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Resident Evil: Retribution - The Official Movie Novelization is a novel tie-in relating to the Paul W.S Anderson series of live-action films, written by John Shirley. As its title suggests, it is the official novelization of Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth film in the series. The novel was released on September 18, 2012.[1] It draws ideas from Keith R.A. DeCandido's novels. The novel comes with an original bonus storyline set around the events of the film, starring a clone's attempt to escape the Umbrella Prime complex. The novel follows the third-person limited point of view of a single character and presents the main perspective of Alice Abernathy, Luther West, Jill Valentine, Leon S. Kennedy and Dori with minor POV characters such as Alice (Suburbia clone), Carlos Olivera (clone)

Official summary[]

"Just as she finds a safe haven, free from the Undead, Alice is kidnapped by her former employers the Umbrella Corporation. Regaining consciousness, she finds herself trapped in the most terrifying scenario imaginable. As the T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the world s population into legions of flesh-eating monsters, Alice must fight her way back to reality in order to survive."


Main Storyline[]


Following Alice, Chris and Claire's battle with Albert Wesker which seemingly results in his death. Alice intends to use the vessel to bring its passengers onto Catalina island to isolate themselves from hordes of undead, intending to live an safe and normal life. Suddenly dozens of V-22 aircrafts fastly head towards the vessel with Alice urgently telling everyone to find cover but its too late as Umbrella's soldiers descends from the aircrafts and starts to kill everyone on the vessel with Alice losing sight of Chris and Claire. Alice engages in a fight against an mind controlled Jill and ends with an V-22 aircraft crashing straight onto the deck which creates an shockwave sending Alice to the sea, knocked unconscious.

A newly created Alice clone wakes up from a nightmare, having acquired memories of the attack from her predecessor. Due to the conditioning, she believes her fabricated memories to be real, and that she is married to Carlos Olivera's clone, "Todd" and lives in a suburban district of Raccoon City with their deaf daughter, "Becky".


In the morning, the suburban family continues with their daily activities while the cloned Alice continues to wrap her head about the memories that she sees. Suddenly a couple of Undead bombards to their house with Todd struggled and getting bit in the forearm in the process, Todd urges Alice to take their daughter to safety as few more continues to invade the house. The pair eventually locks themselves in the laundry room as Alice continues to get the small window open but realize that it will not fit even Becky. She eventually remembers the crawspace and access to it using equipment at their disposal.


Following their successful attempt, Alice and Becky begin to navigate around the house, searching ways to get out of the property. They eventually reach into Becky's bedroom where they escape through the window and into the backyard. They reach the streets as chaos are unfolding when the attacks continue to occur where Alice witness their neighbour June Grady getting viciously attacked by her husband Raymond Grady and others getting chased by their zombified friends and loved ones with seemingly no way to escape from the carnage.


They then stumbles onto a cloned Rain, who offers to drive them out of the city. As they were crossing an intersection, their vehicle collides with an garbage truck and the car overturns. Alice and Becky get out of the crashed car and enters an nearby house, not realising until it is too late that Rain did in fact survive but was stuck inside. More Undead begin to barge into the house with the pair climbing up to an nursery room and hide in the closet. One of them walks into the bedroom and almost sense their presence with Alice telling her daughter to stay inside no matter the situation.


Alice exits the closest and fights the Undead off to lure it away from her daughter with the results being that the two falling down the staircase below and the undead impaled itself on the splintered support of a railing. Alice is eventually attacked and killed by the zombified Todd as she gets back up from her scuffle.

Project Alice re-awakens inside a white cell in the Umbrella Prime prison complex with her acquiring the memories from the her suburban counterpart but due to her circumstances, she believes it to be an dream. She examines her surroundings, finding no escape route.


In the cell, Alice is interrogated by Jill regarding her reason for betraying Umbrella, and what organization she works for with Jill refuses to acknowledge Alice's own questioning of what happened to her, and where the Redfield siblings and Arcadia survivors are. Refusing to give out any information, Alice is tortured with white noise at random points of not answering Jill's questions to drive her to confess. When the facility's security system mysteriously deactivates, Alice gears up in an combat outfit from an drawer and escapes down through a corridor.

Elsewhere, Jill and her squad get reactivated through the scarabs that they all had on their body. Noticing the system down, Jill scans for any irregularities and finds out that Alice is escaping through the empty corridor with the new order now being to apprehend or destroy the escaped fugitive and scrambles an security team to go after.

