Halo

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HALO: The Fall of Reach Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling origin story of the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

The 26th century. Humanity has expanded beyond Earth’s system to hundreds of planets that colonists now call home. But the United Earth Government and the United Nations Space Command is struggling to control this vast empire. After exhausting all strategies to keep seething colonial insurrections from exploding into a full-blown interplanetary civil war, the UNSC has one last hope. At the Office of Naval Intelligence, Dr. Catherine Halsey has been hard at work on a top-secret program that could bring an end to the conflict...and it starts with 75 children, among them a six-year-old boy named John. And Halsey could never guess that this child will eventually become the final hope against an even greater peril engulfing the galaxy - the inexorable confrontation with a theocratic military alliance of alien races known as the Covenant.

This is the electrifying origin story of Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief - and of his legendary, unstoppable heroism in leading the resistance against humanity’s possible extinction.

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  • Book 1

    • HALO: The Fall of Reach

    • HALO, Book 1
    • By: Eric Nylund
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 517
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 466
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 465

    The 26th century. Humanity has expanded beyond Earth’s system to hundreds of planets that colonists now call home. But the United Earth Government and the United Nations Space Command is struggling to control this vast empire. After exhausting all strategies to keep seething colonial insurrections from exploding into a full-blown interplanetary civil war, the UNSC has one last hope.    

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The book is great the audiobook is eh

    • By christopher statton on 01-02-19

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  • Book 2

    Halo
    The Flood
    
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        Todd McLaren
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    1,969 ratings
    Overall 4.5
    Not available on audible.com
  • Book 3

    • HALO: First Strike

    • HALO, Book 3
    • By: Eric Nylund
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 210

    It's 2552. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant is showing no mercy as it continues to assault every human world it encounters, but in the way lies humanity’s greatest champion, the supersoldier Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief. Together with his AI companion Cortana and the last remaining Spartans, the galaxy-spanning fight rages on two fronts following the destruction of the human military stronghold Reach by Covenant forces and the mysterious artificial ringworld known as “Halo” at the hands of the Master Chief. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of the stronger Halo books in the series

    • By Bryan on 05-23-19

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  • Book 4

    • HALO: Ghosts of Onyx

    • HALO, Book 4
    • By: Eric Nylund
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 185

    The 26th century. Once considered clandestine, the Spartan-II program has now gone public. Tales of armored supersoldiers fending off thousands of Covenant attacks have become the stuff of legend. While the Master Chief defends a besieged Earth and the myriad factions of the Covenant continue their crusade to eliminate humanity, an ultra-secret cell of the Office of Naval Intelligence known as “Section Three” devises a plan to buy the UNSC vital time. It will need hundreds of willing soldiers, though - and one more Spartan - to get the job done. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this book

    • By William Farmer on 02-23-19

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  • Book 5

    Halo
    Contact Harvest
    
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        Joseph Staten
    
    


    
    
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        Holter Graham,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Jennifer Taylor
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    1,542 ratings
    Overall 4.6
    Not available on audible.com
  • Book 5.5

    • HALO: Oblivion

    • A Master Chief Story
    • By: Troy Denning
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    2526. It has been more than a year since humanity first encountered the hostile military alliance of alien races known as the Covenant, and several weeks after the United Nations Space Command’s devastating counterattack of Operation: SILENT STORM was deemed an overwhelming success. The UNSC has put its faith in the hands of the Spartans, led by the legendary Master Chief, John-117: enhanced super-soldiers raised and trained from childhood via a clandestine black ops project to be living weapons.

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  • Book 6

    • HALO: The Cole Protocol

    • HALO, Book 6
    • By: Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    It's 2535. It is the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War, and the United Nations Space Command has enacted “the Cole Protocol” to safeguard Earth and its inner colonies from discovery by its merciless alien foe. Many are called upon to rid the galaxy of lingering navigation data that could potentially reveal the location of Earth and ensure the destruction of humanity. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Issues in the recording

    • By jake on 01-23-19

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  • Book 7

    • HALO: Cryptum

    • HALO, Book 7
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    One hundred thousand years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle of Responsibility, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting take to the unwritten history.

    • By Layne Harper on 05-17-19

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  • Book 8

    • HALO: Glasslands

    • HALO, Book 11
    • By: Karen Traviss
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    It's 2553. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war with humanity that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and its colonies. For the first time in 30 years, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting has stopped, the war is far from over: It’s just gone underground. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More halo books featuring this narrator

    • By Jose on 06-03-19

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  • Book 9

    • HALO: Primordium

    • HALO, Book 8
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Timothy Dadabo
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo ringworld in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and the reason for the Forerunner Librarian’s tampering with human destiny.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • mind blown again!!!!

