The first BioShock novel, which follows the rise of Rapture to a point just before the first game, is due for release July 19.

The book is written by science-fiction writer John Shirley, who was also responsible for the novelization of Doom.

BioShock: Rapture is being published by Titan books, currently being listed at the price of £7.99.

An excerpt from the book can be read on the publisher's official website.