Sneak Preview: Assassin's Creed: Revelations Novel

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Cautiously he set foot on a wooden jetty, its black boards shiny with seawater, along which five small single-sail dhows were ranked, fishing boats from the smell of them, but sturdy, and two of them had all their gear stowed aboard, as far as Ezio could see. Then the hairs on the back of his neck prickled.

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Too late. Before Ezio had time to turn, he was knocked flat on his face by the weight of the man who'd thrown himself on him. Big man, that much Ezio could sense. Very big. He was pinning Ezio down by the size of his body alone; it was like struggling under a massive, muscular eiderdown. Ezio wrenched his right hand free so that he could unleash his hidden blade, but his wrist was instantly grasped in a grip of iron. He noticed out of the corner of his eye that the hand that held his wrist was cuffed with a manacle from which two broken chain links dangled.

Gathering his strength, Ezio twisted violently and suddenly to his left, digging his elbow hard into a part of the eiderdown that he hoped was tender. He was fortunate. The man pinioning him grunted in pain and relaxed his hold a fraction. It was enough. Following through, Ezio heaved with his shoulder and managed to roll the body off his own. Like lightning he was up on one knee, his left hand on the man's throat, his right poised to strike.

Ezio's moment of triumph was short. The man knocked his right hand away, the iron manacle on his left hand, similarly adorned with a couple of chain links, struck Ezio's wrist painfully despite the protection of the hidden blade's harness. Ezio found his left wrist now caught in another vice-like grip, which slowly but inexorably forced his hold on the man's throat to weaken.

The man was unarmed but the iron manacles could do a lot of damage, used as weapons.
They rolled over, each trying to get the better of the other, putting in blows where they could, but although his assailant was bulky, he was quick, and Ezio's blade never found a mark. At last they separated and stood, grunting, out of breath, hunched, facing each other. The man was unarmed but the iron manacles could do a lot of damage, used as weapons.

Then, from a short distance away, there was a flash of light from a lantern and a cry.

'The Watch!' said the man. 'Down!'

Instinctively, Ezio followed his lead as they dived into the nearest dhow, flattening themselves in its bottom. Ezio's mind was racing. In the flash of light from the lantern, he had seen the man's face and recognized him. How could it be?

But there was no time to worry about that now. They could hear the footfalls of the Watch scurrying towards the jetty.

'They saw us, may Allah blind them,' said the man.

'Better see to them. You ready?'

Astonished, Ezio nodded mutely in the dark.

'I'll finish you off once we've seen to them,' the man added.

'I wouldn't bet on it.'

There was no time for any more talk as the five men of the Watch were already upon them. Fortunately they hesitated before throwing themselves down into the dark well of the boat where Ezio and his unlikely ally now stood, and contented themselves with standing on the jetty, waving their weapons and yelling threats.

The big man regarded them. 'Easy meat,' he said. 'But we'd better take them now, before they attract too much attention.'

In reply, Ezio braced himself, crouched, and leapt up to the jetty, catching its edge and hauling himself up onto it in one – these days – not quite fluid movement. In the moment it took him to catch his breath, three of the Watch were upon him, bludgeoning him to the ground with heavy truncheons, while a fourth man approached, swirling a short but wicked-looking sword. He raised it for the coup-de-grâce, but in that instant he was lifted bodily by the scruff of the neck from behind, and hurled howling backwards and upwards, to land with a sickening crash a long way further down the jetty, where he lay moaning, several of his bones broken.

He cursed himself for not having strapped on his gun, but it was too late for that now.
As Ezio's three other attackers were distracted, Ezio sprang to his feet and snapped out his hidden blade, slicing down two of them in two quick, efficient strokes. Meanwhile, the big man was struggling with the lamp holder, another giant, who had thrown his pole aside and drawn a massive Damascus, which he waved threateningly over the head of his opponent, who held him in a wrestler's body grip. Ezio could see that at any moment the thick blade would come down square into the broad back of the big man. He cursed himself for not having strapped on his gun, but it was too late for that now. He grabbed a fallen truncheon and, shoving the remaining watchman aside with his elbow, hurled it at the head of the lantern man.

His aim had – thank God! – been true. The truncheon struck the lantern man square between the eyes and he staggered back, falling to his knees. Then Ezio felt a sharp pain in his side. The surviving member of the Watch had drawn a dagger and stabbed him. He sank down, and, before his world went black, saw the big man running towards him…

Assassin's Creed: Revelations by Oliver Bowden is out now in Penguin Paperback and eBook, Amazon Kindle Edition and as an Apple iBook.

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43 comments
nurjra
nurjra

Assassin's Creed = Very Cinematic and Very Cinematic = THEY NEED TO MAKE AN ASSASSIN'S CREED MOVIE!!!!!!!!

crazychino4904
crazychino4904

why read ?¿ you can live this adventures in the game! no more books allowed on gamespot!

botsio
botsio

this is it if more of our popular games were turned into novel it will be of great help.be cos thi generation i must say is too electronic.we hardly pick up a book to read we are always surfing on the web or listening to songs on our ipods.psps,ds's etc.its a step in the right direction.

