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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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©2003 Microsoft Corporation; (P)2008 Tantor

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story is great and well garnished.

the story and the developing background stories for characters are great. But the only "bad" thing about this book is that the sound or the way it was recored, the audio keeps going up and down. sometimes mid chapter. If you can ignore all that you'll love it.

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Absolutely incredible

This book contains some of the most extraordinary story telling I've ever encountered. Moreover the dialogue cover preformed by Todd Maclaren was phenomenal he literally brings the book to life with his fantastic characterization and personification of the characters in this book, what a stellar performance, bravo!

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  • LeRoy
  • Cortez, Colorado, United States
  • 04-06-17

love the story.

the story is well written loved reading it loved the movie. the only thing I did not care for in this audio book was the performer. H. U. D. is pronounced hud. Mjolnir is pronounced mule-near. 117 is one one seven, because the person listening my mistake one hundred seventeen for one hundred seventy. why would you give PO2 Kelly the designation 087, if you were just going to call her eighty-seven. there were other pronunciations that made it hard to listen to.
I really do like the story. Who does not love a story where the enlisted guy gets to be the hero. Great back story for the game.

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Better than you'd think, but not perfect

Narrator mispronounces words like Mjolnir and Loki, there's a few textual errors, great besides that.

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I've always loved this book as a kid.

Hearing this made me love this book all over again! Thanks for the great book.

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Great Book

I recommend to any Halo fan. It makes me want to play through the games again.

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excellent

I really love this book gave amazing details on how it all started with the Spartans

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Check your volume

it's a great book and a great story. But the way it was uploaded was poor each chapters volume changes and it's not small it will go from quite to load and visa versa. if you would fix this it would be a 5 star

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Amazing.

Some of the best sci fi writing ever. A must read for halo fans! Narrator does a great job of giving all the characters a unique voice that doesn't sound like he is trying too hard or that it is too corny. Starting my next halo book right now.

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Great story, poor narration

Love this book, but every time the narrator pronounces "mjolnir" as "mah-joll-neer" it's pretty cringeworthy. Do even the tiniest bit of research about the story maybe!