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The Doom 3 novels were an in-progress series of three novels. The first two have been released, however the third has been canceled. Before writing the books, their author Matthew Costello wrote the scripts for Doom 3 and Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil.

Doom 3: Worlds on Fire[edit]

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Doom 3: Worlds on Fire is the first novel in the Doom 3 novel series. It was released on February 26, 2008.

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The year is 2144 and the battle over Earth's precious resources has raged for a century. With global economies in ruins and all-out world war more than a possibility, the United States government turned to the Union Aerospace Corporation, giving it carte blanche on the planet of Mars in a desperate bid to construct an off-world outpost that might provide resources and a military advantage, as well as something so secret that even members of government do not have a clue about it.

Special ops marine lieutenant John Kane was once a careerist simply glad to have a job, and could not care less about politics as long as Uncle Sam's check cleared. But that was before he listened to his conscience and disobeyed a direct order. Demoted to private, Kane has been reassigned to the "U.S. Space Marines"—the private army of the UAC—with the prospect of becoming little more than a glorified security guard on Mars.

Now Private Kane's fate leads him to Mars City - part environmental community, part lab center, and all owned and protected by the UAC. It is a strange world with a fatal environment, and the thousands who live and work within the city have already begun to think of themselves as Martians. And away from Mars City, at the strange ancient sites uncovered on the planet, a small squad of marines stand guard while scientists uncover wall glyphs and search for artifacts, having already found something that is so far amazing and inexplicable - including the relic called "U1," nicknamed "the Soul Cube" - and unknown to all, the bringer of destructive chaos and unspeakable horror.

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One: 2144[edit]

The novel starts with the UAC Chairman, Ian Kelliher taking the lawyer Elliot Swann, bodyguard Jack Campbell and General Hayden to a trip on the Mars City, showing the progress of the operations in the hopes to keep the funding for the operation. He reveals in the digging Site 3 the symbols of alien origin they had found, dating around 400 thousand years, according to researcher Axelle Graulich.

On Mars City itself, the commander of the science team, Malcolm Betruger displayed them the test chambers for the main attraction of the Delta Labs: a teleporter machine. As he does it, one of his scientists, Dr Kellyn MacDonald, notes on how he hides the older test chambers and the results of the experiments on organic beings, all which came distorted by the teleportation.

Despite Betruger’s deception, Swann still got access to the experiment’s files, given by MacDonald, which he shares with Kelliher and Hayden before the Chairman go back to Earth. On the way to the ship, Private James Walker, who was suffering from nightmares after seeing the results of the experiments, snaps and make him hostage, demanding to be sent back to Earth before being knocked out by Private Maria Moraetes.

At the same time on Earth, Lieutenant John Kane was in a mission to rescue Marines who were fighting rebels on Terekstan, the mission is cancelled when the Terekstan government allies with the rebels, and the Pentagon orders a retreat. Disobeying orders, Kane goes for the rescue, saving the marines at heavy costs, and is arrested for it.

Two: 2145[edit]

After a short trial, Kane is sent to the Space Marines and to Mars, avoiding the death penalty to avoid the public finding the reason he was punished. On the way, he meets the overenthusiastic Private Mitchell.

On Mars, Betruger starts the preparations of another human test, despite the mutations the first subject suffered, the voices he started hearing on his dreams guiding him to continue the tests despite the evident consequences. Like Dr. MacDonald, Dr Jonathan Ishii was also working behind Betruger’s back, trying to stop the experiments. Back on Earth, Kelliher approves the experiments to continue.

On his first day on Mars City, Kane got in a fight with another marine, furious at his disobedience of orders, and was put to be overseen by Maria, and got to see another staff member going insane from the nightmares people were suffering on the facility.

Three: 2145[edit]

As the day of the next experiment came and Axelle’s team got stuck in the digging site thanks to a sandstorm, Dr Ishii took the data and sneaked into a communication center. Kane was sent to take him back to Delta by Master Sergeant Kelly, but before the disturbed scientist could explain his actions, the experiment started, opening a portal to another dimension and starting a disaster across the facility, killing and turning multiple humans into zombies, including Ishii and the mother of a young boy called Theo. Axelle, with her way up blocked, descended through the tunnels, which now seemly were alive, pumping like arteries.

