Halo

28 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 28,263 ratings

Halo Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • Halo

    • The Fall of Reach
    • By: Eric Nylund
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,522
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,979
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book and easy listen.

    • By Joseph on 01-01-11
    • The Fall of Reach
    • By: Eric Nylund
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 05-28-08
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,522 ratings

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 2

    • Halo

    • The Flood
    • By: William C. Dietz
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Robotic compare to The Fall Of Reach

    • By jag on 03-09-12

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 3

    • Halo

    • First Strike
    • By: Eric Nylund
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472

    Halo has been destroyed, and the threat it posed to sentient life neutralized. But victory has come at a terrible cost for the UNSC. Thousands of valiant soldiers fell in the battle to prevent the alien construct from falling into the enemy's clutches. Now, everything depends on the Spartan known as the Master Chief.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A response, for the honor of Fargo!

    • By Ryan on 04-01-12
    • First Strike
    • By: Eric Nylund
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 05-28-08
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782 ratings

    Regular price: $21.38

  • Book 4

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  • Book 7

    • Halo: Cryptum

    • Book One of the Forerunner Saga
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502

    Fully 100,000 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, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I want more - the best is yet to come?

    • By Chromo Domo on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 8

    • Halo: Glasslands

    • By: Karen Traviss
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446

    The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground. The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best in the Halo saga

    • By Derrick on 08-01-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 9

    • Halo: Primordium

    • The Forerunner Saga, Book 2
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Timothy Dadabo
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,121

    In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Once upon a time on a Halo far far away...

    • By Ms. Rocki on 10-28-12

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 10

    • Halo: The Thursday War

    • By: Karen Traviss
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146

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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sith Lady

    • By Victor on 12-06-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 11

    • Halo: Silentium

    • The Forerunner Saga, Book 3
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 980
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 892
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 898

    In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood - a horrifying shape-changing parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses. Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Orgasmic!

    • By Ablazah on 04-28-13

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 12

    • Halo: Mortal Dictata

    • By: Karen Traviss
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,304
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

    With the Covenant War over, the Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. The angry, bitter colonies, still with scores to settle from the insurrection put on hold for thirty years, now want justice and so does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his daughter was abducted for the SPARTANII program. Black ops squad KiloFive find their loyalties tested beyond breaking point when the father of their Spartan comrade, still searching for the truth about her disappearance, prepares to glass Earth's cities to get an answer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Read Order update. 2014

    • By Fenrir96 on 02-24-14

    Regular price: $34.99

  • 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 688
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 617
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 617

    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

    Regular price: $22.67

  • 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 1,502
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366

    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

    Regular price: $17.00

  • 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 1,020
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 934
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 935

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • If this was not a Halo book it would be better...

    • By Izerio on 06-30-15

    Regular price: $22.67

  • 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 566
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 530

    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

    Regular price: $1.88

  • 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 954
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 882
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 881

    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

    Regular price: $22.67

  • Book 18

    Halo: Shadow of Intent audiobook cover art
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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 418
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 393
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 392

    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

    Regular price: $17.00

  • Book 20

    • HALO: Envoy

    • By: Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 749
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 686
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 682

    It has been six years since the end of the Covenant War...and yet on the planet Carrow, a world on the edge of the Joint Occupation Zone, a decisive new battle suddenly erupts. Human colonists and the alien Sangheili have already been living a tension-filled coexistence in this place, with Unified Earth Government envoy Melody Azikiwe attempting to broker a lasting peace between their two species.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best halo book since Fall of reach

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-17

    Regular price: $22.67

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