When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, they never dreamed what dangers they would encounter there. When the alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared holy war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost - but millions of heroes also rose to the challenge.
In such a far-reaching conflict, not many of the stories of these heroes, both human and alien, have a chance to become legend. This collection holds 11 stories that dive into the depths of the vast Halo universe, not only from the perspective of those who fought and died to save humanity, but also those who vowed to wipe humanity out of existence.
Authors include Tobias Buckell,B. K. Evenson, Kevin Grace, Jonathan Goff, Robt McClees, Eric Nylund, Frank O'Connor,Eric Raab, Karen Traviss, Jeff VanderMeer, Tessa Kum, and Fred Van Lente.
Listen to more stories of Halo.
©2009 Microsoft Corporation; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
Some of the stories are great. Most are not. Couldn't wait for it to be over so I could listen to something else. The gems, though, I wish they would develop and give their wn book deals to. Please, no more bundling of good with garbage!
People who collect Halo memorabilia, and collectors of noir genre material.
Something less depressing.
The narrators were not bad. The stories were too damned depressing!
Look. I like Halo. I have all the books, games and so on. But this sucked. Every story I read AND I will ADMIT it I couldn't finish it, everybody dies! It's a never-ending barrage of stories of people who died. No hope. No glory. Just death. That is not worth the time reading. It would have been nice if they could have interjected some positive stories but they didn't. I understand that it is what makes John 117 so great, that so many people failed and he did not but if that's the case why bother telling these stories? He did have support somewhere didn't he? Overall, stay away if you can. I pre-ordered this too! It's too bad.
There are a few really great stories here, Altho the rest were lacking, they still stayed true to the Halo universe. In war theres alot of death, and those stories, showed the darker side of that. Over all, it was entertaining, but we'll always have our favorite.
This book was all over the place it was very hard to follow. I have read other Halo books but this was not good.
"lots of great stories (couple of not so good ones)"
i actually bought this without realising it was a load of short stories still i can't complain as i thought it was brilliant the stories really helped to expand the halo universe for me and i loved hearing stories from a different part or even side of the conflict there definatly room for many more stories like these. I only had two issues, the first is a issue wrapped as a compliment, some of the stories were so good that i wanted to countinueto hear more as some were left on a bit of a cliff hanger and the second is as there were so many stories there were two that i din't really find that interesting for instance the one with cortana as the main character.
other than that however it is worth a buy i used my 1 credit but i'd say it might be worth the large price tag anyway :)
"Modern Day Classic"
Until you download this book you might be surprised to find that unlike many other short story books, most of the stories included are each more than an hour in duration and although the story lines could be considered basic, Aliens vs Humans, the content of the story lines are generally well written, quite graphic and detailed. A must for all sci-fi nuts that are looking for uncomplicated but intelligent fiction.
"brillant to listen to as a fan of the franchise."
good stories. narration evenly paced. the casting of Steve Downes and Jen Taylor (Master Chief and Cortana) was a welcome pleasure to enjoy.
"Well worth the read."
A great glimpse into the Haloverse. The stories are solid and the various authors make sure that you get gripped by all the characters. Having Cortana and Master Chief narating their own stories makes this all the better. There will be some details that won't sit well with those who are following the verse and know the internal workings of certian things. But they can be easily overlooked.
This book is a bit of a mixed bag, but I suppose that is to be expected from a collection of short stories. There are a few mediocre ones in there, but at least two which I thought were very well done. The final story was the most disappointing because right until the end it felt as if some new revelation was going to be made, but ultimately the book just abruptly ended with nothing new being brought to the table. One final peeve is that I wish the authors of these Halo novels would settle on the names of the alien species, one book will use their proper names and another will use the human slang terms and it feels very inconsistent. I can understand the marines using the slang terms in their speech, but some authors use them all over the place and it feels a bit childish.
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