Bond Writer Raymond Benson Penning Hitman Prequel Novel

Full disclosure: I have read all of the Mass Effect tie-in novels. Even so, I really hate the genre of video game licensed books. They’re uniformly written terribly, featuring god awful characterizations (and this is even taking video game standards into account!), ultimately offering readers the worst of both worlds: books you can’t read and games you can’t play.

I might have to change my mind on this, slightly, because Random House imprint Del Rey has announced that the upcoming Hitman: Absolution prequel novel, Hitman: Damnation, will be written by prolific former James Bond author Raymond Benson. Benson is notable both for being the fourth author to write Bond novels (following Kingsly Amis and John gardener) and for being the the first American to do so. His adaptations of Pierce Brosnan’s Bond films aren’t good, but his original Bond novels are actually great fun. This won’t be Gore Vidal, but it might just mean the prose will be good for once.

Hitman: Damnation is set between the events of Hitman: Blood Money and Absolution, and features agent 47 in serious trouble after a job killing American politicians goes sideways. It will be in stores this summer. Here’s the full cover:

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