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Halo: Contact Harvest

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Publisher's Summary

Continuing the saga of the award-winning Xbox game....This is how it began.

It is the year 2524. Harvest is a peaceful, prosperous farming colony on the very edge of human-controlled space. But we have trespassed on holy ground, strayed into the path of an aggressive alien empire known as the Covenant. What begins as a chance encounter between an alien privateer and a human freighter catapults mankind into a struggle for its very existence.

But humanity is also locked in a bitter civil war known as the Insurrection. So the survival of Harvest's citizens falls to a squad of battle-weary UNSC Marines and their inexperienced colonial militia trainees. In this unlikely group of heroes, one stands above the rest: a young Marine staff sergeant named Avery Johnson.

©2007 Microsoft Corporation; (P)2007 Macmillan Audio

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    Pathfinder96 Midland, TX, United States 10-29-12
    Pathfinder96 Midland, TX, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2015

    Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

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    "READ ORDER"

    I love this series. But the biggest problem I have run into is the read order. Now that I am on #6 I can share with certainty.

    Halo: Contact Harvest
    Halo: The Cole Protocol
    Halo: The Fall Of Reach
    Halo: The Flood
    Halo: First Strike
    Halo: Ghosts of Onyx

    Once I have finished the available books I'll update the list.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    james salem, OR, United States 02-20-08
    james salem, OR, United States 02-20-08 Member Since 2006
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    "I'm not a gamer"

    Always looking for good sci fi on Audible. This book's got everthing I like in the genra; high tech gadgetry and theories, likeable characters (including the aliens), and storyline.

    I almost didn't buy the book because I'm not a big fan of video games. But I'm glad I gave it a chance.

    I recommend it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jason chesaning, MI, USA 04-19-08
    Jason chesaning, MI, USA 04-19-08
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    "Halo: Contact Harvest"

    I am a big fan of the game so i was realy looking forward to hearing this book.They did an awesome job of telling the store. I hope that they do the same for the first 3 books!! Great job and please keep up the great work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel HaarlemNetherlands 01-21-08
    Daniel HaarlemNetherlands 01-21-08
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    "Great new Halo Book"

    Its a great book and very intresting.

    If you have read/listened the other halo books this is a great addition to your colletion as it explains a lot about the history between human kind and the covedant.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Oakland Park, FL, United States 08-16-12
    Thomas Oakland Park, FL, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2016

    FTL Tom

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    "Better than expected"

    When I was a teen, I would plow through Star Trek and Star Wars novels, and loved them. Now in my 30's, I shy away from novelizations of established film and game series, because looking back honestly, a lot of them tended to be embarrassingly "fan fiction-ish". I gave this a shot though, since I had a credit to burn and was genuinely curious about humanity's first contact with the Covenant.

    That said, I am actually very glad I got this book. It was well written, and served as a good prologue to the coming tragedies of the human-Covenant war. Kind of sad how the whole war could have been avoided but for a dash of random chance, coupled with an overly ambitious Brute and a couple power-hungry Prophets.

    While I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the story, I was a let down by the narration. Jen Taylor voices Cortana in the games, how on earth is she such a terrible narrator? She over-enunciates and over-sells nearly every word and line. Think of a first grade teacher reading aloud to her class, and you'll have the idea.

    Holter Graham was a little better, but still not a great performance. I loved his over-the-top brogue for SSGT Byrne, and his SSGT Johnson was good enough. Problem is, he only had one other voice for all other humans, and one voice for every Covie, regardless of character or species. Made conversations between Covenant characters harder to follow than necessary. The nasally, halting, unsure tone is fine for Grunts - they are supposed to be morons. Makes a lot less sense coming from a Brute or an Engineer.

    One last comment. Johnson seems like a capable leader - how the heck is he still a Staff Sergeant for 20+ years. This book takes place just after the year 2500 rollover. He's a SSGT. Halo 1 takes place in, I believe, 2525. You're telling me he hasn't had a single promotion in over 20 years?!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William William Bryan Gray 01-03-09
    William William Bryan Gray 01-03-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Good!!"

    If you love halo? You will love this book!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Collins 08-02-08
    J. Collins 08-02-08 Member Since 2005

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    "First Contact"

    This is the book that starts it all and lays the footings for the Human - Covenant war. It is the story of first contact between races, and its a good listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    wazups2x USA 06-20-17
    wazups2x USA 06-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good start"

    about two thirds into the novel I lost interest in what was happening. There's all of these characters but nothing interesting is happening with any of them. This book felt more like a lore dump than an actual story

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    Christian Cunningham 06-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book! "

    I loved this book it was great. the only thing I didn't like was that it was about the covenant to much I loved every bit of the marines in harvest they were bad ass! I would save get this book. it was worth it. im going to start it again right now. my favorite was Jenkins the guy in book 2 the flood and the guy in the game that Johnson yelled at. I loved him he was great and his friend forsell was a great guy. I gave everything a 5 but the story a 4 I only liked about 20 % of the covenant story. though it is important to hear them once at least I will skip all this next time I listen to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lance Campbell 05-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Still holds up."

    I first read this book in high school, and it was one of my favorite Halo books, read (listening to whatever) it as an adult it is just as good. It makes Sgt. Avery a real person not just a stereotype.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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