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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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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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  • Shannon Bergner
  • 2020-06-11

Amazing

I loved how it told the story of a Marine. And the story of a covenant soldier. Honestly I was very into the kit tar shipmaster and her mate before they were killed.

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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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  • Daniel Perkins
  • 2021-05-24

Joe Staten at his best

Joe Staten really knocked it out of the park with this! A must read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-05-11

Great book

Great book but narrator could not pronounce anything 😀 😀 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁

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  • Bo Jangles
  • 2021-05-07

Awesome book

Great way to pass the time. Found out how the prophets came to power. Johnson. Jenkins. Great great book!

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  • robert trent the III
  • 2021-04-23

Johnson is amazing

being a halo fan from the start this book helps paint the full picture of the start of the war.