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.
Game fiction is often good adventure fiction, but lacks in art. This is a step above that standard. This is a solid and artful science fiction tale with a sense of wonder to it.
The performance of Holter Grahams was very good at times but some times seemed like he missed which character was speaking. He did a great job acting out the characters though and conveyed distinctive sound for each individual.
He very much spoke in a way that this book was meant to be read. He very much made it sound mysterious which there is very much of in the beginning.
Absolutely easy to listen to in one sitting. Found myself listening for hours!
Let me just say this is a VERY good science fiction book as a stand alone without Halo correlation but of coarse everyone reading this is looking for more Halo lore so I doubt this comment will help many looking to pick this as a read.
I don't normally like books based off of games because they very much lack the "in person" feel a game has and many events in games are meant for a game, not a book. However I have to say this was the best video game based book I've ever read (even though its not a direct rip of a games story) and as I said before a good feel for real science fiction on its own. It can be very much seen that it drew inspiration from other older science fiction as was stated in the beginning of the novel.
Particularly in the beginning there was a feeling that this time was so far back before modern existence. Way before the Roman empire and Greek mythology. This time far older than that I believe several hundreds if not thousands of times over.
On top of this there if something even older than this time, being a time before this time, thus being the Precursors. This is an idea well known in science fiction well used in this book.
For thoughs of you who are looking for more information on story of why character did what they did in the video games, (particularly Halo 4, and 5, which lack depth) this book is well worth the time. I haven't read the whole series but I can almost say for sure it would be VERY imperative to understand all that happens in this series to understand the next events in the Halo games.
just what you need to get your halo lore fixation filled. start of the rings, ARK, sheikd worlds, how john 117 was a seed set in place(not given away but explains how through example) just great lore
great bear needs to do the other books! Fantastic performance, rich voices, and great story! 10\10
This story is invigorating and extremely deep. The reader does an AMAZING job conveying the emotion in extreme detail and depth. Except for one time right near the end where he uses an (impressive) out of place Irish accent hahaha but I definitely recommend a read before Halo 5.
Let me start by saying that I love Halo and I really enjoyed some of the other Halo books especially Fall of Reach. But when telling the story of things that happened many millennia ago, you need someone who can blend those feelings of strange ancient wonder and epic galactic struggle from the point of view and perspective of a distant time, all while creating the lore that led to the present Halo universe. I can't think of anyone who could have done a more masterful job than Greg Bear. The universe he paints is beautiful and alien and yet very human. I highly recommend reading his other work especially the Eon series.
Even if you haven't read any of the Halo books or even ever played any of the games, Cryptum and the rest of this trilogy stands on its own and has the feel of any brilliant classic science fiction.
I can understand some of the complaints saying that this doesn't have the same feel of the other books. That military hard sci-fi feel. But this book is about galactic history so that's a good thing!
This is the story of the hubris of a civilization that can create solar systems, and the personal journey of a young Forerunner who finds himself caught up in a battle that will wipe out all life in the galaxy.