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Halo: Contact Harvest (Halo #5)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,639 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
This is how it began...

It is the year 2524. Harvest is a peaceful, prosperous farming colony on the very edge of human-controlled space. But we have trespassed on holy ground--strayed into the path of an aggressive alien empire known as the Covenant. What begins as a chance encounter between an alien privateer and a human freighter catapults mankind into a struggle for its
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Tor Books (first published October 30th 2007)
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Tina
Oct 21, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Hunt
Though hardly a psychologically-deep drama, this part of the Halo novel franchise has more personal depth than its predecessors. My biggest complaint with the previous novels was that depth was lacking - no one is really fleshed out. Now, Avery isn't any Jane Eyre or Leopold Bloom in terms of intimate understanding, but, unlike most of the characters in the other novels, he is more than a cardboard cut-out. And one can argue that his rather stoic personality is a result of his past (which, thoug ...more
Jon Cole
Jul 22, 2010 Jon Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a nearly embarrassing amount of books set within video game franchises and it's safe to say that this is the best one so far. Like most other Halo books, the weakest element of this novel is the disparate yet loosely connected parallel storylines centered on different characters. Clearly, Staten needed to cover a lot of ground with this prequel to the VG series, but the short sequences with unfamiliar characters detracted from the pacing to some extent.

Aside from that, however, Contact
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Pam Vass
This book is about colonies that manages the food production for humans and are forced to do battle with an enemy that chooses to revolt against them. Avery Johnson is a part of the Marines group that responds to the attack and the battle begins. Avery is the protagonist in this particular book that is a part of the Halo series. The antagonist is a group named “Kig-Yar and they want what the Marines are protecting, which is the food supply. The book is part of the science fantasy and the style o ...more
Brandon J.
Apr 21, 2015 Brandon J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He has been through every kind of engagement imaginable against rebels to the U.N.S.C. An alcoholic spec-ops solider with no family and a bad attitude named Staff Sargent Avery, Johnson, has been assigned to stop pirates in the outer rim. Along with him his partner Nolan Byrne have been sent to raise a militia to stop the rebels. When Johnson finds out that the rebels are actually a deadly alien covenant that wants to destroy mankind. The Covenant are invading Harvest an outer edge farming colon ...more
William Johnson
Jun 28, 2010 William Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People REALLY into Halo mythology
I really shouldn't be surprised but then again, I always set myself up for these things. Halo: Contact Harvest is less a book but a series/video game bible/layout that, I imagine, was thrown aside when better ideas came along. I don't want to say the book is written poorly because writer Joseph Staten is actually quite talented. His universe building skills, as shown in the second Halo game, for example, are excellent.

His problem: the universe he's built is boring and as confusing as shit. I rem
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Apribbernow
Nov 01, 2013 Apribbernow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read “Contact Harvest” by Joseph Staten. The majority of this book takes place on the planet Harvest, after Avery Johnson fails to follow the order to shoot an insurrectionist because there were too many civilians around, and was sent there to train the police who volunteered to become the only force on the planet to fight the insurrectionists. There are various destinations around Harvest that this book takes place such as the space station orbiting Harvest, the base that the training occurs ...more
Jared Shilts
Nov 10, 2014 Jared Shilts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book by Joseph Staten, "Halo: Contact Harvest", depicts the first contact between humanity and the alien races of the Covenant. The story tells the third/first person perspectives of multiple charectors throughout the book. It is the year 2524, and humanity has crossed into unknown star systems for colonization, but we are not alone After fighting the Insurrection for years, The U.N.S.C have not made much progress. Once Sergeant Avery Johnson gets sidetracked from an Insurrectionist attack, ...more
Rambdenb
Oct 03, 2014 Rambdenb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book A man named Avery Johnson is part of the U.N.S.C. (United Nations Space Command) and he discovers a group of aliens on the planet Harvest. The aliens are known as the Covenant, a religious war faction who forcefully convert or kill those who do not believe in the same god. The UNSC do not know that planet Harvest is sacred ground to the Covenant and they are trespassing. They get locked in a battle of life and death where Sgt. Avery Johnson and a handful of recruits help fight off th ...more
Melisa Ramonda
Sif and Mack are the best of it n.n
Look, I find the Avery Johnson from the games as a great character, still I don't think this book helped me a lot to know more about him. This story was very different from the previous entries, maybe because it was all focused on human and alien characters. The main difference I spotted were the sexual innuendos, the information about alien reproduction and... well, for my taste, a poorly placed scene that maybe it was completely unnecessary at the end of the
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Josh Morrey
Jan 08, 2009 Josh Morrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story, even though it's about Sgt. Johnson rather than the Master Chief. The writing is very well done, excellently descriptive and very entertaining. My only complaint about the book is the unwarranted and absolutely unnecessary gratuitous sex scene at the end of the story, in the epilogue of all places. The tale was over, and it was a good one. There was no need whatsoever to tack this filthy scene onto the end of. It served no purpose, didn't add any sort of closure at all as there was ...more
Pika
Jan 29, 2008 Pika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halo
At first I was going to give 4 stars to this book becasue the first half was pretty boring; pretty much no action. Later, I found out that the beginning was a very important element because it introduced the characters, plot, story, but most importantly, relationships between the charcter. At the end when friends die, it was emotionally sad. The second half I have to say, is much better than the first because it finally reveals humanities first contact with the Covenant, which is the main point ...more
Mary Johnson
Apr 14, 2016 Mary Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: home-library
Joseph Staten’s Contact Harvest is a science fiction novel based on the Halo Universe video games. I, personally, am a massive fan of the Halo Universe. Being able to read deeper into the world that I have grown up with has been amazing. That being said, this novel was not one that flowed easily for me. I started it January 4th and it took a solid three weeks to finish this 393-page book.

