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|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 4 September 2020 - 01:44 PM|
| The first book is titled “MacGyver: Meltdown”, written by Zlotoff and Eric Kelley, and will be released to all formats-- both physical and electronic—come this October.
|Posted by: MacGyverGod 5 September 2020 - 01:29 AM|
|Posted by: Jediferret 7 September 2020 - 03:29 PM|
| Interesting! As long as the books stay true to the original character, I'd give 'em a read.
Though... the comic series was never continued, which was a bummer...
|Posted by: Brick_Bratford 8 September 2020 - 08:57 PM|
| I can't wait to get my hands on these.
Indeed this news is the reason I signed on, after many, many years of lurking!
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 9 September 2020 - 12:05 AM|
lurking is good, but signing up is better ;-)
|Posted by: Brick_Bratford 9 September 2020 - 12:12 AM|
|Posted by: Dragondog 9 September 2020 - 01:43 AM|
|Hi, nice to have you on. I used to be a lurker too, before joining|
|Posted by: Axminster 20 September 2020 - 09:36 PM|
Same for me . . . on both counts.
I'm hoping they'll drop Murdoc in at least one of them.
|Posted by: Krug 21 September 2020 - 09:12 AM|
Great user name, btw.
Was my second choice.
|Posted by: Macgyver12186 16 November 2020 - 04:25 AM|
| I am super excited for this.. I love the reboot show and I love that I am getting novels from the original time line...
Now if I can just get a video game that takes the stealth elements of the original Macgyver and adds in the ability to work with the environment I would be beyond happy... and the game can exist in either time line not too picky
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 16 November 2020 - 11:43 PM|
It should be noted that Lee Zlotoff only has rights to use the characters he created in the pilot episode. Any other character we see in the show belongs to CBS and can't be used by anyone except them - unless you're willing to pay their copyright fees or coarse, and since they have a Prime time show which containes said characters, the fees would likely be large enough to render any project unprofitable.
That leaves Charlie Burke and Gantner though.
|Posted by: Miasma 18 November 2020 - 01:16 PM|
And Andy Colson.
Mac: "You know, Andy, you look a lot like my old boss."
Andy: "Really? What was his name?"
Mac: "Um, well, I can't tell you that... copyright infringement, you know."
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 18 November 2020 - 02:28 PM|
They could explore the idea of Andy being Pete undercover - although that would make him blind by now, unless it's a flashback scene. that could be fun.
|Posted by: Brick_Bratford 19 November 2020 - 04:22 AM|
|Anybody any info on when will the 1st book drop? Seems quiet on their website|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 19 November 2020 - 04:25 AM|
The last info is end of November. All the news updates (incl. cover reveal) can be found on MacGyverOnline in this post: https://www.macgyveronline.com/news-info/news/new-book-cover-revealed/
|Posted by: Brick_Bratford 19 November 2020 - 07:45 AM|
|Posted by: Beaum2000 27 November 2020 - 10:56 AM|
|I just ordered my copy on Amazon! I should get it December 2nd. I am excited about it! 😁😎|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 27 November 2020 - 12:00 PM|
I hope it sells well so they don't scrap any further projects.
|Posted by: Brick_Bratford 27 November 2020 - 11:21 PM|
|Spiffing! Could not wait and bought the Kindle version. Now all I need is the right momemnt..|
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 28 November 2020 - 05:57 PM|
| The book is now officially released.
|Posted by: Brick_Bratford 1 December 2020 - 07:49 AM|
| Ok, I 'm half way thru. In order not to give anything away, I'm just ssying that I think I'm getting my monies worth.
I'm having a Super Tinker at hand whilst reading btw
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 1 December 2020 - 03:33 PM|
Great to hear.
Hope plenty of others are buying it as well.
Leave feedback on Amazon if you can, that will help sales, which in turn will mean more books will be written.
There's 3 planned but good sales will push more.
|Posted by: Krug 3 December 2020 - 09:09 PM|
|My copy arrived today!!!|
|Posted by: Krug 4 December 2020 - 07:56 PM|
40 pages in and I'm enjoying this so far. Do have to do a little personal ret-conning though while reading, such as reading "Department of Homeland Security" as "DXS."
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 5 December 2020 - 01:36 AM|
Remember this takes place after the series ended so it's not supposed to be the DXS.
Also DXS is Department of external services so they wouldn't be involved in homeland security anyway.
|Posted by: Krug 5 December 2020 - 08:53 AM|
True, but Mac only being 46 and using cell phones and there being a DHS takes some getting used to!
