Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.
Probably not, it's not the sort of book you listen to over and over.
Final test of MJOLNIR armor.
Solid reading if you are a fan of the game. The worst thing about this book is the way that Nylund makes the MC both a sentimental soldier (concern for his Spartans) and a mindless drone. The most violent combat in the book is when John is fighting/killing some ODST in an apparent test of his capabilities and armor. It makes the UNSC seem pretty nasty and John seem like a psychopath.
it tells a great deal about the "Spartans" and does a good job of filling in Master Chief as a character. But it has flaws, it misses information about the Spartans at the same time. Halo Reach the game, seems to not exist in this story, as no talk of those Spartans, nor talk of those Spartans helping the pillar of Autumn seems to make holes, while filling in some. But if you were to start with the books it'd be great! but after playing the games it makes issues.
I've never read any halo books and only played the games once or twice but I listened to this book for 6 hours straight one night at work and the 5 hours straight tonight and never got bored. Really good book.
never played the games but this story was very interesting. voice performance was great but almost completely upstaged by the worst sound editing i have ever heard. volume was never consistent
love the halo franchise, the first of many books the grow the stroy into a living, evolving universe. all of wich started off as a setting for a first person shooter.
Todd McLaren does an excellent job voice-personifying the characters that game players grew to love, picking up his tempo during battle scenes, slowing down and giving weight to critical moments, etc. He does an incredible job of really illustrating battle action. Something I wouldn't have gotten reading the book myself.
This is my first stab at the sci-fi/action genre so I have no frame of reference.
John of course! In-game, the Master Chief isn't much of a speaker. Todd does well in bringing the level-headed, tactical, stoic voice we've come to expect, but with more personality than we're afforded in the games.
None come to mind at the moment because I'm in the midst of Halo: First Strike, but there's plenty of drama to go around.
As an avid player of the games, I came to love many of the characters. When I started diving in to the books it gave the admittedly one-dimensional characters (it's a video game, you can only do so much!) an extra level of depth. Having these books that document some of the time before we ever "met" them and in between game episodes adds a richness to the game.