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As a MASSIVE fan of the HALO franchise, it’s perhaps surprising that it has taken me this long to get into the books. Maybe it’s because I’m not a huge sci-fi reader. Regardless, I decided to take the leap into space and join the Master Chief and his team of Spartan badasses on their mission to rid the universe of the Covenant threat. HALO: The Fall of Reach is the first book in the series and follows the path of John as he moves through the ranks eventually becoming the famed Master Chief. This is definitely not hard sci-fi, this is pulpy action-packed reading that requires little knowledge of the game to be enjoyed though fans of the game will love the appearances of key figures from the HALO universe. The book is well paced throughout. The space battles are exciting to read about particularly the early exchanges between the Covenant and the humans in which we fully understand what they are up against. The Covenant are brutal, efficient killing machines who only have one thing in mind…extermination! But even these don’t hold a candle to the scenes with the Spartans. I got goosebumps several times whilst reading about the Master Chief destroying all who cross him and his team. He really is the ultimate badass and Nylund does a great job of bringing him to life on the page whilst keeping his character faithful to the game. I was a little concerned that most of the book would focus on John’s training and that very little would feature the Master Chief. I’m pleased to report I was wrong and whilst there are certainly a few chapters dedicated to the training, I felt they didn’t drag. HALO: The Fall of Reach feels like but a drip in the ocean and the scope is there to expand throughout this universe indefinitely. This book will easily please casual sci-fi readers with its full-throttle action scenes and engaging characters. I’ll certainly be exploring other books in the series. To infinity and beyond! (oh, wait! That’s the wrong character!). 4/5 plasma grenades from the Grim Reader
Going into detail about how the Spartans were created and trained was a major reason I bought this book and it didn't disappoint. However, the constant changing of characters was confusing and the 'files' in the book were also confusing in nature. But otherwise, it was an amazing book.
I throughly enjoyed this book and I can recomend it to anyone who is a fan of Halo or just likes a good read. I found to my delight that there are quite a few excellent battle scenes, in space and on the ground, that would translate very well into a film! ************************************************************************************* The book deals with some of the early events in the careers of the Spartan cybernetic-soldiers, as-well as the key events leading up to the fall of the planet REACH including humanity's first contact with the unyielding Covenent.
As a small fan of the game franchise. I fancied finding out more of the back story to the games. The book did not disappoint from the little details to the action packed battles. A brilliant read for a hardcore fan or someone brand new to the franchise although by the end you will be a big fan of Halo.
This was the first Halo book I read and even though I have read many others since , this is still one of my favourties, if not the best one. This is a must have if you like Halo, especially since it explains the events prior to the first game so well. Delivery from Wordery was satisfactory and the book was in great condition.