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Halo Boxed Set II Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2012

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Box Rep edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765370123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765370129
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 3.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leonel on April 4, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
NO SPOILERS IN THE ENTIRE REVIEW, REST ASSURED.

First off I will correct the cover chronology of the books, they go like this:
-Halo: The Fall of Reach
-Halo: The Flood
-Halo: First Strike

Just like the original Halo box-set, I was confused as of the order of the books, because there is really no order at all, but in any case, here goes my review.

The Fall of Reach:
To put it short, this is globally, the training and development of John and his teammates as Spartans, right from being kids to being massive, powerful war machines. An amazing narrative of their missions, and the burden they must learn to carry in order to save the entire human race, from retaliation, and beyond...

The Flood:
I will spoil you this one, if you truly want no spoilers, then skip it. But it is a simple spoiler.
This book is the narrative of Halo: Combat Evolved. It literally narrates the game, just as it happened, plus three other stories from a group of Marines stuck on Halo, a struggling Elite that wants to prove himself worthy, and it warms you up for the next book.

First Strike:
This one is one of my favorites, although many people disliked it for introducing too many new characters (because it does), it is quite enjoyable, I will not spoil you this one.

I recommend these to anyone that loves the games and/or love a good Sci-Fi book. But most of all, if you have NOT read Ghosts of Onyx, I invite you to read this trilogy, and head to read Ghosts of Onyx. In my opinion, it is the best Halo book written up to date, specially for Kurt's story... If you think Master Chief is the all mighty, invincible war machine that Bungie thought you, wait to read everything Kurt did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lerch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2014
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This box collects 3 books into one boxed set. The included books are:

First Strike
The Fall of Reach
The Flood

Each is labeled as "The Definitive Edition." What this means is that they include extra material not in the original releases. I have no experience with those original novels, so I can't tell you if the new material greatly adds to the originals or not, but the books are all well worth reading, regardless of whether you enjoy the Halo games or not. They are great Science Fiction novels no matter how you slice it.

The other nice thing is each story is a stand alone story and can be read in any order you want. The first novel written for the Halo Universe was The Fall of Reach and really gives a great back story for Sierra 117/John 117/Master Chief. You don't have to start there, but if all you want is Master Chief, this is where to start!

The three books alone are a little more than what the box costs, so the box is, generally, a cost effective way to get the books. You also receive a very tight box (tight as in the way it holds the books and doesn't want to let go) to hold the three books in that you don't receive otherwise. The box quality is OK, but nothing amazing.

In the end, the books are great Science Fiction, and are great additions to the Halo Universe.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on April 10, 2014
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I read the first one in a day it was so good and then within two weeks I finished the other two! They were amazing! Highly recommended for halo fans. However, if you have not played the games, it won't be as interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Overbo on January 9, 2015
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I purchased the other box set and posted a similar review. This is exactly what I wanted. the only problem is that although they are brand new, the corners of the books were slightly damaged. This would have been a 5 star review, but I highly would have preferred that these come in pristine condition.
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I went from seeing various gamer's Youtube game-play vids for the Halo gaming series (so I could understand the universe in which Halo thrives), to ordering this book set. I have enjoyed this series of sci-fi books immensely and offer my crisp Spartan salute to authors Nyland and Dietz.

The reading is smoothly progressive and I have a hard time putting it down, as I really want to know what's going to happen next. I find it helpful for me to read just one chapter at a time, so I can reflect on it and let the impact of each chapter sink into my mind before I move ahead; there's a lot going on but not too hard to follow. There are no 'page fillers' here; there's something to know on each page you read without being overwhelmed. There are many characters who pop-up temporarily, but I don't have too work too hard to keep track of them. I can follow William Dietz' descriptions (in 'The Flood') of the troop's and Master Chief''s foot-step by foot-step movements on the surface of Halo; it helps me visualize the 3-D environment better than I've seen written in other sc-fi narratives. It can be a little too descriptive at times, but I won't fault it -- it's just that I've not seen this kind of easier-to-follow detail in my other reads (not an easy task for a writer!).

I especially appreciate that in the scenes of aliens being wiped out, or their being defeated up close and personal, are NOT described with gore and excessive violence, so long as you don't mind references to "pink mist" and "blue goo." I totally recommend this sci-fi writing treatment for anyone who would like to venture into the space-action-drama genre. There is a moral context going on here; there's no gratuitous violence.
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