Traversing through the corridor, Alice is chased by an laser grid but manages to escape to a recreation of Tokyo and notices it's pristine condition. She fails to get into a Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (警視庁 Keishichō?) cruiser, so she smashes the window with a bicycle chain to steal a handgun from the glove compartment. The simulation begins as the recreation slowly fills with people. As people begin walking through the streets, Alice notices a clone of J-Pop Girl attack an Japanese businessman.


This attack triggers an massive panic with the infection fastly spreading from person to person. As the outbreak simulation continues, Alice sees an massive door open in the form of an department store with its front halves of the big structure parting, revealing another white corridor for her to run. Pursued by the crowd of Undead, Alice fights off and kills them with her heading toward the twin door opening from behind and arriving in room filled with complete darkness.

Jill led her team of troopers down to the corridor to investigate with no signs of visible forced entry and determines that someone is helping her from inside the facility. Jill orders her second in command to contact control room to find out the situation.

Alice enters the Control room and discovers that all of its staff are shot to death with Jill's holographic imagery appearing across the room and demands Alice's location. Finding Ada Wong to be behind of her esacpe, Alice discovers Wesker's involvement in the attack and reveals that the Wesker back in Arcadia is a clone with the real Wesker wouldn't dream of putting himself in harm's way. The facility is revealed to be Umbrella's test site for bio-weapons for demonstrations in the form of realistic simulations of viral outbreaks for countries interested in acquiring the T-virus, and is located beneath an old Soviet submarine pen in the Kamchatka Strait.


Ada reveals to her that Wesker has sent in a team to assist in their escaping from the facility with their escape being traversing through the simulations and submarine pens and take an elevator up to the surface.

Outside, two armoured trucks reach the submarine pens, though the ice has covered all but an air vent. The team consists of Leon Kennedy; Barry Burton; Sergei and Tony, with Luthor West brought in as an advisor due to his prior history with Alice. They then prepare for their infiltration into the facility with Leon's team plants explosives onto the air vent, timing them to go off in two hours, which they judge is enough time to recover Alice. Sergei hacks into Umbrella Prime's systems with Ada's codes, and brings an silo-shaped shaft up for them to access with them beginning to descent.

Back in Alice's interrogation cell, Jill and her squad fails to reach contact to the Control room as well as the central computer appears to be offline with limited surveillance and communications. The facility then initiates an lockdown with residual thermal scanning confirming that Alice is 20 minutes ahead of them. With this information, they proceed to track her down.


Back in the control room, Ada informs her that the strike team was in and they will fight off the resistance then rendezvous and escort out of the perimeter. Alice notices the still alive Luthor, thought to be dead. Ada explains that Luthor witnessed the attack on Arcadia and Umbrella fishing Alice out of the water. Recovered by the rescue team -interested in finding Alice- he provided them with the information, which in turn they used it to tracked Alice down to the Umbrella Prime base. The pair begins to head out to meet up with Leon's team

Jill and her team of clone troopers enter the Tokyo simulation, now devoid of uninfected clones; they kill a large number of Undead as they head to Control. Ada and Alice input the controls causing their station to sink below in a square life shaft and ends up in different rooms. Just then, Jill's troops manage to enter inside, the troopers take their masks off, showing themselves to be further clones of Rain and One. They recover data confirming Ada's role in the staff killings, and Wesker's dealings with Ada. Also made aware of the rescue team's infiltration and heading to the test floor, Jill gives out orders to prevent them from reaching Alice. Noticing the two gap holes in the floor and understanding that Alice and Ada are still in the room, the team finally begins firing at them but the two manage to escape through an steel ladder.

Back at the submarine pen, a security team is taken out by Leon's team, and they safely enter Umbrella Prime and begin traversing through the facility.


Alice and Ada head into the New York area - Times Square - finding that the simulation is near its end. Ada explains further that when the Global T-Virus pandemic occurred, the facility was re-used for research into effective means of domesticating the Undead.

Back in the pens, Luther and the rest continues to traverse through the pens, stealthily killing soldiers on the way. They arrived at the docking bays where submarine vessels are occupied. During their journey, Sergei explains to Luther that Umbrella used the leftover Soviet submarines to transport B.O.W.s to buyers, revealing that he used to work for the company.

