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Halo: The Fall of Reach [Kindle Edition]

Eric Nylund
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Book Description

The Definitive Edition to the First and Bestselling Halo Novel, Including Twenty-seven Pages of New Material


Legends are not simply born...they are willed into existence.

Humanity has expanded beyond the Sol System. There are hundreds of planets we now call "home."

The United Nations Space Command now struggles to control this vast empire.

After exhausting all strategies to keep seething insurrections from exploding into interplanetary civil war, the UNSC has one last hope.

At the Office of Naval Intelligence, Dr. Catherine Halsey has been hard at work on a top secret program that could bring an end to all this conflict...and it starts with seventy-five children, among them a six year old boy named John.

Halsey never guessed that this little boy would become humanity's final hope against a vast alien force hell-bent on wiping us out.

This is the story of John, Spartan-117…the Master Chief, and of the battles that brought humanity face to face with its possible extinction.


This new Tor edition will serve as the definitive version of the novel that started Halo fans reading the series, and features brand-new material, including:

Excerpts of Office of Naval Intelligence interrogations of the Covenant.

Missives and mandates issued by the Covenant

Declassified transmissions regarding the defense of Reach

A personal insight into the Spartan program

The Official Evacuation Order for all inhabitants of Reach.

Five sketches of cover art by 343 Industries artist, Robogabo

Editorial Reviews


"All in all, this is an awesome book and beyond doubt a must read for Halo fans."
--Teen Ink


"All in all, this is an awesome book and beyond doubt a must read for Halo fans."
--Teen Ink

Product Details

  • File Size: 930 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345451325
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XF1OJK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HALO IS A HELLUVA READ! November 13, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I dont even play computer games but the novel intrigued me in its presentation and book cover. Now, I have heard of this game and its new system coming out and I have tried a few game/novels out and have not been impressed - UNTIL NOW! Eric Nylund's writing is great and I already have two other books from him since I read this novel. Mr. Nylund's story telling and bigger than life characters in this book make it clearly above and beyond just a game book. The story starts out with a woman named Dr. Halsey who is creating a super soldier for the future war that is coming in the guise of an alien race that seems unstoppable and unknown to earthlings in any way shape or form. Dr. Halsey and her accomplice Jacob Keyes take a dozen children from orphanages and make them into super beings thru endless surgeries, drugs, and a battle school that is far superior and secret than normal military. The leader, and main character comes from a boy/man they call number 117, or John. John is not the strongest or the fastest, but he has the mind of a leader. The reader then goes on a journey thru these poor kid's boot camp and watch them fail as well as conquer their own fears and others prejudice. This insight and character development, mixed with great action sequences is what saves this novel from being just another fast written game book for the boys. The author's writing style is made for this type of novel and it shows in every space battle as well as groundside wars as well. This novel goes thru about 25 years or so, so you get to follow the kid's growth, as well as some of the other normal humans rise and falls thru the years. The aliens are introduced slowly and revealed for who and what they are in a way that keeps the reader wanting to read more to find out - very smart! If you love military space opera with lots of great action with lots of great characters written in - then you will find that this is not just another game novel - I can't wait for the new book!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ novel if you enjoy the game! January 3, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Fall of Reach is a prequel telling the story of humanity's war against a technologically superior race called the Covenant, a mysterious race on a religious crusade to destroy humanity. The story focuses on the hero of the Halo Xbox game and his fellow Spartans, enhanced human beings bred as soldiers for humanity's military and the best chance the humans have for victory in the losing war against the Covenant. The events in the book directly lead into the events in the game.
Even without playing the game, it's a pretty good book by itself. The sci-fi universe created by Bungie (the makers of the game) which Nylund expands on is detailed and believable. Nylund's descriptions of space battles and futuristic militaries are excellent, as well as his portrayals of the human military strategy and tactics while fighting against a superior enemy. The book flows well and is an easy read.
But the book is raised to a new level if you play the game alongside reading the novel. Nylund's otherwise average character development and background instead become outstanding insight into the life of the game's hero and opens your eyes to the bigger picture of the Halo universe. You become truly immersed, which makes both the book reading and video game experience that much more rich.
Sci-fi nitpickers will criticize some of the technological aspects of the Halo universe (for example, it is 500 years in the future where humans have mastered faster-than-light travel and true artificial intelligence, yet soldiers and ships still use solid ammo as their primary weapons), but those issues are minor. Nylund is still able to suspend disbelief. And it doesn't hinder the overall good story.
Overall, good book by itself. But I recommend you play the game as well. If you enjoy the game, then this novel is a must read! I can't wait until the sequel for both!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book even if you don't play the game November 28, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As many people have said, most books of this type (based on a game) seem to be quickly written and rather unexciting. This book is the exception to the rule. I was rather apprehensive going into this book but found myself hooked very quickly. From the training of the new breed of 'supersoldiers' to the fantastic space and ground battles this book never slows down. The characters are wonderfully well developed, the action is intense and exciting (loved the battle for Sigma Octanus), and the book as a whole is perfectly paced (you'll never say 'it was good, but slowed down a bit in the middle'). If you are planning on playing the game (I'm halfway through it myself) this book is a must read. Even if you don't plan on playing Halo but are a fan of military sci-fi action this book will satisfy. I will also be seeking out Nylunds other novels.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By KevA UK
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Fall of Reach tells the origin story of Master Chief Spartan 117. This version is a re-print which takes the original version, supposedly corrects some of the mistakes and adds new content.