Fighting through waves of zombies and z-sec, Kane found and saved Theo, eventually regrouping with Maria in a barricaded Administration area where the survivors waited, Kelly planning to send the remaining soldiers to the functioning Communication Center to ask for the Armada. There, he fought and killed a new monster, a pinky. Dr MacDonald, hidden in the teleportation chamber, watched as Betruger went through the portal, carrying in his hands the relic U1, the "Soul Cube"


MacDonnald, still on the chamber, watched as Betruger returned, now without the relic, and followed him as he prepares to open the doors of Delta, allowing all the creatures there to invade the rest of the base.

On Palo Alto, Kelliher, receiving limited information of the events on Mars, allows the experiments to continue, believing it was still a manageable situation.

Doom 3: Maelstrom[edit]

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Doom 3: Maelstorm is the second part of the Doom 3 novel series. It was released on March 31, 2009.

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2145: Two Days Before the First Outbreak[edit]

The novel starts off a few days before the end of the last book, describing the actions on the undersea Ballard research lab on Earth. The novel describes that the scientists are studying a strange bacteria that allows life to live in a very inhospitable area. The base is underfunded due to the UAC's interests on Mars, and there are fears that UAC head Ian Kelliher will cancel it.

Henceforth the novel is made up of different stories about different people, but returns to each regularly. The book describes a visit by Ian Kelliher to his weak, technically retired, father and UAC founder Tommy. Tommy gives his son a warning – you are playing god on Mars City with forces you can't control. He also tells Ian that Ballard is vital, basically saving the lab.

2145: Armageddon[edit]

The book returns to Mars just after the first demonic outbreak, with General Hayden and his compatriots trying to assure Kelliher that things are under control – while at the same time trying to make it a reality. Meanwhile Maria Moraetes and John Kane are both leading squads with Maria near Alpha Labs and Kane at Mars City reception.

Master Sergeant Kelly, who is setting up troops near the outbreak's source of Delta Labs, talks to Kane and warns of unusual readings. Kane leaves reception to look for a child he saved from his zombified mother. Then a second outbreak occurs, destroying and zombifying more of Mars City, and unleashing more demons.

Kane decides not to return to reception and to instead fight his way to Maria in Alpha Labs, who was trying to make her way to him. Meanwhile, Maria and Andy Kim are fighting their way through Mars City too. While fighting through onslaughts of trites, pinkies, imps and zombies (creatures they name as the go along), they are beginning to make progress. But then an imp grabs Andy and nearly kills him – only being stopped by Maria. Desperate to save her friend, but without any medical supplies, she senses an approaching presence.

There is also the subplot of Theo, the child Kane saved, who ran away as instructed and hid in a compartment. He is later sensed by two zombies and he only escapes after a hole breaks open in his compartment other than the two being penetrated by the zombies. From there he runs through the base avoiding the various horrors until he reaches a monorail – which takes him to Delta Labs.

Maria finds that it is Kane who is approaching and greets him, to Kane's surprise, with an embracing kiss. Kane uses one of his medical stim-packs to rehabilitate Andy, but not to the point of much use in combat. Maria and Kane decide that they must head to the source of the invasion – Delta. Kane argues that Maria should guide Andy back to reception but Maria is adamant that she must go with him. Andy agrees to go it alone and Maria finally wins Kane over. After resupplying at a munitions locker, the three head off on their respective journeys.

Meanwhile, Kelliher is considering his options, having lost radio contact with Mars City. He decides to contact Ballard and get them to research things that might prepare humanity for a demonic invasion – including using the bacteria in a way to make them superhuman. Glad for the newfound resources and scientists he is offering – but weary of taking up a military mission – the team agrees. He also gets his research base bellow UAC headquarters to try and mimic on a smaller scale what happened on Mars – in a desperate attempt to understand it. He also is debating with himself whether or not to send for the Armada military spaceships – something that top people on Mars are also debating.

