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Joseph Staten , Holter Graham , Jen Taylor
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22 Jan 2008 Halo (Tor Mass Market) (Book 5)

This is how it began . . .

It is the year 2524. Harvest is a peaceful, prosperous farming colony on the very edge of human-controlled space. But we have trespassed on holy ground – strayed into the path of an aggressive alien empire known as “The Covenant.” What begins as a chance encounter between an alien privateer and a human freighter catapults mankind into a struggle for its very existence.

But humanity is also locked in a bitter civil war known as the “Insurrection.” So the 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 stands above the rest . . . a young Marine staff sergeant named Avery Johnson.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (22 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427202494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427202499
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,415,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Staten started with Bungie Studios in 1998, and has since served as a writer and designer for ONI (2001) as well as writer and cinematics director for HALO (2001) and HALO 2 (2004). Currently writing HALO 3, Joseph is also working with Peter Jackson's newly formed game development studio, Wingnut Interactive, writing and designing an as-of-yet unannounced game set in the Halo universe. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read..... 12 July 2008
Im a fan of the whole halo series not just the games, so this book was a must for me.
Set before any of the other books or games, in short, the book is based around Sergant Johnson, who is right on the front line of the insurrection, a human civil war. He is then reasigned to the planet Harvest to train recruits. This is then the 1st planet the covenant attack.
It starts slow and you have to stick with it until it picks up pace. When the book gets into it, its an addictive read, and i felt had alot of depth to it, espeically near the end.
Its a great addition to the halo series and its nice to have a good idea of the games or other books as you find out the origin of certain things, but its by no means vital.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best so far 15 Dec 2008
By Halo572
of the four Halo novels I've read. This is as it is a departure from the mainly linear Master Chief novels and instead takes a more 'Halo 2' approach to the story with the plot developing from multiple human and Covenant angles. This results in a more interesting story and also fleshes out the Covenant to more than just bullet magnets.

As with any Halo book its most important purpose is to expand on the Halo universe and it certainly does that more than any of the first three novels. My only criticism is that there is rather a major revelation that involves the Forerunners that made me think I had misread some of the book as it has never been mentioned in any other game/novel/comic. From a bit of research it seems I did read it correctly, but that makes it a strange and rather large oversight up until now.

Avery Johnson is the main character, supposedly at fans requests, and my only other gripe of the book is that it raises him to near mythical status. Not only is he the only man to have survived the Flood but it also turns out he is also one of two men to make first contact with the Covenant and escape from the first planet they glass. There isn't any indication he is also a Spartan, but it made me wonder. This god like status makes his luck running out in Halo 3 even more surprising.

But these things are minor and what this book adds to the Halo universe and the refreshing multiple race narrative more than makes up for this and I would highly recommend it. Just brace yourself for a very out of place sex scene involving Johnson in the last few pages of the book. What, where did that come from?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book though some flaws. 27 May 2009
I am not a huge fan of the Halo series more of casual fan.Bit of interests here and there.So I decided to check this book out. I have to admit i am glad i did, it has a great way of telling the story from other characters perspective.It really get's you immersed in the Halo universe.The Charcters develop extremely well throughout the story and the plot twist and turns. Though at the start of the book it gets a bit technical with tedious names and stuff like that.But beleive me stick with it.Also it describes all the Alien's as thier real names like a "prophet is a shan syhuum" but don't let this stop you from buying it. I really couldn't put it down.Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars present 24 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this wa sa present for my brother who loves any thing to do with x box so pleased to have got it thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Oct 2013
By daniel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brilliant story of first contact explaining why the covenant want to hunt and burn humanity. A must read for halo fans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its not bad 1 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love the Halo books and this is the 5th so far. I enjoyed the first four books because they had more to do with the games and they had spartans in, but this book is set when the spartans are still very young so they arent in it. I am half way through and the story still hasnt gripped me yet. :(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly epic! 2 July 2011
I bought this book for my 13year old son who has forced me to write this review . He says " I started reading this book thinking that it would not be any good based on some of the reviews but after the first chapter it was unputdownable - written excellently with a very good story I do not know who could not have liked it. I had no problem visualising it and overall it is one of the best sci fi books I have ever read. It would be good for people who even have not played the games".
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody brilliant 25 Nov 2007
For all of you who yelped in dispear when SGT.Johnson was killed (sorry if you didnt know, but honestly you should by now!) fear not because Avery is back in this fantasic novel. Set at the very begining of the Halo universe, it goes way back the to the first contact with the covenent on planet harvest (as the name suggests) and how Sgt.Johnson got to be there. This book, like the others had me hooked all the way through and there is an awsome scene where sarge uses a portable Gauss Railgun. It also answers alot of lot questions that have been speculated about for some time. So overall if there are any Sgt.Johnson fans out there or obviously any Halo fans, this is a MUST read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!! must read for any Halo lover!!!!
wonderful novel for any lover of the halo series as it really used the less major characters such as Tararus and Johnson from halo 2, really fills in the hole of how the whole of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss Bedford
5.0 out of 5 stars ... I thought it would but the book was in perfect condition...
Took a bit longer to show up than I thought it would but the book was in perfect condition especially for the price.
Published 1 month ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Oh yehhh halo yehhh. Reading about Sargent Johnson was really interesting as I'm a big fan of his character and the book didn't disappoint either.
Published 4 months ago by Cpt Duchebagg
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent halo story,
Good overall read, not bad for this authors first book, if your a fan of the series its worth a read
Published 4 months ago by ~Sooty~
5.0 out of 5 stars Halo series
Damn good read , surprising end to it and couldn't put it down.
Need to get more of the series soon.
Published 12 months ago by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one so far
Wow this book was amazing. Getting a back story for Johnson and the Hierarchs! A must read for all Halo fans.
Published 13 months ago by Luke Dewhurst
4.0 out of 5 stars Good background
Provides good background to the story, spearheaded by the awesomeness that is Sergeant Avery Johnson Junior, but essentially tells you nothing knew - the war began on Harvest and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Thomas D. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars My review
Just really good, very well written. I will probably go and read others to do with this storyline now
Published 17 months ago by Connor Slevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book.
This book is amazing for anyone who knows the game or books or is interested in the Halo storyline. It really gets into depth will the characters personality and the feel that you... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alex Parsons
3.0 out of 5 stars Struggling to reconnect
I've made my way through all the books to this and I do believe the author is looking to give more depth to characters and it is where it all started. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ricky
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