    • By Anonymous User on 02-08-19

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  • Book 10

    • HALO: The Thursday War

    • HALO, Book 9
    • By: Karen Traviss
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 58

    It's 2553. Welcome to humanity’s new war: silent, high-stakes, and unseen. This is a life-or-death mission for the Office of Naval Intelligence’s black-ops team, Kilo-Five, which is tasked with preventing the ruthless Sangheili, once the military leaders of the alien alliance known as the Covenant, from regrouping and threatening humankind again. What began as a routine dirty-tricks operation - keeping the Sangheili occupied with their own insurrection - turns into a desperate bid to extract one member of Kilo-Five from the seething heart of a brutal civil war.  

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  • Book 11

    • HALO: Silentium

    • HALO, Book 10
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    One hundred thousand years ago, Chaos rules the final days of the Forerunner empire. The Flood - a horrifying, shape-changing, and unstoppable parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies, and internal strife has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses.  

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unnecessary sequel

    • By Anthony on 06-11-19

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  • Book 12

    • HALO: Mortal Dictata

    • HALO, Book 12
    • By: Karen Traviss
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 53

    It's 2553. With the 30-year-long Covenant War finally over, the Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. Angry and bitter colonists - still wanting to settle scores from an insurrection put on hold for three decades - crave justice...as does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his young daughter was abducted for the SPARTAN-II program.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely brilliant.

    • By _ on 03-17-19

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  • Book 13

    • Halo: Broken Circle

    • Halo, Book 13
    • By: John Shirley
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 788
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 710
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 710

    Broken Circle will explore an Elite splinter group rebelling against the Covenant in its earliest days, a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new Covenant leadership, and the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant during events seen in the blockbuster Xbox video game Halo 2.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By karey on 01-13-15

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  • Book 14

    • Halo: New Blood

    • By: Matt Forbeck
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

    While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier - not even the legendary Master Chief - wins a war on his own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs) played a major role in saving the Earth from all-out invasion at the end of the Covenant War - acts of bravery and ingenuity that did not go unnoticed by the United Nations Space Command.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Decent story, let down by a few factors.

    • By Stephen on 05-20-15

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  • Book 15

    • HALO: Hunters in the Dark

    • By: Peter David
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064

    It is 2555, more than two years after the Master Chief went missing in action following a decisive conflict on Installation 00 - the massive, extragalactic Forerunner construct known as the Ark - as part of the final chapter in humanity's bloody 30-year struggle against the overwhelming forces of the Covenant.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not my #1 favorite, but good.

    • By Ryan JA on 09-01-15

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  • Book 16

    • Saint's Testimony

    • HALO
    • By: Frank O'Connor
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 616
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 577
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 578

    The military-grade artificial intelligence known as Iona has only one week to live. After that the UNSC will legally terminate her seven-year existence in order to stave off the threat of the data corruption phenomenon known as "rampancy", a condition that will eventually take hold of her functionality and persona, endangering all those around her. In a last-ditch effort to save herself, Iona has successfully launched an unprecedented legal appeal against her own death sentence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Last 8 minutes is profound.

    • By Don on 08-31-15

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  • Book 17

    • Last Light

    • HALO, Book 16
    • By: Troy Denning
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003

    It is 2553, and the three-decade long Covenant War that defined a generation has suddenly drawn to a close. Yet in the remotest parts of human space, tensions remain that threaten to overflow into another full-scale conflict. Beneath the surface of the planet Gao lies a vast cavern system renowned for its therapeutic effects and rumored miraculous cures. But now Gao natives are turning up brutally murdered down there - violent acts that happen to coincide with the recent arrival of a UNSC research battalion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Amazing Halo Book

    • By J. Bryant on 09-29-15

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  • Book 18

    Halo: Shadow of Intent
    
    
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        Joseph Staten
    
    


    
    
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  • Book 19

    • HALO: Smoke and Shadow

    • By: Kelly Gay
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 506
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 471
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 468

    Find. Claim. Profit. In a postwar galaxy littered with scrap, it's the salvager's motto. And with a fast ship and a lust for adventure, Rion Forge has certainly made her mark on the trade. When the discovery of a wrecked UNSC cruiser brings Rion's past back to haunt her, stirring fresh hope into a decades-old wound, she's hell-bent on finding answers: What really happened to her father and his ship, the Spirit of Fire?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Scott is still boring

    • By Austin on 02-27-17

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