Contact Harvest is the beginning of it all. The story follows the battle-weary Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson a
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Brandon
Halo: Contact Harvest

Halo: Contact Harvest follows a young staff sergeant (future BA in halo games) that is shipped to a planet called Harvest where he is to train a colonial militia to defend against Insurrectionists. But instead of a terrorist attack, Harvest is attacked by a technologically superior, religious alien race known as The Covenant. It is up to the Staff sergeant and his handful of militiamen to defend against The Covenant and save the planet from vaporization.

The point that the
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MJ
May 08, 2014 MJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll have to write a more in-depth review after a re-read; I let a good six to eight months lapse about 3/4 of the way through the book. It took a while for the memories of the earlier part of the book to shake out while I finished it.

In general this was a great book, loving the story and feel of the Halo Universe from playing the games I dug into the book series and this one was one of my favorites. It gives a great feel for the peoples and culture of the Human Colonies and the Covenant. Espec
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Michael T Bradley
This book is a forced portmanteau of two incongruous parts. Firstly, it is the tale of Avery Johnson, a UNSC (USNC?) member whose past is haunting him, and whose current personal situation puts him in a position where he feels he must earn back his humanity. The text even helpfully TELLS the reader this, lest the rigors of deciphering subtext be too much for one. Secondly, this is a HALO tie-in novel, with behind-the-scenes wranglings showing how different races in the Covenant work together, so ...more
TempOcean
Nov 13, 2007 TempOcean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Halo fans
Shelves: halo
This is a story about what happened before Halo: Combat Evolved took place. It is about humanity's first contact with The Covenant on the human colony-world named Harvest. It's a book to die for . . . so read it!
Devin
Jan 17, 2014 Devin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Halo:Contact Harvest by Joseph Staten, is similar to the game, “Halo Wars”. They have almost the same storyline but different characters and also the game is strategy, but it still has a story base. Even though the book is based on a game, the author uses a lot of good imagery words. It makes you see what’s going on and feel what the character would have felt. The book is truly an action packed Halo book. Also the words the author uses makes the book better than people may think.For exa ...more
Natalie
Jun 22, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Halo fans
A good addition to the Halo novelization series, Contact Harvest features an interesting, fast-paced plot, some emotional depth, and decent character development. The novel motivates readers to finish it and, in some instances, this installment is more compelling than its predecessors.

