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Rifts® Deception's Web™
 
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Rifts® Deception's Web™
Publisher: Palladium Books
by JR P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/10/2024 11:09:13

I bought this in paperback years ago when they first came out. I was a young man then and thought it was such a dark, depressing interpretation of the world I was gaming in.

Recently, I purchased them in PDF and decided to give all three books another read. Wow, I was surprised how much I enjoyed them and eagerly turned each page. It's not perfect writing, but it was still a ton of fun. They made me want to run a Coalition squad in the game as I could see many of the challenges and moral ambiguities that would cause one to both hate and love the complex Coalition States. The high-tech action scenes actually caused me to make some minor rules adjustments at my table regarding "active" and "passive" sensors/radar.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Rifts® Deception's Web™
Publisher: Palladium Books
by M. T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/20/2022 10:07:51

The author's writing in this trilogy feels like somewhat amateurish writing. Stylistically, it often feels like a redundant style. Confusingly, I was often confused, often having to reread sentences, feeling like I read them before, then discovering I didn't after having reread them, which was confusing.

If the prior paragraph grates on you, I caution against these works: You're in a for a long night. This and Sonic Boom could have been richer and more concise. I don't yet know if I can bring myself to read Treacherous Awakenings, but I suspect the entire trilogy could have been a single novel and be better for it. Characters are copious and unidimensional. They tend to remain that way throughout, serving largely as banal vehicles to expose major plot points and catalog hot-or-not style flash judgments of attraction. As such, these works' biggest accomplishment could be to offer the reader a simulation of life in modern Junior High School, but they tragically obscur the post-cataclysmic world over which they are clumsily lain. What development those characters do experience is hackneyed and torturously protracted. This is sad, because the context provides ample opportunity for them to more thoroughly wrestle with issues like the nature of corruption, integrity versus incentives, love versus prejudice, tradition versus morality, etc.

So far, I put these somewhere beneath the TORG Possibility Wars trilogy, which suffers from similiar character development and intertwining plot complexity, but which is stylistically superior and offers better pacing.



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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