The 100 Books Project: The Umbrella Conspiracy.

Only fools accept the obvious and go no further; use your brain, Jilly.

“Restident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy” by S.D. Perry

When I read the “first” (read: prequel; I don’t actually know which came first) book in the novelizations of the Resident Evil games, Zero Hour, I remember being pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Brilliant, timeless writing for the ages it was not, but it was entertaining and amusing and displayed a very good talent all the same. I can’t say I was as content with The Umbrella Conspiracy, which follows the course of the first Resident Evil game in which a group of S.T.A.R.S. infiltrate a mysterious mansion in hopes to uncover the source of the brutal murders happening around Raccoon City, only to uncover a great big plot by the Umbrella Corporation to develop a virus that naturally breaks out and turns people and animals into zombies and/or horrific creatures.

The Umbrella Conspiracy juggles more characters, and I think that’s ultimately its downfall. While Zero Hour focuses mostly on young Rebecca Chambers, this book jumps between Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield, Alfred Wesker, Barry Burton, and, when the paths of the two books cross, Rebecca as well. As a result, the minutiae of each scene is lessened, the action is much quicker, and you don’t really get quite the feel for the atmosphere or the monsters in this book as you did the others. They’re all moving through too much stuff too quickly for the audience to really enjoy it, I think. The details between the two books seem a little muddled; Rebecca’s experience sin this book don’t really match the other, but a lack of consistency isn’t really that surprising, considering the source materials.

So far, then, in my random quest to read through these Resident Evil books merely because I have them, I liked Zero Hour much better; the next book, Caliban Cove is supposed to be original fiction, I think, giving us a story that happens between games, so it should be interesting to see how Perry works with these characters outside the outline of a game’s events.

Books read: 42 out of 100.

And, last but not least, many thanks to Oscar Hoekeah for subscribing to the blog! Lucky number thirteen! Good to have yo aboard, and I can’t wait to catch up on some of your posts, too! Not only is this lucky number thirteen for subscribers, but this also my 200th post today. Whoo hoo! Coffee and cookies for everyone!


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