Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
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Halo: Ghosts of Onyx (Halo #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  5,828 ratings  ·  208 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 “...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
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).
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
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...more
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...more
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Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, by Eric Nylund, depicts the creation of a new series of supersoldiers with the sole purpose of protecting Earth and it’s colonies against an extraterrestrial empire known as the Covenant. These soldiers, known as SPARTAN-IIIs, are designed to replace their SPARTAN-II predecessors and their occupation of defending humanity against its enemies. Following the events of the previous Halo novels, humanity is brought to the brink of defeat, and the SPARTAN’s home world of Onyx fa...more
Vince Locke
This book is a steaming pile of crap! It is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, huge continuity problems and an extremely immature style. It looks like fan fiction written by a freshman composition student! Okay, sure, it's genre fiction, so a certain amount of hackery is to be expected, but come on! Microsoft has all the money in the world and they can't be bothered to hire an editor? That's just offensive.

The most disappointing thing about this book is the fact that I really expected...more
Patrick, Cueva
The main conflict in this book is the eminent threat of total annihilate witch the "Covenant", a race of aliens seek to induce by activating halo, a ring that inhibits life and also has the potential to completely destroy the universe, and how the United Nation Space Command, "UNSC", Plan to stop them. lieutenant Kurt Ambros, a super solider strait out of the "SpartanII program" was selected to train the next generation of Spartans how to work together to complete and survive suicide missions. T...more
Mike Smith
This is the fourth book published in the Halo series, based on the video game of the same name. It would not be totally correct to say that it's a sequel to the previous book, however.

The action in this book shifts from the character known as Master Chief, the hero of the first three books, to another super-soldier called Kurt. The first part of the book involves some backstory that actually takes place during the time of the first two books. It took me a while to realize this. Every chapter beg...more
Nick To
Ghost of Onyx is a sci-fi genre book, which I chose to read because I finished reading the first three Halo books so I was just continuing the story as I went along. This book is about a man named Kurt, who is a Spartan (which is this book is one of the few remaining super soldiers trained from a young age to fight against the alien race called the covenant). He was kidnapped and named M.I.A(missing in action) by very high ranked officials of the military, who needed him to train the next gener...more
Nathan Thompson
1.The book is awesome so far I am on chapter seven right now and so far the book is getting good. Hopefully later on as I read more hopefully there will be action. Untill then I'll be reading it more. the things I ddin't like about this book is that the prologe didn't get me hooked into the book untill I started to read it more then I started to read it more. The things I liked about this book is that after the prologe it gets better and kind of pulls you into the book and makes you read it all...more
Chris Youngblood
Oct 02, 2009 Chris Youngblood rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: reviewed, kindling
One has to be a fan of the Halo series in order to truly enjoy this book. Fortunately for me, but unfortunately for this review, I'm not.

Halo is, in my opinion, nothing more than another overrated first-person shooter, glossed over with nothing more than pretty graphics and the over-again-same-again mission objectives. And with subject matter like this as its base, a book will inevitably struggle to get anywhere. And this book is no exception.

But the scarce subject matter is not the only problem...more
Drago DT
Halo Ghosts of Onyx Review
My first impression of the Halo inspired novel “Halo Ghosts Of Onyx” written by Eric Nylund, was that it would revisit the fallen Spartan soldiers in the past with the inclusion of another suicide mission. I was expecting an action packed story with graphic and horrendous details… I can safely say that this book exceeded my expectations. The gory battles, gruesome deaths, and vivid battle grounds, personally made me feel like I was playing the game, and was a part of t...more
Finally I finished the book! The last couple of chapters were grueling. I couldn't wait to for the end, not in a good way but in a bad way. There is no doubt that Eric Nylund is a very educated man, but most of the time I find myself skipping sentences after sentences, because I am at a lost with all the confusing word use as if I am reading a science textbook instead of a novel. It has taken me a year to finish the book, mostly out of loyalty to HALO. Military names and spaceship references wer...more
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