If, like me, you already have the original version and are wondering if it's worth buying this as well ... I am undecided.

I have read the original about 5 or 6 times, have the rest of the books in the Halo series too, I've played all the games on X-Box and X-Box 360 and am a HUGE Halo fan. When I heard this was being re-released with corrections and new content, I was hoping it would be re-written so that it would fall in line with the story told by the game, Halo Reach. Sadly, it does not. There are some glaring discrepancies between the two story lines which could so easily have been corrected (I'll put them at the end of the review just in case you would/would not like to know what they are).

Furthermore, the new version still contains errors (i.e. it seems like they have run a spell check but did not proof read the book so, while there are no spelling mistakes, you come across the odd word that is out of place ... but at least you can guess what the word is supposed to be).

I am undecided about the new content. It is basically a series of random excerpts, letters, memos, etc stuck on at the end of the book. I have only read them once, and while some of them feel like they tie in with other parts of the Halo storyline, I cannot pinpoint how or where. There are also a few pictures dotted about the book too.

If you are new to Halo, or have never read the books before, I cannot recommend the series enough. The Fall of Reach, together with Contact Harvest are my personal favourites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
Fantastic book if you're a Halo fan. It's definitely a must read. The writing style is action packed and detailed without being over encumbering.
Published 1 day ago by bcain
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazin
This book clearly describes sights sounds and other things and it is so clear. It gives a large amount halo lore to the reader. I would definitely recommend this book
Published 3 days ago by Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterchief is one of the best new characters in recent history
Masterchief is one of the best new characters in recent history...this, this give you a glimpse into his back story. Worth the read for any HALO fan.
Published 5 days ago by V. Her
5.0 out of 5 stars backstory
Good read. Definitely a great way to get the back story on the master chief. Easy and fun
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing book! Got me into reading larger books and more into the book side of the halo universe
Published 15 days ago by William Fester
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁
It is a really good book because it tells about johns history and how they got o halo so please read it
Published 19 days ago by Jerod Lyles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent :D
Published 23 days ago by Daniel Sandoval
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Bought these for my son who is 11 but an advanced reader and into HALO so deep he thought there was nothing more he culd learn. He loves these books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great book in a great series. Well worth it.
Published 1 month ago by Delta November
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
The descriptions are amazingly engaging, it immerses you into the story. I read it in 4 days because I couldn't stop!
Published 1 month ago by Alex
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Eric Nylund is a New York Times bestselling and World Fantasy Award nominated author of more than a dozen novels (including HALO: The Fall of Reach and THE RESISTERS series) that have sold over two and a half million copies.

THE ENCHANTED KNOT, his latest novel for YA and adult readers, is out Winter 2014.

Nylund's day job is 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.

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HUGE error with the date of almost the last half of the 2010 edition?
Hey Hey. I just whipped open my old copy of Fall of Reach, and you are indeed correct. The vast majority of entries at the end are 2552. That is a pretty big error---good catch!
Aug 15, 2010 by Vincent Alexander |  See all 3 posts
The Fall of Halo Reach
it's concurrent. there is a prequel part, but the end battle is going on at the same time the video game is.
Sep 19, 2010 by Pat Green |  See all 2 posts
The Fall of Reach
I'd like to know too - I just purchased the set of three that includes that title produced in 2004. This Reach is 2010 - Same book?
Jul 29, 2010 by Amazon Customer |  See all 3 posts
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