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Halo: Ghosts of Onyx (Halo #4)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,134 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
The Spartan-II program has gone public. Tales of super-soldiers fending off thousands of Covenant attacks have become the stuff of legend.
But just how many Spartans are left?
While the Master Chief defends a besieged Earth, and the myriad factions of the Covenant continue their crusade to eliminate humanity, an ultrasecret cell of the Office of Naval Intelligence known as
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Tor Books (first published 2006)
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Renato Diniz Yes. This book happens after the first two halo games and the first and second books "The Fall of Reach" and "First Strike". The Timeline is like…moreYes. This book happens after the first two halo games and the first and second books "The Fall of Reach" and "First Strike". The Timeline is like this: "The Fall of Reach" ==> Halo 1 ==> "First Strike" ==> Ghost of Onyx ==> Halo 2.(less)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Ghosts of Onyx is a bit of a return to form for Nylund. I found the characterisation in Halo: First Strike a bit tepid, especially that of Spartan John-117 (Master Chief). Ghosts is reminiscent of Halo: The Fall of Reach in some aspects, notably the training of a new generation of Spartans. The book also dispenses with featuring Master Chief as the protagonist. It’s a fairly solid novel, and a continuation of the Halo story-line, albeit parallel to the arc featuring Master Chief.

I suppose it has
Jan 14, 2008 Pika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halo
The thing about this, the fourth book into the Halo series, is that Master Chief is not the main character in "Ghosts of Onyx". I like that because in the other Halo books, many Spartans were mentioned, but none were really talked about. In this book, Eric Nylund finally tells the tale of what happened to the "MIA" (missing in action) Spartans. This was a great book and left me a bit teary at the end. It's a good thing I have this book.

"Don't yo get it? Spartans never die." -Kurt, Spartan 051
Jun 05, 2016 Liam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as I remembered it being unfortunately, but still quite good - I really wish Nylund had written the follow on from this, as by all accounts Halo: Glasslands and Halo: The Thursday War are steaming piles of shit. Nevertheless I'll probably try them at some point just for completion's sake.

I really wish the novel had spent more time with the Spartan III's - they were the most interesting part of the book, and they feel almost glossed over. The last two thirds is predominantly pretty du
May 31, 2012 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 really. I think these books are starting to blur together so this is a the last one I'm going to read for a little bit! Anyway, it was nice to read one of these that focused on someone other than Master Chief. Kurt was a good choice. He had less confidence than MC and that gave him a bit more personality. The inclusion of the young Spartans was really neat as they have a lot more depth to them, because they didn't have as long of a training period to become the near automatons like the other ...more
Chris D
Apr 14, 2015 Chris D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is being written for Ms. Oronas English IV class. The book I read is called Halo: Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nyuland. It is 383 pages and was published by Tom Doherty Associates. I chose this book because I am a fan of the author and I like all Halo related literature. Anything that is fantasy appeals to me because pretty much anything the author wants to happen can happen.
The main character is Spartan 051, or Kurt. Kurt is a member of the Spartan II program and was chosen by ONI to train the
Sep 02, 2012 Oscar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Casey Biernacki
Aug 08, 2011 Casey Biernacki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The moment I walked in to Borders and saw that this was the new Halo book that just came out, I was intially dissapointed. I truly judged this book by its cover. I had read the previous 3 books and that was the story that I wanted. I wanted to continue the story about John, Hasley, and the other surviving Spartans. Well I sucked it up and I bought it anyways.