Back in the New York recreation, Alice inspects a police car and is attacked by a Undead Rain clone; Ada explains that Umbrella initially only had fifty DNA samples on file, explaining why there are three separate Rains present in the facility with each different iterations. This revelation further fuels more of her hatred and determination of wiping out the entire corporation.


Still in the Control room, Jill's troopers find Leon's team on surveillance entering an Moscow- Red Square - simulation. Through sound recordings, they listen in on a conversation regarding meeting Alice and Ada in the third simulation, Raccoon City. Knowing precisely where to capture Alice, Jill sees no further use for Leon's team and deploys T-Virus variants, Majini Undead and Lickers activated to deal with them with her squad now knowing where precisely to look for Alice and Ada.

Leon's team enters the Red Square and finds themselves attacked by the Majini. As more and more Majini arrived, they seek cover against the incoming wave of attcks.

As she and Ada arrive in the Raccoon City area, expecting the strike team to rendezvous with them now, Alice notices movement in one of the house. Exploring it, she discovers the corpse of her suburban counterpart. Walking upstairs, Alice is confronted by another Undead and kills it. Becky comes out of her hiding place and runs to Alice, still programmed to think she is her mother but questions of Alice's new outer appearance.


Jill and the troopers move through Time Square on their way to the Raccoon City area. She begins to think the reason why they were the enemy, but the Scarab device punishes her with an electric shock for having unauthorized thoughts

Leon's team are trapped inside a department store in Moscow as Sergei downloads the facility schematics to find a way out and the team continuously repelling against the attacks. The zombified soldiers are capable of firing weapons at them with one of them armed with a chainsaw enters and cuts through Tony but Luther stops it from killing Leon.

As they wait for the team, Alice brings up a dream she had earlier while she was asleep in the interrogation cell. Ada reveals that clones are telepathically linked to some degree shortly after Alice left Umbrella, explaining why Alice feels like she knows Becky. With this feeling, Alice now dedicates herself into protecting the child with her life.


Back in Moscow, Leon's team is still being subjected to fire from the zombified Russian troops as Sergei continues to work his way into getting their squad out of the situation.

Alice takes Becky back to their house accompanied with Ada with Becky not seeing any signs of her father Todd and goes to grab few things upon hearing Alice tells her that they will not be coming back. Meanwhile, Alice inspects the picture frames, detailing the life she never had to which Ada responds that none of this were real with Becky's feelings for Alice having been imprinted. They begin to continue on their journey until they meet Jill's team with one of them is a Carlos clone but Becky strangely did not notice the resemblance. When they refuse to surrender, Jill orders the commandos to have Ada and Becky killed, and Alice if they can't capture her. The battle rages on as several of Umbrella's troops were killed as the fugitives moves inside for cover. As they battle inside, Ada gives her equipment to Alice and Becky as a chance to survive and escape, planning to meet up with them later after distracting the troopers.


Jill's team advances towards the house with an trooper identifying two targets movements from behind the house. Ada continues to fight off against the team until the cloned Rain fires an portable missile launcher, forcing Ada to create an manhole through spraying bullets at the wooden floor.

Alice and Becky escape the house as it is destroyed, though Alice is injured after being shot. As they leave the Suburban Raccoon City recreation, Alice notices that someone is following her. The pair then find themselves in a recreation of Moscow Metro, where they find out that suburban Rain had been following them with Rain gladly seeing them alive. Alice judges her to be trustworthy and hands her a gun, giving her an impromptu training course along the process. Hearing an ongoing battle occurring outside, she entrusts Becky to Rain for protection with Becky telling Rain that she has met "her sister" to which she finds it confusing and Alice heading upstairs to the city streets

Having lost sight of Alice, Jill secretly felt relief that she had gotten away from the scuffle but forces her consciousness to focus on the task at hand. Suddenly, Ada gets up from the house debris and gives herself up to Jill's troops upon being surrounded.


