The video game inspired book Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell has hit the New York Times' Top 10 bestseller list for paperback fiction.

The novel, which was just published this past December, is the first of a series inspired by Ubisoft's video game franchise Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.

Ubisoft says the book's success reinforces the impact and value of the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell brand both within and outside of the video game industry.

The brand is an original creation developed by the company’s Montreal studio. It recounts the adventures of Sam Fisher, an operative for "Third Echelon", a secret branch of the American National Security Agency. The book is also ranked 8th among the Wall Street Journal bestsellers in the category "mass market paperbacks".

Ubisoft and a major motion picture studio located in Hollywood are currently discussing a possible movie rights deal that would adapt the adventures of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell for the big screen.

The first two games published by Ubisoft - Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow - have sold 9.7 million copies to date. The highly anticipated third opus, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, will be available this March on PS2, Xbox, GameCube and PC.