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'The Chronicles of Riddick'.

'The Chronicles of Riddick'

Alan Dean Foster

Del Rey Books/Ballantine Books

A division of Random House, Inc.

New York, NY

ISBN: 0345468392 $6.99 342 pages

Foster is one of the best writers to convert screenplays into novels. 'Star Trek,' 'Star Wars,' 'Alien,' 'Alien Nation' ... is a short list of the many screenplays that have been made into novels by Foster. He has the knack for adding just enough words to make the screenplay expand beyond its visual format and into the imagination of the reader that a novel requires.

'The Chronicles of Riddick' continues the story of Riddick from the movie 'Pitch Black.' In 'Chronicles,' Riddick becomes a reluctant superhero battling a military mystic order of humans bent on conquering every human world. This order, Necromancers, is a death cult. To them, life is cheap and death is the goal of the living. Killing nearly every person on a planet is a religious triumph.

The Necromancers next target is the planet Helion Prime. Riddick is forced out of hiding and tricked into coming to Helion Prime. He is the one person who has a chance of turning the Necromancers away from the human populated worlds.

'The Chronicles of Riddick' seamlessly brings you into the fantasy worlds of Helion Prime and the Necromancers. Foster creates a believable super hero in Riddick by giving him everyday human thoughts and doubts. The novel is a great escape with only a few problems pulled from the screenplay that couldn't be fully novelized. The most apparent one is a little too abrupt ending. 'Chronicles' is highly recommended for any fantasy or science fiction reader. Foster pulls you smoothly into a fantasy the reader can escape in.

S.A. Gorden, Reviewer
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Date:Aug 1, 2004
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