Publisher Del Rey Announces Novel Inspired by Hitman Franchise

Publisher Del Rey Announces Novel Inspired by Hitman Franchise

  • By: CM Boots-Faubert
  • Posted 24th Jan 2012

Hitman: Absolution

The Random House imprint publisher Del Rey Books announced today a second novel based on the Hitman video game series from IO Interactive -- Hitman: Damnation -- penned by author Raymond Benson, that will release in North America this Summer.

The recent trend in publishing game-related books was a focal-point in the pre-press publicity surrounding the publication of an anthology of short stories for Rockstar's LA Noire, in which a number of well-known authors -- including Joyce Carol Oates and Lawrence Block -- contributed stories set in the world of the game. The choice to authorize a second complete novel based upon the character of Agent 47 is thought to make excellent sense considering the paucity of information available about the character, who fans would clearly like to get to know better.

The events in the story take place between the games Hitman: Blood Money and the upcoming Hitman: Absolution, with Hitman: Damnation offering gamers and fans an opportunity to both better understand what motivates Agent 47 and, perhaps an even more interesting draw, will obtain a better impression of how he sees the world.

The book will be published in North America by Del Rey, but it has been confirmed that it will also appear elsewhere in the world by a variety of publishers, so gamers who live outside of North America will want to interface with their favorite bookstore elf in order to obtain their personal copy.

The legendary assassin who is known only by his codename -- Agent 47 -- is something of an enigma due to the fact that his birth -- actually his conception -- was part of medical experiments that were undertaken using gene-splicing, genetics manipulation, and the creation of intentionally altered genes in order to create the perfect hitman -- call it designer killers if you like -- making him at once a figure to be pitied, feared, and admired.

This latest adventure follows Agent 47 as he attempts to complete his toughest assignment yet: assassinating a high-level American political figure. In the process of completing the mission however, Agent 47 notices that some aspects simply do not add up, and his realization of this plunges him into a web of lies, deceit, and murder that can only lead in one direction -- up!

The signature matched set of automatic pistols in the games are based upon the Hardballer model of automatic pistol by firearms manufacturer Arcadia Machine & Tool -- more commonly known as AMT -- and were engineered as the intentional clone of the Government Model Colt .45 ACP M1911, a frequently copied and incredibly popular model due to its proven record for reliability and accuracy.

The AMT Hardballer line has the distinction of being the first entirely stainless steel 1911 pattern pistol, and the model created by AMT derives its name from the unique round-nose hardball ammunition (solid lead bullet with driving bands or non-jacketed lead bullets) with which it is loaded.

About the Game Series
Hitman was created by IO Interactive in 2000 and has become one of the most popular shooter series in the history of gaming, making the transition from the PC platform to console seamlessly, and earning the studio and publisher many awards for innovation and entertainment for each of the multi-million selling videogame titles.

Agent 47 -- the games' iconic central character -- is a genetically enhanced clone, engineered to function as a highly skilled assassin, and his story and continuing adventures blur media lines, taking the anti-hero protagonist from videogames to a major motion picture, books, comics, and a plethora of different types of merchandise and collectibles, including a matched set of silencer-equipped handguns that duplicate the signature AMT Hardballer Automatic Pistols (with the model known as "Silverballer" in the games) custom-made by the veteran gunsmith Rheinhard Walther in Austria and featured on the cover of Competition Shooter Magazine in June 2011.

The next game in the series, Hitman Absolution is IO's most ambitious project to date and set for release in 2012.

A custom-balanced AMT Hardballer being prepared as a replica of Agent 47's signature handgun prior to the fitting of the custom-made silver-inlaid grips. This model is chambered for .45 cal Hardball Ammunition.

About the Author:
Raymond Benson has written six original James Bond novels and three 007 film novelizations as part of the post-Flemming Bond Project, and is also the author (writing under the pseudonym David Michaels) of the New York Times best-selling books Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, and its sequel Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell -- Operation Barracuda.

Writer Raymond Benson (on the right) posed with a film student / fan following a speaking engagement at from Lone Star College in Conroe, Texas. Benson is best known for his six original novels in the James Bond series, though his selection to write the Hitman book is certain to attract a much larger following from fans of the games.

About Del Rey:
Del Rey Books ( was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history.