As the fortress world of Reach and its brave defenders were bombarded to rubble, a single cruiser fled the carnage with the battle's only human survivors: Captain Keyes, his crew of a few hundred marines, and the last remaining SPARTAN super-soldier, the Master Chief.
With the cruiser's artificial intelligence, Cortana, concealed in his battle armor, the Master Chief crash-lands on Halo in the midst of a massive Covenant occupation. Curiously, the alien soldiers appear to be searching for something hidden on the ring.
Built by a long-dead race, Halo harbors many deadly secrets, but one overshadows them all. Now the Master Chief must lead the scattered troops in a brutal race to unravel Halo's darkest mystery---and unleash its greatest source of power.
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The character in this book march through the story like robots. I loved the first story it had some feeling between the characters. Most of this book is shooting with a very little plot behind it.
It's not the worst novel I've ever listened to. Even as a fan of the Halo books (and military scifi in general like Starship Troopers) this book in the Halo series is arguably the worst and the most disappointing of the novels so far.
This is the book that covers the events of the first Halo game. Unfortunately it's also like reading the events of a first person shooter video game. Masterchief turns the corner, shoots aliens, repeat ad nauseam. There's none of the character development from Eric Nyland's Halo novels which are far, far better. If only Nyland could write all of the Halo novels and if only Jonathan Davis could narrate them...
I found this book very disappointing because this IS the story from the first game and Nyland's book the Fall of Reach really was a great set up for this book. He was able to endow the Masterchief with a personality and backstory successfully in my opinion which is no small task all things considered.
This book is really only worth checking out if you're into Halo and military scifi like I am AND you're planning to listen to the books that follow it - First Strike and Ghosts of Onyx.
If you're a casual fan, I'd say skip it. If you want to read all of the Halo novels, check it out but don't get your hopes up. Otherwise ANY of the other Halo novels are a better read.
i would but not audio book because the voice actor ruined the whole book for me if i wanted a robot to read to me id have my computer do it
I would if I knew it wasn't going to be a literal walkthrough of a video game. That said, I think I think Dietz did a good job with a challenging assignment.
Performance wasn't bad. Kept mispronouncing Mjolnir, but hey, those old Norse words are tricky.
Halo deserves a movie, or an HBO mini series.
I already read the book and even played the game before listening to the book again. All I can say is I am truly glad I did. Riveting, captivating and just an all around book. The narration was absolutely fantastic. Whether or not you are a halo fan, this book should be enough to get you interested.
well written and great, easy to follow, battle sequences. if you've played the game, this book will fill in the gaps. if you haven't, listen to "the fall of reach" first. this book can stand on its own.. but much better with background information of the characters.
I like audiobooks because of the performance, the voices the experience is exciting and fun, so yes this version to me is much better then the print version. However to each their own.
The Covenant back story is amazing to hear, to know what is going on while Master Chief is doing what he does, as well as the marine back story that was a part I didn't actually know was part of this book. A great addition to an already amazing lore.
He did a great job bringing out each character. It felt natural and flowed very nicely.
These books have always given me an almost patriotic feeling, they make you care more for Master Chief and understand what he has given up. Even knowing what's going to happen you can't help but fight for looser's and feel sad when they do come up short.
This was a very well done book, I always would skip it, because I had heard it was so similar to the game Halo: CE, but it so much more than that. There is little details about Master Chief that you don't get from the game. It makes the whole experience of the game feel more real.
Many of my friends rant and rave about this series. It's good and enjoyable but not epic. I recommend it to Halo fans, but there are other books i have on my priority list.
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