Have to rectify/retcon that in my head somehow.
|Posted by: Avilos 23 December 2020 - 10:02 PM|
| Call me a cynic, call me skeptical
- does this really feel like this takes place after the series in any real way? Even accounting the legal limits. It seems to me billing it as taking place after the original tv series is really just a marketing angle to get hardcore fans to buy the books.
Unless there are direct references to his past, even vague ones, they are just generic new Macgyver adventures. Similar to how after Ian Fleming died other authors wrote new James Bond books. Where Bond never ages and the stories take place in modern time. But while taking place at the time period the books were released decades after the originals - they still could reference past adventures. These can not even do that.
I did read the Macgyver comic Zlotoff wrote. Which I was not that impressed with. More of a modernizing of the overall premise with little connection to the tv series. That is what this comes of like. But sold as a “sequel” that requires retconning by readers to even make it feel like a true sequel at all....
Or I am wrong here?
I was a fan of 2 TV movies. Which take place after the series. Are completely stand alone adventures with no mention of Sam or any appearances of any characters but Mac himself. New standalone adventures can work BUT...
The time period was right. But most of all you had Richard Dean Anderson as Macgyver. They could of screwed up a lot of continuity in the writing and it would not have mattered. You do not get that with book.
If they could get RDA to read an audiobook of these I would buy them instantly. Regardless of details.
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 24 December 2020 - 04:15 AM|
| Sounds like you're more of an RDA fan than a MacGyver fan. In which case no book is going to be satisfactory.
It's worth noting that Eric (the co-author) is a member of the https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=3844657925584811&set=g.307728759678852 and has been seeking guidance and feedback on the book in preparation for the next one.
In the Comic books Mac was on a Phoenix assignment and he was talking to Pete on the phone at the end of it so that tied in to series.
|Posted by: Avilos 24 December 2020 - 06:01 AM|
| Maybe I came off too harsh. I was just suspicious of how these books were described from the beginning. Than to read someone say they had to do mental retconning to make it fit with the show added to that.
I forgot about the references to Pete and Phoenix in the comic. I will have to dig up my copy. It shows how unmemorable it was to me.
It’s not about being a Richard Dean Anderson fan really. Macgyver was the only thing I really have seen him in. Barely watched Stargate.
It’s being overall skeptical of tie in books to movies and tv shows. Often there connection to the source is loose at best.
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 25 December 2020 - 03:25 AM|
| There were a lot of episodes which had no "tie in" to other episodes or the series. They were just MacGyver out doing stuff or helping a friend - no Pete or Phoenix involved at all, so stand alone adventures are in themselves a tie in to the series.
For me the biggest thing is to get the character's "voice" right. They way he speaks, they way he acts. That's what will make or break the written connection to the show.
|Posted by: Krug 19 January 2021 - 03:32 PM|
Finally got around to finishing this, and I have to say minus the mental ret-conning needed for placing a mid-40s RDA MacGyver in modern times, this was a very easy and enjoyable read.
Regarding the bolded, I think they managed to mostly nail that aspect of things. Making the connection in my mind from what I was reading to this being just another adventure for RDA's MacGyver was not hard. Tonally they did a very good job, and at no point did I really feel like this was something from out of the MacGyver realm.
I would definitely read another installment.
|Posted by: Jediferret 11 February 2021 - 08:11 PM|
| I'm about to get this book myself and give it a read. I'm just waiting a couple of things to get back in stock on Amazon before putting in an order.
Glad it sounds like an enjoyable read! Sure do miss the original MacGyver!
|Posted by: Big Mac-gyver 12 February 2021 - 04:10 PM|
| I have just received my copy of the book. I feel so fortunate to be just discovering Macgyver this time last year as not only am I just coming to the end of season 7 (first time watching the whole show...but not the last!), I am just in time for the beginning of a series of Macgyver novels.
It is very rare that I buy a book these days and rightly so when you can get them for free from your local library. This is one of those rare books that will now stake a claim for an entire shelf on the bookshelf to sit alongside the DVDs
I am actually excited to read it and keep sneaking peeks inside but alas, I have a Terry Pratchett to finish first!
|Posted by: Hannibal_Smith 18 February 2021 - 07:53 AM|
| Finished it last night. (SPOILERS below).
