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Halo: Contact Harvest

(Halo #5)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  7,461 ratings  ·  249 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 for its
Paperback, 396 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Tor Books
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Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Ben Brown
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: halo
So of all the pieces of “Halo” canon that I’ve dug into thus far – books, games, comics – this is the first thing that I’ve consumed that I haven’t 100% loved. It’s not that “First Contact” is bad – it’s certainly not – but it doesn’t have that same magic that Eric Nylund brought to his trilogy of novels, that same great balance of character work with fast-paced storytelling and deeper mythology. Granted, as a prequel novel, showing the early days of the Human-Covenant war, it does answer a few ...more
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 ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Avery shot Byrne an angry look: Let me handle this. ‘The warship is heading straight for town.’ He strode to Jekins around the warthog’s crumpled hood. ‘We go back and we’re all dead.’ ‘What about my family?!’ Jenkins shouted…”[Joseph Staten, 300]
That was just one of many conflicts in Halo: Contact Harvest. I really enjoyed the novel for a few different reasons: those being the different perspectives of each character and the amazing details.

With the different character's perspectives, it was
Brandon J.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jon Cole
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
William Johnson
Nov 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jarno VA
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a young teenager, I used to play the Halo video games: Halo 1, 2, and 3. I found this book at a local Goodwill thrift store, and the series had been on my to read list ever since I was a kid. This book was released in 2007, and the content of the novel takes place before the story line of the video games. Because I had already experienced the video games, this novel gave background information to a familiar story. Furthermore, it was only fitting that the first Halo novel I read takes place ...more
Austin Statkus
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Contact Harvest is my first Halo novel in the Halo universe as it seemed a good place to start canonically with the first meeting of humanity and the Covenant. While the characters are certainly more fleshed out than anyone in the video games as far as literary depth they're all fairly shallow. One of my biggest negatives was the disconnect between this novel's protagonist, Avery Johnson, and the Sgt. Johnson we know from the games. They are basically completely different characters. I didn't ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Halo Contact Harvest was a decent book. I would not go as far as saying it was great nor horrible. It had lots of details packed into it. This could be good or bad depending on how you look at it. In some parts you get lost in details and in others there are no details at all. Another problem was transitions. They were out of nowhere and since the story switches between two characters,Avery Johnson and Deacon Dadab, it was very confusing at first.

The story had some random moments that didn't
Benton C.
Wished Contact Harvest delivered more of an action pack story line with stronger character development and insight to ordinary soldiers and heavy hitter Avery Johnson, but it did not. Halo Universe is full of action driven arcs and heart pounding firefights and Contact Harvest missed the target. The primary character, Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson, is depicted as a generic PTSD soldier and cannot function outside of the military. This type of character is over used and I wanted to see a more ...more
Stephen Holtman
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this entry into the series, The downfallen Avery Johnson as he once again realizes what it’s like to be a true soldier.I have to say that the writing in this one was very good. I especially liked the way that they tried a different spin then the other books. The action was top notch. I especially liked the part where the govener is shooting it out side by side with the soldiers. I have to admit that it was kind of cool. The dramatic aspects of the book were great. The whole soldier loses it ...more
Dieter Horvat
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A pleasant entry to the Halo universe.
My greatest problem with Halo: The fall of reach is that it took the Mysterious circumstances of the first Halo Game, and proceeded to fill out literally every crevice of detail. Sort of like the Starwars prequels.

This, in my opinion, is a much better way to enter the Halo story. Instead of giving us the entire history of the whole Halo universe and it's characters, we get the intro to the Human/Covenant war through the eyes of one man-- the much-loved
Marc V.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By far the best and my favorite of the HALO franchise books to date and there are seventeen at the times of this review. Writer Joseph Staten does an amazing job setting up multiple stories, plot points and storylines, part one of the book is all earth and the raging civil war between the rebel’s who want their worlds independence. The story introduces us to the Covenant and it’s many sub species. Through a chance encounter with Covenant space pirate privateers and a human freighter mankind is ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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Adrian Breto
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
In reality, I'd consider this a 4.25

Halo is a surprisingly well thought out series. I've started reading these novels as a way to dive into the lore, and the deliberateness in construction is something actually rather refreshing. The Covenant is shown to be a canvas of mixed and not too often agreeing paints. Humanity is decisively disharmonious, and considering this is the prelude to the entire war of videogame fame, the catalyst is present (many thanks for a nod to one of my favorite
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is all about spoilers, even though there is a game on halo. But to be real, this book isn't the modern halo you know. It is the start/development of halo and the early stages of the trilogy. The rest I can't say. Though if you are into the early life of halo, then this book is for you. I didn't like it a whole lot because there is less action, but that is expected in a older version of halo, as less combat is introduced.
Hendra Gunawan
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A must-read book if you want to follow entire Halo universe. There are lot origin of things being explained in here. The story is slow at the start but provides good short background telling about the main Avery. Middle onward the atmosphere slowly built up and giving same feel as The Fall of Reach, a worrying desperate time to use everything fighting strong foe. The most related game to this book is Halo 3.
Chris Spalding
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. I know that is a big statement and part of it might be due to my gaming days and love for science fiction but I also think it is just a really well-written story. Staten does a great job pulling back the curtain and showing the civilian side to the Halo universe and the alien Hierarchy that the covenant really is.

I loved it when I first read it years ago and on this fourth or fifth read, I can still say I really enjoy it.
Joel Wylie
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been wanting to read this for a while and finally came around to it. Ultimately, I think this is one of the (if not the) greatest book I've ever read! Brilliant character building connects you to the characters personally. Brilliant suspense throughout, reveals and twists. Great history of the Halo universe and how the war began. Best of all it is truly emotional and to me, embodies what Halo is truly about. 100% recommend!
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Alexis Bernardo
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an enjoyable read, especially for a long-time fan of the first three Halo games, and Halo: Reach. I loved reading about the Covenant and their politics and relationship dynamics between the various races, and I loved reading from Sergeant Johnson's perspective, as he's given very little screen time in the games.

Would absolutely read this again and again.
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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 ...more

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