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Halo: First Strike (Halo (del Ray Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA; Reprint edition (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345467817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345467812
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,168,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The official prequel to the award-winning Xbox(TM) game, one of the bestselling computer games of recent years. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Eric Nylund is the author of many novels, including A SignalShattered, Signal to Noise, Pawn s Dream,Dry Water (a World Fantasy Award nominee), A Game of Universe, Crimson Skies, and Halo: The Fall of Reach, the official prequel novelization of the Xbox game. He has a bachelor s degree in chemistry and a master 217;s degree in chemical physics. A graduate of the Clarion West Writer s Workshop, he lives near Seattle with his wife, Syne Mitchell.


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Eric Nylund successfully follows up on the great story telling from the Fall of Reach (and to almost the same extent, The Flood, which doesn't quite have the same edge) with this frankly excellent book that brings a much loved sci-fi universe to life as much as the gaming experience has for millions of xbox owners everywhere. I finished this the same day I got it - it had me hooked from the first page. New characters are introduced, as are old friends and one or two surprises that will draw you in even more...
If you have the first two, get this. If you haven't got the first two, get ALL THREE - you won't regret it...
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Computer game tie-ins are generally not well thought of by book readers, and quite often this is justified. Not so, however, with the Fall of Reach. It's obviously not just been written to capitalise on the success of the games, and has been written in conjunction with the game writers. As such, the book takes the depth of the Halo story and builds upon it to create a rich and immersive world. Halo: The Fall of Reach is a prequel to Halo, and gives us details of how the Master Chief and the others came to be Spartans, the appearance of the fanatical Covenant, the fall of the human fortress world Reach and the escape of the Pillar of Autumn to Halo.
There are one or two let-downs. Nothing has to do with the story, more with the editing. Parts of the text seem to have been copied and pasted into random places, and various words seem to become confused, as if an object has been named one thing, that name has been forgotten and replaced with something else.
These flaws are minor, and do not detract from the story at all. If you're a fan of the game, or even if you're not, this book provides depth and detail to the Halo universe that is hard to put down, and harder still to dislike.
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By Adam Lea VINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2005
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First of all do not read this book without having already read 'Halo The Fall Of Reach'. Simply because playing the game Halo is not enough to fully understand this book. There is of course Halo The Flood, I havn't read that because it is the game, just more in depth, I'm sure it's very good but I feel that it's just a little unecessary.
O.K. onto First Strike, this book is incredible, it is written by Eric Nylund (responsible for the Fall Of Reach). This is not a book for hard core readers, I mean people who read Jane Austin or something like that. This is a book for Sci-Fi fans, not just Halo Sci-Fi fans, all fans can enjoy this book. It is perhaps a little muddled in its set out, much like Fall of Reach, every other chapter or so is a new setting, a few chapters later we go back to where we left off. This is actually key in this book because two stories are being told at once. I don't want to give away anything but I will say that Reach plays an important part in this book, some Fall of Reach readers may be able to figure out why.
Now the book itself is the story of John, or Spartan 117 as he anounces over the comm at the end of Halo 2. He has just destroyed Halo, the Covenant aren't happy. From this point on we follow the Master Chief (John, Spartan 117) through his journey back to Earth. They pay a short stop at Reach on the way back, because as I said two stories are being told at once, one on Reach a previously 'Glassed' planet (read Fall of Reach) and that of the Chief. This book picks up directly from where the original Halo left off, the Chief and Cortana floating in space.
There are the occassional spelling mistakes, and I think that maybe some complete paragraphs have been copied and put in the wrong place, either that or the same thing is said twice (usually dialogue).
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By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2003
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First Strike is the third novel based on the Xbox game Halo. The first book, The Fall of Reach (also by Eric Nylund) was an excellent prequel to the game and a great book in it's own right. The second book, called The Flood (by William C Dietz), was essentially a novelisation of the game with the scope expanded to include points of view other than the Master Chief. (In my opinion the 'Flood' levels in the Xbox game were my least favourite. The Flood characters worked better in the book than in the game for me.)i enjoyed it, but I liked Eric Nylunds' style better.
I was excited to learn that Eric Nylund was writing the next Halo book, and once I read it I was not disappointed. I won't go over the plot lines so as not to spoil it for others. First Strike is more closely related to The Fall of Reach than The Flood, and those storylines that were not tied up in Reach are picked up here, for Example Dr Halsey and the Spartans sent to the surface of Reach to defend the generators.
This book is fast and exiting with plenty of action and a great plot which again leaves a story thread or two to be picked up in a fourth Halo novel, hopefully written by Nylund. Perhaps based around Halo 2? After all, some features of that game are included here - the Brutes, the new rifle - dropped in briefly to tease fans of the games.
To finish, if you liked the previous books, you'll like this and it will leave you wanting more.
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This is an EXCELLENT read for those of us who want to learn a little more about the universe of HALO. I particualy liked the way the other Spartans are introduced, as well as the first chapter which explains a little more about 'The Fall of Reach'. However I won't give away anything else about the book as it truly is one of the best I have ever read. I recommend this book whole-heartedly to anyone, but the people who would enjoy it the most are: Fans of HALO and/or people who enjoy reading military based books such as the Tom Clancy series.
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