03.08.11 | Graeme Neill

Orion has bought world rights to an Andy McNab novel tying into the forthcoming Battlefield 3 videogame.

Deputy publisher Jon Wood and non-fiction publishing director Rowland White bought world rights to Battlefield 3: The Russian from Mark Lucas. It will be published on 28th October, the same day the game goes on sale. Grand Central will be the US publisher. McNab is working as a consultant on the forthcoming game, which is one of the most eagerly awaited of the autumn. The novel provides the backstory to a Russian Special Forces operator who is a character in the single-player videogame. It will be co-written by Peter Grimsdale.

White said: “I’ve been a fan of Andy McNab’s since Bravo Two Zero first kept me awake into the small hours. Admiring the spectacular success of the career as a novelist that followed Andy’s original non-fiction blockbuster I never, for a moment, thought I’d get the chance to work with him. But Transworld have generously offered Andy a busman’s holiday. And, with Battlefield 3: The Russian, he has excelled himself, delivering trademark military authenticity and insight alongside a ticking time bomb of a plot. I can promise sleepless nights all round.”

McNab said: “It is impossible for any single medium to fully capture the emotion and intensity of war. The Battlefield 3: The Russian novel is one window into the experience, and the game is another. They complement each other perfectly. Working with [Battlefield 3 developers] DICE has been a fantastic ride. Battlefield 3 is going to surprise people this autumn. The story, the characters, the world and the intense action come together to create a resonant, memorable experience.”

Source: The Bookseller