Jim Raynor and Tychus Findlay are friends, former marines, comrades in arms, and outlaws. Their personalities are as different as their looks, although they do share a certain hard-living panache that gets them through the day.
Prior to reading Starcraft II: Devils' Due, I was unfamiliar with the Starcraft universe - either the RPG or the other books. Based on this book alone, I think it is a good introduction to Starcraft II. Whether or not the book will entice others to try the game, I do not know, but it certainly puts it on my "to consider" list.
Ms. Golden's writing is solid and I liked the storyline and the characters - even the bad guys as they put the story and the rest of the characters into perspective. This is why I rate it a 4 out of 5. As I do not know how Devils' Due relates to the game or to the other books, I do not know whether I would rate it higher (or lower) otherwise. It does, however, make me more interested in the other books, at the very least.
The year is 2494. Almost five years ago, Jim Raynor and Tychus Findlay were members of the Heaven’s Devils, an elite Confederate marine unit praised for its nerves of steeland combat expertise. After making a stand against their corrupt commanding officer, the two men were forced to go AWOL or risk being unjustly prosecuted and resocialized.
Now, Raynor and Findlay are outlaws hounded by an unyielding interstellar marshal. Life, however, has never beenbetter. Each day is another chance to pilfer more credits from the Confederacy’s deep coffers. Each night holds the promise of spending their hard-earned profits in bars, brothels, and gambling halls. But a man can only run so far before the law—and his past—catch up with him. . . .
Devils’ Due recounts an unforgettable period of Jim Raynor’s life as he descends into the Koprulu sector’s criminal underworld alongside the street-savvy Findlay. Here, far from his humble upbringing on the fringe world of Shiloh, Raynor will face some of the most trying challenges of his life. The decisions he makes will alter his destiny forever and put his father’s oft-spoken wisdom, “A man is what he chooses to be,” to the ultimate test.