|Battlefield 3: The Russian|
October 25, 2011
Battlefield 3: The Russian is a novel written by Andy McNab, a former SAS operator, and by Peter Grimsdale. The novel takes place after the events of Battlefield 3 and tells of how Dimitri Mayakovsky kept himself and his platoon alive. It was released on October 25, 2011.
Spetsnaz has been a name to strike fear into the hearts of Mother Russia's enemies. But what was there left to fight for now the country had gone to the dogs? Dima Mayakovsky - once a revered figure inside the elite Special Forces unit - wanted no part of it any more.
But when a dangerous fugitive surfaces in Tehran, Dima is the man the Kremlin wants to bring in. The target has something Dima's political masters want back. And they have made sure that they do not have to take no for an answer.
There is no option: the ex-Spetsnaz legend must lead his hand-picked team of highly-trained, battle-hardened operatives into explosive combat. But that wasn't the sort of thing you could hide from the US recon satellites that circled the skies above.
That meant Dima and his men became Marine Sergeant Henry "Black" Blackburn's problem. Sent across the border into Iran to search for a missing patrol, Black's men weren't looking for trouble, but they found it. In spades.
And as Iran descends into chaos, Dima and Black are forced to question everything they believe in, and to fight to survive for their comrades, their honor, and the lives of millions.
They're on their own. And the clocks are ticking...
The plot of the novel is similar to the campaign portion of Battlefield 3, however there are some major differences:
- Dima's past and motivations are explored more deeply. Most significantly, it is revealed that Dima has a son in Paris.
- In "Operation Swordbreaker," Blackburn stabs a girl.
- Kiril is replaced by a man named "Kroll" who later dies.
- In the game, when Blackburn enters the pool room of Kaffarov's villa, Dima gets the drop on Blackburn, holding a pistol to him before explaining about Solomon and his plan. Dima then turns around with his hands on his head as Cole enters. No exchange is given between Cole, Blackburn, or Dima before Blackburn kills Cole. In the novel, Blackburn finds Dima, and interrogates him. When Cole arrives, Cole attempts to goad Blackburn into killing Dima before attempting to himself. However, he is still shot by Blackburn.
- Vladimir from the mission Comrades doesn't get killed in action.
- In the book, Dima leads the team instead of Vladimir (who lead the team in the game).
- Dima stops the nuke from exploding inside Paris in the novel; instead of it detonating as it does in-game.