Back in Moscow testing area, Leon's team is still being subjected to fire from the zombified Russian troops. In response to the rocket launchers which damaged the walls, they have since built a wall out of corpses to protect them. Sergei manages to find a way out and leads the group to the back of the store through the bashed-up window. They jump out onto the street, where Sergei is grabbed by a Licker's tongue and bit in half, above the Licker are cocoons containing the Russian clones who were encased albeit in still alive state before Leon's team entered the simulation. The creature attacks with Luther, Leon and Barry try to fight it off and the Las Plagas soldiers move around the building to boxed them in until Alice arrives in a car and saves them at the last moment, resulting in a brief chase with the Licker and the soldiers until Alice temporarily incapacitate it by skilfully manoeuvring the vehicle. During the chase, Leon asks about Ada, prompting Alice to assume Ada died due to low possibility of her making it out but due to Alice not witnessing her death, Leon holds the hope that Ada lways has plans to get out of situations. They are promptly freed of Las Plagas soldiers until the Licker resumes its course of hunting the vehicle.


The licker gains up with them but Alice buries it by driving through scaffoldings in an tunnel, toppling it with stone and girders and effectively plugging the tunnel. Alice and the team meet up with "Good Rain" and Becky, Alice using Ada's HUD glasses to find a way out through the train tunnels. The Licker begins to push its way through the wreckage, determined to hunt them down. In the tunnels, Alice asks Leon why he is working for Wesker; Leon explains Wesker told him of Alice's special powers, which they believe can end the infection. They eventually reach an dead end but Alice finds the staircase which is an access shaft lead to the submarine pens.

Jill and her team arrive at the station with a handcuffed Ada, but find it blocked off. She learns that Alice and team have already made it to the submarine pens. Jill orders power to be shut down as the group are nearer to their destination.

As Alice and the group head up the elevator, the power goes out and Luther heads out to investigate. They only have nine minutes left before the surface explosives go off, and has to escape immediately. A Licker appears from an open vent and slashes Barry with the blow knocked him into a wall. Becky is grabbed by its tongue and dragged away. "Good Rain" fires at it but it slashes at her with its talons and is thrown against the wall and killed. Alice is unable to fire at the Licker without risking the captive Becky's death from the fall.


While Leon checks on the wounded Barry, Alice climbs up the ladder to go after Becky but Leon tries to convince her that Becky isn't important to their mission and Alice must survive, but he soon backs down. As Luther makes the decision to head into the ventilation with her, Jill and her team arrive. Luther hands Alice a pack of grenades, and decides to stay behind to distract the Umbrella troops.

Alice begins her ascent into searching for Becky, having found belongings that Becky had dropped on the way. On the verge of blacking out, Alice forces herself to continue searching with her terrified thoughts being Becky torn to pieces. Alice eventually finds Becky trapped in a cocoon in the vent with Becky signing to Alice that it's a trap laid out, she notices the shadow of the licker, waiting to pounce on her.

Leon and Luthor fall back to the elevator as Barry elects to fend them off, choosing to be killed in the facility than risk failing the mission and urges Leon to leave the premises with Leon reluctantly complying to the request.

Alice quickly escapes the Licker's attack with the help of Ada's hookshot with the creature taken out with bullets to the head and its corpse falling down the shaft. Alice and Becky rush out as more Lickers were on their way.


Jill uses the captured Ada as bait to force Barry out. Barry stops firing and giving Leon a farewell he walks right into view and the "One" clone shoots him. Before Barry dies he manages to grab hold of his gun and kill "One" with it. The other troops return fire, killing Barry.

The two find themselves in the cloning lab, where they find Rain's production line and later Alice's with the last being Becky's production lines. This sight cause Becky begins to have an existential crisis, questioning of Alice's identity as her mother. Alice acknowledges that she will now serve as Becky's mother, and throws Luther's grenades at an approaching Licker, killing it along with many production models

The "Carlos" clone makes his way towards Leon and Luther's cover. Wanting to impress Jill due to a programming failure in his scarab, he begins to have implusive desires which is not found in any of other troopers. He tries to kill Leon but the detonations from the explosives causes water to flood into the pens and Carlos to miss his target.


The cloned Carlos shortly drowns as he could not find ways to avoid the tidal waves. The force of the water pushes the elevator up, as well as flooding the entire Umbrella Prime complex, killing the troopers, the remaining Undead, Las Plagas soldiers and Lickers including the zombified "Todd" back in the Raccoon City area.

Alice and Becky make their way through a service tunnel, where they reach the surface to find Leon and Luther. During their journey, Alice explains to Becky about the simulation, the clones and how her life is only artificial to which Becky interprets it as nothing more than a test. The four of them begins to make their way towards the outside world.


Alice; Becky; Luther and Leon make it into one of the transport vehicles and Leon drives them away. Inside Alice finds medical supplies and food. She treats hers and Luther's wounds but he appears ill from the injury, which broke his arm. The survivors then rest up as they are 1 hour away from extraction.

