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USA Today best seller

A Master Chief story and original full-length novel set in the Halo universe - based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

October 2559. It has been a year since the renegade artificial intelligence Cortana issued a galaxy-wide ultimatum, subjecting many worlds to martial law under the indomitable grip of her Forerunner weapons. Outside her view, the members of Blue Team - John-117, the Master Chief; Fred-104; Kelly-087; and Linda-058 - are assigned from the UNSC Infinity to make a covert insertion onto the ravaged planet Reach.

Their former home and training ground - and the site of humanity’s most cataclysmic military defeat near the end of the Covenant War - Reach still hides myriad secrets after all these years. Blue Team’s mission is to penetrate the rubble-filled depths of CASTLE Base and recover top-secret assets locked away in Dr. Catherine Halsey’s abandoned laboratory - assets which may prove to be humanity’s last hope against Cortana.

But Reach has been invaded by a powerful and ruthless alien faction, who have their own reasons for being there. Establishing themselves as a vicious occupying force on the devastated planet, this enemy will soon transform Blue Team’s simple retrieval operation into a full-blown crisis. And with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance, mission failure is not an option....

©2020 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Halo, the Halo logo, Xbox, and the Xbox logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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The worst narrator for chief

Not a good voice for chief not a bad narrator just not for chief kinda disappointed

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Halo: Lechatelierite.

true, i was expecting Scott or Todd, but Sean's alright, first i think I've heard him, but he's alright.

the book is alright in general, can't say Troy is my favorite author, and he needs to remove lechatelierite from his vocabulary after this book, but he paints the picture well, and it doesn't feel rushed, and that's about all i could ask for in a story.

Sean's performance as a narrator is excellent, perhaps unfitting of the history of other narrators, he's a bit higher voiced than I'm remembering from Scott or Todd, so deeper voices, older gravelly soldiers, brutes, elites, there a little... off, but certainly not bad, just not a deep voice. he strikes me as a younger man

otherwise, it makes a number of references to the games and previous books in relation to fall of reach and uh... its been a minute, i think first strike. so an enjoyable entry overall.

(Acquired book for free through free trail. worth buying for full price? yes. compared to Eric Nylund, eh, but maybe the best Troy Denning entry so far, versus oblivion and silent storm.)

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Fan-f**king-tastic.

The story itself is solid. Troy Denning has proven once again that he's the best thing to happen to the Halo Universe outside of the games. He perfectly captures each of the members of Blue Team. He also does something very hard and that is that he manages to walk the fine line of homage/proper fan service and shoe-horned, cheesy fan service. Most, if not all, of this book feels natural to the setting. My only real complaint, if you can call it one, is that it feels like it just kind of ends abruptly. I wanted more. I wanted it to keep going. It felt like it could have had at least a couple more chapters.

Sean Patrick Hopkins is the perfect narrator. I have seen a couple others say his voice is too high pitched. I would have to respectfully disagree. Obviously, he's no Steve Downes, but his voice gets very deep for the Jiralhanae. It's wonderful. Besides that, he manages to make each one of Blue Team, and all the cast for that matter, feel distinct. John's voice is deep, even, and reasonable. Fred's voice is even, witty, dry, and sarcastic. Kelly is sarcastic as well, slightly gloomy at times, and, not for the first time, she has an English accent again. Linda is calm, icy, and collected as always.

I like Scott Brick for some books, but not Halo. The cast of characters is too vast and varied for his style. I would love to see more of Sean Patrick Hopkins. Overall, if you're very deep into Halo's lore, this is a must-read.

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if only the have was coming

this book was absolutely stunning. I'd only the have was coming out soon to go along with it.

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  • 10-20-20

Narrator makes Chief sounds like some green FNG

Should have casted Scott Brick. The story is probably good, it's just hard to continously listen to and finish it. The narrator is probably just doing his job but following Scott Brick's previous work on the series it just doesn't sound or feel right. Rather disappointing seeing how the story takes place after the disappointment that was Halo 5.

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Obvious storyline and filler plot

The narration is fine. The story feels like filler waiting for the game. It's incredibly predictable and features none of the special ops fights we expect from blue team. The author throws in fancy scifi words that he uses way too often. 343 needs to get their crap together and stop with the money grabs. The fans read the books because they are fun. This was not fun to read. Put the effort in and stop giving us filler featuring the characters we liked from Bungie and Nylund. This is just sad.

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Too long for typical Halo story. arduous amount of buildup and dialogue before anything actually happened. Hearing the word lachatelirite more than 2 times was already enough for me

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Not great

The author's tendency to over-describe things that don't have any real-world frame of reference was quite irritating, nobody in the real world knows what a "glassed" planet looks like so describing it in detail is pointless. For example: If I went back in time and described a cell phone to someone living in 1860 I wouldn't talk about gorilla glass, or 5G, or hotspot tethering because those things would mean nothing to them, and using those terms would only make describing what a cell phone is more difficult to explain. That is what it was like listening to the way the author described what the reader/listener is supposed to picture in their mind's eye. Things don't always need 5 words when 1 word will do. The story itself was rather pointless, literally. The entire story felt like it could have been widdled down to a 35-page novella. The author of this book really should take listens in descriptive storytelling from his Halo novel peers like Matt Forbeck and Eric Nylund.

