The Spartan-II Program has gone public. Tales of super-soldiers fending off thousands of Covenant attacks have become the stuff of legend. But just how many Spartans are left?
While the Master Chief defends a besieged Earth, and the myriad factions of the Covenant continue their crusade to eliminate humanity, an ultra-secret cell of the Office of Naval Intelligence, known as Section Three, devises a plan to buy the UNSC vital time. They're going to need hundreds of willing soldiers, though...and one more Spartan to get the job done.
The planet Onyx is virtually abandoned and the perfect place to set this new plan in motion. But when the Master Chief destroys Halo, something is triggered deep within Onyx: Ancient Forerunner technology stirs, and fleets of UNSC and Covenant race to claim it and change the course of the Human-Covenant War.
But this reawakened and ancient force may have plans of its own.
©2006 Microsoft Corporation; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
I've only listened to Halo books so far, so #1! I've listened to radio plays and the like before, and this ranks up there. I've been warned to stay with the unabridged versions like this, though.
Starship Troopers and The Mote in God's Eye were both good as well. There are a number of decent parallels that were drawn from those two for the Halo stories. They're older works, but still good--I preferred Starship Troopers. Just don't confuse it with the movie.
I enjoyed them all, except for Dr. Halsey. The way he performed her character just seemed too cold... very calculating and unlikable.
Sometimes for a Spartan MIA really means MIA....
Thank goodness they finally got someone that knows how to pronounce "Mjolnir." If I had to hear another audio book where the reader pronunced "Mjolnir" as "Muh-jol-neer" I don't know what I would have done. And what's with previous readers saying "USNC" instead of "UNSC" and "Fujikawa-Shaw" instead of "Shaw-Fujikawa?" Nit picky, I know, but....
Took a little while but I got into it and really enjoyed it. At times the chapter titles are ridiculously long and meaningless, when read to you. The story was good fun, I was sad to hear it finish.
The beginning of the book is tough as the plot jumps around and sometimes becomes hard to follow. I nearly gave up on it, but I'm glad I didn't because the end brings everything together and overall it was quite good.
This book is not about Master Chief, but about other Spartans and continues the story started in First Strike. Don't expect this book to have to much to do with Halo 3 when it comes out.
While I wouldn't describe the Halo novels as "instant classics" in the vein of Starship Troopers or Enders Game, it really is a lot of fun, particularly if, like me, you enjoy military-themed science fiction. This is the first audiobook I've had the chance to listen to in the Halo series and I can only hope that the rest will soon follow. Johnathan Davis is a fantastic narrator and the books by Eric Nyland are really quite fun to read as they actually create characters and history for the Halo universe in a way the video games simply have not accomplished.
I only give it 4 out of 5 stars since I don't feel the books are *quite* as compelling as the very best of science fiction (like the aforementioned Starship Troopers or Ender's Game) though on a purely "fun" scale, I definitely enjoyed it more than most books I listen to during my daily commute.
The Halo story line is rich with character detail and action along with a little drama and humor to shake things up. The plot is soooo broad that almost anyone can get into it.
It takes a new spin on some of the spartans that have older development and puts a nice touch with a "new" one.
Jonathan Davis does a good job with narrating. I prefer the reader from the first three books, however Jonathan almost brings to life the new spartan II and the feelings of the spartan IIIs
completely. I have listened to it more than 5 times.
One of my favorite books of all time. A must listen.
Loves Si-Fi and lives in NZ
Yes. But for a person first starting they need to know the universe. It has a very thrilling Proformance.
No but it was a very good Proformance
I listened in two sittings but I would if I had the chance.
To listen you need Pryor know large of the halo universe game 1,2,3 and reach + odst
IT is my career.....Technology is my passion.....Gaming is my relief.....The outdoors is my escape
I thoroughly enjoy the Halo Universe. This book brings up a chapter of the Spartan program that has gone mostly unmentioned.
This is the 4th book in the Halo series. In the series Contact Harvest and The Cole Protocol come next, but chronologically the Kilo 5 series should be read next. Halo Grasslands ties into Ghosts of Onyx so that should be the next book to read if you love the Halo Universe and want to read more.
I've never played even one Halo game, but after seeing the film "Forward Until Dawn" - I knew I would enjoy the story. The book was great all the way through, and the ending kept me up 2 hours later than I wanted to be. I just had to get to the end!
This is the best of the Halo expanded universe books. Well written and well performed.
I looked forward to my commute for two weeks while I made it through this book.
I have always enjoyed the Halo books.
This gave some background to the game and offered creativity as well as history as to where the HALO series got its roots.
"I want more!"
i thought this audio book was absolutely amazing, the story was not only one of the best stories i have listened to in a long time but it was also very well narrated. Please sort out more halo stories or anything along the same lines!
"Please sir... can I have some more?"
The pace and imagery of this novel is spot on. I admit to being a Halo fan, but was completely surprised by the quality and my enjoyment of this audiobook. Also the science fiction extends from our own reality of technology and human motivations in such an intelligent way it makes it all so tangible. The narration is also excellent.
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