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Ghosts of Onyx (Halo) Mass Market Paperback – Black & White, April 3, 2007
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About the Author
Eric Nylund is the author of Halo: The Fall of Reach and Halo: First Strike, as well as the epic mythology series beginning with Mortal Coils and All That Lives Must Die, and The Resisters series for middle grade readers. Born in the Los Angeles area, Nylund grew up in the mountains and pine forests of Truckee, California, and the Joshua trees and rattlesnakes of the Mojave Desert. He earned degrees in chemistry at U.C. Santa Barbara and U.C. San Diego before leaving his Ph.D. program to become a writer. Besides writing his novels, he is the Director of Narrative Design at Microsoft Game Studios. He lives near Seattle on a rain-drenched mountain with his wife, Syne Mitchell, and their son.
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For 15 years, Nylund's day job was making video games.
He attended the 1994 Clarion West Writer's Workshop and has a Bachelor's degree in chemistry and a Master's degree in theoretical chemical physics. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family on a rain-drenched mountain.
Top Customer Reviews
Lets face it. If you are a huge Halo universe fan, 'Ghosts of Onyx' is a must-read. The games don't give you the full picture of what's going on in the Halo-verse. Without reading the books (of which there are now four), you'll never know the full story behind the genesis of the SPARTAN project, Master Chief's origin, what started the conflict between us and the Convenant or the scope of the Forerunner's domain.
And if you are like me, you were pretty annoyed with the ending of Halo 2 and MC's cryptic statement "I'm finishing this fight, sir."
'Ghosts of Onyx' brings you up to speed with what's been happening to the other SPARTAN warriors whilst MC galavants around the galaxy throwing monkeywrenches in the Covenant's plan for universal suicide. He details the creation of yet another SPARTAN unit (the SPARTAN III) from orphans left behind by our war with the Covenant. He brings back some familiar characters from his previous Halo novels (Dr. Halsey, Col. Ackerman) and continues his penchant for giving these brave SPARTAN warriors overly simplistic names like Tom, Kelly and Kurt.
If yer a Halo fan, you'll be pleased as punch. Maybe its a bad thing that to get the full picture of the Halo-verse, you simply have to read the Halo books. But hey, it'd be kinda hard to cram all of that narrative between every reload of your assault rifle. Me? I'm of the mind that anything that gets you to read is inherently good. Maybe this series will get a few kids to drop their XBox360 controllers and head to a bookstore.
This book whetted my Halo appetite, if only for a little while. Finishing 'Ghosts of Onyx', you feel as if we are one step closer to finishing the fight.
Other books you should read first or you'll be lost:
Book 1: Fall of Reach
Book 2: The Flood
Book 3: First Strike
Book 4: Ghosts of Onyx
This is exactly the type of book that after you read you wish you are alive long enough for there to be a movie on the exact same subject matter you just finished reading or if that is too out of reach you atleast want as many people to read it as possible so they can (like you) understand just how great a piece of work it truly is. This is coming from someone that has never touched any of the Halo Novels, but I'm thoroughly impressed and because of this I plan to go back and read the previous entries into the series by Eric Nylund.
You get a take on the story from so many different perspectives its the complete package. You get to experience the story from the perspective of the Spartans, various UNSC ships and troops, Covenant, the genius that is Dr. Halsey.. just there is an all around variety to this book that I love. Now after becoming so impressed with what was happening with a specific group of characters naturally you'll be a bit disappointed when they go away from that group and start concentrating on another group, but as you read it becomes more clear as to why the author chose to present you with their perspective and you'll come to appreciate their inclusion.
This book will get you to care about the characters and what is going on the universe. this book firmly puts Halo up there with the best of them if there were any doubts before. The Halo universe can be just as popular if not more so than the likes of Star Wars. It really does feel fresh, interesting and new.Read more ›
But this book is about how the military took a Spartan out of active duty and sent him to the planet Onyx to train the new generation of Spartans with the help of Chief petty officer Mendez, (he also helped train the original Spartans). After the first wave of candidates finished their training, they were sent on a highly dangerous mission and the mission succeeded but only 2 of the 300 Spartans survived. It was considered a victory. So the Spartan in charge then got those two Spartans to help train the new ones. But the same exact thing happened with the next generation of Spartans and this time there were no survivors. So the Spartan in charge changed the chemical mixture slightly so that the third wave will survive.
I personally considered this book one of the greatest books I've ever read. I mean even the boring parts were good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The other halo books were better, but none the less, this was still an excellent read.
Nylund really depicts the halo universe well. But everyone already knows that!
Of all the Halo Books Nylund's are the best. Onyx was slow to start but a great ride once it started. Really well written.Published 13 days ago by Ron Nelson
This is by far my favorite Halo book. I have read the first six Halo books published so far, and this one is easily my favorite. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Tyler V.
Awesome I loved it so much. Never could put the book down. Great series and a great book as wellPublished 2 months ago
Perfect for Halo fans and people who want a decent or good read! I would buy the book first and judge for myself though not buy it because of the review.Published 2 months ago by Timed formula8
This is a great book that expands the Halo universe. It’s like in most other Halo books it switches views but unlike the other books, but I enjoy the other perspective of the other... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I first bought this right after it released in an airport before a long flight, and after that, instead of enjoying my vacation in California, I had my face buried in this book the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer