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The New York Times best-selling aftermath of Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series!

It's 2552. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant is showing no mercy as it continues to assault every human world it encounters, but in the way lies humanity’s greatest champion, the supersoldier Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief. Together with his AI companion Cortana and the last remaining Spartans, the galaxy-spanning fight rages on two fronts following the destruction of the human military stronghold Reach by Covenant forces and the mysterious artificial ringworld known as “Halo” at the hands of the Master Chief.

One faction - a squad of Spartans lead by Blue Team’s Fred-104 and Kelly-087 - is trapped on the glassed surface of Reach, the only planet they’ve ever known as home. Beneath this ruined world, Dr. Catherine Halsey has discovered an ancient secret...one that could alter the course of the war. Meanwhile, the Master Chief and Cortana lead a second group toward a gathering of Covenant warships, as the United Nations Space Command’s worst nightmare has finally come true: The Covenant has discovered the location of Earth and is forming a massive fleet to utterly destroy it, as well as all who oppose the indomitable will of the Prophets....

©2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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So close

Great book, but I wish the narrator would've learned the lingo for Halo, some things were mis pronounced the whole book

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amazing

im going to buy another book for sure yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah boi

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20 miles of bad road..

This Installment of Halo, is a very rough road walked by battle hard veterans. Hurrah!!

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  • Adam
  • 2020-01-07

Great story, horrible narration.

Todd McLaren insists on wild mispronunciations and extremely jarring voice overs for most characters in this book and the others that he narrates.

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  • Bryan
  • 2019-05-23

One of the stronger Halo books in the series

Very enjoyable read for Halo fans or sci-fi lovers. I have been reading the books in order and I'm enjoying them more and more as I go through them.

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  • Matthew Lawson
  • 2020-09-02

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A great continuation of the Halo story. My only fault is the continued mispronunciation of "Mjolnir" and "ONI" this far into the series. Otherwise the narrator does a great job.

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  • Wolfman
  • 2020-08-12

Love the Halo Franchise

Other than pronunciation, especially Mjolnir, its read well. You definatly get more details when it is read to you than when you first read it.

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  • Conor
  • 2019-06-04

Fantastic

Reeally great listen and the voice actor is truly amazing. would definitely recommend to anyone.

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  • Hunter
  • 2019-05-10

loved it.

love this book learning a lot about Halo going to try to read them all before the new Halo game comes out.

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  • austin
  • 2021-01-04

Great story

Story was as good as the last 2 books, a little disappointed the narrator still mispronounces some things but great other than that.

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  • Bo Jangles
  • 2020-12-27

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

This was an AWESOME story. Could not stop listening. Literally couldn’t have had a more bad ass ending. Spartans..Never Die.

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  • edward edney
  • 2020-11-16

BUY THIS!

loved it. most halo books are worth it definitely. so if you want a good book get this one.

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  • Logan
  • 2020-10-27

Between Halo 1 and Halo 2

This book covers a bit of a filler spot in the games between Halo 1 and event leading to Halo 2