Sleeping during the trip, Alice has a nightmare about having killed three activists who managed to infiltrate the Hive, 1 year before it's officially opened. It is revealed that it was this act - which led to her becoming the facility's Chief of Security - which led to her realisation of Umbrella's true self. Her dreams then begin to fluctuate between Spence, Undead and Becky, culminating in her being rewarded for destroying the earth with the virus. Alice wakes up to find they are driving through a snow storm. A submarine from the pen rises expectantly through the ice, stopping the vehicle. Jill, the Rain clone and Ada get out to face the group. Rain injects herself with Umbrella's Las Plagas parasite to imbue her with increased strength before attacking.

Twenty One[]

Ada tries to escape from the fight, and is knocked out by Rain. Leon and the injured Luther fire at Rain. She absorbs the bullets and is able to force them back out. Ada meanwhile begins to fight Jill. Rain kicks Leon into the side of the crashed truck. Alice and Jill fight with their weapons but the scarab device calculates the responses she has to take and Jill maintains the upper hand. Jill kicks Alice into the truck's windshield. Rain knocks Luther out. Jill pulls Alice out and of the windshield using a rod and manages to stab into Alice's injury. Jill grabs her by the throat and pushes her towards the truck's spiked thread wheels. Alice realizes what she has to do, realizing that she is fighting the wrong thing, and pulls the device off her. Jill falls to the floor convulsing. The device moves like a spider, trying to reattach itself. Alice fires at it and destroys it as it leaps into the air. As Luther regains consciousness, he picks up the truck's fire extinguisher and bashes Rain's skull in but Rain quickly heals herself and punches Luther right into the chest, killing him.

Twenty Two[]

Alice shouts out Luther's name as he drops dead and she rushes off firing at Rain. Jill has a flashback to her past: her passion to become a police officer; joining STARS; something going wrong in the Arklay Mountains that got her partner killed and been told it was her fault. She remembers Umbrella trying to bribe her after the incident, and then being controlled by them after the outbreak. The sound of Becky calling for her mother shakes up Jill, who looks around and sees Leon barely alive with Ada feebly trying to get up to assist the fight.

Alice receives a similarly powerful punch from as Luther received. She falls, coughing up blood but stands up only to get hit again. Jill shouts to Alice and throws her machinegun to her. Alice grabs it and fires at the ice around Rain which she falls below and into a Undead-infested area, she tries to climb back up but is dragged to the depth. Leon checks on Jill and helps her up before tending on Ada. They check on Alice, who is bleeding and dying. Helicopters then arrive to rescue the survivors from the wreckage

Twenty Three[]

Alice wakes up on the helicopter, where she is being taken care of by medical staff. Alice remembers Luther - whose corpse has fallen into the ice below - and the people lost at Arcadia, Chris and Claire's disappearance and the many clones that died during Alice's attacks on Umbrella. Jill then informs of Alice of their incoming destination being Washington, DC.

The dream turns into a flashback: Alice and Spence are working at the mansion. Spence and her are in a relationship of sorts: she cares for him but isn't sure if he feels the same; the neighbours in Raccoon City also aren't convinced of Alice and Spence's marriage. Spence explains about Dr. Issacs coming to discuss some things with a Senator by the name of Salter, and that people have disappeared near the mansion. That night the Senator, his wife and two children arrive with Issacs. They converse and have dinner with the wife keeps staring at Spence and flirting with him. As a swinger couple, Salter does the same with Alice, which she doesn't like it. Later Spence explains that Issacs has made a deal with the Senator. He doesn't know what's going on but will keep things quiet for a price. Alice is revolted by the idea of having an open sexual relationship while living with Spence; he explains that this is part of their job, since they are encouraging the Senator to keep to his promise. Alice goes through with it, and cries after the Senator leaves, feeling betrayed and degraded.

Twenty Four[]

Alice wakes up from the dream as the helicopter lands for fuel in Nevada. She doesn't want want to go to Washington DC to meet Wesker, despite her previous ordeal with the chairman being the action of his clone. She started creating diversion in order to escape from the plane and asks Becky if she had wanted to come with as she does not trust any of personnels on the plane but Becky asking back if they are willingly to let them go.

