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Halo: First Strike | [Eric Nylund]

Halo: First Strike

Halo has been destroyed, and the threat it posed to sentient life neutralized. But victory has come at a terrible cost for the UNSC. Thousands of valiant soldiers fell in the battle to prevent the alien construct from falling into the enemy's clutches. Now, everything depends on the Spartan known as the Master Chief.
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Publisher's Summary

Halo has been destroyed, and the threat it posed to sentient life neutralized. But victory has come at a terrible cost for the UNSC. Thousands of valiant soldiers fell in the battle to prevent the alien construct from falling into the enemy's clutches.

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.

Listen to more stories of Halo.

©2004 Microsoft Corporation; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Mike Fenton, MI, USA 01-19-09
    Mike Fenton, MI, USA 01-19-09
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    "Supprised"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan MOTT, ND, United States 04-01-12
    Ryan MOTT, ND, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A response, for the honor of Fargo!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Collins Annapolis, Md 08-20-08
    J. Collins Annapolis, Md 08-20-08 Member Since 2005

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    "Great Book"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Grant Cooksey 06-14-15
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    "Volume issues"

    Loved the book. Solid narration, but for some reason each chapter had a different volume. I could listen comfortably with my phones volume at 25, but the beginning of a new chapter would make me turn it down to 15 and kinda hurt my ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    winter 05-06-15
    winter 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "this should have been in the game."

    this was a great book this should have been the next game after halo or the should make the books into movies that would be awesome

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    trekkie 02-22-15
    trekkie 02-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great for Halo fans"

    This says it is optional but yet it requires twenty words. I liked this book.

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    LEPRECHAUN 02-08-15
    LEPRECHAUN 02-08-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "optional"

    it's not really a review just one word they use constantly the bugs... clip. it is not a clip it is a magazine! other than that great book

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    Marcos 01-15-15
    Marcos 01-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"

    I really liked it.
    No need to worry on, enjoy the story.
    Hang back and listen to the great storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 01-03-15
    Nicole 01-03-15
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    "Love the way Eric Nylund writes!"

    Great book, great narration and only a very few swear words. It keeps you engaged from beginning to end. Would highly recommend !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    FHomeschool Cave Creek, AZ USA 02-12-14
    FHomeschool Cave Creek, AZ USA 02-12-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Best Halo Book! Nylund has done it again!"
    If you could sum up Halo in three words, what would they be?

    Action, Explosions, Entertainment!


    What other book might you compare Halo to and why?

    I think that I would match this book with the Lord Of The Rings, another of my favorite series. I compare this tale to the LOTR because of the exquisite language and the perfect story pieces that fit together well.


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    I loved his non-hesitant voice that perfected wove the web of Halo First Strike together in perfect harmony, unfortunately there is one mistake, when Master Chief and his crew, Locklear, Sgt. Johnson... ect..., land in Ascendant Justice's bay, they call the Longsword, the Longsword, but all of the other times when they send people to get supplies and the cryo tubes, they call it the Pelican.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, two days to be exact, and I went to bed at 10:00 :D


    Any additional comments?

    I completely recommend this book if you like action, and if you enjoy an on-the-edge-of-your-seat story line thats keeps you in rapt attention, this is for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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