If you’re looking to dive deeper into the story of Battlefield 3 or if you’re a gamer who just likes to read, then we have some exciting news for you! DICE today announced the publication of a novel based on the game that will propel the story in new directions.
The novel, titled Battlefield 3: The Russian, is written by the highly decorated ex-SAS operator and best-selling author of Bravo Two Zero, Andy McNab, with co-author Peter Grimsdale. The book tells the back-story of RU Special Forces operator Dima, one of the soldiers featured in the Battlefield 3 single-player campaign. Having first-hand experience of the drama and trauma of war, McNab brings an authentic voice and heart-wrenching perspective to the story.
In 1984 McNab was 'badged' as a member of 22 SAS Regiment and was involved in both covert and overt special operations worldwide. During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever.' Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993.
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 who 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.
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.