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Halo Boxed Set II Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2012
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Halo Book One - The Fall of Reach
The first book of this trilogy details the formation of the Spartan II/Mjolinar program, including the origination of the characters Master Chief, Captain Keyes and Cortana. "Fall of Reach" fleshes out the backstory. How did the Covenent happen upon humanity in the first place? What were our first encounters with the Covenent like? What does "glassing a planet" entail? And what is it that the Covenent is after?
The last question isn't answered completely, but this first volume does provide some tantalizing details that might give you a clue. You do, however, find out exactly what the Pillar of Autumn was up to prior to ending up in orbit around Halo.
Eric Nylund does a great job of injecting some humanity into the Spartans (yes, there's more than one) and some drama and strategy into fight scenes with the Covenent. If you find yourself liking this book, you may want to pick up Nylund's "Signal to Noise" or "A Signal Shattered". No matter how good Nylund's military sci-fi is, his hard sci-fi is better.
Halo Book Two - The Flood
Normally, I'd say "skip this" if you've already played the game. And if you have played through the game, then the plot points in this novel won't lend you any surprises. It is, however, a testament to William Dietz's prowess as an author that even Halo veterans such as myself can pick up this book and still be interested in the subject matter. As with "Fall of Reach", "The Flood" fleshes out the Halo universe even further.Read more ›
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...
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.
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.
And I was wrong.
Halo's story successfully crosses the media lines in three amazing books that actually enriched my appreciation of the games.
I used to like the fact that the Master Chief was that quintessential tough guy: mysterious and unbeatable, eternally resourceful and cool-headed, cold and battle-hardened. And, if you've played the games, then you know the gimmick: you never see his face.
Well, these books unmask our beloved Spartan 117, literally and figuratively. Initially, I was a little jaded that these authors took it upon themselves to encroach upon the intergalactic man-of-mystery, but it wasn't long before I warmed up to learning his history and fighting his battles from a third-person perspective that's actually more "first-person" than even the game can offer. I learned to appreciate the depth of the human inside the helmet.
I also enjoyed learning about the other Spartans and the tight fraternal bonds they forge with each other: bred and trained for battle, loyalty and duty, though essentially ostracized, feared and misunderstood by their "normal" human counterparts; there are several points when it's said that the other marines see the Spartans as being as alien as the alien race their fighting against.
Most interesting, however, are the stories you get that the games never touch upon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great set! My 17 yr old was pleased....and that IS saying A LOT.
There are so many Halo books it's nice to be able to buy them in sets to avoid having to study the many... Read more
My grandson loved this set! He is 13 and these held his attention.Published 1 month ago by C. Wallace
Great MUST READ introduction to the halo series, gives backstory for the 1st 3 games an the Master Chief storyPublished 1 month ago by Executnr
I gave 1 star because the first book was okay.
I give 1 extra star only because I actually like Halo itself.
The first book, The Flood, was easy reading. Read more