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Halo: Ghosts of Onyx (Halo #4)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  7,175 ratings  ·  230 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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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
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
Chris D
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
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
Casey Biernacki
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
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
Five f***ing amazing stars, nonetheless. Abso-lutely loved it!
Liew Shuang
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
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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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Really cool book about Forerunner technology and another secret ONI program
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
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
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
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
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
Natalie Schriefer
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
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).
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
If your looking for a mysterious/action book I would have to say Ghosts of Onyx would be perfect for you. It's rather moving in some aspects of the Spartan 3 program and how the old fight with the new to survive. Nylund did a wondrous job going in depth with kurt and how he became something more then a spartan. The storyline ties in seamlessly with his other books and I really like how he can go from a really touching moment to guns blazing in a heartbeat. This book had me on the edge the whole ...more
Halo Ghosts of onyx is a gritty, violent action packed sci-fi thriller, if you are looking for a book to read too your kids as a bed time story this is not the book for you. In my opinion this is a very well done book the dialogue can get a bit dry if you have no experience with the franchise but most of the time keeps you intrigued, the description of battles, training and plants are very well done and character development is another good layer of this book. To conclude I would say a very good ...more
Knowing that this book didn't feature Spartan 117 (John/Master Chief) put me off of reading it at first, but then I got the itch for some really great space battles. I just really enjoy Erik Nylund's writing, at least what he's done for Halo. After years of thinking it was a ground-breaking first-person shooter game with a somewhat generic, heroic main character, I never expected to come to like the Halo universe as much as I have, and I have Nylund to thank for that.

The writing in this book ma
Max Nakfoor
Halo: Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund is a very interesting book that any Halo fan should read. The book takes place before Halo: Glasslands and after the video game Halo 3. Nylund tells the book in third-person, following the story of the four main characters. Among the main characters are; Chief Mendez, Spartan-051: Kurt, Colonel Ackerson, and Dr. Catherine Halsey. Mendez is a Chief Petty Officer in the UNSC (United Nations Space Command). Kurt is a Lieutenant in the UNSC. Ackerson is a Colonel ...more
Ghosts of Onyx is the first Halo novel that doesn't focus on the Master Chief. He certainly makes an appearance, but he's not the star of the show. Instead we get to learn about some of the other remaining Spartan IIs as well as their successors. It's definitely a bit of a convoluted story, spanning over twenty years of time, but it's an exciting read nonetheless.

The first section of the book is a bit of a flashback detailing ONI's big project after the Spartan II program. There's a few familiar
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