I was very surprised after about 4 chapters. I was captivated by the new characters (and the ways that they tied into the main story) and t
Jan 12, 2016 Luken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, humanity’s military, the United Nations Space Command, starts training advanced super soldiers known as SPARTANS on the planet Onyx. The planet contains ruins of the Forerunners, an ancient race of highly advanced beings. When soldiers go missing near the ruins, the ruins are declared off-limits. Aliens known as the Covenant as well as Forerunner drones keep attacking the SPARTANS. Dr. Catherine Halsey, the creator of the SPARTANS, who is on Onyx, messages Earth for ass ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very great one actually its more than a book its a world, because you can see many stories in every character. Seeing how they got where they were before the event took place, i like this story mostly because i feel like i am meeting new people. So this is a really amazing story as i feel like remembering the first time i met someone new in my life. So when you read this book you could feel like you are some where else in your life knowing how they are feeling. I also like the way ...more
Melisa Ramonda
May 04, 2015 Melisa Ramonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five f***ing amazing stars, nonetheless. Abso-lutely loved it!
Liew Shuang
Jan 07, 2015 Liew Shuang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halo is originally a sci-fi video game, which later produced novels that was adapted from the game. However most of the novels were more on what happened beside the main storyline, Halo:Ghost of Onyx was no exception.

Halo: Ghost of Onyx tells a story of a Spartan from Spartan-II program: Spartan-II Kurt-051. One time when his team went on a mission to "investigate" a ruptured Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine which is a human spacecraft that propulsion system that enable humans to travel faster t
Jared Shilts
Nov 10, 2014 Jared Shilts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 21, 2012 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, video-game
Ghosts of Onyx drops the reader chest deep into the Halo mythos with very little introduction. As such, I wouldn't recommend it for the uninitiated. While I doubt anyone unfamiliar with Halo would want to start with the books anyway, Halo: The Fall of Reach is your best bet with that.

That said, Onyx contains some pretty decent military scifi. Fans of the genre will probably enjoy it. There were a few things that held it back from being really great, but overall it was good. There are a lot of wo
Fred, Linda and Will, from the previous books, have stolen human-made nukes from the Covenant. They have also stolen one of the Covenant's ships and have landed on Onyx. A team of Covenant has followed them through slipstream-time travel and has arrived on Onyx to find the Onyx drones. Meanwhile, Dr. Halsey and Kelly also get to Onyx around the same time, and it all becomes one big happy family -- for a while, that is. One of the better moments of the book is when the Blue Team re-unites with Ku ...more
Steven Hummer
Jun 13, 2008 Steven Hummer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have played Halo
Recommended to Steven by: Bro. Davis
A knowadge of the xbox games Halo 1 and Halo 2 is a must if you want to read this without that you'd be lost.
Some good action parts but there is allot of techno talk that is confusing and near the begining of the book the chapters jump forward several months in time making it hard to follow.
The story itself was kind of hard to follow Nyland made it a hard read/listen, and I wanted to just put it down but I wanted to finish it just for the sake of being able to say I finished it.
I did discover so
Apr 10, 2011 Terence rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Mindless but not very entertaining; really a rather dreadful little book. If I were reading a hardcopy I would have dropped it after about 50 pages.*

It makes one appreciate the skills of Heinlein or Haldeman (or - by hearsay, in my case - Bujold and Scalzi) when it comes to military SF. Aside from the extraordinarily clunky writing style, the greatest sin Monsieur Nylund commits is not being able to tell a story well. He has no conception of pacing (or he doesn't evidence it here). Novels have r
Kevin D. Maldonado
I like the whole book especially the violence and action but also the key points that talk about what happened to each spartan. The only one thing i disliked was that they never continued what happens in this story in the actual video ame which would be pretty cool to see.The plot for this story was well planned out especially since they went into more detail over the remaining spartans and then they decided to continue the program by creating even more spartans but better trained and cheaper to ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Taylorpe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 21, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really cool book about Forerunner technology and another secret ONI program
Austin Barnwell
Jan 08, 2016 Austin Barnwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nick Chapman
Sep 28, 2015 Nick Chapman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts of Onyx:

Kurt Ambrose is part of a super-soldier program called Spartans. He was trained and experimented on, and had to have titanium put into his body in order to wear a suit made of titanium without crushing his bones. He went with his team, Blue team, to a mission on a moon base and was swept away. He was then asked to go to a secret planet called Onyx for 20 years to train more Spartans without the Spartan creator’s approval. When she found out, she was surprised to find that he had b
Jul 08, 2015 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts of Onyx is imbued with atmosphere. Every chapter is a sensory experience, ranging from horrendous combat to quiet reflection, from the desperate frontlines to the political underground.

