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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best seller - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

It's 2524. Harvest is a peaceful, prosperous farming colony on the very edge of human-controlled space. But humanity has unknowingly trespassed on holy ground - straying into the path of the aggressive, theocratic empire known as the Covenant. What begins as a chance encounter between an alien privateer and a human freighter soon catapults all of mankind into a struggle for its very existence.

But humanity is also currently locked in a bitter civil war of its own: the Insurrection. With resources strained to the breaking point, the ultimate 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 will stand above the rest - a young Marine staff sergeant named Avery Johnson....

©2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2007 Macmillan Audio. All rights reserved.

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Must Read for Halo Fans!

Great storytelling, script and dialogue felt perfectly suitable having played the games, and a great work of science fiction!

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Knows what the ladies like

every minute of Johnsons parts were perfectly matched with the games character, but now I see him in a whole new, better light. great listen.

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Outstanding

Whenever I wanna hear a good story, about my favorite character. I always seem to come back here. To this amazing story.

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Not what is expected in the halo series.

I have come to expect the action packed nature of the first 4 halo books following the Spartans and the game series. This book however is a departure from the one sided story-telling and primarily human focused tales. I wish I read/listened to this instalment first as it fits outside of the first 4 published novels occurring before the Spartans were in existence.

The description of the covenant side of things and the dual storylines was mostly very well done however. I liked understanding a little more of the backstory and the reasoning for the covenant actions against the humans. Inevitably after the first 4 novels I was missing the same caliber of Spartan action in comparison to the action of the harvest military groups.

I did however appreciate and enjoy the introducing of a second female narrator for this audio book. Previous books only had a single narrator for all characters so that was an interesting choice here and one that was appreciated.

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I’ve never played the video game

Wow fam. I don’t know anything about a halo. A friend recommended this to me and I need to tell you - for sci fi, it’s awesome. I wish it was longer so I could delve more into the society, history and universe of the aliens. The way that they all interacted and the religion formed around “oracles” and “forerunners” was great. Super believable. I wish the treachery of certain characters was captured more but I’m sure as I read more of these I’ll get it. I liked Avery’s character and how he struggled with his compassionate humanity and being a soldier. The voice acting was great, writing was wonderfully cinematic and descriptive, the characters were resonant - like i even cried a couple times haha.

10/10 if you know nothing about halo, still an awesome read/listen.

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Started Slow

Started off a little slow. But after first contact it picks up and was actually pretty great.

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fantastic

Ond of the best books in the halo series. highly recommend to anyone who likes the game and the books

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Great overall book

I have read about half of the halo library and this book has always been one of my favourites for getting started into the lore of the universe, and Jen Taylor wins as the female vocals

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  • Katie
  • 2020-02-05

Jhonson

When i joined the core all we had was two sticks and a rock and the platoon had to share the rock.

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  • Tricia Kiernan
  • 2019-04-05

not bad

Don't like the sex part, but loved the combat and the AI'S interaction with each other

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  • Rayisa
  • 2019-01-09

I enjoyed having two narrators for this story

I have read the books for this series and the audiobook hold up quite well. I like how they had two narrators, a male and a female. I think it would be a good idea to have the all male voices by one and all female voices by another. if you listen you may understand what I mean. Overall this was a good book.

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  • Alex Mercier
  • 2020-06-19

Much better that expected.

I was originally turned away by some of the reviews of this book, but I bit the bullet and decided to listen. I'm glad I did, as it is a great experience into the old expanded universe of Halo. With a plethora of new and recognizable characters both human and especially Covenant, this made for quite a good listen. A Covenant Hurragok (Engineer) as one of the many main characters makes for a unique perspective compared to others such as a Sangheli or human. The story and plot itself wasn't perfect. as it jumped around a bit akd struggled a bit to stay on track, but I found myself enjoying the background information of the characters (again, especially the Covenant) being told much more interesting than the actual plot itself. The writing style wasn't anything too special, and there was a bit of "male power fantasy" vibe in some parts, particularly in the (mild spoiler) somewhat forced and out of place sex scene right at the end of the book. Thankfully it did not detract from the rest of the book too much.

All in all, pretty good. I would recommend to anyone who's a fan of Halo and already knows about some of it's lore.

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  • Thomas
  • 2019-10-18

Hard to follow

While this story was interesting at some points, I just found it really hard to follow. The back story of Avery was nice to know, but I feel like the only bits that I will retain out of it is the ending. This story was actually much better at telling the story of the Covenant.

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  • 2022-05-18

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take notes paramount. This is how you write an effective story that actually matters.

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  • Kieran
  • 2022-05-10

Great book and great reading of such.

Good halo story. The story it self is great but the readers are much better.

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  • Michael Hughes
  • 2022-05-06

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Boring as hell when compared to the previous books. drags on and on. Couldnt wait for it to be done

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  • jaxson
  • 2022-04-26

I loved it

I loved it. considering this was my first audio book it brought a whole new light to the halo lore for me

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  • Pissed
  • 2022-04-22

Great story

Amazing story! Throwing cortanas voice in there made this all the more awesome! Worth the listen