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Halo: The Fall of Reach (Halo (Tor Paperback)) (edition 2011)

by Eric Nylund

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Title:Halo: The Fall of Reach (Halo (Tor Paperback))
Authors:Eric Nylund
Info:Tor Books (2011), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
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This book is a fun extension of the Halo universe for fans of the record breaking game series. The novel is a fast read aimed at teens and tweens. Though the universe lends itself well to world building novels, this story includes little of the overall political/social/economic situation, instead focusing on the Spartans' training and actions. In the earliest sections I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief while reading Halsey's attempts to justify her own actions (especially given Cortana's markedly different response to learning the history of the Spartan project). The early training does not come across as believably as that described in Ender's Game, but the early life of John-117 and his fellow Spartans is skimmed through relatively quickly. The plot of the novel revolves mainly around the early Spartan missions and the battles for Sigmas Octanas and Reach.

The military action is well written; the characters are sympathetic and fun to read. Captain Keys steals the scenes he is in, while the inevitability of many of the military encounters makes the characters and group moving, adding a slight gravity to an otherwise light read. The reader gains significantly more insight into Keyes, Cortana, and John as they see the characters and the universe through a different lens. I am happy to continue reading the series though I enjoyed the novel purely as a popcorn story (it does that well, and it never claims to be anything else). ( )
  Ailinel | May 3, 2015 |
This book follows the first Spartan program and the fall of the Planet Reach, one of the first planets to fall by the Covenant. If your a fan of the Halo series then this book will be a treat for you. It answers a lot of questions that the video game series doesn't answer. ( )
  Remy_Ferrell | Nov 28, 2014 |
This was a fun and worthy introduction to the Halo universe and in particular, the origins of Master Chief and his first team of Spartans. Although we all know the outcome, it was never-the-less a compelling read and well written. Action scenes were clear and easy to follow, characters were well-developed considering the space limitations, and overall, a great way to introduce new, unfamiliar readers to this series and game. ( )
  Michael_P | Dec 9, 2013 |
A good story but not great. It tells you some of the beginning of the story of John aka Spartan 117 aka Master Chief aka the Demon. I would have liked more insight into the background of Master Chief. Instead it tells more about the Spartan program which if fine but not great. ( )
  Kurt.Rocourt | Jun 20, 2013 |
See the story of John obtucted at a young age, drugged and trained in the spartan program to create a super soldier to keep humanity safe. ( )
  nicholaspaget | Jun 12, 2013 |
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Prologue - 0500 HOURS, FEBRUARY 12, 2535 (MILITARY CALENDAR) / LAMBDA SERPENTIS SYSTEM, JERICHO VII THEATER OF OPERATIONS - "Contact. All teams stand by: enemy contact, my position."
Chapter One - 0430 HOURS, AUGUST 17, 2517 (MILITARY CALENDAR) SLIPSTREAM SPACE - UNKNOWN COORDINATES NEAR ERIDANUS STAR SYSTEM - Lieutenant Junior Grade Jacob Keyes awoke. Dull red light filled his blurry vision and he choked on the slime in his lungs and throat.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345451325, Mass Market Paperback)

As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle . . . the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo--the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict.

While the brutal Covenant juggernaut sweeps inexorably through space, intent on wiping out humankind, only one stronghold remains--the planet Reach. Practically on Earth's doorstep, it is the last military fortress to defy the onslaught. But the personnel here have another, higher priority: to prevent the Covenant from discovering the location of Earth.

Outnumbered and outgunned, the soldiers seem to have little chance against the Covenant, but Reach holds a closely guarded secret. It is the training ground for the very first "super soldiers." Code-named SPARTANs, these highly advanced warriors, specially bioengineered and technologically augmented, are the best in the universe--quiet, professional, and deadly.

Now, as the ferocious Covenant attack begins, a handful of SPARTANs stand ready to wage ultimate war. They will kill, they will be destroyed, but they will never surrender. And at least one of them--the SPARTAN known as Master Chief--will live to fight another day on a mysterious and ancient, artificial world called Halo. . . .

Bungie, Halo, Xbox, and the Xbox Logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Used under license. (c) 2001 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved

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Before the Human-Covenant War engulfed Halo, the planet-colony Reach came under attack by the Covenant, and Earth's specially trained and augmented warriors, code-named SPARTANs, stood alone to fight for humanity's survival.

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