This is the first book in which John-117 is not a main character. He appears once and is mentioned a couple of times throughout the book, but the protagonist is Kurt-051. This change of protagonist matches the heightened atmosphere of the book. Even more than his fellow Spartans, Kurt is someone who is tune
Justin Smith
Apr 16, 2015 Justin Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book, "Halo: Ghosts of Onyx" by Eric Nylumd. I am a huge follower of the Halo universe and have been since I was 6 years old. I read this book because I wanted to learn more about Dr. Halsey, who although is not the main character of the book, she is a very important figure with a immense history. This is a college level book so it wasn't a cake walk but since I love the Halo books I pushed through and found that reading it was very enjoyable. The book takes place around the year 2552 ...more
Tristan Lee
Feb 22, 2012 Tristan Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. The characters are well written. Fred was a good drill instructer. He always pushed the newbies hard. How they had to jump out of a pelican would be fun, but scary. I liked how they used a new planet for recruits. It was just like reach. I also liked how they were on a mission to hurt the Rebels then switces it around and has Fred go and train new recruits. Then the covent come and tries to take Onyx. I am not going to say anything else so I don't give spoilers.
Damion Fahy
Feb 20, 2014 Damion Fahy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this book five stars because i really like the halo story line and the books story continues off of the game. The story is about a couple of Spartans that are left from the spartan II program that lost many of there friends fighting off thousands of covenant. But the UNSC needs a hundred more Spartans to fight the covenant. So the UNSC raises these kids to be disciplined and strong but they are fed steroids and other growth boosters so they could grow faster.

The UNSC go to this planet
Ruben Guerrero
Jan 29, 2014 Ruben Guerrero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the mid 26th century human expansion has reach the outer galaxy but with large expanse of human colonization there was a need for order and control of the other colonies so the UNSC (United Nations Space Command) was born. But at first the UNSC was used to destroy rebel groups trying to control the outer colonies but from the edges of the galaxy a new greater enemy has arrived. As the UNSC tries to scramble their fleet to faces the new enemy, which calls themselves the Covent a mixture of dif ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Halo fans
Ghosts of Onyx leaves Master Chief behind and picks up with a new narrator as the second set of Spartans are trained. Reminiscent of , readers follow the new Spartan-hopefuls as they train and discover the mysteries on the planet Onyx. The characterization is good and realistic; the plot is interesting and very fast-paced. The story of the MIA Spartans is sad and allows the novel some emotional weight.

Some of this novel is confusing for readers who haven't played the Halo games, or haven't playe
Nov 18, 2007 Raina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory
This book is about a group of cyborgs called Spartans fighting to humanity from being destroyed. After a Spartan called the Master Chief destroys Halo, humans discover a planet called Onyx which contains advance technology that would turn the tide of the war against the Covenant(aliens).
Michael Rushanan
Admittedly, I am partial to Eric Nylund's writing style. In the Halo Universe, its very methodical. Each piece building to the next. What interested me in this, one of many Halo novels, is the continued departure of the usual protagonist (i.e., Master Chief or Fred), and the careful development of Spartan II, Kurt. Much like John, Kurt has an innate ability to "feel" a situation. The story arch develops around past novels by piecing together past events, purposely blank plots, and the interweavi ...more
Apr 01, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was very great and also unique when compared to the other books in the series. The largest reason why it's unique is because John (Master Chief) is not the main character. Instead, another spartan, Kurt, took the main character role. This did create a different story line about how Kurt's death was faked so that he can train the next line of Spartans. This was a well written story just as the previous books were. The only thing I wish is that the books were all written and crea ...more
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