Halo: First Strike (Halo (del Ray Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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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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Top Customer Reviews
If you have the first two, get this. If you haven't got the first two, get ALL THREE - you won't regret it...
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.
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).Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a big fan of the Halo series and thought this book did a great job of detailing the origins of the Spartans and the tragedy of their lives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SherryBobbins
I loved every page of this book from the beginning to the end. I would recommend this book to anyone.Published 3 months ago by anis boutejdir
Fantastically written, beautifully fills the gap between Halo 1 and Halo 2 and yet remains a brilliant read for anyone who just wants to dive into a deep and interesting Universe.Published 4 months ago by Fancycam
Thought this was goin to be rubbish but it just isn't! Even reignited my live for the game!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer