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Halo: The Fall of Reach

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Publisher's Summary

As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle...the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo: the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict.

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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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 12-20-12
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 12-20-12 Member Since 2009

    Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.

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    "Great for fans."
    Would you listen to Halo again? Why?

    Probably not, it's not the sort of book you listen to over and over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo?

    Final test of MJOLNIR armor.


    Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favorite?

    Master Chief.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jacob 09-27-16
    Jacob 09-27-16
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    "audio problems"

    The audio balance is really bad. sometimes it's super quite, sometimes its too loud, and the volume will change between chapters. other than that it's a great book.

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    Xionma 09-25-16
    Xionma 09-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fine book, need audio editing"

    The book is a fine piece of science fiction, a good prequel to the Halo saga, telling the early years of Master Chief and the Spartans. The overall positive impression is marred by the unnecessary variations in volume: in several chapters you will be surprised by an abrupt stepping up of the volume, to have it come back to a medium level within the firsts minutes.

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    HavenolifesoIwatchmovies 09-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What's up with the volume?"

    I would have given this five stars, but the volume lowers and increases every other chapter. Annoying! Other than that, great book!!

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    Josiah 09-10-16
    Josiah 09-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Scifi Read"

    Good strong read. more interesting if you have played the games and know a little of the universe prehand. A lot of the book dealt less with the spartains and more with its star ship capitains which was a little surprising. despite this fact i still had it read within the week so it manages to keep my interest and i plan on getting the others as well. The narrator was decent. at points he appeared more monotonous but that is my preference in a narrator, especially when they are reading female parts as a male and vise versa. There were a few annoying anomolies within that a fan would pick out instantly, created by the narrator; spacifically Master Chiefs code name spartain one one seven throughout being said as spartain one seventeen. Overall a good read with a good narrator.

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    Kyle Hildreth 08-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good prologue to the series"

    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.

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    James 08-19-16
    James 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Decent overall."

    The story wasn't as well written as I remember and the man reading the novel pronounces mjolnir incorrectly which got on my nerves a bit.

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    John 08-13-16
    John 08-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    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.

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    Josh 08-11-16
    Josh 08-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great, but volume was annoying"

    The story and performance were good, but it seemed like Todd would whisper the narrative and then yell when he spoke a character' spoken lines.

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    Austin 08-02-16
    Austin 08-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    great story I would recommend this book to all halo fans of your interested in the origin of the Spartans

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