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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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A Good starting point for this trilogy!

I personally really liked the book. The characters were all different and likeable. The voice artist had a wide range of voices, where only a couple times I didn't know who was speaking until the book told me.

The book gives good explanation of certain aspects of Forerunner culture that seem other worldly today (like the Domain for example). The explanation of the first location (the island) however is really confusing. I may of missed some key details but I could never grasp what the true look of the island was in my head. it was pretty frustrating but at the end of the day isn't a breaking point at all.

My only gripe about this book, is that it's fairly slow and nothing really happens in it until the last 8 or so chapters. The most interesting stuff throughout the whole book is the main character going through memories of past ancestors. Even though I think this is a slow build up book, it clearly sets up the next 2 in the trilogy which I'm confident will be more action packed, due to all the tedious explaining of forerunner culture thouroghly explained in Cryptum.

I love Halo and can't wait to see where the next book takes me.

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Finally finished!

I love HALO and its stories. Never finished this story after having had the physical and E-book version since they came out! Always liked the synopsis, but could never fully grasp all of its core material. Having it read to me as a truck driver who has more time to listen while on the road, I finally went through the whole story and loved it. Intrigued to begin the second part. Thank you, Mr. Bear ;)

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Very engaging story

I really enjoyed it. I think it could be a a confusing read initially with all the heavy science fiction and expanded lore. Many times I needed to rewind to listen again to chunks of the novel. I recommend it as a really engaging Sci-fi story as well as a Halo novel.

The reader does sound kind of monotone in his delivery. Each character has a similar voice. I found if I was a little distracted I would miss a character change.

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Required reading for Halo fans

Absolutely stellar book, can’t say enough good things about it. Holter Graham does an incredibly job acting out the story, too, enough that I’d recommend the audiobook even if you’ve read Cryptum before.

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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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  • Jordan Magnolia
  • 2021-01-06

Hold on, it gets better.

The beginning or first half I struggled with, there were no answers and continuously produced mysteries that made no sense. Suddenly a chapter began and I couldn’t get enough, answers poured in and deep lore was like rapid fire. In the end I very much enjoyed the novel and recommend it to any Halo fan who wants to know more about the Forerunners, Promethians, Flood, or in general some backstory to the 4th game.

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  • Michael F Tindall JR
  • 2020-08-25

look, it... well it gets better.

This is a slow listen. But it fills out some information on "Why's and How's" of the Forerunners. The performance of the narrator is good, and the story stays mysterious till the end. Maybe?

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  • Nathan 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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  • Raffy Martwayne Campano
  • 2022-06-09

Starts off slow but includes a powerful ending

When compared to all the other books, this book definitely starts off extremely slow but story ramps up and concludes with a very beautiful ending. There’s a lot of foundational building throughout the entire book so you definitely have to pay attention to every subtle detail. Overall, if you’re a big Halo fan and love to explore every detail of the Halo Universe, this is a very good book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-04-13

I have no idea why it took me so long

as a self-proclaimed Halo Lore addict, I have no idea why it took me so long to finally start reading/listening to the Halo Novels. I see them referenced just about everytime I dig into some rabbit hole of lore, yet its taken me nearly a decade to actually come around to reading them. The story was incredibly well written, the narration was precisely the style and flow that a book as lore-heavy as these trilogies deserved. I can't recommend these books enough! I still have many more to go but I've enjoyed every one so far! (for reference, this review was made after I completed the trilogy)

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  • Chris A.
  • 2022-02-22

Great book

This is a great book, I enjoyed listening to the story, and learning more about the lore of the Forerunners, and it's very entertaining

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  • Kelsey
  • 2022-01-04

I love this look into forerunner history

This story is different from previous halo books. The other books tend to follow multiple characters through their own specific story. The other books also cover stories from the timeline that the games took place in. This gave those books familiar characters, worlds, technology and battles. Cryptum is told from the perspective of one individual character and it allows the reader/ listener to focus on the massive amount of unexplored forerunner history. As the book progresses and you find yourself imagining what these characters, worlds, technology and battles might look like. I personally loved this story and can’t wait to start Primordium! Thank you Greg Bear and 343 industries for taking the time to tell such an amazing story!

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  • Paul
  • 2021-12-21

Not what i was expecting, but in a good way!

Had a good time listening to this. I no idea how much a first person prospective from a Forerunner could be this engaging. Lots of deep lore that shape even Halo Infinite