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Halo: Contact Harvest | [Joseph Staten]

Halo: Contact Harvest

It is the year 2524. Harvest is a peaceful, prosperous farming colony on the very edge of human-controlled space. But we have trespassed on holy ground, strayed into the path of an aggressive alien empire known as the Covenant. What begins as a chance encounter between an alien privateer and a human freighter catapults mankind into a struggle for its very existence.
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Publisher's Summary

Continuing the saga of the award-winning Xbox game....This is how it began.

It is the year 2524. Harvest is a peaceful, prosperous farming colony on the very edge of human-controlled space. But we have trespassed on holy ground, strayed into the path of an aggressive alien empire known as the Covenant. What begins as a chance encounter between an alien privateer and a human freighter catapults mankind into a struggle for its very existence.

But humanity is also locked in a bitter civil war known as the Insurrection. So the survival of Harvest's citizens falls to a squad of battle-weary UNSC Marines and their inexperienced colonial militia trainees. In this unlikely group of heroes, one stands above the rest: a young Marine staff sergeant named Avery Johnson.

©2007 Microsoft Corporation; (P)2007 Macmillan Audio

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    james salem, OR, United States 02-20-08
    james salem, OR, United States 02-20-08 Member Since 2006
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    "I'm not a gamer"

    Always looking for good sci fi on Audible. This book's got everthing I like in the genra; high tech gadgetry and theories, likeable characters (including the aliens), and storyline.

    I almost didn't buy the book because I'm not a big fan of video games. But I'm glad I gave it a chance.

    I recommend it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    WT Wizard Midland, TX, United States 10-29-12
    WT Wizard Midland, TX, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2006

    Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

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    "READ ORDER"

    I love this series. But the biggest problem I have run into is the read order. Now that I am on #6 I can share with certainty.

    Halo: Contact Harvest
    Halo: The Cole Protocol
    Halo: The Fall Of Reach
    Halo: The Flood
    Halo: First Strike
    Halo: Ghosts of Onyx

    Once I have finished the available books I'll update the list.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Collins Annapolis, Md 08-02-08
    J. Collins Annapolis, Md 08-02-08 Member Since 2005

    JAC

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    "First Contact"

    This is the book that starts it all and lays the footings for the Human - Covenant war. It is the story of first contact between races, and its a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason chesaning, MI, USA 04-19-08
    Jason chesaning, MI, USA 04-19-08
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    "Halo: Contact Harvest"

    I am a big fan of the game so i was realy looking forward to hearing this book.They did an awesome job of telling the store. I hope that they do the same for the first 3 books!! Great job and please keep up the great work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 05-28-09
    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 05-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome origin story for Sgt. Johnson"

    This is a great story of Sgt. Johnson's life before Halo. Also very current events with the insurrection that he's fighting. No Spartans in this one, but it doesn't suffer for that.

    PARENTAL WARNING! You may want to edit out the last five minutes of this story. There's a sex scene at the end. While not very graphic and not unbelievable it's still very obvious what's going on. If you miss it and this is your kid's first introduction to sex, it's not bad either. They actually care about each other.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel HaarlemNetherlands 01-21-08
    Daniel HaarlemNetherlands 01-21-08
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    "Great new Halo Book"

    Its a great book and very intresting.

    If you have read/listened the other halo books this is a great addition to your colletion as it explains a lot about the history between human kind and the covedant.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    William William Bryan Gray 01-03-09
    William William Bryan Gray 01-03-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Very Good!!"

    If you love halo? You will love this book!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lucas Tiry Middleton, WI 08-13-14
    Lucas Tiry Middleton, WI 08-13-14 Member Since 2013

    IT is my career.....Technology is my passion.....Gaming is my relief.....The outdoors is my escape

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    "An interesting look at the Humans first encounter"

    This book is an interesting look at the first human encounter with the Covenant. It's also a look at the Office of Naval Intelligence and how their personnel operate. The series of events that lead up to what is now known of the Covenant War. It's an interesting look at how the war started, and just how little was known of what was going on.

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    Joshua REDWOOD CITY, CA, United States 08-06-14
    Joshua REDWOOD CITY, CA, United States 08-06-14 Member Since 2013

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    "The event that started it all."

    Great background story on the Covenant and Sgt. Johnson. Answers a lot of questions about the Halo universe.

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    Thomas Oakland Park, FL, United States 08-16-12
    Thomas Oakland Park, FL, United States 08-16-12

    FTL Tom

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    "Better than expected"

    When I was a teen, I would plow through Star Trek and Star Wars novels, and loved them. Now in my 30's, I shy away from novelizations of established film and game series, because looking back honestly, a lot of them tended to be embarrassingly "fan fiction-ish". I gave this a shot though, since I had a credit to burn and was genuinely curious about humanity's first contact with the Covenant.

    That said, I am actually very glad I got this book. It was well written, and served as a good prologue to the coming tragedies of the human-Covenant war. Kind of sad how the whole war could have been avoided but for a dash of random chance, coupled with an overly ambitious Brute and a couple power-hungry Prophets.

    While I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the story, I was a let down by the narration. Jen Taylor voices Cortana in the games, how on earth is she such a terrible narrator? She over-enunciates and over-sells nearly every word and line. Think of a first grade teacher reading aloud to her class, and you'll have the idea.

    Holter Graham was a little better, but still not a great performance. I loved his over-the-top brogue for SSGT Byrne, and his SSGT Johnson was good enough. Problem is, he only had one other voice for all other humans, and one voice for every Covie, regardless of character or species. Made conversations between Covenant characters harder to follow than necessary. The nasally, halting, unsure tone is fine for Grunts - they are supposed to be morons. Makes a lot less sense coming from a Brute or an Engineer.

    One last comment. Johnson seems like a capable leader - how the heck is he still a Staff Sergeant for 20+ years. This book takes place just after the year 2500 rollover. He's a SSGT. Halo 1 takes place in, I believe, 2525. You're telling me he hasn't had a single promotion in over 20 years?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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