Blizzplanet's review explores some of the topics and key characters of the StarCraft universe found throughout the novel tie-in StarCraft: Ghost--Spectres by author Nate Kenyon.
The book is not truly a novelization of the postponed StarCraft: Ghost video game as originally expected, but it still contains a couple of elements straight from the video game's intended storyline such as the Terrazine gas and a support character from the game known as Colonel Jackson Hauler, commander of the Nova Squadron.
The Terrazine gas plot was touched upon in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty during the mission "Welcome to the Jungle", and the Project: Shadowblade mentioned in one of the in-game cinematic cutscenes is fully explored in the novel.
Nate Kenyon is an award-winning author of science fiction, horror and suspense novels. He definitely adds these three elements into the StarCraft universe setting with plenty of action, blood and gore.
This book serves as a continuity hub connecting all the previous Ghost novel, the manga, the comic book and the StarCraft II video game's plots together. Tokyopop shutdown its California offices before StarCraft: Ghost Academy Volume 4 could be published. However, the outcome of the never-published finale of the StarCraft: Ghost Academy series is poured in into StarCraft: Ghost--Spectres as a generous bonus.
This book could get a 9/10 merely because it didn't actually novelize the StarCraft: Ghost video game's storyline the way Warcraft: Lord of the Clans novelized Warcraft Adventures the video game, or how StarCraft: Queen of Blades novelized step-by-step the events in the original StarCraft (1998) game.
Despite this, the author is not responsible for taking this decision, thus it would be unfair. Nate Kenyon was a finalist of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stroker Awards in 2006, 2008 and 2009 for his previous works: Keeping Watch, The Reach, and Bloodstone.
His contribution to the StarCraft universe definitely deserves a 10/10. Keep them coming. 10/10