Halo: Contact Harvest (Halo #5)
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 ...more
Aside from that, however, Contact ...more
His problem: the universe he's built is boring and as confusing as shit. I rem ...more
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 ...more
Contact Harvest is the beginning of it all. The story follows the battle-weary Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The main protagonist is Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson, a character anyone who has played the Halo games is familiar with. The story ...more
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 ...more
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...more
Its presented through 3 distinct point ...more
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