Twenty Five[]

The refuelling area is protected from the Undead by a fence, but they begin crowding around and eats Fergurson, an soldier when it finally gives way on the outer fence. Alice and Jill begins to fight off the Undead as everyone retreats to the helicopter. Finding the fuel line still connected, Alice gets back off the helicopter to disconnect it with Alice and Jill spray the lost station with fuel. As the helicopter takes off, a soldier blows up the fuel station, burning the Undead clustered around it.

Twenty Eight[]

Alice awakens after another nap to find herself landed in Baltimore. She asks Jill if they really should visit Wesker, still remembering her encounter with his infected clone. Jill responds by saying that there's nothing left in this world, and Wesker could be telling the truth about knowing the key to survival. He would also be close by, Jill adds, so they can kill him if he falls back on his word.

Twenty Nine[]

The survivors finally reach DC, where the helicopter lands on the White House roof. Alice is immediately introduced to an Umbrella soldier named Grady, who she knew from lower echelons of Umbrella Security under her authority one time. He offers them further medical attention ahead of the meeting with Wesker.


They are briefly led through the building to the sound of explosions outside. Alice is brought inside the Oval Office where she finally meets the real Wesker. He injects her with the T-virus, explaining that her ability to bond with the virus makes her Umbrella's ultimate weapon. Taking the group to the rooftop, Wesker reveals that the soldiers and personnels at the White House are the last uninfected humans on the planet. As the guards turn their searchlights on, millions of Undead; Undead dogs; giant Lickers; giant spiders and Executioners can be seen encircling the White House walls, as Kippepo take down a helicopter. With her responsibility realized, Alice agrees to participate in the battle in an effort to end the dark journey as now she would serve as it's spear point.

Bonus storyline[]

The bonus storyline begins with a young girl named Dori - engineered to look fifteen years of age - as she observes Alice and Ada walking through the New York area. She is a rare self-aware clone, having been freed from the cloning facility by JudyTech - a staff member and possible clone - and hidden away to be taught how to fight. Dori has been hiding for some time, having previously gotten caught up in the same Tokyo simulation Alice witnessed. She leaves her hiding place to go look for Judy, who rescued her to fulfil her wish to have a daughter of her own.

Moving through Times Square, Dori is attacked by a Undead Alice clone, which she kills thanks to Judy's training. Leaving through the exit into the utility tunnels, Dori evades a group of security personnel, ending up in a bathroom. Judy walks into the bathroom, having saw her on the camera feed she was monitoring. The facility compromised, Judy gives Dori a fake scarab device they can wear to get past security and escape.

The two arrive at the submarine pen to find that Leon's team has killed the security guards on this floor. Judy explains that they are leaving because she wants Dori to see the real world for once. Climbing aboard one of the submarines, Dori heads to the kitchens to look for food. She is caught by a mechanic named Tom Pepper, who eventually lowers his gun; he explains that he was rescued by Umbrella, who needed survivors to repair their machinery. Dori takes the gun as he puts it down and aims at him. Judy arrives in the kitchen to ask for food, finding Tom being held up. Dori puts the gun down as they hear gunfire coming from the pen. After the shooting goes away, they begin eating pork with beans.

An explosion is felt from the surface some time later, followed by water falling on from outside the complex. A group of controlled Umbrella soldiers enter the adjacent submarine in time to escape being washed away. Tom instinctively gets his gun back as Judy and Dori hide. He later regrets his decision, and hands it back to Judy so she can be safe. The submarine survives the submerging, and Judy and Tom decide that they should take control of it to escape. Moving through the ice, they pass an infected Rain, who struggles to swim to them.

Catalina Island is inhabited by four survivors: Jack Tannager; his Buddhist uncle Chung, and a gay couple, Bim and Lony. Chung claims to have had a vision where a submarine comes towards them. The survivors are welcomed by two men and a woman, who have taken to traveling on a boat. They leave soon after, having come to the island to seek help with their boat.

Back on the sub, Dori and Tom find a secret chamber of preserved Las Plagas Undead, which they re-seal to avoid any incident. They later surface the submarine. As the three stand on the deck, they are fired upon from the island. Tom jumps into a raft and waves his white shirt as a flag, hoping they'd stop firing. Chung heads to the shore to greet Tom as Jack calls off the attack. Tom eventually comes clean about the Undead cargo after having introduced himself by saying there were only three people on board. He is given permission to paddle back to the submarine and collect the other two for a more formal welcome. Judy and Dori bring their food supplies back with them while Tom and Jack take deal with the Undead.

