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POSTED BY ncornelius ON 08/ 3/2011

Ex-SAS Andy McNab pens Battlefield 3 Novel

Highly decorated ex-SAS operator and best selling author of Bravo Two Zero, Andy McNab is bringing Battlefield 3 to the literary world. In Battlefield 3: The Russian, McNab and co-author Peter Grimsdale tell the story of single player hero character Dmitri “Dima” Mayakovsky.

The book is an extension of his narrative from Battlefield 3 the game, which will be available on October 27 (Australia) and 28 (New Zealand) Dima's story brings an authentic voice and heart-wrenching perspective to the story. Like the game, the novel is charged with documentary intensity, high octane action, and ripped-from-the-headlines incursions. Battlefield 3: The Russian paints a picture of a soldier struggling to do whatever it takes to keep himself, and his platoon, alive.

In the game, the single-player storyline is revealed through a series of flashbacks as Marine Staff Sergeant Henry Blackburn races to prevent an attack on New York City by a deadly force known as the PLR. As Blackburn recalls key events leading up to the attack, players take control of several characters in heart-pounding missions across land, sea and air. One of these characters is Dmitri “Dima” Mayakovsky, a legendary and pragmatic GRU operator in the twilight of his Special Forces career. Known as a “cleaner”, Dima is the sort of person that does whatever it takes to get the job done. The book picks up where the game leaves off, allowing McNab and Grimsdale to give a thrilling new perspective into Dima’s own personal quest as well as the events of Battlefield 3.

The modern military novel will be released on Oct. 25, 2011 and will be published by the Orion division of Hachette Australia.

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