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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Main Market Ed. edition (2 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330545620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330545624
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first book in Halo's Forerunner series

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Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear and is the father of Erik and Alexandra. Awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction, one of two authors to win a Nebula in every category, Bear has been called the 'Best working writer of hard science fiction' by 'The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction'. Bear has served on political and scientific action committees and has advised Microsoft Corporation, the U.S. Army, the CIA, Sandia National Laboratories, Callison Architecture, Inc., Homeland Security, and other groups and agencies.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fons Jena on 24 July 2011
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I am a Halo fan so I had to get this book. I waited until the softcover version came out and started reading it. I was a bit curious about the story because it is far away from the Halo universe we know of. But that curiousity was answered with great satisfaction. The story is awesome and it reads really well, great writing. It is still Halo and many things are related to the terminals in Halo 3. It is a must for everybody that likes the Halo universe and is curious about the history of it. Even if you are new to 'Halo' you can read this because the red line through the Halo universe is pretty simple in fact (and this book is in the beginning). You go back to the far past and meet the Forerunners. The Forerunners are an awesome civilizition/species, I wish our world was a bit more Forerunner-ish lol. The scale of their world is behind words and their role in the universe is the most noble cause a species can have. Look I'm starting to dream again! Looking forward to the next two parts because that universe is so huge and well designed that I still need to discover a lot. The book has not the same dimension than the others (Ghosts of Onyx, ...) but hey that is not a problem. And like I am used to, Amazon delivered it fast and in good state.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lee Howarth on 2 Oct. 2011
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This is easily the best book I have read this year. I read this book in 2 days which is a rarity for me these days as distractions at home usually make books take much longer. I simply could not put this book down.

I have read a few other Halo books but found them a little boring and it seems they concentrate too much on the mechanics of battle rather than a good story line.

Cryptum is pure story from start to finish and satisfies my desire for information regarding the Forerunners. It also offers a glimpse into human history and hints at the origins of the Flood. This book is a perfect tease for the next two books as it gives just anough information to satisfy yet there must be so much more to come. I really cannot wait for the next installment and won't be waiting for the paperback next time like I did for this.

I recomend this book to anyone who has enjoyed the Halo storyline be it in game or book format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam W on 1 Mar. 2013
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Was pretty slow to start but loved it towards the end, definitely getting the second one just for the conclusion of the story really.

Definitely have to agree with the previous reviewer Irvinus on the descriptions etc. The author took like a whole page to describe what a portal looks like but doesn't even describe how many of the characters look. Probably the most specific character description we get throughout the entire book is that the main character's father is 4 meters tall (Bloody hell!) and his mother's skin is bluish-gray. And some of the concepts and description I just couldn't really understand or visualise - the war sphinxes for example, machines which are mentioned plenty throughout the book. I'm pretty sure he never gave an actual description of their physical characteristics. Am I to believe that the Forerunners basically had flying metal sphinx-like machines which people could pilot? [...] Really? OK. Also descriptors like "hard light formed around the spokes of the ring (Halo)" (Not an exact quote but close enough), what is that? Just what is that exactly? Is there such a thing as soft light? How can light be hard? Oh and one thing that really got me was the description of the San-Shyuum (Aka the Prophets in Halo) as being "Beautiful", "Charming" and almost seductive. Just cannot wrap my head around that without an explanation - either the Forerunners' idea of beauty was vastly different from ours or the San-Shyuum looked very different and went from beautiful, gracious beings to shriveled worm-like long-eared freaks. The answer is left to us for now. Maybe it'll be explained later, or has already been done so in another form of media that I haven't seen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Wyatt on 20 Sept. 2011
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Knowing Greg Bear is a hard Sci-Fi author, I wasn't sure what to expect coming into this series as a fan of the Halo video game. What I found was a deep, yet still easy to read, adventure story that totally flips what you know about Halo on it's head. A must read for any fan of the Halo fiction. Bear (oh look, a pun) in mind that this is the first part of a trilogy and you will have to wait a while to find out what happens next. Overall, an excellent start; will be picking up the next one as soon as possible!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Byrne on 29 Feb. 2012
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Halo Cryptum is an Excellent Read for any Halo Fan, Starting out a new Saga in the Halo Universe, The Forerunner Saga, this book contains an excellent and intricate story as well as Must have knowledge for the Halo Die hard fans and Halo Beginners alike, I As a halo fan for going on Ten years Highly recommend this book to any and all halo/science fiction fans, this is one not to be missed!!!
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I finished reading this book last night and I am very impressed. I've been a Halo fan since the first game on the original XBOX and I have read 'The Fall of Reach' all the way through to 'The Cole Protocol' but must say I found this to be better than any of them. I should also add I have never read anything by Greg Bear so did not know what to expect. The book really is a slow burner, which I like as it is good to get all your characters fleshed out and gradually develop the depth of the story. Despite the real lack of action in this book, I found myself unable to put it down. Putting together the different fragments of the story and thinking about the dialogue slowly allows you to understand all the things that have gone on in the forerunners' history and appreciate how the main characters have got to the situation they are in now.

The story revolves around four main characters including two humans, a young forerunner and an ancient high-ranking member of the forerunner warrior class known as 'The Didact'. As a race, the forerunners' entire culture is based around the principles of something called 'The Mantle' which is basically their term for the responsibility of looking after all life. They are the wisest, fairest and most technologically advanced race since they rebelled against 'The Precursors' and assumed this mantle they speak of. Forerunner society is at a major crossroad however and faced with threats both new and old, there are different ideas of how to proceed amongst the ruling bodies of forerunner governance....

Aside from being a good science-fiction read, there are a lot of truths in this book that the human reader can relate to.
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