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Halo: First Strike [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Eric Nylund , Todd McLaren
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July 15 2008 Halo (Book 3)
Halo has been destroyed, and the threat it posed to sentient life neutralized. But victory has come at a terrible cost for the UNSC. Thousands of valiant soldiers fell in the battle to prevent the alien construct from falling into the enemy's clutches.

Now, everything depends on the Spartan known as the Master Chief. Yet even with the aid of the artificial intelligence Cortana, the Master Chief will be hard-pressed to rescue survivors and evade the Covenant ships patrolling the remains of Halo in debris-strewn space.

Ahead lies a dangerous voyage home through a gauntlet of Covenant forces. For the sake of all, the Master Chief and his war-torn squad must not only survive but take the fight to the enemy with a decisive first strike.

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"The narration by multitalented Todd McLaren...is flexible and intense." ---Library Journal Audio Review

About the Author

Eric Nylund is the author of many novels, including A Signal Shattered, Crimson Skies, and Dry Water, which was a World Fantasy Award nominee.

Former radio broadcaster Todd McLaren has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E and the History Channel; and films. His book narrations have earned him a prestigious Audie Award as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Star Wars. The Forever War. The Golden Age. Starship Troopers. Halo: The Fall of Reach.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nylund does it again with First Strike! June 30 2004
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For some, the Halo Series has been at it's best when written by Eric Nylund. While the Flood certainly wasn't bad, combined with the fact that it was written by a different author with a plot that most of us knew, made it a little boring but nonetheless a more indepth version of Halo.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Out of the Box Feb. 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First Strike is the third novel in the Halo series, following The Flood. In the previous volume, the Master Chief and Cortana manage to set the Pillar of Autumn to blow her engines after she is taken by the Covenant forces. The explosion blew a sector out of the ringworld, knocking out most of the alien systems. Meanwhile the Helljumpers capture the Covenant command ship, but it is already overrun with Flood carrier and combat forms, so the marines crash the ship into Halo and take out all onboard.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeline - What goes where Jan. 8 2004
By A singh
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Here is a quick timeline on where First Strike fits in:
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Re-release fixes editing issues of original
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 more
Published 4 months ago by Troy Fontaine
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
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 more
Published 8 months ago by Blackrabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome book
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 more
Published 11 months ago by BlasterS33
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
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 more
Published on March 5 2011 by Neil MacAskill
1.0 out of 5 stars Ummmmm, WHAT?
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 more
Published on June 26 2005 by Gephyrophobia
5.0 out of 5 stars First Strike , Lead to Halo 2
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 more
Published on Nov. 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
It had all the elements to make up an exciting and believable space opera within the Human-Covenant War storyline and characters. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
ok now I Have read all the halo books including first strike. the fall of reach and the flood are both great books, and so is First strike. Read more
Published on July 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow the story continues!
This book is a must have for all Halo: Combat Evolved fans. I first played Halo and became addicted to it. It became my favorite game. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by Shaun
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to say the least...
Without a single doubt in my (...)self, "First Strike" is an excellent novel and definitely a must-read for any reader whos looking into the sci-fi side of things. Read more
Published on June 16 2004
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