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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (14 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427214670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427214676
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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The second book in Halo's Forerunner trilogy --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peanut on 30 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was a real disappointment. The first of this trilogy, Cryptum, provided the promised revelations about the Forerunner and the history of the Halo universe, but managed to fit that around an engaging and exciting story.

Primordium totally fails at this. For the first 60% of the book, almost nothing happens. It's just characters the reader has been given no reason to care about walking and talking through a deserted landscape. Once the action picks up a bit in the second half, the writing style is incredibly stilted and confusing and makes it very difficult to follow what is happening.

For Halo addicts that want to know more about the lore of the setting there are plenty of revelations here, but they are written in a maddeningly ambiguous fashion. Nothing is answered clearly, and it is very difficult to tell where the author is being deliberately coy and where the ambiguity is coming purely from poor writing.

I am still curious enough to finish the trilogy, but I hope Greg Bear remembers to include a story alongside the world-building next time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ValeWalker on 5 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
Halo: Primordium focuses primarily on the journey of Chakas and Riser - the two humans we encountered in the prequel Cryptum. At the start of the book, they both find themselves on a Halo ring following the aftermath of the space battle at the end of Cryptum. Chakas is taken in and cared for by a small tribe of humans and once he is nursed back to full strength, sets off on a journey with two of his new companions to seek safety from the Forerunners/Precursors and to find his old friend Riser. Other things happen along the way though and Chakas is soon drawn in to a quest that goes beyond finding shelter from the forces that could do him and his companions harm.

If I am honest, this book is even slower than Cryptum. The first half of the book is spent following the main characters across the Halo and very little happens in that time. All the truly interesting stuff takes place in the second half of the book. This is where things start to click into place as the plot unfolds and the scene begins to be set for the third book Silentium.

The characters are still solid and well thought out but there's a sense of time wasting for a large portion of the book. In Cryptum, things moved slowly but in a meaningful way that helped to develop the story and give substance to everything that would happen later and that made it good, made it feel as though the story had depth. Primordium is still a good book but where Cryptum could be picked up and enjoyed by all, I think Primordium is a book that will only hold the attention of Halo fans (and perhaps not even then) simply because in parts it is difficult to follow and it would be nigh impossible to understand if you didn't already have a grasp of the Halo universe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thomas D. Hill on 11 April 2013
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This book is fantastic. I would say, definitely read Cryptum first and definitely read Silentium after. Greg Bear is one of the greatest things to happen to the Halo canon, he writes well and his work has implications running through Halo 3 and Halo 4 for the Xbox 360 as well as repurcussions for the human race overall - it answers a whole bunch of questions you had, but leaves you asking many others (which I will add are mostly answered in Silentium, to my stunned surprise as the answers were not what I was expecting!) Certainly a must-buy book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Murray on 11 Nov. 2012
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Sorry to all Halo fans but never played the game - book for diehard Halo's fans I think. Found the book a labour to finish, which is a pity as realy enjoyed the previous installment..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Critic on 18 Dec. 2012
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First book set up a potentially great trilogy but unfortunately Primordium is the most boring book ever published.Strongly recommend you do not purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max on 30 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
3 stars is a bit harsh as i would say 3 1/2 is fair. It is a good read but i found it un-re readable within the 2 or so years since its first release. The main reason im giving this book 3 and 1/2 instead of 5 like cryptum (book 1) is that it is centered around 3 human characters in 3 individual sections of the story which all wind together at the end instead of Bornsteller, the main alien character with 2 humans coming along on the adventure and how the characters interact between races and gaining memories from other long dead humans which isnt the case in primordium as it is more focused on the humans instead of the sci-fi culture of the builders and bornsteller aswell as the didacts political and military roles.

Definatley worth getting if your a fan of halo but you may get bored if you try to re-read in the near future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wood on 6 Jun. 2013
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Bought the book as a gift for a relative. I have received very positive feedback towards the book. He isn't usually a bookworm but it was finished within a couple of days. It must have been really good as he went out and bought the others in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Norman on 30 Jun. 2013
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This is a bit stodgy in parts. I found it a little bit boring interspersed with some good bits. A bit like riding a roller-coaster,, you go up and along the slow bits then scream down the other side..
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