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By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on January 10, 2017

I think it's no secret anymore that, besides playing games, I love to read a good book. Since there are more and more novels, inspired by or based upon a game series, being published these days, I regularly read a book of this genre. The last one I read was Resident Evil: Volume I - The Umbrella Conspiracy.

All my friends know that I'm a huge fan of the Resident Evil games. The characters are awesome, every time the setting is just a bit creepier then in the previous game and you can shoot tons of zombies. So, what's not to like? I discovered that there are seven books in the Resident Evil series up till now. But I decided to buy the first one and then decide if I would order the other six. So let's see if this decision is going to cost me money, shall we?

The books are inspired by the games, so book one follows the events you will recognize if you played the very first Resident Evil game on Game Cube or, even earlier, on the PSX. Although the GameCube version is a bit different from the original at some points, the overall gist stays the same. In The Umbrella Conspiracy, the story starts a bit before the start of the game. You'll meet Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield and learn more about their personal lives. Jill is actually the daughter of a mastermind of the underworld and this is one of the reasons she's a valuable member of the Alpha Team. Chris has done many important operations and is considered the example of the organization. He is also, according to the female members of the team, the cutest operative...

One day, the complete Alpha team is present at S.T.A.R.S. HQ, talking to Bravo Team over the radio. You see, Bravo Team was sent out earlier to investigate strange occurrences in an area of Raccoon Forest. All of a sudden, they lose contact for no apparent reason. So naturally, it's up to Alpha Team to go look for their colleague's and find out what's causing all this trouble. The intro scene from the original Resident Evil game is one I'll never forget. I can still picture the look of horror on Joseph's face when he picks up the gun in the field and discovers that a hand is still attached to it. I can also still recall the sound of Jill's voice when she's shouting Joseph's name. So you can imagine my elation when I discovered that the writers put this kind of details in the book.

The story switches between the perspective of several characters; Jill, Chris, Barry, Wesker and Rebecca. Although all characters will be followed from time to time, the main two characters are still Jill and Chris. Separated from each other, they will have to inspect every corner of the mansion in order to find a way to make their escape. Chris will sometimes get some help from Rebecca and Jill meets up with Barry. In the meantime, Wesker just keeps on doing what he does best...

Although The Umbrella Conspiracy is an absolute whirlwind of memories for the fans of the first Resident Evil game, I think it is still really enjoyable to read for those among us who haven't played it at all. It's well written and easy to read. If you are still planning on playing Resident Evil (or its remastered version, which was released in 2016), the book will spoil some of the more significant scenes and events. Or, if you look at it differently, it can prepare you for things to come and, believe me, there is still much to discover for yourself. If you have already played any of the iterations of the first Resident Evil game before (or two of them, or all three), the book will take you on a trip down memory lane, revisiting some of your favorite moments and characters of this horror game classic.

"They entered the mansion where they thought it would be safe..."

Stephani Danelle Perry
September 1998 (1st Edition, published by Pocket Books)
September 2012 (2nd Edition, published by Titan Books)