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HALO: Cryptum

HALO, Book 7
Written by: Greg Bear
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first novel in the Forerunner Saga trilogy by science-fiction legend Greg Bear - set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

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.

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little drawn out, but has good lore.

This book does contain interesting lore about the halo universe, but I did find it to be far slower and less exciting than the other halo books I've read. there were numerous instances or events in this book that took several chapters to describe, I was hoping for more exciting events, battles, or pieces of lore that would have me struggling to put the phone down and go to bed, which was something I had to do with the previous books, halo evolutions specifically. But overall, though I believe it to be drawn out, it's a good book to read if you're as thirsty for halo lore as I happen to be.

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  • Layne Harper
  • 2019-05-17

Interesting take to the unwritten history.

I really enjoyed the book so many questions I've always wanted answered. The book is well written and keeps you engaged.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-04

Best Halo book I've "read"!

I love Halo and have since Halo 2, but I had never read any of the books. When I heard a series was releasing about the fall of the forerunners, I had actually listened to this book right after it came out, marking it as my first. this book is phenomenally thought out, presenting a whole new living universe never truly explored before. I recommend this to all who love Halo, though it is hard to understand it's true scope without at least playing the first 3 games. Get this book, and its sequels; Primordium and Silentium. You won't be disappointed!

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  • nathaniel talache
  • 2019-03-30

Halo Ethnography

My love of Halo franchise carried me through this. But my distaste of ethnographies... 3/5

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-28

Greg Bear delivers the goods

I was worried that the epic power that Bear brings into imaginations could be lost when writing for a franchise. It was not. Fantastic, mentally stimulating, and a great addition to the Halo universe.

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  • Chuck
  • 2019-06-17

REALY GOOD, DON'T MISS OUT!!!!

overall, realy good book! don't miss out on the chance to read this! ;hs sh

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-14

An amazing book about Bornstellar and Forerunners.

At the VERY end of the book, it's almost like his voice turned dwarven when speaking as the Iso-Didact and it took me out of it for a bit. Other than that, it was a great book and great reading.

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  • Jacob A.
  • 2019-05-24

Couldn’t get into it

I just couldn’t get into the whole Forerunner Saga. Love Halo, just not the Forerunners I guess.

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  • steven
  • 2019-04-16

interesting but boring

it is a great book if you like halo and want to know more about the universe before the main events but it is wordy and boring at some parts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-01

Fantastic!!!

As a fan of Halo lore I was completely engrossed in this story. Many of my questions that I have accumulated over the years were answered but I still have questions that I'm sure will be answered in future novels.

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  • Harley (Last initial here)
  • 2019-01-23

what a enthralling read!

An amazing read, the only downside is I'm nervous about the next book having a different narrator, Graham was amazing.