Now, everything depends on the Spartan known as the Master Chief. Yet even with the aid of the artificial intelligence Cortana, the Master Chief will be hard-pressed to rescue survivors and evade the Covenant ships patrolling the remains of Halo in debris-strewn space.
Ahead lies a dangerous voyage home through a gauntlet of Covenant forces. For the sake of all, the Master Chief and his war-torn squad must not only survive but take the fight to the enemy with a decisive first strike.
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I was shocked by the quality and depth of the story. My son is a Halo 3 player so I downloaded the book when I saw it on sale. I listened to it and I was impressed with the story and would recommend the author and the story line. If you are looking for something different, give this a try.
As someone who grew up and spent most of his life in Fargo North Dakota, I felt I had to respond to the review written by Ladonna.
First of all, this is the third book released. It's the fourth book that should be read at this point in time if you want to follow the timeline properly. However, reading Contact Harvest first (which was written later, but is first on the timeline) isn't really necessary. You can enjoy that book on its own later. For Ladonna to jump into the third book then complain that she's lost and upset that there isn't enough back story is ridiculous for two reasons.
First off, the first book released (The Fall of Reach) is entirely back story for John 117. Second, there is quite a bit of back story and character development in this book. Ladonna simply should not have jumped two books ahead if she wanted to appreciate it. Nobody should buy a book without spending thirty seconds on Google to find out if it's part of a series or a standalone book. Ever.
As for the "technical jargon", well, that's going to be up to each individual reader. I personally don't think there's much technical jargon in the book at all.
As for the narrator... I can't really defend Todd McLaren. He's not awful, but I sure don't get excited when I see his name on a book I'm interested in.
The quality of the recording is fine. I have no idea what Ladonna is talking about when she says that it's sometimes loud and sometimes quiet. It's not. Whatever equipment she used to listen to the recording must be faulty. I've listened to this book twice now, and have not at any point had this problem.
This is indeed a sci fi book for the sci fi fan. An understanding of Halo is not needed. You need not have played a single minute of any Halo game in your life. It is, however, very important that you don't just pick a Halo book at random and start reading. You must either start with Contact Harvest or The Fall of Reach. Personally I suggest starting with the latter, but that's personal preference. I hope this review will keep Ladonna from scaring off potential listeners. The Halo series of book are some of the most epic, well written sci fi books I've ever read, and I read a lot of sci fi.
Like the other Halo Novels this is a good book. The Narrator does an excellent job providing animated varied voice inflections for each character. Very well read.
First off, I am a huge Halo fan. I fall in love with series/games because of rich back story. The Halo universe if so expansive and rich that every story that is told within it can capture your attention and imagination. The origin story of Spartan 117 (John) was amazingly portrayed within the story "Fall of Reach", and "First Strike" is a wonderful followup. While personally I enjoyed "Fall of Reach" more (and highly recommend it as well!), this story is an amazing insight to the missions of the 117 after the incident on Halo.
On the narrator Todd McLaren: He is, in my opinion, one of the greatest narrators on Audible. The mark of a good narrator is that you don't realize you are listening to one. His portrayal of 117 and the rest of the Halo universe is easily my favorite and is an amazing inspiration for a young narrator like myself.
Hope everyone else enjoyed both this title and "Fall of Reach" as much as I did! :)
Really good sci-fi
Very convincing voices.
Lots of tense and emotional moments.
New fan of Halo books. So far the combination of Eric Nylund and Todd McLaren have been the best!
It's all that I listen to.
The entire book
If that time ever comes, i'll be there.
I was initially excited to listen to this book. My husband plays the video games and I enjoy watching him play the campaign, watching the story line unfold. I was hopeful that the book would give me more of the backstory on Master Chief and his crew. I was disappointed.
The prose is so thoroughly saturated with technical jargon to the point that I couldn't follow most of it. There was little character development and the story never seemed to get going.
The narrator was difficult to listen to as his voice was pretty monotone with little distinction between characters.
The quality of the recording was horrible going from so soft I couldn't hear what was being said to so loud that I had to turn the stereo down. It seemed that there was no happy medium. It was easy to tell where they had stopped recording and picked up the next time...very distracting.
Unless you're a hardcore Halo enthusiast who already understands every facet of the Halo universe, skip this. It's not sci-fi for the sci-fi fan, it's fan fic for the Halo fan.
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