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Halo: First Strike (Halo #3)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  7,583 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Rounding out Tor’s series of reissues of the original three Halo novels, this newly edited and revised edition of First Strike is a must-have for all Halo fans. Featuring author Eric Nylund at the helm, this tale bridges the events that take place in the game Halo: Combat Evolved (as novelized in The Flood) and its blockbuster follow-up, Halo 2.

After destroying the first
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Tor Books (first published 2003)
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Mackenzie Riccardi
Feb 25, 2010 Mackenzie Riccardi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi and halo fans
A lot of people play games for the killing, but others like the story. People who have played the game Halo for the story should read Halo, First Strike, and the other halo books by Eric Nyluno. This book (Halo, First Strike) and the others are about the famous super soldiers called Spartan IIs that are hopelessly defending the Human race from the evil Covenant and finding an ancient super weapon called Halo. This is a great book to read because the plot is interesting, the conflict is simplisti ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
This book kicks off with two story arcs, being continuations of the events depicted in both The Fall of Reach and Halo: The Flood. As such, the first three novels in the Halo series form a fairly cohesive whole. There are a few reasonably spectacular action sequences, especially the events concerning Master Chief in the early chapters of the book. However, that's about as good as it gets this time round. A few new characters are introduced, but I didn't particularly care much about any of them o ...more
I really enjoyed this book, but I can't remember anything about it! It's not because the book was forgettable, but because half an hour after reading it I suffered a mild concussion and I seriously cannot rememeber A THING about the novel. I remember I really enjoyed that other Spartans were found and that they had distinct personalities (at least Kelly, Fred, and Linda anyway), and the action scenes were quick-paced and realistic (they actually run out of ammo quite a bit, unlike in The Flood w ...more
Jared Shilts
Jan 13, 2015 Jared Shilts rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13+
Recommended to Jared by: nobody
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First Strike is one of the many books set in the Halo Universe to fill in the gaps of story between the trilogy of games. This story takes place in the time frame between the first two games. The book is sent in the 26th century and describes a small part of a huge on-going war between the human race and a alien race, known as the Covenant. The Covenant have superior technology, allowing them to win almost any engagement. There is a small hope for humanity, and that lies in a group of super-sold ...more
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Excellent. I realize I might be giving the Halo books too much credit (they aren't exactly of a dazzling literary level) but wow. Just wow. Incessantly I could not help but feel involved, as if I was literally there, amongst the ranks of the spartans, lieutenant and corporal, ODST and marines alike. The detail with which Nylund describes the (space) battlefield, the assaults from each side, the emotional shock with the personas, it all adds up, and the whole just makes sense. This book also clos ...more


I really like this book for reasons that are too many to count.

1. It bridges the gap between HALO COMBAT EVOLVED and HALO 2.

2. It was the first HALO book i ever read.

3. It gave me a look at what HALO was before I was a HALO fan.

The book follows the continued story of the Master Chief a.k.a. SPARTAN 117, after
This is a great book if you are a fan of the Halo Universe. It is not a masterful piece of literature, but then again all of those Star Wars and Star Trek books aren't either. This book does exactly what it sets out to do, and that is fill in the narrative background between the two games in the series for the Halo universe. Eric Nylund did a wonderful job keeping with the canon of the series and produced a pretty good story out of a limited set of material.

Worth the read if you are a fan.
This book was very refreshing after the underwhelming slog that was "The Flood". Mr. Nylund writes the Halo stories I want to read.
Plus more Sgt. Johnson. <3

Master Chief is back to true form and is no longer a knuckle-dragging, gun-happy 'derp' that he was in The Flood. No more endless descriptions of ammo that never ends, no more uninspired and recycled battle scenes, and no more stereotypical military jargon spewing just because it's a 'military' book.

We begin the story with John and Cortan
Halo the first strike was very different from the other halo books because the unsc actually attacks the covenant and wins. But also they add Spartans to the blue team and a surprise. To me halo has always been a good series to read they are perilous but exiting. Master chief always seems to live even in the face of death. Which always is fun to read when the main character has a slim chance of survival. In the end it was a 5 star book
And the plot thickens. Read most of this on a long plane ride and it really helped the time pass. It's action-packed, gives tantalizing hints of things to come, and further develops and has you fall more in love with characters. More and more the series makes me think of "if W.E.B. Griffin wrote a sci-fi" and that, for me, is a very good thing.
Really enjoyed this one and it confirmed my thoughts. I think Eric Nylund is the better author (in comparison with William C. Dietz).

His style of writing just seems so much more descriptive and it generally flows better.

I also liked the events that this book recounted, as a follow on from the conclusion of Halo: Combat Evolved.

Characters were likable and most were more than one dimensional, which I find can be a problem with some literature based on video games.

As I'm a Halo fan already, there w
Not a bad piece of light military science fiction. The continuation of the Halo storyline is well carried off, mind you, this isn't a mind-blowing piece of science fiction either
Aiden Lowe
Wouldn't it be hard to save Earth when you only have a crew of 13 people? In "Halo: First Strike" by Eric Nylund, Master Chief must stop a Covenant fleet from destroying Earth and ending all humanity. The element of surprise in this book was shocking. When Dr. Halsey gives Corporal Lock-Lear the crystal allowing extended slip space jumps, Lock-Lear destroys it while killing himself, thus allowing neither the Covenant nor humans to have extended slip space jumps. The element of tragedy was anothe ...more
First Strike is a superb piece of science fiction set in the Halo universe, and mostly fills the gap between Halo and Halo 2, although it leaves many other questions unanswered.

