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The Halo: The Fall of Reach (Halo #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  17,166 Ratings  ·  937 Reviews
As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle...the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo—the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict.

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Published July 15th 2008 by Tantor Media (first published 2001)
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Nick Connor It is fully understandable without having played the game. The only references that I noticed were some references to the names of enemies in the game…moreIt is fully understandable without having played the game. The only references that I noticed were some references to the names of enemies in the game and a few vehicles. (less)
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Master_chief chief
it describes my training and how i become famous and brave.
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Halo and Ender's Game fans
Ha! A book about Halo?! ROFL.

I was wrong.

Expected this: "Grenade, headshot, headshot. Two grunts down. More grenades. 360 no scoped an Elite." etc. A book about mindlessly shooting things up.

Got this: A book that doesn't focus on wars or engagements, but the thoughts and emotions of the Spartan's (yes, they have emotions!). You place yourself in their shoes and they are no longer dudes who are just good at shooting things. You see the painful life of brainwashing and conditioning they've gone t
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, awesome
I have played all of the Halo games and followed the story in the games and thoroughly enjoyed them. I was given this book several years ago and never got around to reading them, until I got my hands on the audio book version!

This book was incredible. It was not predictable at all. It begins when Master Chief was selected as a child for the Spartan program. Putting the setting well before the first Halo game. The author does a great job describing Master Chief and getting the readers following
Dirk Grobbelaar
This is essentially a military Sci-Fi book with echoes of both Starship Troopers and Ender's Game. I haven't played the Halo games as I don't own an XBox, although I did dip into Combat Evolved at some stage (the one Halo that came out on PC). I remain intrigued by the concept of the Halo (a Ringworld-like structure - albeit much smaller). At this stage I would like to insert a comment on some of the negative reviews listed. This book is based on a video game franchise, yes, and is likely aimed ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on:

First off, and foremost actually, I beg of you all to not believe the hype that this book has surrounded itself in. It is, by far, one of the worst Sci-Fi reads I've had in recent history and the few good things about it get eclipsed by the shoddy writing and the down right awfulness that are most of the characters.
Right, let's get some structure in here.

The plague of tie-in books

Tie-in books have been around for a long time now. They
Jeannette Nikolova
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*** 1.5 stars ***

Well... at least I tried.

I have a friend who is a big Halo: The Fall of Reach fan and in his attempt to get me interested in the story, he convinced me to give it a shot.

I really, really tried to like the story, the book, the writing... I couldn't.

Halo: The Fall of Reach to me was poorly written and rather dreary, shallow and messy. Many events came to be in the book, but the story moved so little in terms of world-building. Yes, of cou
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mass market paperbacks covering someone else's IP must be a pain to write, since you're probably under a huge time constraint to come up with 250 pages worth of story constrained by existing canon. But even more constricting is the fact that your work is permitted to exist only to further sales of the primary product. In essence, your book is a commercial.

Given that, Nylund does a pretty decent job putting some life into a killing game. While the protagonist, John 117, hardly rises above the au
Mike Smith
This was a bit better than I expected for a book based on a video game. This is the prequel to the game Halo, which involves a cybernetically enhanced super-soldier battling aliens over possession of a massive ring in space built by a long-dead species. The plot is pretty thin and goes through some major contortions to get all the major characters where they need to be to begin the game. The characters themselves are fairly one-dimensional, with most of the soldiers being either cowards or noble ...more
Melisa Ramonda
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No le doy mas porque la escritura es muy simple (despues de todo, pobre Eric, tuvo que escribirlo en siete semanas de mierda) pero lo disfrute muchisimo y fue muy interesante conocer esos detalles del universo que no se encuentran en los juegos. Muy bueno n.n
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never played the game but I liked the story enough. Also it is well written
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