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Halo: Contact Harvest (Halo #5)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  5,964 Ratings  ·  204 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 fo
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Tor Books (first published October 30th 2007)
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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
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
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
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
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
Jarno VA
Aug 10, 2016 Jarno VA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Halo always had a special place in my heart.
It all started when my father bought the xbox360 for the release of Halo 3. Of course I got to play too, and my 9 year old self was immediatly sold. It might've been the weapons, it might've been the thrill to "explore" the new world, anyway I sticked to it through my entire child- and teenhood. It has accompanied me many days, playing every game on legendary over and over again, cursing at the online matchmaking and wasting precious time as my parents
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Austin Stewart
Nov 18, 2016 Austin Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel follows the first contact of an alien race, and follows the events that initially started the human covenant war. This is a very dramatic installment within the halo series which follows Sargent Avery Johnson through the first contact with the covenant and tells us why the human-covenant war began and the deception that sparked conflicts. if you enjoy other halo novels and the story-lines within the halo video games, you should definitely read this book.
Dec 08, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Think this book was hard to understand at first since i have not read any of the Halo books before but once I got into it and all the action i couldn't get enough of it.
Jan 05, 2017 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook - Not as good as other Halo books, no Master Chief
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
Cameron Chavez
Nov 14, 2016 Cameron Chavez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fall-2016-shelf
The book was very interesting because it was a flashback 25 years in the past. The 4th book was 25 years ahead of this book so it was a very interesting feeling. Not my favorite book of the series, but an overall decent book.
Brayden Raymond
Dec 21, 2016 Brayden Raymond rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halo
A look into why the Covenant war even began and happened. Since this was written after the introduction of several key races and characters it brings them back in spectacular fashion. If perhaps making one character seem somehow connected to the most important events of the entire war.
Zane Chritensen
Oct 05, 2016 Zane Chritensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was a good book and i recommend reading it
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

Nov 12, 2011 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contact Harvest, Jospeh Staten’s first novel, prequel to the events of The Fall of Reach, is a somber, military focused novel of the events that befell the planet Harvest, an agricultural and harvest, human planet.
Using many characters, humans and aliens alike, all of which are in their respective military, Staten tells a grim war story. There is no deep, philosophical dialogue, no profound meaning or insight, just a somber, acknowledgement of struggle, and dirty alien politics. Staten executes
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
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
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
May 29, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Halo: Contact Harvest is the prequel to the Halo video game series. It follows the story of Sergeant Avery Johnson, a marine in the UNSC (United Nations Space Command). Harvest is one of many of the Earth colonies in the Halo universe. It just so happened that Harvest is full of holy relics that are precious to the alien race known as the Covenant. The Covenant discovers Harvest when one of their ships scanners picks up all the relics on Harvest. So naturally the ship contacts their leaders, th ...more
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
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
Viktorija Panovska
Aug 03, 2016 Viktorija Panovska rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
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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
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Joseph Staten is the New York Times bestselling author of Halo: Contact Harvest. Hestarted working with game developer Bungie Studios in 1998, and has since served as a writer and designer for Oni, as well as writer and cinematics director for Halo and Halo 2. He also works with Peter Jackson's game development studio, Wingnut Interactive, writing and designing in the Halo universe. Staten attende ...more
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