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Halo: The Fall of Reach (Halo (del Ray Paperback)) [Mass Market Paperback]

Eric S. Nylund
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10 Jan 2001 Halo (del Ray Paperback) (Book 1)
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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  • Mass Market Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (10 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345451325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345451323
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, intense and thoroughly enjoyable 24 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book before playing Halo, simply because the excerpt on the Halo website was so interesting. I was expecting a sci-fi romp with lots of action and not much else.
I was pleasantly surprised when I read this the first time. It's not only action packed, it's full of colourful characters, interesting twists and turns and it does an amazing job if filling in the details you don't usually get from a game.
I couldn't put this book down. I just had to read more, and more and then even more. I finished the book in 8 hours straight, and I've e-read it several times since. It's still great.
Fans of Halo: Combat Evolved will love this book as it takes you through the beginnings of the Spartans and the war with the Convenant.
But others will like this book too. If you want a good sci-fi novel that's hard to put down then get this book. The story is interesting and pulls you into it, the world in which it's set is lively and full of colour, and the characters are definately not 2-dimensional.
Five stars just isn't enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the game itself 9 April 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having played the game on the Xbox to the end, I was looking forward to finding out how the Pillar of Autumn turned up at Halo, where the Covenant came from and who Master Chief was. Suffice to say I wasn't let down.
The book charts the extraordinary story of humanities battle against an alien force known as the Covenant, and the development of a man called John. If you haven't played the game you will having read this, and vice versa; if you haven't read the book you really must find out how this fantastic story started.
One of the best pieces of SF I have read for a long time.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enormous universe unfolds 19 Jan 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being a huge fan of Halo before reading the Fall of Reach, I had huge expectations. The story in Halo: Combat Evolved was very well written with many mysteries and links. I knew about some of Bungie's (the developers of Halo) tricks with their fans, f.ex. back in 1999, when they wrote somthing called the Cortana letters. It was letters linked to the story of Halo, but they were sent BEFORE Halo was revealed. This meant that Bungie knew their story very well. And this continues in The Fall of Reach
The book can both be read by someone who hasn't heard of Halo before and those who are hardcore fans of the game - and the book won't let any of those down. It's an exciting and compelling adventure, where we meet characters you will truly bond with before the end. The book contains lots of good action and will keep you glued to it for all the 340 pages. I think I read it faster than any other book - ever!
For the Halo fans, there's enough link and theories to be found in this book. You will gain knowledge, find answers and wonder - but after the book is done, you'll be more confused than ever... in a good way. The book ends where Halo: Combat Evolved starts and that will certainly make you play through the game again. And when Halo's done... you still want more (luckily both a sequel to Halo the game - Halo 2 - and another book - Halo: The Flood - is on their way).
Halo: The Fall of Reach is one of the best written books to any movie or game. Eric Nylund has worked very well with Bungie to ensure the readers a compelling and exciting backstory to one of the best games ever. After you've read this book, a new and enourmous universe will unfold before your eyes...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've just finished this book and i think it was great. I've been following Halo's development and know some of the story and equipment from the game, and its really fun to read about how it all started. It has a pretty straight forward story-line with the normal twist and turns but is well written, and you can easily read that the writer have good knowledge about the game. I reccomend this book to evreyone who likes a sci-fi book, and especially if youre into Halo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic prequel tie-in novel 13 Nov 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Now, I'm not much of a book reader, in fact I've never read a novel because I wanted to. However I love gaming and especially Halo. I was offered this book as a free gift so I thought why not? It is a great book and I doubt I would have thought so if it wasn't about something I already know about, because I don't read much. The book tells the story of the SPARTAN-II project, from how Master Chief (real name John) was kidnapped at 6 and trained with 74 other kidnappees, being specially augmented to become stronger, faster etc., though all his missions to the moment Reach was destroyed and he becomes the lone survivor after the battle escaping with Captain Keyes with Cortana on the Pillar of Autumn, this happens just before the game starts. So if you like Halo and want to now the history get this book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 April 2002
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What more can i say.... this is an excellent novel, and certain the best movie / computer game tie in I have ever read, rather than try and hash out the game like Fiest did with his abysmal Krondor books or even worse the Balders Gate novels. Eric has taken a long look at the game and written a covincing and realistic history for it.
As a novel the characters aren't the best written or visualised but they are convincingly potrayed and given space and time to grow into people that you care about. The plot is excellently handled letting us watch as the tale unfolds showing us how the humans struggle to fight back against a seemingly unstopable alien force. Whilst the Spartans are the best we can offer and they are good they don't come across as godlike killing machines. The same applies to the rest of the characters.
The best thing about this book is the way that it slips past in a blur of page turning, there is no struggle to understand whats going on, its like slipping into your favourite pair of trainers... just comfortable. Having read all of Erics other novels this is as good as Game of Universe and Pawns Dream, if you enjoyed this book I would highly recomend getting hold of either or both of those titles.
As for the game of Halo, I am now intrested in aquiring a Xbox and a copy of the game just to play it.... I also hope that Eric is contracted to write more novels in this world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, truely
If you want to understand halo, the Spartans and everything that isn't told in the games then I'd recommend this book as a starting point. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Renny
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and descent copy
It doesn't matter if you've played the game. If you love science fiction and action, then this book is for you.
Published 17 months ago by Vipul Agarwal
4.0 out of 5 stars All That Could Have Been
I'll be honest: I've never quite understood the love some people have for the Halo universe. I've played all of the games, from the original, Combat Evolved, through to Bungie's... Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2010 by Niall Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!
I am a big fan of he halo series owning all the halo games including halo wars, but I want ed to know a bit more about the halo universe so i decided to purchase this book, the... Read more
Published on 10 July 2009 by Marcus Lelitte
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Story! A must buy for any Halo or Sci Fi fan.
I found this book incredible, The story is a perfect intro for the game Halo CE, and the way that he rights is simple and easy to follow along in the audio-book, the science is... Read more
Published on 8 July 2009 by Matthew Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A great prologue for a great story
It was before Halo 2. Halo was still the hype of the XBOX. I loved the game, the sound, the stunning visuals. But what I most liked about it was the story. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2005 by "dilys360"
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fall Of Reach
The book is very good and easy to visualize with the descriptive technique of the author and his ability to keep to the subject with lots of action and a good storyline that is... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2005 by Stephen Beckwith
5.0 out of 5 stars A great bit of SF
I like a good bit of SF. I love the Halo games, so the books appealed and I wasn't let down with this one. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2004 by Danny Monaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars The First HALO
O.K. the game was superb and the 2nd looks even better. However if you perhaps ever wondered who the MasterChief really is, is he human, what happened to the other Spartans etc... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2004 by Adam Lea
5.0 out of 5 stars Halo - Fall of Reach
Hate to agree with all the other reviews - bar one - but it is an exceptionally well written book. I didn't really expect to enjoy the series, as I like to allow a bit of... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2004 by "knucker"
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