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Fell Short

... I was really hoping I would be here saying Troy stepped it up on this one, I truly really was. I got excited in the beginning because it was starting to become true! Once I got further in, it was the same lack of passion and wonder as Oblivion. It really did start out promising. The first few chapters to this story were PERFECT. They were enjoyable, colorful, dynamic, and filled with a sense of a true Halo story. Then it just flattened out. The climax revealed nothing unexpected and what little mystery you were hoping to be resolved, never resolved. Just big name drops from other characters in the games. The narrator did a wonderful job in giving it life and an AMAZING job on the voices! In sci-fi one expects certain breakdowns of some actual science fiction but this reads like someone describing a science fiction movie they saw, with little insight in how things function. This is a Halo novel released before a new Halo title and it did not feel like it. Still awaiting that hit Halo novel that leaves you tearing through pages and shocked with answers you didn’t expect. I did learn one thing though! Lechatelierite!

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amazing

build up for halo infinite. can't wait great story :) can't wait to play the game.

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  • Mark Morrey
  • 10-22-20

Okayyy

Narrator was okay but the book itself was missing something toward the end. 3 stars

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  • Todd Nolan
  • 05-07-21

loved it.

It doesn't disappointed... and Blue teams armour on the cover is just perfect.
loved it.

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  • EH
  • 03-18-21

Just so good

It's a little hard to follow for a child but still really good MASTER CHIEF

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  • LuceoX30
  • 03-04-21

A great prequel.

...with great humanity from giant green robots. It's hard not to be drawn in by the action and tense moments of survival. The nostalgia is a bonus!

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  • Tyler
  • 03-04-21

simply engrossed

just fantastic from the start and all the way through also amazing voice work

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-27-21

Great addition to the Halo universe

Will definitely get you excited for Halo Infinite and give you a sense of how the story feels within the books/ games at this point. you could enjoy this not having played or read previous titles I'm willing to bet. though reading books such as Last Light, Retribution and Ghosts of Onyx, I feel helped me enjoy some parts so much better due to call backs, returning characters and understanding the individuals of Blue Team. Though it gives sight into how the Master Chief may be feeling, thinking and his overall character you just can't get any other way.

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 01-20-21

great book, has made me want more

loved it great book, has left me intrigued about what comes next in the epic saga that is halo

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  • HomeGrownHeroz
  • 01-04-21

Rather underwhelming. Was hoping for more

So, this story by any means is not bad. But I read it, hoping for more of a bridge leading into Halo Infinite. Based on this story, it simply is not required. You could, unfortunately, sum up the basis for this story in a simple sentence and that would give you the overview of quite a long read that actually achieved very little in my opinion.

If you love Halo and read all the books anyway, by all means. But if like me, you just wanted to fill the gap, this will not do it for you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-14-20

Amazing Book

Amazing book. Narration war awesome and allows you to clearly understand what's happening and who's talking. 100% recommend this book, especially of you are a huge halo fan.

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  • Mr. M. R. Lawson
  • 12-08-20

not bad

a bit slow to start could have been a bit shorter, but interesting characters and developments. worth a listen for any halo fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-21

Exceptional Work

Written by Troy Denning? Narrated by Sean Patrick Hopkins? Hell Yeah.

While Halo is one of my all-time favourite series, listening to he audio books make it feel so more... Alive. Troy Denning's work is always appreciated and Sean Hopkins' voice made it stand out.

Great work to the both of you.

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  • James Ennever
  • 02-06-21

A good Reach romp.

An ideal companion piece to Halo reach and Halo 5.
It is also one of the few Halo novels you can start without reading the entire series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-24-20

Gets me excited for HALO INFINITE!

The multiple points of view from differing factions make this story so unique and action filled. Master Chief is as good as ever and not to mention the interesting characters introduced to the Halo universe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-20

Reasonable

I enjoyed the story provided by the writer. It was interesting and engaging. However, Narrator struggled with female voices.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-20

Just like the originals

Loved it! Written just like Reach and First strike. Detailed, great story and a good set-up for Halo Infinite.

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  • peiter vagg
  • 11-19-20

grate book

it’s a grate book an look an helps set up
the story line for the up comeing game. i recommend any of books by the scot brig

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  • Star01
  • 10-20-20

Great story, ok narrator.

Another great Master Chief story from what I have listened to so far. However, I really do not understand why the narrator has changed, Scott Brick has voiced the Master Chief and the rest of Blue Team in previous audiobooks and is familiar with the world and characters already. I think I will stop and read the book instead.