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Contact Harvest (Halo (Tor Mass Market)) Audio CD – Audiobook, 22 Jan 2008
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Tor is proud to continue its series of novels based in the compelling universe of bestselling video games Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and the upcoming Halo 3 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Joseph Staten started working with game developer Bungie Studios in 1998, and has since served as a writer and designer for Oni, as well as writer and cinematics director for Halo and Halo 2. He also works with Peter Jackson's game development studio, Wingnut Interactive, writing and designing in the Halo universe. Staten attended college at Northwestern University and earned a master's in military history and political science at the University of Chicago.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Set before any of the other books or games, in short, the book is based around Sergant Johnson, who is right on the front line of the insurrection, a human civil war. He is then reasigned to the planet Harvest to train recruits. This is then the 1st planet the covenant attack.
It starts slow and you have to stick with it until it picks up pace. When the book gets into it, its an addictive read, and i felt had alot of depth to it, espeically near the end.
Its a great addition to the halo series and its nice to have a good idea of the games or other books as you find out the origin of certain things, but its by no means vital.
As with any Halo book its most important purpose is to expand on the Halo universe and it certainly does that more than any of the first three novels. My only criticism is that there is rather a major revelation that involves the Forerunners that made me think I had misread some of the book as it has never been mentioned in any other game/novel/comic. From a bit of research it seems I did read it correctly, but that makes it a strange and rather large oversight up until now.
Avery Johnson is the main character, supposedly at fans requests, and my only other gripe of the book is that it raises him to near mythical status. Not only is he the only man to have survived the Flood but it also turns out he is also one of two men to make first contact with the Covenant and escape from the first planet they glass. There isn't any indication he is also a Spartan, but it made me wonder. This god like status makes his luck running out in Halo 3 even more surprising.
But these things are minor and what this book adds to the Halo universe and the refreshing multiple race narrative more than makes up for this and I would highly recommend it. Just brace yourself for a very out of place sex scene involving Johnson in the last few pages of the book. What, where did that come from?
As a literary work of art.. well, it's a Halo novel, so you have to adjust your expectations accordingly. It's more sophisticated than most, though, with Covenant political intrigue and a sympathetic Grunt religious leader. All in all, a great entry to the Halo canon.