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Eds Drake’s help Sully’s old friend a world famous archaeologist has just been found murdered in Manhattan Dodging assassins Drake Sully and the dead man’s daughter Jada Hzujak race from New York to underground excavations in Egypt and Greece Their goal to unravel an ancient myth of alchemy look for three long lost labyrinths and find the astonishing discovery that got Jada’ UNCHARTED THE FOURTH LABYRINTH features a poor man s Indiana Jones and was written by a guy probably best known for a big stack of HELLBOY and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER tie ins With that in mind the book is exactly what you d expect EXACTLY what you d expectChristopher Golden does manage to capture some of that Indiana Jones flavor despite the book s overall sloppiness which I assume comes from it being rushed However he completely fails to do justice to the Nathan Drake character who comes across here as nothing than Generic Action Man I think Golden tried to portray him as being charming and intelligent but to me he came across as just the oppositeAnother thing is that whoever came up with the plot whether Golden himself or the Naughty Dog game company went WAY overboard in packing too much lore into a single story When Drake isn t busy solving one of Daedalus secret labyrinths he s off exploring Atlantis fighting off minotaurs learning the truth about alchemy or ensuring that the secret to mind control doesn t fall into the wrong hands all while staving off the occasional ninja attack As you might guess it gets to be a bit muchBut what really drags this book down is all the idiotic banter among the main characters Golden simply doesn t have an ear for humorous dialog as demonstrated in his BUFFY novels UNCHARTED THE FOURTH LABYRINTH is at its most enjoyable during the final few chapters when things have gotten so dire that the characters no longer have time for inane jokes 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the dead man’s daughter Jada Hzujak race from New York Survive by the Team to underground excavations in Egypt and Greece Their goal Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, to unravel an ancient myth of alchemy look for Washington! (Wagons West, three long lost labyrinths and find Tennessee! (Wagons West, the astonishing discovery Celebration! (Wagons West, that got Jada’ UNCHARTED THE FOURTH LABYRINTH features a poor man s Indiana Jones and was written by a guy probably best known for a big stack of HELLBOY and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Texas! (Wagons West, tie ins With I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery that in mind Revenge ni Miss Piggy the book is exactly what you d expect EXACTLY what you d expectChristopher Golden does manage Breakfast Book to capture some of The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade that Indiana Jones flavor despite Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the book s overall sloppiness which I assume comes from it being rushed However he completely fails A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery to do justice Card Concepts to Schadenfreude the Nathan Drake character who comes across here as nothing Emotional Victory than Generic Action Man I Still Life with Woodpecker think Golden Bo Knows Bo tried Gender and Food to portray him as being charming and intelligent but Radio Silence to me he came across as just Finer Women the oppositeAnother Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down thing is Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays that whoever came up with Crazy Horses Girlfriend the plot whether Golden himself or Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the Naughty Dog game company went WAY overboard in packing Hannah Has Two Mommies too much lore into a single story When Drake isn Child Support t busy solving one of Daedalus secret labyrinths he s off exploring Atlantis fighting off minotaurs learning 777 the Lost Blood the Know My Name truth about alchemy or ensuring Abandoned Alice that Map My Heart the secret Scandal to mind control doesn The Fashion Condition t fall into Embellish Me the wrong hands all while staving off The Snakehead the occasional ninja attack As you might guess it gets Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light to be a bit muchBut what really drags The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, this book down is all Truly Wilde the idiotic banter among VEGAN ganz anders the main characters Golden simply doesn Albert Reynolds t have an ear for humorous dialog as demonstrated in his BUFFY novels UNCHARTED THE FOURTH LABYRINTH is at its most enjoyable during An Infamous Army (Alastair, the final few chapters when Score! things have gotten so dire Abela that A Sisters Secret the characters no longer have Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch time for inane jokes

