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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Redmond Boyle is presented in canon as a power-hungry politician who hates Nod and wants to exploit Tiberium. In this fic...he's a power-hungry politician who hates Nod and wants to exploit Tiberium, but at the same time respects the troops under his command and is somewhat intimidated by the prospect of leading GDI in the middle of a brutal war.
* BetterThanCanon: The author {{RetCon}}s the defense of the Pentagon to after the battle at Langley AFB. Also, certain units from ''Kane's Wrath'' see use during the main game's plot, like Spectres, Reckoners, Slingshots, and Shatter tanks (which the author refuses to call "Shatterers").
** According to just about all the reviewers, the novelization does indeed ''vastly'' outshine the official novelization. Some go as far as to say its actually better than ''the game itself.''
** On the one hand, apples to oranges. On the other hand, the battles feel infinitely more epic, the units from the top of the TechTree are here right from the get-go, and we don't spend half an hour reading how Commander Karrde/Rawne harvested Tiberium and built up a base before trying a [[ZergRush TankRush]]. Given how the author has handled just ''part'' of the ''First Act'', we're in for a real treat once things get to Sarajevo, and later when the Scrin actually arrive.
** Its worth noting that Mitchell Colt seems to be an almost deliberate attempt to do the same thing that was done with Vega in the original novelization: a young, untested soldier being hurled into combat, surviving by luck and skill, and being promoted through the ranks. The difference is that all the ridiculous idiocy around Vega's promotions and "skill" are stripped away - Colt is promoted on his own merits and because GDI needs squad leaders, not because of blatant nepotism like Vega. Colt also makes mistakes and acts and fights like a real soldier, unlike Vega, and the progression up the chain of command is nowhere near as idiotically fast. Outwardly, the two characters are very similar, but the general opinion among the readers thus far is that Colt's development has been natural and realistic, unlike Vega's stupidly fast-tracked promotions from Private to Captain inside of a few months.
* CrazyAwesome: Havoc. It's kind of his job description, but when he gets back into the action in Chapter 23, he takes down a Black Hand Acolyte in PoweredArmor. With a ''knife.''
-->"So Colonel Parker did what he did best: he told the odds to sit down and watch."
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Happens from time to time.
** "Discipline ''will'' be enforced. You will ''not'' be harmed."
*** The mere fact that prior to that, [[spoiler: Sandra Telfair was able to fight off the larger, stronger, and better-trained soldier trying to rape her with her hands tied behind her back for as long as she did]] was pretty damn awesome.
** "I got a present for ya!"
*** "But that was why they called him "Havoc."
--->''"And make sure you tell them, that was ''left-handed''."''
*** "Dear Kane: Merry Christmas! Love, Your Buddy, Havoc."
*** Havoc is a walking, talking CMOA in this fic. Point in case is his introduction: he's stuck in the middle of traffic, on his way to the TV station he works at, when the Vertigos start bombing. While all the civilians start panicking and fleeing, Havoc's response? Grab a submachinegun from ''inside his car's glove compartment'', step out, and comment that its time to get back to work.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: [[spoiler:[[strike: Lieutenant]] Captain Wallace, after having spent four weeks in rehabilitation, apparently being killed by a laser-to-the-face right before a SmashCut to another scene.]] Knowing [[AnyoneCanDie this author's style]], a very troubling possibility, despite the fact that it would be a horrible ShootTheShaggyDog moment for his character [[spoiler:especially considering that he had subverted Anyone Can Die ''with the exact same character'' in an earlier chapter. He lives.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Private Grigorovich establishes his sliminess the moment he [[spoiler: tries to rape Sandra Telfair]].
* NightmareFuel: At least one reviewer has described the descriptions of Nod's combat stim drugs to be genuinely terrifying.
** In-universe, the Black Hand are this because of their PoweredArmor and [[KillItWithFire flamethrowers and laser rifles]] giving them ImplacableMan and TheDreaded status. We only see a handful being actually ''killed'' by GDI infantry instead of neutralized, simply because their armor is that tough. The first time Colt's squad faces down a group of Black Hand, they completely freeze up and nearly get killed because of it.
* {{Squick}}: From chapter 14:
-->As he did so, a fresh wave of pain flashed through him from his leg. He looked down, filthy brown water dripping off his nose and hair, and saw the nasty waste was seeping into his wound. The pool of brown fluid was already darkening with his blood.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The battle between [[spoiler: the Avatars and the Mammoths]] in Chapter Sixteen has description and imagery evocative of Armaggeddon.
* TheWoobie: Lieutenant Sandra Telfair, who [[spoiler: is injured, captured by Nod, beaten and nearly raped, and has to cut a man's throat to escape, which clearly traumatizes her.]]

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