DevilRebel62
DevilRebel62

rlly excited.... it'll b AWSUM 2 hav an amazing game into a novel... perhaps a movie in the near future....?:D

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

Also, have to say to the people who are saying they bought the book INSTEAD of the game and were disappointed - that just doesn't make any sense. It's like saying 'I bought strawberry flavoured chewing gum INSTEAD of fresh strawberries and I have to say I was disappointed.'

DoubleclickTF
DoubleclickTF

Warhawk - He "tried"? He got paid! This is really terrible writing: clichés such as "a grip of iron", immediately followed by a reference to the "iron manacles", redundant and blatant use of the thesaurus (a manacle "adorned" with chain links, really?) and generally lumpy prose. As other people have said, it's best not to describe action blow by blow. It certainly can be approached in a much more effective and engaging way than it is here. Yes, it's hard to write a good book. It's clearly too hard for whoever is behind the Oliver Bowden name, and he or she should look for a different job.

ishan316
ishan316

Made it a point to read the novel first before I played the game... must say a very good read. BUT, only for the fans of the series.

Warhawk613
Warhawk613

Why is everyone giving this writer a hard time? At least he tried. It's hard to write a book.

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

Well, it seems that film isn't the only medium in which game adaptations suffer - although this guy is obviously a bad writer. The whole excerpt made me cringe. Really clunky prose. "...it was like struggling under a massive, muscular eiderdown." Really? Just awful.

DawnForMe
DawnForMe

Those who read are old timers ! Yeah pipe bomb...

THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

Why buy a book of that quality when I can go over to fanfiction.net for free? I mean, come on man, that excerpt was absolutely awful.

trivolution
trivolution

But I'll enjoy this more than Twilight.

Coverthitman
Coverthitman

There's a missing comma in the first run-on sentence. Bad start [fragment].

deliman
deliman

and i thought the game was stupid... "oliver bowden" is a pen-name. even the author is embarrassed to have his name attached to this garbage.

CyberLips
CyberLips

"He cursed himself for not having strapped on his gun, but it was too late for that now." oh my god i can't stop laughing!!!!:lol:

GamerNerdTalk
GamerNerdTalk

For a book, i must say, it was pretty bad. I bought the book instead of the game, and I was very disappointed

true_gamer007
true_gamer007

There's a big share of handy free-running in AC R's success which I think is more enjoyable and explainable when you actually play it in the game rather then to thoroughly read and imagine the scene.

Panda-Pat
Panda-Pat

How bout you make a movie instead ....

the_requiem
the_requiem

Protip for videogame novel writers: Don't describe the action. Non gamers are not interested in these novels. Gamers are not interested in reading stuff they can do/see in game already. Stick to characters and plot.

TruSake
TruSake

Had to be a frenchman to messed this up

filmboy85
filmboy85

At the very least, this isn't as bad as the Metal Gear Solid adaptation, which in pretty great detail described the actual actions of walking around the base, knocking guards out, getting weapons, solving puzzles, etc. As much as I love MGS, there was no way I could get through that.

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

@superkiller27 - Somehow I don't think he was trying to big himself up...

Daeman_Uhr
Daeman_Uhr

This is terrible. I write like that. Somebody get a real novelist to write it.

CrazyRacerXtrem
CrazyRacerXtrem

yea... OOH wait i just scrolled up & saw "novel" hmm well im not getting it but this is a good idea for the non gamers :P

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

I would be interested if I didn't already know what the story is :/ Still, at least it's well written =]

bluej33
bluej33

Whoa this sucks even more than I expected when I saw the words "assassin's creed novel."

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

Wow, that's a chore to read. "This happened then this happened in this way then this happened after." The whole point in reading the book rather than just playing the game is that you can get more insight into the characters, see their thoughts & how they feel about what occurs. It's just not enjoyable to read nothing but a big list of events.

DreadfulGlory
DreadfulGlory

Oh come on people. Some enjoy reading, some enjoy watching, and some enjoy gaming. AC has one of the greatest storylines out there and there is no reason why people of all backgrounds and interests shouldn't get to enjoy it.

dhsk8sb
dhsk8sb

Love assassin's creed but this is just unnecessary and a waste of time. Gaming should stay in the realm of gaming. Its hard to find good modern literature, but classics are always great, and the list endless. It maybe would have been better if the novel came out before the game series.

LokiHero
LokiHero

You know, as someone who grew up on classics (Dickens, Verne, etc.), I can't help but be a little offended by books like this. Don't get me wrong, if they get the fifteen-year-old who thinks Assassin's Creed is badass reading, that's great, but a lot of people seem to have given up on literature for this kind of thing and it's really unsettling.

trivolution
trivolution

The novel sneak peek, but no novel features.

scratchisme
scratchisme

Novel adaptations of video games need to stop trying to portray the action. That's not what books are best at. I wish that these books would be more focused on fleshing out the relationships, characters, and life in these historic cities.

scratchisme
scratchisme

@Soothsayer42 I doubt it will get a proper audio book, but if you have a kindle it could use text to speech.

VercettiTommyy
VercettiTommyy

Seems slightly better than Renaissance...which was OK, but nothing too great. Will get this one too.