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The Umbrella Conspiracy by S. D. Perry

The Umbrella Conspiracy

by S. D. Perry

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One of my favorite novelizations of one of my favorite video games. I really enjoyed S.D. Perry's retelling of Resident Evil 1. Though it does not completely match up to the game (which is expected) I still had fun withe story. ( )
  trile1000 | Jul 1, 2018 |
Having never played the RE video games, and only seeing the movies, this was all new territory for me.
Typical game novelization, and I enjoyed it for what it was. Definitely going to be reading more in the series. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
It would be ridiculous to expect much from a novelization of a video game. A competently-told but pedestrian adventure story is about the most one could hope for. For the most part, The Umbrella Conspiracy does just that. But it's like eating a burger at a McDonald's: uninspiring. It's certainly not worth reviewing, except for one thing which demonstrates how low standards have gotten in publishing these days.

"...and faced a much smaller room, as bland and industrial as the first. ... So far, the basement levels had offered nothing more dangerous than a lack of decorum..."

Through the novel, the author stresses how luxurious the main mansion is. The basement is, in contrast, extremely plain. But the ignorance betrayed in using the phrase "lack of decorum" to indicate that plainness is rather telling. Decorum has nothing to do with decor (or decoration), as the author seems to believe - and as some editor presumably failed to realize. Well, technically both words share the same Latin root, but the meanings are entirely different:

noun: decorum
behavior in keeping with good taste and propriety.
"you exhibit remarkable modesty and decorum"
synonyms: propriety, seemliness, decency, good taste, correctness;

noun: decor; plural noun: decors; noun: décor; plural noun: décors
the furnishing and decoration of a room.
synonyms: decoration, furnishing, ornamentation; color scheme

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Decorum pertains to behavior, specifically human or (at least) sapient behavior - not interior decorating. It just sounds as if it does. But for a supposedly professional writer to include such an error, and for an editor and publishing house to print such an error, is really pitiful. ( )
  PMaranci | Mar 5, 2015 |
I loved this Survival Horror novel!! The details with the zombies was so descriptive, I could imagine one right in front of me!! I really like the beginning and the middle where they in the beginning the S.T.A.R.S were researching these new mysterious cannibalism deaths in Raccoon City! Also, while they research they find this research lab in a big estate called the Spencer Estate. Where in that lab they are researching on what those cannibals are. So, some of the S.T.A.R.S. group (Jill, Chris, Wesker etc.) have to pack up and be prepared for the most shocking situation they have ever faced. I also really loved the video game franchise and I was so happy to find a novel based on it. I love this book and I can't wait to read "Resident Evil: Caliban Cove" Summary: In this little remote city, Racoon City, there were mysterious deaths happening. Like human bite marks on the victims, The police thought it was Cannibalism, but the S.T.A.R.S soon figure it out when a small group of S.T.A.R.S are sent a abandoned mansion called "Spencer's Estate." Jill, Wesker, Chris, and more are then attcked by zombies called B.O.W.S that also mutate into other monsters. They soon find a small labratory in the estate that are test subjects like dogs and wolves. Chris soon meets this 18 yr old girl named Rebecca. Who is smart when it comes to Medications, poisons, and other medical, hazardous stuff. They all eventually figure out that one of their S.T.A.R.S teammates has betrayed them. ( )
  DevonS.B3 | Dec 7, 2013 |
This is a Reading Good Books review.

It’s Halloween month and the zombies are out to get you!

Zombie fiction at least. This horror subgenre has experienced a surge in popularity in the recent years. From the countless zombie movies and the hit show The Walking Dead, it became so popular that it has its own shelf at Barnes & Noble, just like vampire fiction.

But zombie fiction is far from being a “new” genre. From Mary Shelley (Frankenstein, you know, raising the dead), to HP Lovecraft, to the modern zombie portrayals by George A. Romero, zombies have been scaring people for a very long time. Even the thought of a decaying undead being out to eat your brains is scary enough. The survival horror genre in video games exemplifies that terror.

The Resident Evil franchise has a huge following. In fact, if you ask me what is the first thing that enters my mind when I hear the word “zombie”, it’s this game. (Not movie. Please, the live action movie is a joke. Stick with the animated films, Degeneration and Damnation.) Although I prefer Silent Hill more, RE is not far behind. I remember my dad and I playing these games, he was on the controls and I help him solve the puzzles. Through the years, I followed the adventures of Jill Valentine, Chris and Claire Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy, Ada Wong, Barry Burton, Albert Wesker, etc.

The Umbrella Conspiracy is the first in a series of video game novelizations. It follows the first game with the STARS team at the Spencer Mansion. In the game, the POVs are split between the Jill scenario and Chris scenario. In the book, the POV switches amongst the characters but it still follows the general storyline of the game. It is very interesting how they managed to get more handgun ammo as they explored the mansion. I also liked how the reading of the random journals and files were portrayed. The story steadily moves forward through the eyes of the characters and it was very easy to follow. I love that the key puzzles were featured although not explained in length. Hey, this is not a walkthough, you know.

After reading this, I never thought that the story itself was a bit short. Playing it seems longer with all the puzzles and zombie dodging and shooting, and all that scary stuff. The book was not as scary as the game but it’s nice to read what the characters were thinking of while in that situation. Where was Wesker when Jill and Chris were off solving puzzles? What’s up with Rebecca? But the author started some possible subplots early in the book only to abandon those storylines in the end in favor of game canon.

You don’t have to have played the game to appreciate this book. However, it adds to the enjoyment if you are familiar with it. There are little gems included in the book that an RE gamer would like. A “Jill sandwich”, anyone?

Rating: 3/5.

Recommendation: It’s an easy train read. If you’re familiar with the games, you might like it. If you’re a fan of the games, you’ll love that they included that one line from Barry that made the game awesome. ( )
  chaostheory08 | Oct 14, 2012 |
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When Raccoon City, a remote mountain community, is suddenly besieged by a rash of grisly murders, bizarre reports start to spread, describing attacks from vicious creatures, some human...some not. At the center of the these deaths is a dark, secluded mansion belonging to the mysterious Umbrella Corporation.

Led by Albert Wesker, the Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.) are deployed to investigate the horror, but what unfolds as the team penetrates the mansion's long-locked doors is terror beyond their worst nightmares.
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When a remote mountain community is suddenly beset by a rash of grisly murders, the Special Tactics and Rescue Squad--a paramilitary unit--is dispatched to investigate.

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