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The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind's very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait.

As the fortress world of Reach and its brave defenders were bombarded to rubble, a single cruiser fled the carnage with the battle's only human survivors: Captain Keyes, his crew of a few hundred marines, and the last remaining SPARTAN super-soldier, the Master Chief.

With the cruiser's artificial intelligence, Cortana, concealed in his battle armor, the Master Chief crash-lands on Halo in the midst of a massive Covenant occupation. Curiously, the alien soldiers appear to be searching for something hidden on the ring.

Built by a long-dead race, Halo harbors many deadly secrets, but one overshadows them all. Now the Master Chief must lead the scattered troops in a brutal race to unravel Halo's darkest mystery---and unleash its greatest source of power.

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©2003 Microsoft Corporation; (P)2008 Tantor

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  • James
  • Virginia Beach, VA, United States
  • 03-09-12

Robotic compare to The Fall Of Reach

The character in this book march through the story like robots. I loved the first story it had some feeling between the characters. Most of this book is shooting with a very little plot behind it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not very good

It's not the worst novel I've ever listened to. Even as a fan of the Halo books (and military scifi in general like Starship Troopers) this book in the Halo series is arguably the worst and the most disappointing of the novels so far.

This is the book that covers the events of the first Halo game. Unfortunately it's also like reading the events of a first person shooter video game. Masterchief turns the corner, shoots aliens, repeat ad nauseam. There's none of the character development from Eric Nyland's Halo novels which are far, far better. If only Nyland could write all of the Halo novels and if only Jonathan Davis could narrate them...

I found this book very disappointing because this IS the story from the first game and Nyland's book the Fall of Reach really was a great set up for this book. He was able to endow the Masterchief with a personality and backstory successfully in my opinion which is no small task all things considered.

This book is really only worth checking out if you're into Halo and military scifi like I am AND you're planning to listen to the books that follow it - First Strike and Ghosts of Onyx.

If you're a casual fan, I'd say skip it. If you want to read all of the Halo novels, check it out but don't get your hopes up. Otherwise ANY of the other Halo novels are a better read.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Joshua
  • REDWOOD CITY, CA, United States
  • 09-13-13

Listen to the Video Game

Would you try another book from William C. Dietz and/or Todd McLaren?

I would if I knew it wasn't going to be a literal walkthrough of a video game. That said, I think I think Dietz did a good job with a challenging assignment.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Performance wasn't bad. Kept mispronouncing Mjolnir, but hey, those old Norse words are tricky.

Could you see Halo being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Halo deserves a movie, or an HBO mini series.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good, but......

At times, a little to much like a play by play of the game.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely fantastic

I already read the book and even played the game before listening to the book again. All I can say is I am truly glad I did. Riveting, captivating and just an all around book. The narration was absolutely fantastic. Whether or not you are a halo fan, this book should be enough to get you interested.

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  • jacob
  • pell city, AL, United States
  • 05-23-13

i love the story but the voice actor was crap

Would you try another book from William C. Dietz and/or Todd McLaren?

i would but not audio book because the voice actor ruined the whole book for me if i wanted a robot to read to me id have my computer do it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Story Great, Accents are horrendous

The story is great and the reader does a great job in his normal voice. When it comes to characters that have accents or ladies, the narrator’s voice will make you cringe. I turn down the volume during those parts. It completely ruins the story. I don’t understand who allowed this and thought this would add to the experience. In all honesty, go play Halo: Combat Edition instead of subjecting yourself to this reader. The story is worth reading though

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amazing

God this series is so good, love hearing all the lore from multiple perspectives and different sides.

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read this book second!

The second most important book into the halo legacy. takes you through the first halo video game, halo: combat evolved.

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Tells the story of the first video game!

I loved how I could visualize everything because this story pretty much follows the original game.