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The official novel of Naughty Dog’s award winning videogame franchise In the ancient world there was a myth about a king a treasure and a hellish labyrinth Now the doors to that hell are open once again Nathan Drake treasure hunter and risk taker has been called to New York City by the man who taught him everything about the “antiuities acuisition business” Victor Sullivan ne Uncharted The Fourth Labyrinth is an interesting case study in multimedia franchises gone wrong Based on the popular critically acclaimed Uncharted video game series Uncharted The Fourth Labyrinth is the one and only tie in novel and follows the hero of the video game series Nathan Drake and his partner Victor Sullivan on another adventure that takes place between Uncharted 2 and 3 although is a completely standalone work that makes no references to previous plot linesA bit of background on the series for those unfamiliar with the Uncharted brand In addition to the novel there have been 5 main games to date 2016 a 4 episode motion comic and a 6 issue regular comic all of which revolving around Nathan Drake a modern day treasure hunter The series started as an homage to the Tomb Raider series and takes massive inspiration from the Indiana Jones film series Uncharted games do a good job of capturing the pulpy adventurous spirit of those films After the first two Uncharted games the series began to carve out its own identity and formula and while all of the games in the series are considered good or great by critics the most common criticisms tended to call out the Uncharted formula Drake and Sully Victor Sullivan get a lead on a treasure most commonly located in a lost city The duo team up with someone who double crosses them or are conscripted by someone who forces them to find the treasure Drake climbs on ancient ruins fights mercenaries or pirates and kills enough of them to be considered a mass murderer Drake finds the treasure and in the process has a showdown with the main antagonist The lost city crumbles on itself Drake escapes The anatagonist does not Drake ends up with only enough trinkets of treasure to fund his next ill fated adventureThere in lies the strangeness of Uncharted The Fourth Labyrinth It adheres to the Uncharted formula in all of the worst ways and ignores all of the best Uncharted The Fourth Labyrinth is brimming with potential and the real shame is that none of it is effectively capitalized upon The basic plot involves the legend of King Midas hiring Daedalus to work magic as an alchemist and hide the king s gold in a series of labyrinths It s a hodgepodge of cultural references and myths but it works and the creepy cult members in black robes out to stop the truth from spreading are a pretty great addition Where the novel immediately falters however is in the level of violence I know this is slightly hypocritical given that through the course of a typical Uncharted video game Nathan Drake ends up racking up body counts estimated between 300 450 victims per game However the violence in the games is never gory or gratuitous It s a ridiculous disconnect that occurs because one of the game s core elements of gameplay is shooting a gun What fun is shooting a gun without someone to shoot at The whole thing leads to an interesting yet well tread analysis of ludonarrative dissonance in video games The point being that in a fictional medium in which there is no need to serve shooting a gun as a reuired element of gameplay there is an opportunity in this novel for Drake to shed his past as a mass murderer and focus less on action and on adventure Surprisingly The Fourth Labyrinth takes the opposite approach and ratchets the violence up to a whole new level Not only does Drake end up killing scores of bad guys but the detail and description of the violence is grisly than ever The impetus for this particular adventure occurs in the opening chapters when Drake and Sully s old friend Luka is found dismembered It s a sudden dark turn for the franchise and if finding Luka s head sitting on his chest seems like a bit much it s just the tip of the iceberg as throughout the book throats are slashed people are stabbed shot and beaten in colorful detailUncharted games are also known for their spectacular visuals and set piece moments These are huge action seuences that are amazing to watch and exciting to play For example Drake survives a train derailment climbs out of the wreckage only to have to fight his way out of a horde of enemies or escape a collapsing building or a cruise ship capsizing or a cargo plane crashing into a desert These amazing moments led to Nathan Drake being referred to as the John McClane of video games the plucky unkillable hero of the Die Hard films and became one of the main draws of the franchise What ridiculous situation will Nathan Drake find himself in next and how will he miraculously survive by the skin of his teeth Which is why it s so strange that The Fourth Labyrinth has none of these moments These seuences were done in the video games at great cost often pushing the boundaries of the technology on which the games run In a film these would be elaborate multi million dollar seuences A novel is the perfect medium to top them all as there are no restrictions to the imagination Yet nothingThe set and production design also play a large jaw dropping role in Uncharted games as Drake will stumble onto a lost city or an ancient temple and find himself confronted by massive gorgeous statues or breath taking vistas and archictecture This is another aspect of the series completely lost in the novel as The Fourth Labyrinth takes place in a series of labyrinths Underground structures with stone floors stone walls and stone ceilings Imagery about as vivid as a dungeon from the original The Legend of Zelda gameChristopher Golden is a good writer His prose is well constructed and the imagery he conjures is vivid without being overly descriptive The Fourth Labyrinth was produced in 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10 thoughts on “Uncharted

  1. says:

    Uncharted The Fourth Labyrinth is an interesting case study in multimedia franchises gone wrong Based on the popular critically acclaimed Uncharted video game series Uncharted The Fourth Labyrinth is the one and only tie in

  2. says:

    The tie in business is a hard business whether it’s a movie adaptation of a book a book that preludes a movie or a television spin off of a beloved film series the core fan base always throws heated criticism in the way of the tie in’s creators because their take on the universe didn't uite do justice to the original Luckily U

  3. says:

    45 stars rounded up to 5 because I love Nate DrakeI am a big fan of the Uncharted series who isn’t and I was super excited to read this novelization I thought the author did an excellent job with Nate’s witty uips and I could totally hear Nolan North’s voice in my head as I was reading Sully was good as well I also heard Richa

  4. says:

    UNCHARTED THE FOURTH LABYRINTH features a poor man's Indiana Jones and was written by a guy probably best known for a big stack of HELLBOY and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER tie ins With that in mind the book is exactly what you'd expect EXACTLY what you'd expectChristopher Golden does manage to capture some of that Indiana Jo

  5. says:

    I didn't feel that this novel captured the same joy and pleasure as the video game but then again is it really possible for any novel to do that at all I would have found it rewarding to read a novelization that used the storytelling strategie

  6. says:

    I was excited to win this advanced copy through Goodreads First Reads because I have enjoyed the video game it is by far my favorite

  7. says:

    Golden manages to capture the feel of the Uncharted video games faithfully but there are a few caveats It doesn't referenc

  8. says:

    Christopher Golden never disappoints with his numerous media tie ins Being a fan of the Uncharted game series I wasn't sure how well the action adventure aspect of the game series would translate to a novel but the story was excellent The fortune hunter aspect was well elaborated with the numerous archaelogical

  9. says:

    Perfectly captures the essence of the Uncharted games providing an exhilarating Indiana Jones adventure infused with history mystery and action Existing characters mimic their game counterparts accurately and new characte

  10. says:

    Already in charted watersI already read this book though I did enjoy it a lot I have a lot of books to read so I have to 're read this some other day I didn't have any dislike for this book love uncharted series

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