That being said, it's not perfect: it still has cliches and overused plot devices. For readers who haven't played the video games or haven't played them recently, some scenes are confusing and it can be difficult
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Steven
May 06, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very interesting. Contact Harvest is yet another prequel in the series taking place way in the past before the planet Harvest was destroyed. The text also explained/described the Harvest's downfall. This is also the book that occurs when the Covenant was discovered, which was in a different way than I originally thought it would be like. Since this book is a prequel, it offered a large backstory to the rest of the books as well as Sergeant Avery Johnson's backstory. I rec ...more
John Wood
What if earth was attacked, would we be ready? Halo: contact harvest by Joseph Staten is about when that happens except it's about a planet called Harvest. The book has really good descriptions and is really long. For example, when one of the Staff Sergeants gets shot with training ammunition it describes the feeling as numbness. The author is really good with words. It uses words that say a lot in a little. It goes between more than one character. For example, some characters are, dapap, and, A ...more
Nomis78
Dec 06, 2014 Nomis78 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
possibly one of the best books in the halo novels because it focuses not on the ongoing war or characters that we have played time and time again. there's not a Spartan in sight. instead we see Sgt Avery Johnson and a mostly volunteer force trying there best to survive. a A.I. love story that deals with rampancy in possibly the most touching way I the cannon and some insight into why the whole conflict started which was welcomed to answer questions surrounding why the covenant didn't just integr ...more
Quaskie
Aug 15, 2015 Quaskie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore Halo fans
Shelves: halo-canon
Great book! Serves as the backstory for Sgt. Avery Johnson, the funny character from the main Halo games! This however, is a more serious take-on, showing the Insurrection from a very closed-up perspective and the cruelty of the war as only the poor marines, with no Spartans this time. The nice story-telling might fit those who like what I call "old-school" military fiction. It's worth reading if you're interested in this particular character, otherwise it's not essential, and it goes deep withi ...more
Matthew
*Actual Rating - 2.5/5

First Read Rating - 3/5
Second Read Rating - 2.5/5

This Was a Re-read for Me, and the book just didn't click with me the second time around, I found it slow going when I first read It about 6 or 7 years ago. But even though I read it this time in a couple days it still felt slow (which is odd as the story isn't actually slow, it moves relatively fast), and I just wanted to put it down and do other things.
Its not a bad book, its okay, its just not for me. Even though i'm a hu
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Brandon Burr
Nov 17, 2015 Brandon Burr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book i have read is called HALO: Contact Harvest. being a part of a series of books based on the famous video game series (made on the Xbox and Xbox 360, and recently Xbox one consoles) HALO, the story is made as a sort of prequel to the first game (timeline wise), HALO Wars, to give long-time HALO fans more insight into the Halo universe and provide a narrative that not only explains how the events in later games come to be, but also give more detail and personality to the main characters i ...more
Nick Allen
This book was great. Or, at least, the first half was. It captured my attention right from the beginning, and I really enjoyed the backstory and character development of Avery Johnson. Most of the story I found very engaging, with a tone appropriate for the Halo canon. However, once the actual conflict began, about two-thirds of the way through the book, I found my interest waning. I can't really put my finger on why—I think a number of factors combined to make the end of the novel less effectiv ...more
Andrew
Jul 24, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halo
Contact Harvest is interesting in that it's the first Halo novel to not feature any Spartans. It's also unique in that there's very few flashbacks - it all takes place during a fairly short timespan from 2524 to 2525, and ends before the Spartans have even undergone the augmentation procedures to increase their physical and mental performance. It's also a good story.

The main protagonist is Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson, a character anyone who has played the Halo games is familiar with. The story
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John
Apr 22, 2010 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Reads Review
Halo: Contact Harvest, by Joseph Staten, follows humanity during its first contact with the alien empire, the Covenant. The novel is chronologically the first in the Halo series, and gives background as to how the war between humanity and the Covenant began. Halo: Contact Harvest is primarily a science-fiction novel, but it also draws on many elements from adventure novels as well. I chose the book since it was the only book in the Halo series that I had yet to read, and because
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Mike Smith
This is the fifth novel published in the "Halo" universe and inspired by the Halo video game. Chronologically, it's the earliest story published so far, telling the tale of the first contact between humans and the alien collective known as the Covenant. It's a fairly straightforward story of first contact on a frontier world, defended only by a couple of seasoned combat veterans and some barely-trained militia recruits. Those familiar with the general Halo saga know how this one turns out. What ...more
Bryan
Dec 21, 2011 Bryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is a specialty. A treat for those who indulge themselves in the intricate fiction of the Halo-verse, and a confusing and trite war-story for those who don't. While not as deep as the other Halo works, this does give a bit of background that might not be familiar ot those who played the game. Now don't misunderstand, if you play the games for the playing bit and not the story, you'll hate this book. Before I can rip into the story, I can tell you what's good about it.


While not offering

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Naricat
May 18, 2009 Naricat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Having previously read the first trio of Halo novels and having skipped Ghosts of Onyx, I wasn't expecting anything of great note in Contact Harvest. Instead I found a nice piece of military sci-fi that was of a higher quality than its predecessors, a quality I attribute to the lack of the cold Master Chief protagonist. The plot consists of humanity's first contact with the alien Convenant, a conglomeration of various races bound by a strict religious dogma.

Its presented through 3 distinct point
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