Originally I purchased the larger sized paperback novel but I went back and purchased the Kindle version as I could not read the paperback version because the print size was too small. The book is OK, it is a collection of proposed short stories. Some of them are good and some of them are weak or even not good.
I noticed that several are just chapters out of other Halo books that I already own. That means that they end abruptly with no real close because they are part of a larger book and you are just reading a short chapter of the original story. I found that disappointing as it made this book seem to be a promotion book trying to sell you other complete books. Had I known that I probably would not have spent as much money buying two versions of this book.
I have listed the stories below with my personal rating for each story. Many of the stories just ended poorly and they totally leave you hanging. Some of the stories are really well written and I wish they could have been longer.
Overall I like the book because I am a Halo fan and I have read almost all of the books that are available. I rate the overall book 4 stars and if you are a Halo fan you should get it for your collection. Just be aware that you are getting some good items and some that are not so good.
Lessons Learned 3 stars What Remains 2 stars Breaking Strain 5 stars Promises to Keep 2 stars Shadow of Intent 5 stars The Ballad of Hamish Beamish 1 star Defender of the Storm 4 stars A Necessary Truth 5 stars Into the Fire 5 stars Saint’s Testimony 3 stars Rossbach’s World 4 stars Oasis 5 stars Anarosa 4 stars Untitled short story 4 stars
If you are a Halo fan then this is worth getting just to read the stories that are good in the book.