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As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle...the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo: the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict.

While the brutal Covenant juggernaut sweeps inexorably through space, intent on wiping out humankind, only one stronghold remains: the planet Reach. Practically on Earth's doorstep, it is the last military fortress to defy the onslaught. But the personnel here have another, higher priority: to prevent the Covenant from discovering the location of Earth.

Outnumbered and outgunned, the soldiers seem to have little chance against the Covenant, but Reach holds a closely guarded secret. It is the training ground for the very first "super soldiers." Code-named SPARTANs, these highly advanced warriors, specially bioengineered and technologically augmented, are the best in the universe - quiet, professional, and deadly.

Now, as the ferocious Covenant attack begins, a handful of SPARTANs stand ready to wage ultimate war. They will kill, they will be destroyed, but they will never surrender. And at least one of them - the SPARTAN known as Master Chief - will live to fight another day on a mysterious and ancient, artificial world called Halo.

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amazing story for any syfy or halo fan.

must read for any halo fan. learn the origin of the Spartans and the war on the covenant

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Phenomenal!

A perfect preface for an already epic story! A great read overall! As a long time Halo fan who's just getting into the books and extended lore, The Fall of Reach was pretty much everything I wanted.

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Loved it

the version in school was terribly censored and awful but this unabridged version is amazing

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My God

Great narrator. Good story. Must have if you love the Halo games. Love it.

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Mclaren isn't a fan

Mispronounces MJONIR and spells out ONI instead of saying as a word as we are used to hearing, it really throws the flow of the story. Great book though, just a mediocre actor who doesn't have a passion for halo.

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the fall of the Spartans

this is a great story. Very entertaining. Could hardly put it down. I'll be at the the end is known in the title. It has it sad moments which made me cry. Highly recommend it for a diversionary reading.

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bad narration

The narrator is constantly changing the volume of his voice. I had to constantly adjust my volume. One minute you can barely hear him, the next he's literally yelling.

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this was awesome.

ive always wanted to get into the halo books. i have been playing the game for some time now. this really helps you understand the halo universe and its characters so much more.

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Great! Except for one minor detail.

Loved everything except the narrator mispronounced Mjolnir, and it drove me nuts every time he said it.

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loved it!

ran smooth, sounded great. if you like halo you'll love it. cant wait to start the next one