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Halo: Ghosts of Onyx

(Halo #4)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  11,290 ratings  ·  359 reviews
Continuing the saga of the award-winning Xbox(TM) game!

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 ultrase
Paperback, 383 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Tor Books (first published 2006)
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Renato Diniz Yes. This book happens after the first two halo games and the first and second books "The Fall of Reach" and "First Strike". The Timeline is like this…moreYes. This book happens after the first two halo games and the first and second books "The Fall of Reach" and "First Strike". The Timeline is like this: "The Fall of Reach" ==> Halo 1 ==> "First Strike" ==> Ghost of Onyx ==> Halo 2.(less)

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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
Ben Brown
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halo
Three books, two games, and one graphic novel collection into my journey through the “Halo” saga, and I can confidently say: I’m in. I’m so. Freaking. In.

There’s so much about this universe that’s great, from the deep, carefully laid-out mythology, to the satisfying way that the broader story flows and builds upon itself across mediums, to the oh-so-tangible world-building and construction – this FEELS like a universe that you could live in. “Ghosts of Onyx,” Eric Nylund’s third (and in my opini
Jan 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halo
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
T.R. Preston
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reread update: I decided to listen to the audiobook of this one again. Still just as great; if not better the second time. Halo books are underrated.

Original review: Oh. My. God. This might be the best one of the series (that I've read thus far). This was like the bloody odyssey of sci-fi books. I still can't get over how good these books are turning out to be. I'm kicking myself that I didn't read them earlier. I'm literally going to explode from the hype. I have been an obsessive Halo fan my
Chris D
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Liam || Books 'n Beards
Not as good as I remembered it being unfortunately, but still quite good - I really wish Nylund had written the follow on from this, as by all accounts Halo: Glasslands and Halo: The Thursday War are steaming piles of shit. Nevertheless I'll probably try them at some point just for completion's sake.

I really wish the novel had spent more time with the Spartan III's - they were the most interesting part of the book, and they feel almost glossed over. The last two thirds is predominantly pretty du
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: featured-books, star
In Ghosts of Onyx John takes a back seat and Kurt takes the spot light. Onyx continues right where the last book left off only this time we get the history and beginnings of the Spartan 3 program as well as Kurt's beginnings. Another player we get to see more of is Ackerson and his involvement in the Spartan 3 program.
Onyx is a goodie bag full of information that is important to the additional history of the Halo world and is worth checking out.
Jared Shilts
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Casey Biernacki
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Melisa Ramonda
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Five f***ing amazing stars, nonetheless. Abso-lutely loved it!
Liew Shuang
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 "Section Three" devises a plan to buy the UNSC vital time. They're going to need hundreds of willing soldiers, though . . . a
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, humanity’s military, the United Nations Space Command, starts training advanced super soldiers known as SPARTANS on the planet Onyx. The planet contains ruins of the Forerunners, an ancient race of highly advanced beings. When soldiers go missing near the ruins, the ruins are declared off-limits. Aliens known as the Covenant as well as Forerunner drones keep attacking the SPARTANS. Dr. Catherine Halsey, the creator of the SPARTANS, who is on Onyx, messages Earth for ass ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 31, 2011 added it
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
Kevin D. Maldonado
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Tristan Lee
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Osorio Salvador
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, especially since I love playing Halo on my Xbox. I think something that the author can improve on is that he can add a bit more detail. I know he included lots of detail in the book, but he can add a quick origin. In order for someone to fully understand this book, you either need to watch a movie, which is rare to find, or you have to play the game. I still like this book. I recommend this book to anyone who is a geek at Halo, which I admit, is me...(;
Nov 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory
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).
Niklas Braun
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This kept me chugging through the pages. It seriously was very exciting and tense, and kept me guessing as to what was gonna happen. I'm continuing this series wholeheartedly. Hopefully, if Nylund is not the author, that the next authors keep up his momentum. ...more
Master_chief chief
Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
i didnt understand it until the fourth chapter but its a great book.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great wrap up to Eric Nylunds contributions to the Halo line up. Action, excitement, cliff hangers; his usual style. Well written.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yep. I've been hooked in. I seriously enjoy the Halo books.

This is another good, emotional, character-driven book by Nylund. The opening scene was kind of chilling, and absolutely roped me into the novel immediately.

Kurt was a great character. I enjoyed how he actually, you know... had feelings and wanted to be friends with everyone.

Good book.
Apr 29, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Steven Hummer
May 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: military, video-game
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
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in the Halo series. This one is by Eric S. Nylund. This is the first book that is not about Spartan John-117 a.k.a. the Master Chief. This one is about the training of a new group of Spartans known as the Spartan III's. They are being trained by a Spartan named Kurt who has been made to disappear by the ONI and along with Chief Mendez, who trained the original Spartans, are transported to the planet Onyx where they are to secretly train the new Spartans. Unknown to them ther ...more
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