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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It is pronounced Mjolnir. Half-silent J mixed into the M comes out like "meow", nir as in near-sighted. It is not Ma-jol-ner. The only thing that is more depressing than the fact that the narrator cannot pronounce that word correctly is that, by extension, every character in the book also mispronounces it (and that name comes up a lot)
Not if he's trying to pronounce any kind of ancient name.
A series of books based on a video game I have never played? Aside from the fact that I knew that Halo was one of the most popular video series EVER, I never even considered the possibilty of an uderlying story. That is until I happened across a sales bin copy of Halo: Evolutions, audiobook. After that, I was able to Google the correct order of the books and I plan to listen to the whole series (I travel solo a good deal; and these are my co-pilots). The stories and charecters are engaging and the narration is first rate.
I would say this is a great book if you are a fan of the Halo Franchise and want to know more about how the war came to be and how and why the Spartans where created.
If you like warfare books with a twist of Scifi you will very likely enjoy this.
I will say the narrator does on occasions mispronounce words and phrases things oddly for example: "Spartan one seventeen" as opposed to "Spartan one one seven"
Also he reads "Mjonir"(Pronounced "Me-ol-ner" Thor's Hammer) as "Muh-Jol-ner" which is an easy mistake if you are unfamiliar with norse mythology.
While I can appreciate books from Tom Clancy I find I lose interest quickly due to predictable outcomes and unfamiliar characters that seem to lack sufficient detail in their background to understand them.
It doesnt hurt that I grew up playing video games and my favorite video game character was the Master Chief but I think this book should be on any Halo fans must read/listen to list.
The Game "Halo Reach" has little in common with this book, this one focuses mostly on the Master chief and his story.
Fall of Reach is arguably the worst novel of the 50 or so audiobooks I've listened to this year alone. This story is essentially a retelling of Ender's Game minus the character development that made Orson Scott Card's series one of the best sci-fi novels of all time. For a novel titled "the Fall of Reach," you would expect Reach to be a character all unto itself, but it's not. Thus, when the planet is inevitably destroyed, there is no emotional weight attached to make you care. Likewise, the characters are all uninteresting, faceless marines. We never witness their growth from an emotional standpoint, only from a physical standpoint. I understand that these are Spartans whose sole goal is to fight, but their humanity was lost in the process, and consequently, there isn't an ounce of character left in their soul. They are uninteresting, flat characters, and just like the planet Reach, when a Spartan dies, you're left without a care in the world. I expected a sense of camaraderie to develop between this elite unit of Spartans, but none is ever built. This is not the sci-fi version of Band of Brothers despite a heavy emphasis on this stand-alone, elite group of warriors. This lack of characterization wouldn't be a problem if the story was interesting, but it's not. In summary, these spartans are stolen as children, rigorously trained, infused with armor, and told to fight. There's nothing unique about this story. As I've said, it has been done before (Ender's Game), and it has been done better. Save yourself the time, money, and effort of listening to this book. I'm an avid Halo fan and a devout reader, but this never tapped into either vein. It is neither a good book nor a good Halo story. The narrator is dry and boring, and I would never consider buying another audiobook by this author or this narrator again. PLEASE AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
This is so bad. I am a fan of SciFi. Just finished listening to Armor - which was a brilliantly written tale - and this Halo title feels like a cheap rip-off of Armor but done at an 8th grade level. I'm four hours into it and it's just awful! You have been warned.
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