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 book is obviously based on a video game. I'm not sure what some other reviewers were hoping to get out of the story, but I don't think it was meant to be thousands of pages of character development just to get to the inevitable ending that most anyone who played the game knew was coming. I do not think it is a rip off of Ender's Game at all, sure they start as kids learning to fight, but that's where the similarity stops. I found it very entertaining. It provides the back story for Master Chief and initially develops the canon of the Halo Universe very well. Because of this book I ended up listening/reading every other Halo book and have found the ones written by Eric Nylund to be the best. If they ever get around to making the Halo movie and want it to be successful, they had better not deviate much from this book.
I am a fan of Scifi literature. Without a doubt this is one of the best audiobooks I have had the pleasure of listening to. Eric Nylund is one of the best writers I have encountered in this genre. If you were only going to listen to one SciFi book, you would be well advised to listen to this book.
I've played the Halo games on Xbox360. I was told this book tells about the story before the 1st Halo game. I'm not sure how non-Halo fans would like this because without playing the game I wouldn't have felt attached to the people in the story. There's no reason to really care about them. But as a Halo fan I liked learning about the pre-game experience and how everything began, including why I wear a large green armor.
the narrator mispronounces a lot of words and terms. Aside from that, it's a fun listen that really fleshes out the character of the Master Chief.
I was weiry of this title bought it strickly on reviews and that i had a 10 hour drive ahead of me and needed a book to get me through it. im a fan of military sci fi but im often turned off by the endless model numbers and specs some authors like to give. i would compare this to star wars books but better. they build up the characters in a way that you like them and stay interested in the development and take through a story that makes it so you can wait for the next book.
Yes, but I had to keep turning the volume up and down while driving because it would blow my eardrums out.
This book would have received all five star ratings if the sound hadn't been so inconsistent.
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I have listened to 2 of the books from the halo Universe and they were both extremely well written, very well read and enjoyable to listen to in almost every way. I have full intentions of getting more of them. I have never played the game and probably never will but I can't tell you how much I want to learn more about this universe. I think this book is one of the best written sci-fi war books I have heard in a long time.
The character development is exceptional.
I will definitely listen to it again, the author does a good job of building a back story explaining what sets the Spartan 2's apart from the rest of humanity in nearly every dimension. Likable characters coupled with some good story telling just sort of sucks you into the universe.
As a side note this would have made a better storyline of the game (Halo: Reach) than the one they chose...
So darn amazing.
Any good sci-fi read, they're just great.
Some great added character.
This is a great first start to an amazing series of tie-in novels.
This is the first book I bought of of audible and I am impressed at the quality of the narrator us amazing his voice adds depth to the story. I'm a total halo gamer, and this book introduces the beginning of the masterchief and the first contact with the covenant, not to mention how captain keys became a captain. A definite buy for all halo lovers!
Todd gives such a vibrant feel to the entire story, his voice captures you and puts you into the battles, into to secret conversations only the special intelligents are permitted to.
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