The book actually starts before the first Halo book, The Fall of Reach, ends. Instead of following the Master Chief, however, it follows the story of Blue Team on the surface of the planet. Soon though, the action moves back to the newly-destroyed Halo ring and John as he makes his escape. The two storylines eventually co
Mike Smith
The third novel based on the Xbox-exclusive video game "Halo", this story takes place between the original Halo game and Halo 2. It tells the story of how the technologically enhanced super-soldier known as Master Chief survived the destruction of the first Halo (where Halo ended) and returned to Earth, where Halo 2 begins. The plot is straightforward with minimal character development, except perhaps for the character of Cortana, the artificial intelligence that guides Master Chief on his adven ...more
EDITORIAL REVIEW: ***The Human-Covenant war rages on as the alien juggernaut sweeps inexorably toward its final goal: destruction of all human life!***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 th ...more
Omar Ouenniche
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Lisa MH
This book is like candy for anyone who enjoys the Halo games. Being a fan myself, I loved it. It has enough action and plot that even those who don't follow the games can enjoy it (although some parts/descriptions might be confusing for them). This is third book of a trilogy and should be read after the other two. Eric Nylund wrote the first book and this one and they both shine. It's unfortunate you have to wade through the second book to get to this one (my review of Halo: The Flood: http://ww ...more
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!

The novel Halo: First Strike by Eric Nylund, bridges the gap between the Xbox 360 game Halo: Combat Evolved, and Halo 2. After the Master Chief destroys the ring world known as Halo, also known as Installation 04, he is drifting in space in a Longsword space fighter away from the debris. He, and his AI companion Cortana, are hoping they can make it to a friendly base, outpost, planet, etc. If there are any left. The Covenant have stopped at nothing to eradicate as many
There were less pros and more cons in the third installment of the Halo series this time. Although with the added cons I still enjoyed the read for the simple fact that a. its Halo and b. you get to see things from a different perspective.
However, I don't enjoy constant reiteration. So despite the additional character scenes for others that are a part of the series I don't think that First strike was really necessary simply because the information could have been added to the other novels witho
Nylund really has a knack for action scenes, especially his space battles, and that's part of what hooked me in his first Halo book, The Fall of Reach. I definitely recommend reading that first, not only to be familiar with the Spartan soldiers, but also because it was a great book, too.

First Strike takes place after the first Halo game, so if haven't played that, you may be confused by some of the references that pop up. However, you only need a passing familiarity with the video game, so you
Todd Mitchell
Jun 13, 2010 Todd Mitchell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi and Halo fans
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
It took me a couple of tries to read First Strike. This was where I left off the first time I tried to get through the Halo series. This second time around I got through it a bit quicker.

I think a lot of folks hold the first three Halo novels (this being the third) in special regard compared to the handful of titles out now. Even Tor Books chose to re-release an updated version of these in anticipation for the upcoming Halo: Reach on the Xbox 360. This in mind, First Strike was good, not great.

It's been a long time since I read any good Science Fiction book. At this point, I even surprise myself that I have appreciated the Halo Universe on which I may consider myself a late member. I have not yet played the Halo on Xbox 360 because I still don't have that expensive game console, but I look forward to getting the PC version. Meanwhile, I got myself a copy of the novel to better understand why I liked the Halo game at the first place when I discovered a lot of those videos on ...more
Jeff Cheney
This book was really good. The only reason I'm not giving a full five starts was the EVERYBODY dies in this book, save the augmented, super-soldiers. Granted, characters that you already know survive (from having played the game) will obviously live but it doesn't help the story any because of that. There can never be any suspense, wondering if they'll die or not because you already know the answer (one of the many problems with the newest Star Wars as well). I like the underdog characters and w ...more
Phillip E.
Nylund,Eric(2003)HALO First Strike.The Random House Publishing Group(340pp.).

Are you ready to read about a war torn sci-fi world? Well if so this book will be perfect.It takes place in the year 2554, when humans accidently stubble upon an aggressive alien race.

Now in the year 2554 a lot is going on, not only are humans expanding their domain in the process they run into an alien race.They are known as the covenant, and are following a prophecy on which everything that is in the way is destroyed.
When I first read this book several years ago, I enjoyed it immensely. Upon re-reading it this year, I find myself wondering which book my younger self read, because it clearly wasn't this one. The plot is paper-thin and inconsistent, character development is virtually non-existent and there is little sense of the passage of time. Flashbacks occur, but they're only barely connected to the primary plot, such as it is. Nylund seems more interested in describing ordnance and combat than in giving h ...more
Halo First Strike by Eric Nylund is the third book in the continuing series that I consider to be one of the most exhilerating available. Though, this book seemed to be lacking in overall plot and suspense that the previous two books were developed with so fluently. Continuing the story of John, or Spartan 117 and his fight against an alien race for the fate of humanity after he has destroyed the Halo ring weopon and now forced to confront the covenant once again, and attempt to recover technolo ...more
Jason Hamilton
Halo: First Strike, though perhaps not as interesting as Fall of Reach, is still a well written novel and is continued evidence of Eric Nylund's gift for military science fiction. There are a number of big flaws that the good details can't quite make up for, but in general it's a good sequel to a good game.

The further development of the character of Master Chief is one of the best elements of this book. He is not just a mindless super soldier like he may have seemed in the novelization of Halo:
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