Synopses & Reviews
As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle...the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo—the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict.
While the brutal Covenant juggernaut sweeps inexorably through space, intent on wiping out humankind, only one stronghold remains—the planet Reach. Practically on Earth's doorstep, it is the last military fortress to defy the onslaught. But the personnel here have another, higher priority: to prevent the Covenant from discovering the location of Earth.
Outnumbered and outgunned, the soldiers seem to have little chance against the Covenant, but Reach holds a closely guarded secret. It is the training ground for the very first "super soldiers." Code-named SPARTANs, these highly advanced warriors, specially bioengineered and technologically augmented, are the best in the universe—quiet, professional, and deadly.
Now, as the ferocious Covenant attack begins, a handful of SPARTANs stand ready to wage ultimate war. They will kill, they will be destroyed, but they will never surrender. And at least one of them—the SPARTAN known as Master Chief—will live to fight another day on a mysterious and ancient, artificial world called Halo.
"The narration by multitalented Todd McLaren...is flexible and intense." ---Library Journal Audio Review
This explosive military science fiction epic is presented in the tradition of Del Rey's Starfist novels. The human race is pitted against a powerful alien enemy, the Covenant, which is determined to lead humans into a devastating intergalactic war on a distant planet—a planet that is crucial to each side's victory.
About the Author
Eric Nylund is the author of many novels, including "A Signal" "Shattered," "Signal to Noise," "Pawn's Dream," "Dry Water" (a World Fantasy Award nominee), "A Game of Universe," "Crimson Skies," and "Halo: The Fall of Reach," the official prequel novelization of the Xbox game. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a master's degree in chemical physics. A graduate of the Clarion West Writer's Workshop, he lives near Seattle with his wife, Syne Mitchell.
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