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Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Trilogy (Forerunner 1) [Paperback]

Greg Bear
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Book Description

2 Dec 2011 Forerunner 1

Almost nothing is known for sure about this ancient race. Worshipped by the Covenant as gods, their engineering relics pepper the galaxy, and their connection to humanity remains unanswered.

Devoted fans of both the books and games will finally get to delve deep into the era of these enigmatic beings, and discover for themselves the epic story behind one of the great mysteries of the 'Halo' universe: the complete disappearance of the Forerunners from existence.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (2 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330545620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330545624
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes me dream... 24 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating for Halo fans 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Star to a New Beginning 29 Feb 2012
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as some others 21 Mar 2013
By Riles
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Not as easy a read as many of the others, some of the story whilst highly imaginary has left me wondering if it was worth carrying on reading, indeed I did mainly out of curiosity, got lost quite a few times, I appear to have missed the point of this book sadly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good edition to Halo lore. 9 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Bought this book after reading every other halo book available, its a nice change as its still sent in the halo universe but at a different time but with very strong parallels with the current Halo universe. Great expansion to the Halo lore bring on the rest of the series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars halo cryptum 23 Mar 2011
very enjoyable. many mysteries answered, and even more have come to surface. Im sure readers will remain agitated until the second book in the forrunner saga is released.
I highly recommend this book to any fans of the epic scale sci-fi genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bought for son 10 Mar 2011
By lizt
My son adores Halo 'everything'. He's always been a great reader and really enjoyed this book - so much that he read it cover to cover in 2 days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love this book for several reasons.
First being how Greg develops the characters. Chakkas' attitude and Bornstellars love for adventure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by YoloFox
1.0 out of 5 stars Very boring
Started reading this as an avid fan of Halo and having read evry other Halo book to date, but sadly I was very dissapointed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Modge
5.0 out of 5 stars hook line and sinker
Draws you with piqued curiosity then turns you upside and makes you question everything. An excellent start to the saga.
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i have not read many sy fi books but i can say that it was a very easy read and very enjoyable
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I love the Halo series of games and think they are some of the very best. The book is first of all a great sci-fi read - eyes down and away you go. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality reading for Halo fans or just Sci-fi fans in general
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... Read more
Published 8 months ago by ValeWalker
4.0 out of 5 stars Starting at the beginning with prequels
I have never played the game, nor read any of the books. In fact, I know nothing at all about Halo, except there is a lot of stuff out there. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gadgeteer1066
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book and re-read
This book is great for any halo fan and i have re-read twice now with great characters, adventure and story it is overall a scifi book for anyone who likes the series or the genre. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
I was really impressed with this book and had to buy the following books straight away. I am a massive Halo fan and really enjoyed learning more about the Forerunners and what... Read more
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