while half-baked, do move the book along at a compelling pa
Flynn Taggart is a Marine, threatened with court martial until the Gates on Mars suddenly start working. Aliens that resemble our very human ideas of demons, plus a few zombies thrown in for good measure, take over the base, leaving Flynn on his own. Following marks that he hopes are left by his mate, Arlene, he travels down the levels of the base, the monsters getting worse and harder to kill, the scenery changing at each doorway, and challenges to solve before he can move on.

This was an intere
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: future, sci-fi, tie-in
Two and a half stars, but I'm feeling generous so I'll round up in this case.

I'll admit I'm surprised. Going in I expected this to be absolutely terrible. It's a novel based on an early 90's first person shooter that I found in the dollar bin of a local book store. Turns out it wasn't bad.
Now, it's exactly what you'd expect in terms of story. You follow a SPACE MARINE as he fights his way through hell on Mars (well, since it's based on the original Doom, above Mars, but whatever), trying to lo
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, this was certainly a fun and easy read. If you love the game Doom you will probably like to read this one, as the whole book is basically about the main character making his way through Phobos and Deimos killing every demonic creature he finds.

However, the writing isn’t great. It has a lot of puns (which aren’t very funny), repetitions (you will be hearing about the smell of sour lemons, which apparently is what dead demons smell like, and the main character referring to himself as “yours
Chris Hamburger
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it as I do all brain candy, monster killing, heart shattering bullets almost missed the hero by an inch type of stories. It is surprisinly philosophical, but perhaps only because I tried my hardest to find more value than just as mental fluff.

Its a book about a video-game. Its not Tolstoy.

It does get confusing trying to follow the characters around the infinite platforms, pushing infinite switches, to lower infinite "lifts", but the game was just as confusing and as such i don't blam
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
I was a huge fan of Doom and I still kind of am, and I've got to say that this is probably one of the best tie in books I've ever read. People complain that it is to simplistic and boring, but I really enjoyed the way that it kept with exact the style of the game, which for some people was a bad thing.

I really enjoyed being able to tell exactly where our hero in the book was in the game on most pages, it really follows the game incredibly closely.

The other books in the series veer off into the
Dave P
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
As a massive fan of Doom in my childhood, I spotted this in the library and had to give it a go!
I highly recommend this to fans of the game- its hilarious faithfulness to the subject matter makes for very (perhaps unintentionally) amusing reading. It's all in here; finding the weapons and monsters in the correct order, explosive barrels, glowing radioactive goo, primary coloured key cards, discovering the dangers of rocket launcher splash damage... I particularly enjoyed the conversation where t
Aug 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
So, you got a game about demons invading a Mars outpost, and a lone marine fighting back the hellish tides. Not much to work with, but it can be done, right? Well, the authors decide that the best way to adapt the game is to make it as literal as possible. At one point, the hero touches a glowing blue orb and then feels better afterwards. Yup, it even keeps the power-ups! It wouldn't be so bad if the action was written well, but as it, it's pretty much "I turned the corner, shot a demon, turned ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I got to the mention of the 'blue orb' and I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants. Why the fuck would you mention the power-up? -I was done after that. Couldn't take the book seriously anymore. The book is poorly written, littered with pop culture references, and the only real 'substance' of the book is the protagonist fawning over the female Marine he's trying to save. This may be fun for teens who grew up playing the game or fanatics of the game, but for those of us who played Doom, found it ...more
Jun 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Trudging through this book was like trying to jump rope through quicksand. The descriptions were sorely lacking, and the characters were one-dimensional cardboard cut outs. The story in general couldn't seem to find out if it was a story about fighting or a story about some guy who was having reservations about going out with his female marine companion. It was so hard to picture anything that was going on because the details were so scanty that we're only given the very bare minimum of what we' ...more
Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Just re-read this after having read it 13 years ago when it came out. I was about 14 and wayyyyyyy into Doom at the time. I gave it the fourth star more for nostalgic value than anything, but even then the book did hold up better than I thought it would. It is surprisingly well-written for the kind of book it is (short action scifi novel based on a videogame). The prose has some faults, but they're not that annoying. I'd say if you were into Doom back in its hey-day then you'd probably enjoy thi ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I first read this around the time the games came out during the early 90s. Take it for what it is. Basically a story fit to size a good chunk of the levels faced in the game. At times it can be corny.... like really cheesy in a stretch to make sense of the weird elements of the game. Its not all terrible. To think, reading this as an adolescent was exciting but its definitely no prize winning book. I enjoyed it.
Tommy Sutherland
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've seen this book blasted a good few times out there in cyberspace but as a doomer it's everything I was hoping for. Taking you through a rough idea of the levels at break neck speed it sure packs a punch. It's got it all in there with a healthy dose of nostalgia to boot. Why would yours truly give it a four. Simply because of style. Perhaps this is where most get stuck. I reckon it's bang on!
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