Had you told me that the Doom novelizations would include the protagonists sitting on a beach in Hawaii, telling an incredulous gunnery sergeant how they escaped from an alien-controlled Disney Land, well, I wouldn’t have believed you. And yet, that is how Infernal Sky begins, the third book of the series of four Doom novelizations.
This book marks the point at which the authors seriously depart from the game’s canon (no pun intended). In fact, they’d been building their own heretical plot all the way through, but there’s no video game counterpart after Hell on Earth: Hugh blazes his own trail.
It’s difficult for me to review the book without giving away crucial plot details that would be best left unsaid until you (hypothetical) read the book. In fact, Infernal Sky marks such a distinct shift away from the Doom you know that it almost counts as an entirely different series. I have yet to figure out of Hugh’s tack is better than a hypothetical continuation of the Knee-Deep in the Dead sort of Doom, but I will say that what he does works in its own way. Actually, it turns into a thinking man’s sci-fi, reminiscent of Heinlein, and begins to explain the entire demonic invasion (the basis of Doom) with maddeningly vague but high-concept backstory involving galactic literary criticism. Also, there’s a tragic love story, but that is neither here nor there, and honestly, it feels forced anyway.
This might be a point in the series when even someone who very much enjoyed the first two would decide to stop reading. I found it worthwhile, so I would suggest giving it a try.