Resistance: A Hole in the Sky
by William C. Dietz
Review by Steve Sawicki
Del Rey Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345508430
Date: 02 August 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
This is a novel based on a game and it's the second novel in the series, sort of, although it's a prequel of the third Resistance game. Confused? You probably should be. But ignore all that because unless you are a hard core gamer or a serious bibliophile, you're looking for cool action and a couple of hours of entertainment.
Earth has been invaded and Lieutenant Capelli is fighting almost non-stop to the keep the Chimera from taking over. The president himself is a freedom fighter, running a mobile white house out of caves and other secret locations while he sends teams of agents out to strike at alien weak points. And, in the middle of it all are the enclaves of those who have managed to figure out how to survive. For survival is more than just staying alive, it's keeping yourself from being captured and turned into one of the alien drones.
Capelli has more problems than keeping away from the aliens as he also was the one to kill Nathan Hale, a hero of the resistance. It's a good thing that Capelli is a little nuts and used to taking big risks. Of course that was all good and well when he was alone, when it was just him against everyone else. Now he's met a woman and it's getting serious.
You don't need to have played the video game to know what's going on here. Dietz is a good enough writer that he fills in the blanks that a video game leaves and creates more story than the game provides. In a sense the game is providing the outline that Dietz then runs with. As a novel this is pretty light stuff. It's action adventure with the emphasis on the action. The good guys are seriously overwhelmed but managing to keep their heads above water. The aliens are nameless and unknown and just dumb enough for us to beat on a battle by battle basis. And the story moves things along at a pretty fast clip, weaving two or three distinct story lines together.
I liked the book and I finished it in a couple of hours so it's a quick and a fun read. There's just enough plot to keep the reader involved and more action than you can shake a stick at. The main character, Capelli, is interesting enough so that you want him to succeed and you want to follow what he is doing. The supporting characters add to the mix and combine to make the settings and the situations just complex enough.
Recommended if you are looking for an entertaining slice of adventure that does not require you to spend too much time thinking about why things are happening. It's not that you can't think about it but that you don't have to since this is pretty linear action, just as the game would be.