Those of you who finished Resistance 2 will remember Joeseph Capelli blowing Nathan Hale’s brain out with a well placed shotgun blast. During the course of the new book, Resistance: Hole In The Sky, Nathan remains resolutely dead but his consciousness is alive and well in Capelli’s head, commenting on his actions and generally being a bitchy queen.
There’s no indication in the book whether this bodiless version of Hale is a figment of Joseph’s imagination or some Chimera weirdness that will result in Hale returning during the course of the game via a Bones/Spock mind meld. Whatever the eventual outcome, this is not the Nathan Hale we know. He’s bitter, spiteful and downright nasty. After being executed by his best pal he may have some reason to be a little peeved, but the massive shift in character from hero to grumpy ghost is hard to swallow.
With Ghost-Hale aboard, the book explores the tale of Capelli who has been discharged from the army after the incident (apparently the Army frowns on blowing out your best friend’s brains) and spends his time as a runner, delivering packages across the wasteland previously known as the United States of America. The ruined landscape is as much a character as Joseph and writer William C. Dietz has done a wonderful job describing the destroyed cities and desolate countryside.
The plot zips along at a fair pace but does seem to take its cues from computer games – Go to point A, collect item B, go to point C, protect donkey D – and drops in numerous battles with both Chimera and humans. New characters include Nathan Hale’s sister and Doctor Malikov, one of the main characters in Resistance 3, makes a few brief appearances.
All your favourite Chimera appear during the course of the tale and many weapons from the series are used, I was particularly impressed when the Alt-fire modes of weapons were accurately described.
Overall ‘Resistance: Hole In The Sky’ is one of the better tie in novels as it nicely fills in the missing months between Resistance 2 and 3, this should be an essential purchase for fans.