Tom sends the submarine further out and prepares to scuttle it. As the power goes out, the two are forced to block the hatch to prevent the Undead from escaping after waking up. While Jack heads out to urinate, the Undead smash the hatch; unable to take them out with his weapons, he runs back to Tom. The two run to the top deck with a flammable container and Tom tries to light it, now planning to destroy the submarine from the inside. He drops his lighter in the water, forcing Jack to fish it out. Tom succeeds in lighting the vessel on fire as the Undead begin to make their way up the ladder. The two swim back to shore as everyone celebrates.


  • Alice Abernathy
  • Ada Wong - An agent of Wesker.
  • Wesker - A former executive at Umbrella.
  • Lord Spencer - An individual described by Alice as being as powerful a threat as Wesker, though has been dead for some time.
  • Salter
  • Alice - A clone of the real Alice, programmed to think she is a suburban mother.
  • Todd - A clone of Carlos, programmed to believe he is Alice's husband.
  • Becky - A clone of an unknown child. She is engineered to be deaf, and programmed to believe she is Alice and Todd's daughter.
  • Good Rain
  • Rain/Bad Rain - A clone of the Umbrella agent, programmed to believe she lives in Raccoon City.
  • Undead Rain
  • J Pop Girl
  • Carlos
  • Jill - A Raccoon City survivor.
  • Luthor - A member of the rescue team.
  • Leon - A member of the rescue team. He has had some experience in fighting the Undead mutants before, as well knowing the origins of the Licker.
  • Chris - Only mentioned.
  • Claire - Only mentioned.
  • Barry - A member of the rescue team.
  • Sergei - A member of the rescue team; its Russian technical specialist.
  • Tony - A member of the rescue team; a Latino-American.
  • Business Man
  • Raymond Grady - An Umbrella soldier formerly stationed at The Hive.
  • Tom Pepper
  • Dori
  • Judy Gordon
  • Jack Tannager
  • Chung
  • Bim
  • Lony
  • Spence - Only mentioned.
  • Dr. Sam Isaac - Only mentioned.
  • Undead Alice
  • Salter's Wife
  • Salter's Kids

Plot differences[]

Retribution contains aspects from both the Anderson films and their former DeCandido novelizations. Aside from the inclusion of extra subplots, there are several actual differences from the Anderson series.

  1. The Wesker killed in Afterlife is confirmed to have been a clone, with the Wesker in Washington, D.C. being the "real" Wesker. This differs from the film, which features a distant parachute, suggesting his survival and shared identity with the Retribution character.
  2. The Red Queen is completely absent from the novel, giving the impression Jill Valentine is running Umbrella Prime under the command of an unknown third party.
  3. An added suggestion late into the novel establishes Leon as a former member of S.T.A.R.S. and Jill's teammate. While this was derived from newspaper props used in Apocalypse, it was ignored in the film when the two finally did meet.
  4. The ending fight against "Bad Rain" is different from the film, featuring Rain mutate due to her Plaga parasite.
  5. The encounter with the Undead in the New York test zone no longer features Axe Men, and instead has Alice encounter an Undead Rain clone.
  6. It's stated that Alice had killed the zombified Rain back in the HIVE as opposed to Matt putting Rain down.
  7. During the suburban house standoff, Becky does not notice the resemblance of the Oliveira clone similar to her father Todd as opposed to the film where she does noticed.
  8. During the suburban outbreak, both Alice and the undead fall from the 2nd story after their scuffle due to her losing her footing as opposed to the film where only the undead falls.
  9. At the end, Becky also joins the group on the rooftop to witness the chaotic carnage beyond the White House barrier as opposed to the film where Becky is absent.
  10. In the movie, Alice and Ada immediately head for the New York simulation test while Jill and her squad are forcing their way to the control room. In the novel, Alice and Ada go each of the station and input controls which causes their respective stations to be sink in a square like shaft and ends up in different rooms, Jill eventually noticed the 2 gap holes and the renegades but Alice and Ada manage to escape through steel ladders.
  11. In the movie, The group's transportation immediately arrived at The White House. In the novel, they stopped by 2 refuelling stations before finally arrived at The White House.
  12. unlike the movie, the novelisation included giant spiders among the Undead forces attacking the White House.