Halo: First Strike Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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What do these have in common? They are among the SF stories (or franchises) that have had the greatest impact on me. And I can say with certainty that Nylund's "Fall of Reach" was at the top of my list. Until Halo: First Strike.
I borrowed FoR from a friend. I read it 6 times before he made me give it back and buy my own copy (a decision I have not regretted yet). I then read it at least a dozen more times. It is the reason I am a Halo fan. It was that good.
When The Flood came out, I was both excited and dismayed- excited because there was more Halo for my insatiable mind to absorb, but disappointed because Nylund was not the author. (I have nothing against Dietz, but he needs to stick to books in universes of his own creation. He's too by-the-book for Halo, especially for a pre-established plot.) I read it and was inevitably disappointed- it was good, but by no means did it live up to FoR's legacy.
I was among the first to find out about the release of First Strike, and I was excited to hear that Nylund was writing it. I was also happy to hear that it would not take place as part of the plot of either game, but as its own unique story, which is part of what made FoR really shine. I had high hopes for this book.
I was not disappointed.
Halo: First Strike surpasses FoR in every conceivable way. The characterization is incredible, the action is mind-blowing, the plot twists stunning. It will answer questions about Halo you have not even thought of. It takes place between Halo and Halo 2, but goes deeper than even I could have imagined. And over it all, there are subtle hints that something bigger is going on.Read more ›
However, Nylund is back and so is his brilliant style of writing and conveying scenes of non-stop acting in First Strike.
Those who have loved the series so far will continue to be impressed with the newest novel until the one which will tell the story of Halo 2.
First Strike of course picks up pretty much right where Halo (The Flood) leaves off with John and Cortana floating in space in the hope of finding survivors.
They find survivors and embark on a quest to find Reach and possibly any Spartan's left on it.
Without spoiling the book too much, John will have some backup for the upcoming war with the Covenant.
Overall, if you haven't read this book you're missing out on a great preview to Halo 2 and a great read for any science fiction fan as well.
In this novel, the Master Chief and Cortana are lurking in the vicinity of Halo in a Longsword attack craft. They have repeatedly scanned the volume for other survivors, but none have been found. However, they do discover an oversized Covenant ship coming out of slipspace. Quickly powering down most systems to avoid detection, they discover that the Covenant flagship is using the same frequency bands as their equipment and Cortana manages to analyze the scattered returns sufficiently to register an object that they find to be a trio of cyropods.
Using thrusters only, they maneuver the Longsword near the cyropods and the Master Chief goes EVA to bring them back inside. Two Covenant cruisers enter the vicinity and start to move toward them. However, a previously unnoticed Pelican drop ship hidden on an asteroid fires three missiles at the Covenanters and the cruisers turn to chase the Pelican. The Master Chief hustles the pods onboard and Cortana seals the hatch and fires their engines. As the Covenant ships lose the Pelican in the surrounding debris, the Master Chief takes the cruisers under fire and Cortana starts an evasion run.
The Master Chief, Cortana and those on the Pelican are at large, but unable to escape, since neither craft has a Shaw-Fujikawa drive.Read more ›
The Fall of Reach >>> HALO [+] >>> The Flood >>>First Strike >>> HALO 2
The Fall of Reach: Planet Reach has fallen and the Human Covenant WAR rages on. This books introduces most of the terms and charachters, so is a must read. sort of "read this first"
HALO (Xbox game): you have to play the game to find out what happens. Believe it or not the game has a very strong storyline to it.
The Flood: Ok, you cannot play the game because you don't have $200 to invest, read all about it in "The Flood". This one tells you what really happens on HALO.
First Strike: After you have played the game or read "The Flood" you would want to know what happens before HALO 2. So "First Strike" fills the gap.
HALO 2 (Xbox game): we will all have to wait and see what HALO 2 has in store for us.
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I had originally bought First Strike as a paperback and while I was burning through pages as fast as I could, there were HUGE editing mistakes and problems. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Troy Fontaine
Other than the errors that Eric Nylund always seems to have in his books, it was good. I liked the various storylines, and the careful tie in's. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2014 by Blackrabbit
Halo: First Strike is great. It's a continuation of the Halo: Combat Evolved video game story and gives us some kind of "bridge" between Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2013 by BlasterS33
This is an excellent book. I am a science fiction fan but only read this because my kids had it and they wanted to read it simply because they have the Halo game. Read morePublished on March 5 2011 by Neil MacAskill
Umm, i haven't read it but i am SOOOO confused. Can soemoen help me? Why, if in FoR as the other spartans died, how are they alive in the third if they died int he first? Read morePublished on June 26 2005 by Gephyrophobia
This is a must for Halo fan, and even if your just a casual gamer and played Halo, will find this an amazing Sci Fi twist turning novel. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2004
It had all the elements to make up an exciting and believable space opera within the Human-Covenant War storyline and characters. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Kevin
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