Jack Campbell, one of two people sent to Mars City at Kelliher's request, is trying his best to figure out what to do. He realizes his immediate issue is to stop his other companion Elliot Swann or General Hayden from contacting the Armada, something he knows would break Mars' present quarantine and jeopardize Earth. He fights his way to the Mars City communications centre, using his powerful BFG 9000 weapon, and convinces Swann not to transmit. Campbell, joined by an unwilling and terrified Swann, then set off for Delta themselves.

2145: Into Hell[edit]

Andy makes his way back to reception, and is greeted by Kane's appointed team leader McCullough and his marines. Meanwhile both Maria and Kane and Campbell and Swann are approaching Delta Labs. Kane and Maria arrive first and find Delta's teleportation experiments and a lone survivor, Kellyn MacDonald. Kane is forced to use one of the experimental teleporters, the very same technology that allowed the demons to get to Mars, to reach him. This separates him from Maria.

MacDonald explains to Kane that in order to defeat the demons they need an artifact from the Martian archaeological digs sties called the U1 or soul cube. He explains how the research team discovered the history of an ancient Martian civilization that was forced to sacrifice itself to create the soul cube to defeat their own demonic invasion. Finally he reveals that Malcolm Betruger, chief Delta Labs scientist, is working for the demons and took the cube into the demon's dimension, now nicknamed as hell. Suddenly, MacDonald is killed by a sneak attack by a demon.

Kane only survives when Maria teleports in and defeats it. Then the two discover Theo, before even more demons arrive. This time deliverance comes from the arrival of Campbell and Swann – and Campbell's BFG. The four adults decide that one of them has to go through the portal into hell to retrieve the soul cube, something Kane obliges to do. Maria is sent to take Theo back to reception, and Campbell and an unhappy Swann are to guard the portal for Kane's return.

Kane arrives in the demon's realm and sees a massive and heavily guarded – but thankfully empty – throne containing the coveted soul cube. Powered by pure focus, beyond fear, beyond weariness, Kane battles the guardians and retrieves the cube, and then makes it back through the portal. There he finds Campbell and Swann dead – and a zombified and mechanically enhanced Sergeant Kelly. Kane uses the new found artifact and retrieves Campbell's BFG. With Kelly dead, he makes his way to archaeological Site 3, to bring the soul cube back where it belongs and hopefully end the invasion.

At Site 3 a lone surviving scientist – Axelle Graulich – is making her way through a deep eerie tunnel, while the spirits of the ancient Martians reveal their secrets to her, and makes a discovery. The demons are making a permanent portal between hell and Mars, to compensate for the now closed Delta portal. Axelle is left to wonder, why is she still alive?

Kelliher watches as his scientists begin their teleportation experiment, and sees their animal test subject comes back as a zombified monster. Strange waves emanate from the lab and throughout the Earth and Kelliher is left to contemplate what this means. Meanwhile he contacts the U.S. President and gets authorization for the Armada to obliterate Mars City.

Kane reaches Site 3 and finds the demon's portal, almost active, and Axelle who tells him that he must stop them rather than help her. Suddenly two demons arrive and kill her, but not before she warns Kane of the presence of the inhabitant of the throne he saw in hell – an enormous demon, maybe their king. Kane begins the final battle with it and its legions, with the help of the soul cube, finally persevering and sealing the portal.

Afterwards, he begins the agonizing journey back to Mars City, only for a crazed zombie to take its final revenge. Kane, severally wounded and missing a leg, is only saved by the arrival of Maria from reception. Hayden calls the Armada down to send support for Mars City.


Now with only stray zombies left on Mars City since the closing of the portal, the Armada troops evacuate the wounded and civilians – including Theo and Kane. Maria, Andy, other survivors, and the Armada reinforcements are left to start rehabilitating Mars City, much to Maria's regret. She vows to check up on Theo on Earth and Kane, as they both know have feelings for each other. Everyone realizes that reviving Mars City will be a large job. Kelliher visits his father again, and vows to tell him everything, including his worries about the force that came from his experiments on Earth.

Meanwhile the scientists on the Ballard research lab reveal their discovery that the bacteria and the tube worms are not existing in a symbiotic relationship – but that the two actually merge as one being. The team contemplate the ramifications of this biological merging and where this discovery could lead.

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