Having played Halo 1,2, and 3 on Xbox; at the end of it all I found myself wanting more. More story, more answers, more pieces to the puzzle. This book gives you that! This book takes you back to the beginning where it all started. The story took a little time to grab me while I became acclimated to the setting and new characters but once it grabbed me I couldn't turn turn off my mp3 player. Holter Graham is pretty versatile in his characters, switching from one to the other in pretty believable fashion. My one nit pick would be his use of a sort of pseudo Scottish accent towards the end of the book for one of the characters you meet in the climax. It just sort of threw me off and took me out of the experience because the character is a Forerunner not a human. Like other reviewers, I too wished the story had kept going but I believe the authors’ intent was to leave us on the edge of our seats salivating for the next installment. I can’t wait for it to come out. Please disregard reviews by people disappointed in Greg Bear comparing his previous works to this one. If you’re not a Halo fan or a Sci-Fi fan of course you would have a harder time enjoying this book. If you are a Halo fan this book is most definitely you.
Halo Cryptum was a good read in my opinion. I do think it needed to be a little longer and needed more detail. I liked Greg Bear's writing overall, though. It was easy to read/listen to and flowed well. Holter Gram does a good job narrating, also. It's not my favorite Halo book, but it fed my anything Halo obsession. I would recomend anyone who loves the game , the other Halo storys and Sci-Fi in general to read this book. I can't wait for the next one in the series.
I picked this up after listening to the first couple books of the Halo series. I've been a huge fan of the game forever and am really emjoying the books. This first book of the ForeRunner saga is an amazing blend of epic Science Fiction, in a Military Science Fiction style with a soft beautiful fantasy edge. You don't have to be a fan of the games to fall in love with this series, it stands perfectly well on it'ss own. If you are already a fan of the games, this will greatly enrich all you thought Halo was.. Greg Bear just moved onto my favorite authors list and I'm starting his next book in this series as soon as I finish typing this.
A must read if you are even remotely interested in the Halo story. This gives a great view into the background of the Halo rings.
NOTE: This is written in the first person
This was my very first audio book. Fitting, as I am an avid fan of the Halo series and it's lore within. Like many, I struggle to retain information while reading through the pages of a book, which has always left me feeling... I don't know... left behind? Yeah, I would say that is accurate. Anyway, this book is very immersive, (though I already knew much of the content through prior research) it offers so much more insight to the story and origin of Bornstellar and the Didact, and adds much more perspective and personality to the Halo story as a whole. I can tell this could be the start to a serious addiction to audiobooks lol.
It's hard to believe how much information was in the book and how quickly it read. There was never a moment when the story slowed down. It was getting more climactic each chapter. It was truly a joy to listen to, and the narrator made the experience engaging and worth my time. I have to read it a second time. But I only recommend this book to those who have studied the Halo history at least briefly.