While the brutal Covenant juggernaut sweeps inexorably through space, intent on wiping out humankind, only one stronghold remains: the planet Reach. Practically on Earth's doorstep, it is the last military fortress to defy the onslaught. But the personnel here have another, higher priority: to prevent the Covenant from discovering the location of Earth.
Outnumbered and outgunned, the soldiers seem to have little chance against the Covenant, but Reach holds a closely guarded secret. It is the training ground for the very first "super soldiers." Code-named SPARTANs, these highly advanced warriors, specially bioengineered and technologically augmented, are the best in the universe - quiet, professional, and deadly.
Now, as the ferocious Covenant attack begins, a handful of SPARTANs stand ready to wage ultimate war. They will kill, they will be destroyed, but they will never surrender. And at least one of them - the SPARTAN known as Master Chief - will live to fight another day on a mysterious and ancient, artificial world called Halo.
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this is a beautiful sci-fi military book. and I don't even like the game very much
Sets up the lead in to Halo: Combat Evolved perfectly and helps full out the back story of Master Chief, Blue Team and other Spartans.
The first half of this novel is great. Learning were the Spartans came from and how they became who they are. Then towards the end it got a little boring and deviated from the Spartan program. Overall this was a good book. I found the performance of Todd McLaren was pretty strong. I didn't like how he portrayed linda in a weird southern accent.
I own & listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & hopefully are helpful as well.
I'm not very familiar with the game, but I bet game fans would get more excitement out of this book. There were plenty of references to things I'm sure are in the game and the book probably provides some technical detail that adds to the gamer's' enjoyment. Personally, I didn't think it was all that well written and I'm surprised by the number of great ratings even given the game's popularity. For me, I will not continue the series but I'm not disappointed in my purchase or reading of this one.
best thing evar
Masterchef, just because. he is the Masterchief!!!!
Masterchief, the way he performed him was excellent.
When chief mendaz left the chief and the remains of the spartans were buried in space.
great read! i suggest this to any halo fan!
Excellent background story
Chief, is this really a question?
No, the performance was terrible, He mispronounced words that as a professional he should have known or looked up, not guessed and the way he says mjolnir "em joelneer" is irritating at best. he doesnt draw you into the story and tends to stay very monotone, and whatever recording equipment that was used needs to be replaced as the volume swung from maddeningly quiet to ear splitting.
Interesting. Technical. Slow in parts.
Volume of the book kept fluctuating making it difficult to be able to follow along. There are times when you can barely here it and other times where it is really loud.
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