Halo (Dietz)

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HALO: The Fall of Reach Summary

The New York Times best-selling origin story of the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

The 26th century. Humanity has expanded beyond Earth’s system to hundreds of planets that colonists now call home. But the United Earth Government and the United Nations Space Command is struggling to control this vast empire. After exhausting all strategies to keep seething colonial insurrections from exploding into a full-blown interplanetary civil war, the UNSC has one last hope. At the Office of Naval Intelligence, Dr. Catherine Halsey has been hard at work on a top-secret program that could bring an end to the conflict...and it starts with 75 children, among them a six-year-old boy named John. And Halsey could never guess that this child will eventually become the final hope against an even greater peril engulfing the galaxy - the inexorable confrontation with a theocratic military alliance of alien races known as the Covenant.

This is the electrifying origin story of Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief - and of his legendary, unstoppable heroism in leading the resistance against humanity’s possible extinction.

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  • Book 1

    • HALO: The Fall of Reach

    • HALO, Book 1
    • By: Eric Nylund
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 137

    The 26th century. Humanity has expanded beyond Earth’s system to hundreds of planets that colonists now call home. But the United Earth Government and the United Nations Space Command is struggling to control this vast empire. After exhausting all strategies to keep seething colonial insurrections from exploding into a full-blown interplanetary civil war, the UNSC has one last hope.    

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • All fantastic except...

    • By Tim James on 26-03-19

    Regular price: £20.79

  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    • HALO: First Strike

    • HALO, Book 3
    • By: Eric Nylund
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 86

    It's 2552. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant is showing no mercy as it continues to assault every human world it encounters, but in the way lies humanity’s greatest champion, the supersoldier Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief. Together with his AI companion Cortana and the last remaining Spartans, the galaxy-spanning fight rages on two fronts following the destruction of the human military stronghold Reach by Covenant forces and the mysterious artificial ringworld known as “Halo” at the hands of the Master Chief. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A tale of growth.

    • By Robert D on 13-03-19

    Regular price: £20.79

  • Book 4

    • HALO: Ghosts of Onyx

    • HALO, Book 4
    • By: Eric Nylund
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    The 26th century. Once considered clandestine, the Spartan-II program has now gone public. Tales of armored supersoldiers fending off thousands of Covenant attacks have become the stuff of legend. While the Master Chief defends a besieged Earth and the myriad factions of the Covenant continue their crusade to eliminate humanity, an ultra-secret cell of the Office of Naval Intelligence known as “Section Three” devises a plan to buy the UNSC vital time. It will need hundreds of willing soldiers, though - and one more Spartan - to get the job done. 

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  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

    • HALO: The Cole Protocol

    • HALO, Book 6
    • By: Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 22

    It's 2535. It is the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War, and the United Nations Space Command has enacted “the Cole Protocol” to safeguard Earth and its inner colonies from discovery by its merciless alien foe. Many are called upon to rid the galaxy of lingering navigation data that could potentially reveal the location of Earth and ensure the destruction of humanity. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By Jamie on 20-05-19

    Regular price: £17.39

  • Book 7

    • HALO: Evolutions

    • Essential Tales of the Halo Universe
    • By: Karen Traviss, Eric Nylund, Tobias Buckell
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham, Jen Taylor, Steve Downs, and others
    • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, it never dreamed what dangers would be encounter there. When the theocratic alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost - but millions of heroes also rose to the challenge. This collection of 11 stories dives into the depths of the vast Halo universe, not only from the perspective of those who fought and died to save humanity, but also from those who vowed to wipe it out of existence.

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  • Book 8

    • HALO: Cryptum

    • HALO, Book 7
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    One hundred thousand years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle of Responsibility, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A nice start chronologically speaking

    • By S. Porter on 19-04-19

    Regular price: £15.59

  • Book 9

    • HALO: Primordium

    • HALO, Book 8
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Timothy Dadabo
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo ringworld in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and the reason for the Forerunner Librarian’s tampering with human destiny.  

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  • Book 10

    • HALO: Silentium

    • HALO, Book 10
    • By: Greg Bear
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    One hundred thousand years ago, Chaos rules the final days of the Forerunner empire. The Flood - a horrifying, shape-changing, and unstoppable parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies, and internal strife has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses.  

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  • Book 11

    • HALO: Glasslands

    • HALO, Book 11
    • By: Karen Traviss
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    It's 2553. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war with humanity that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and its colonies. For the first time in 30 years, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting has stopped, the war is far from over: It’s just gone underground. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen, takes a bit getting used to

    • By Jamie on 15-06-19

    Regular price: £20.79

  • Book 12

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  • Book 13

    • HALO: Mortal Dictata

    • HALO, Book 12
    • By: Karen Traviss
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton
    • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    It's 2553. With the 30-year-long Covenant War finally over, the Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. Angry and bitter colonists - still wanting to settle scores from an insurrection put on hold for three decades - crave justice...as does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his young daughter was abducted for the SPARTAN-II program.  

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  • Book 14

    • Halo: Broken Circle

    • Halo, Book 13
    • By: John Shirley
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    Broken Circle will explore an Elite splinter group rebelling against the Covenant in its earliest days, a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new Covenant leadership, and the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant during events seen in the blockbuster Xbox video game Halo 2.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really enjoyed this audio book.

    • By Mr. R. Merrydew on 29-05-17

    Regular price: £21.29

  • Book 15

    • Halo: New Blood

    • By: Matt Forbeck
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 270

    While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier - not even the legendary Master Chief - wins a war on his own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs) played a major role in saving the Earth from all-out invasion at the end of the Covenant War - acts of bravery and ingenuity that did not go unnoticed by the United Nations Space Command.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly Enjoyed!

    • By Oliver Cooper on 25-03-19

    Regular price: £15.99

  • Book 16

    Last Light cover art
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  • Book 17

    Halo: Shadow of Intent cover art
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  • Book 18

    HALO: Fractures - Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon cover art
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  • Book 19

    • HALO: Smoke and Shadow

    • By: Kelly Gay
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Find. Claim. Profit. In a postwar galaxy littered with scrap, it's the salvager's motto. And with a fast ship and a lust for adventure, Rion Forge has certainly made her mark on the trade. When the discovery of a wrecked UNSC cruiser brings Rion's past back to haunt her, stirring fresh hope into a decades-old wound, she's hell-bent on finding answers: What really happened to her father and his ship, the Spirit of Fire?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of, if not my favourite Halo universe book

    • By James Boot-Marshall on 26-10-17

    Regular price: £15.99

  • Book 20

    • HALO: Envoy

    • By: Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    It has been six years since the end of the Covenant War...and yet on the planet Carrow, a world on the edge of the Joint Occupation Zone, a decisive new battle suddenly erupts. Human colonists and the alien Sangheili have already been living a tension-filled coexistence in this place, with Unified Earth Government envoy Melody Azikiwe attempting to broker a lasting peace between their two species.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • great tale

    • By M L SCOTT on 19-05-17

    Regular price: £21.99

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