• HALO: First Strike

  • HALO, Book 3
  • By: Eric Nylund
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (2,827 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling aftermath of Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series!

It's 2552. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant is showing no mercy as it continues to assault every human world it encounters, but in the way lies humanity’s greatest champion, the supersoldier Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief. Together with his AI companion Cortana and the last remaining Spartans, the galaxy-spanning fight rages on two fronts following the destruction of the human military stronghold Reach by Covenant forces and the mysterious artificial ringworld known as “Halo” at the hands of the Master Chief.

One faction - a squad of Spartans lead by Blue Team’s Fred-104 and Kelly-087 - is trapped on the glassed surface of Reach, the only planet they’ve ever known as home. Beneath this ruined world, Dr. Catherine Halsey has discovered an ancient secret...one that could alter the course of the war. Meanwhile, the Master Chief and Cortana lead a second group toward a gathering of Covenant warships, as the United Nations Space Command’s worst nightmare has finally come true: The Covenant has discovered the location of Earth and is forming a massive fleet to utterly destroy it, as well as all who oppose the indomitable will of the Prophets....

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Misprounounces mjolnir every single time....

It is not pronounced muh-joel-near, it is me-yole-near. Please fix lol this is terrible. Lol

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Great story, horrible narration.

Todd McLaren insists on wild mispronunciations and extremely jarring voice overs for most characters in this book and the others that he narrates.

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One of the stronger Halo books in the series

Very enjoyable read for Halo fans or sci-fi lovers. I have been reading the books in order and I'm enjoying them more and more as I go through them.

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Love the Halo Franchise

Other than pronunciation, especially Mjolnir, its read well. You definatly get more details when it is read to you than when you first read it.

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Really Good But…

Firstly, the story is great and I love the narrator, but it’s like he’s never seen or pronounced sword in his life. There were a few other pronunciation mistakes I can overlook but this got to me for some reason and it’s in every book he reads. Otherwise a great book

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A great continuation of the Halo story. My only fault is the continued mispronunciation of "Mjolnir" and "ONI" this far into the series.
Otherwise the narrator does a great job.

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Fantastic

Reeally great listen and the voice actor is truly amazing. would definitely recommend to anyone.

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I love the games but wow this is good

I had no idea how much I was missing out with the books I love all of this

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Annunciation

I can't stand how he mispronunciates Mjolnir (As in Thor's Hammer the mighty weapon of a God just like the Spartans)

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Another great adventure

Loved it. This author's story writing is excellent and the narrator was also great.

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  • Scooter Brother
  • 01-10-19

Shame about the music theme

The whole audiobook is amazing, but the only thing that bugged me was use of Halo 5 music, instead of original Halo theme.
Seems trivial but come on hearing anything else than that epic Halo theme in the original Halo audiobook seems not right.

But that’s the only bad thing I can say about this audiobook, it is truly great and I liked it a lot.

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  • SLIICKYFIINGERS
  • 10-10-20

A masterpiece...

First Strike follows on from the First Halo game and Halo The Flood book.
It gives more back story to what happened on Reach and how Chief got away from the Halo ring.
If you only played the games, this gives alot more lore to the Halo Universe and will fill in those gaps within the Halo timeline.

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  • Craig
  • 08-26-21

Great Audio Book

Loved it. A must for any Halo Fan. Really captivates the Halo universe and leaves you wanting more

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  • Stephanie Harvey
  • 08-08-21

My rivew of Halo first strick

I love thsi book the characters are amazing and I love how cheef has to learn a lesson to save the good men of War the story was so good and felt so investing. In my opinion the book in my favourite so far wich is quite a bold statement considering I have only red the first two. This book just felt fun I loved the part with space Coleby and all the deaths felt surprisingly sad and not rushed at all overall this book is just so fun and I would highly recommend it to any halo fan out there. However not a book you can just jump into unless you are an halo fan. I'm going to give this book a 9 out of 10 thank you

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  • TheTallDwarf
  • 09-21-20

Superb

A really big fan of Eric Nylund, read the book years ago and it's great to hear it as an audiobook

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  • Stephen Oreilly
  • 09-02-20

Must read for any Halo fan

Answers questions left hanging between Halo 1 and 2. How did the Chief make it back to Earth? How did Sergeant Johnson survive? The performane is great with only minor exceptions (mispronunciation of Mjolnir, Admiral Hood suddenly becoming Sean Connery when the version in game is played by Ron Pearlman not doing a Scottish accent). A great listen.

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  • Brian
  • 08-10-20

Nyland and McLaren knock it out of the park!

Another enjoyable halo book! Fantastically written, and then brilliantly brought to life in audio book format. Great time :)

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 08-06-20

a truly epic tale

i love this book might actually be my favorite so much happens and it's easy to keep up with it answers so many questions i had about the halo universe and more, i truly love and highly recommend this book to all who enjoy or love halo

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  • Kevin Wilkinson
  • 05-31-20

Gripping story, a definite for a Halo fan

Love these stories, the detail is incredible and if you've played the games it an eye opener to say the least

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  • Tristan Kavanagh
  • 05-05-20

phenomenal

fantastic in all senses, chock full of action! answers all the questions between halo and halo 2. Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-21

good story line with lots of trail offs

narration was pretty good apart from sword an mjolnar. more words to make the 15 they want lol

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  • Dylan
  • 01-08-20

Mjölnir

If you can get over hearing the 'w' in 'sword' and the 'j' in Mjölnir pronounced every time, very good performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-19

Excellent, entertaining, engrossing

Good narrations, very enjoyable book for anyone interested in Halo. I have listened to a number of the Halo books and this certainly rates up there with the best of them.

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  • Tudor
  • 02-07-22

The W is SILENT

He's a good narrater but it stands out like Dogs 🏀🏀 when he says Sword, someone needs to tell him that the W is silent, as in Sawed.

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  • SpasticGremlin
  • 12-23-21

Amazing pace for events after Halo

Only a few gripes, and most of them if not all are just how a few words are pronounced. the overall performance is stellar for capturing the feel of already established characters, their tone not just in conversation but even during moments of introspection.
Definitely a good pace of action and world building to keep you invested in both.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-21

Great Book

Loved every minute of it, plenty of suspense and action. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-13-20

It just kept getting better..

I finally know what happens to the Chief and his team between Halo's 1 and 2!
Also the narrator does an amazing Master Chief- John 117 impersonation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-20

Amazing

Read the physical version a very long time ago, and it was amazing then, still amazing now. If you are a Halo Fan and have only played the games, this will fill you in on a lot of the content you've missed.