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Halo: The Fall of Reach, The Flood, First Strike

(Halo #1-3)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  2,024 ratings  ·  42 reviews
"The official novels of the award-winning Xbox game!" ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Del Rey
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Jun 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
In some cases, you don't even have to play Halo to enjoy the books. Eric Nylund is simply that good a writer.

I must make a confession: I don't own an Xbox. The only experience I have with Halo is watching my best friend beat it in a 6 hour marathon while I had a stack of comic books to read through. As for Halo 2, I followed my FPS-savy friend through the first few hours of the game, but we never got the chance to finish. I got into the books because my friend insisted I read them and, well... I
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
If you love the game - you will love the books. I was excited to read these 3 and was not dissappointed. It opens up the Halo universe and makes the game even better.
Nov 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Halo Fans Everywhere
If you don't already have a good understanding of the mythos of the "Halo" videogame series these books are not for you. They are designed to fill in the blanks of where the MC comes from, and the events during and after the first game. The second book in this series is rather pointless if you have already played the original game. Though it does give some insight into what the marines were doing while you were out blasting covenant. Overall i love these three books. Its a good story, and it giv ...more
Jan 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halo
Although I would not consider this as a book, it is a collection of some of the best books ever written. The book case includes the first three of hopefully more Halo books. The first one is the "The Fall of Reach", the second book is "The Flood", and the last novel is "First Strike". These are not all of the Halo books, so make sure to check out the others if you like them. I have also wrote reviews for all of the books, so you might want to check them out. ...more
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Ths Book has Fall of Reach,The Flood and First Strike,three good books for a great low price.
Thomas Senechal
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i have read ALL OF THESE!!!!!
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
it was good had a lot of parts the movie missed out that i didn't know about. ...more
Wesley F. F.
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was just plain awesome. Nothing but pure Halo vibes. Even the sort of side stuff with marines and that Elite hunting Master Chief was all throughly enjoyable. For sure pick this one up.
Jul 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved this series so much. Cheesy. Pandering. Lots of guns
Navajo Lady
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young adults and adults who love sci-fi and the Halo games.
Recommended to Navajo Lady by: Sir Miles Ware
I must admit... I love this series. It first came to my notice when my son wanted to play the X-Box game many years ago. I wasn't very thrilled with the idea of him doing so but he convinced me to read the books written to provide the full story.

What I found surprised me. The characters in these three books and in the newest two novels, are more fully-developed than I expected. The main character, Master Chief, aka Spartan 117, is given some Christian subtexts in that his mission is to save man
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Aside from most others, I thought all three books were good, both the two by Eric Nylund and the one by William C. Deitz. In a general sense, if you've played the entire halo series, this series really ties up all the loose ends on the Master Chief's history and information about the "Spartan Program," as a well as a rather unique interpretation of the covenant as well (they have names!). Anyway, The fall of Reach was pretty much how it sounds: The Fall of the Planet Reach, kind of like Halo:Rea ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The five stars go to "The fall of Reach" and "First Strike" because they are wonderful, have aged well and set a high standard for all other halo books in print or yet to come.

"The flood" is utterly awful and should be completely avoided. The side story is definitely interesting, but the bulk of the book follows the plot/game-play of the first game. The plot is good, but the game-play is highly repetitive and drawn out, which translates into a very repetitive set of paragraphs you'll see many
Ian Mcenaney
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
These books were good books they had alot of action and told stories about family, being true to your friends and your word. Also this book taught me how destructive war can be and how devastating it is to lose everything you have and that war solves nothing, all it does is kill innocent people and hurt milllions of people in the world.
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Playing the games is one thing, but reading the events of them in a book makes it 100 times better. The details put into these pages draw out more story than what you experience playing the games, and the story of it all is fantastic regardless. Of all videogame based books, these are some of the finest and highly recommended.
Jan 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the games, anyone that likes sci fi and adventure
This series isn't too bad, it gives the back story of Master Chief in the first book and continues on through to the games storyline and back story. The only problem is the third book just seems to lose steam which is a shame actually. ...more
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Really a good read for anyone looking for action/sci-fi reconstructed, whether you've played Halo or not. Still, it is there to especially enhance the game, and the author did a heck of a good job on it. ...more
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you are one of the millions that play Halo, this series is a must read. Gives you the back story of Spartan 117 and how he became the Master Chief as we know him. Highly recommed it to Halo and Sci-fi fans alike.
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
based on the first game of the halo trilogy theses three books are the best, i wish they made a halo 2 and 3 but they have not so i wish they do. but other than that any body who likes the halo story line should read this box set.
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
These books were very nice, the flood was pretty close to the actual halo: combat evolved video game and the fall of reach was a good prequel to the series. the first strike was ok but my favorites out of the 3 were the flood and the fall of reach
Jan 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halo
Bizarrely good for a book based off a video game.
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If you liked the halo video games, you should read these books. They provide more depth and storyline for the game. I liked learning more about Master Chief, who he was and where he came from.
Alex [WHS] Rivas
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-fun
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in saving the human race.
I was just obsessed.
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I learned the enite story of Halo. I learned how he became one of the strongest warriors ever. It's a good book and if you like Halo I'd recommend you reading this book. ...more
Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Rich and descriptive story about the plot of the video game.
Dec 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
While the background info from the books is really interesting, and I love the Halo universe, it was really painful trying to read these books.
mookie kong
Sep 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, paper
The Nylund books were great in this collection. The other one, well, it was not so good.
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good story... My husband made me read them and I was pleasantly surprised!
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book at least a half dozen times in high school, it really fueled my passion for the Halo games and books
Oct 26, 2012 added it
This this is the best novel to help you understand the video games even better.
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