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Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga | [Greg Bear]

Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga

Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.
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Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting is a young rebellious Forerunner. He is a Manipular, untried - yet to become part of the adult Forerunner society, where vast knowledge and duty waits. He comes from a family of Builders, the Forerunners’ highest and most politically powerful elite. It is the Builders who create the grand technology that facilitates Forerunner dominance over the known universe. It is the Builders who believe they must shoulder the greatest burden of the Mantle - as shepherds and guardians of all life.

Bornstellar is marked to become a great Builder, just like his father. But this Manipular has other plans. He is obsessed with lost treasures of the past. His reckless passion to seek out the marvelous artifacts left behind by the Precursors - long-vanished superbeings of unknowable power and intent - forces his father’s hand. Bornstellar is sent to live among the Miners, where he must come to terms with where his duty truly lies. But powerful forces are at play.

On a Lifeworker’s experimental planet, Bornstellar’s rebellious course crosses the paths of two humans, and the long lifeline of a great military leader, forever changing Bornstellar’s destiny… and the fate of the entire galaxy.

This is a tale of life, death, intergalactic horror, exile, and maturity. It is a story of overwhelming change - and of human origins. For the Mantle may not lie upon the shoulders of Forerunners forever.

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©2010 Microsoft Corporation (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 11-17-11
    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 11-17-11 Member Since 2005
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    "A must for Halo fans..."

    I absolutely loved this book! But, I have read the other Halo books and played all of the Halo games. I can see how non Halo universe fans would get lost in the details of this book but for the fans it should be a must read.
    I felt like Greg Bear did a great job filling in story gaps between the other books and games regarding the Halos and the Forerunners. Like, why is there a terra forma inside the rings?
    Great book, can't wait for the next in the series from Mr. Bear.

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    Corey DENVER, CO, United States 08-17-11
    Corey DENVER, CO, United States 08-17-11
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    "Must Read for Halo Fans"

    Having played Halo 1,2, and 3 on Xbox; at the end of it all I found myself wanting more. More story, more answers, more pieces to the puzzle. This book gives you that! This book takes you back to the beginning where it all started. The story took a little time to grab me while I became acclimated to the setting and new characters but once it grabbed me I couldn't turn turn off my mp3 player. Holter Graham is pretty versatile in his characters, switching from one to the other in pretty believable fashion. My one nit pick would be his use of a sort of pseudo Scottish accent towards the end of the book for one of the characters you meet in the climax. It just sort of threw me off and took me out of the experience because the character is a Forerunner not a human. Like other reviewers, I too wished the story had kept going but I believe the authors’ intent was to leave us on the edge of our seats salivating for the next installment. I can’t wait for it to come out. Please disregard reviews by people disappointed in Greg Bear comparing his previous works to this one. If you’re not a Halo fan or a Sci-Fi fan of course you would have a harder time enjoying this book. If you are a Halo fan this book is most definitely you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    george skiatook, ok, United States 08-16-11
    george skiatook, ok, United States 08-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Halo Fan"

    Halo Cryptum was a good read in my opinion. I do think it needed to be a little longer and needed more detail. I liked Greg Bear's writing overall, though. It was easy to read/listen to and flowed well. Holter Gram does a good job narrating, also. It's not my favorite Halo book, but it fed my anything Halo obsession. I would recomend anyone who loves the game , the other Halo storys and Sci-Fi in general to read this book. I can't wait for the next one in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenner United States 07-22-14
    Brenner United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A really enjoyable foundation"
    What did you love best about Halo: Cryptum?

    Its coherence within itself and to the future stories. It was creative and put up a good attempt at a comprehensive view of the forerunners. I enjoyed it all around.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Narrator was fine.


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

    Yes, this book kept me hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked this book because of the wide reaching scope and depth of the events... don't bother with the second book, there is none of that in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Chandler, AZ, United States 07-18-14
    Justin Chandler, AZ, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2012

    Just love listing to audiobooks. Some of my favorite authors are Vince Flynn and Brad Thor

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    "A great book for sifi fans and Halo fans"

    This book will appeal to both science fiction fans as well as fans of the Halo games. This is one of the first books in a while that I listen to in one day. Its a story that will grab your attention and never let it go. So if your looking for a new sires to start and are just a fan of science fiction books then this is the book for you.

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    David COSTA MESA, CA, United States 12-21-13
    David COSTA MESA, CA, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great first Halo prequel"
    Would you listen to Halo: Cryptum again? Why?

    Yes, just to hear anything I may have missed, just to get a better sense of what it was like for the Forerunners.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Cryptum?

    ***Spoilers*** The very end when the last Precursor states that they created the Forerunners and they were no different than Humans by rising up and destroying the Precursor civilization.


    Any additional comments?

    Thought it was a little funny that at one point Bornstellar (when he was thinking) refers to a ships captain as a Human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Batchelor Florissant, MO 07-09-13
    Joshua Batchelor Florissant, MO 07-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth the read for Halo fans."
    What made the experience of listening to Halo: Cryptum the most enjoyable?

    The obvious point of this book is to give more back story to the Halo universe. It does this fairly well. The story is even compelling which is not easy when a author is given a universe he did not create and told to write its history. It does a good job explaining the struggles that lead to the Halo's creation and use. There are still quite a few questions however that i am hoping the next two books will answer.


    Did Holter Graham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The characters were well differentiated until the end of the book then the main character suddenly became Scottish.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator went to the William Shatner school of awkward mid-sentance pauses and suddenly becomes scottish in the last chapter of the book. Other than that the story was enjoyable for Halo fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 05-07-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 05-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Good Story"

    This is my first of the HALO saga. There are several differant authers. I'm not sure if this is the first or somewhere in the middel of the different books. But this one starts well and is very good. Greg Bear never dissapoints.

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    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 04-29-13
    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "HO HUM....."

    Greg Bear can write better than this. Save your $...mediocre at best. Enough said.

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    Christopher SMITHFIELD, UTAH, United States 06-19-12
    Christopher SMITHFIELD, UTAH, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One giant step back in time."
    What did you love best about Halo: Cryptum?

    HALO orginally takes place some 500 years in the future, Cryptum takes place 10,000 years in the past. This book takes you back but in a way that you don't feel lost. It explains the history of history, and does it in a way that one can easily link back to future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Bornstellar (spelling is hard when you listen to a book) has a unique position and is placed in a difficult world, one that will be ending soon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bornstellar's home world in the Orion Nebula made my imagination run wild with a fascinating sky of stars and nebula. The vistas and architecture could be seen and I felt like I was on an alien world when I read.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book is very much a history of the Forerunners, while it is based on the life of Bornstellar there is a detachment that I have, knowing that in the end these people will ultimately meet their fate with the HALO's


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for those of us that are into the HALO universe. I would recommend reading the other books before starting this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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