The bad guy and his whole evil plan was interesting. I kept waiting for the reveal that Hart was planning some sort of extinction level event to destroy human civilization, so that he could rebuild it to his specifications. (And was prepared to be a bit disappointed by it). That's what would have happened in a James Bond or Kingsman movie or a Tom Clancy novel. But of course this isn't James Bond or Kingsman or Tom Clancy, it's MacGyver, so Hart isn't that kind of guy. He doesn't want to collapse human civilization - all things being equal, he hopes it doesn't - he just thinks that it absolutely will, and is trying to plan for the aftermath. His big plan isn't to hurt humanity, it's mostly to just stay out of its way. You can see why MacGyver would have that "wait, is he actually the bad guy?" hesitation.
Of course, he is the bad guy, just not in as grand or obvious a way as the ones in those other franchises. And it's interesting because he is, in the end, a bad guy in exactly the same way as the governments and capitalists he hates. He's arrogant, self-absorbed, paranoid, petty, indifferent, and in the end too high on himself and on what he wants to think of consequences even when other people warn him about them. He flips the switch on a reactor that he's been warned might be unstable, because he really wants to - and he doesn't even stop and think about what might happen if he's wrong. Just like, in the end, a capitalist ignoring the global warming "alarmists" because he really wants his money and can't be bothered to inconvenience himself by thinking of the consequences. And of course when Hart is faced with the consequences of his decision, he simply tries to run and save his own skin, just like the self-absorbed politicians and spymasters he blames for making the world this way.
And that, even if not everything in the book was, was really in keeping with the spirit of the series. Not everything about "MacGyver" has aged well, but it was always good at hitting that "banality of evil" note, making evil look like something that wasn't grand and operatic and badass and kinda cool, but ugly, small, petty, and pathetic.
|Posted by: Karenskatz 13 April 2021 - 05:31 AM|
|Posted by: Karenskatz 13 April 2021 - 06:47 AM|
|I'm new to this site, and I can't seem to get it to work right for me. Couldn't figure out how to embed a quote. What I am trying to say is, The book read like Zlotoff's original conception of the character, while what we are used to includes how the producers tweaked that character and what RDA brought to the role. Since the character in the book seemed to be working entirely independently, I was under the impression that the book took place before Pete got him hooked up with the DXS or Phoenix; that those and other agencies hired him by the job, as needed. I totally missed the cell phone bit. Even though I was late to get one and still carry a very old one that only makes phone calls and does nothing else, It still feels like we've had them forever. I've been away from the fandom for quite a few years and just re-discovered it, and I keep reading stories where I go, "Why don't they just... Oh, that's right; no cell phones." I enjoyed the book because it was a well crafted and entertaining adventure story, even though I had trouble picturing the MacGyver character as I read. For the Mac that we know from TV, I'll stick with the fan-fic. Beth's work in particular would have made great episodes or even movies.|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 13 April 2021 - 10:31 PM|
Hello there! Took me a while to get the hang of it, too
Easiest way is to quote an entire post.
If you hit "Quote" (on the top right of a post) instead of "Add Reply" (underneath a post), it will add the entire post you're quoting into a box underneath your reply. You can edit/shorten it before hitting "Add reply".
|Posted by: Hannibal_Smith 22 April 2021 - 05:03 AM|
Ha, that reminds me of one of the biggest "generation gap" moments this show ever gave me...
I was too young to remember this show when it was actually on the air, I pretty much discovered it through reruns and then DVDs in the mid-2000s. One moment I'll always remember is when MacGyver tells the guy with him to run to the pay phone and call the police. The man says "I don't have any money." Mac looks at him like he's an idiot and goes "... just DIAL 911! It's FREE!"
Which is just one of these things that I'm sure everybody used to know... but I never did. Why would I? I'm from the cell phone generation.
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 22 April 2021 - 01:37 PM|
You know 911 is a free call on mobile phones also though right? ... and you can call 911 from an unactivated phone as long as it has signal.
|Posted by: Macgyver12186 25 April 2021 - 01:50 PM|
|Or there any more follow ups to the novel or no?|
|Posted by: Brick_Bratford 26 April 2021 - 01:24 AM|
The original blurb said 'series of at least three books' or words to that effect if memory serves.
Maybe time for 2nd is at hand?
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 26 April 2021 - 04:30 AM|
I think they're currently working on the 2nd one.
So might still be a while until it's available.
|Posted by: Macgyver12186 26 April 2021 - 04:50 AM|
Yeah cause with no season 6 the books are now my only source of new macgyver