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Halo: First Strike

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Deeply Thrilling; Deeply Insightful

Eric Nylund's thrilling sequel to Halo: The Flood relates the cosmic struggles of the genetically enhanced super-soldier known as the Master Chief as he fights his way back to Earth following the destruction of a gargantuan alien construct known as Halo. Along the way h...
Eric Nylund's thrilling sequel to Halo: The Flood relates the cosmic struggles of the genetically enhanced super-soldier known as the Master Chief as he fights his way back to Earth following the destruction of a gargantuan alien construct known as Halo. Along the way he meets many other humans in a similar predicament, such as the tough-as-nails UNSC marine, Sergeant Avery Johnson. These two men become the conduits for a theme that not only applies to the futuristic galaxy of Halo but also the segmented and earthbound society of today- the value of individual life in the light of the greater good. A military-style location and date heading at the start of each chapter helps not only with keeping track of events light-years from each other, but also sets a no-nonsense mood that is quite fitting for this book. Also, the author uses the Master Chief's own thoughts, the reactions of others toward him, and a flashback to masterfully paint a complete picture of this soldier as not just a freak of human necessity but a cool, calculating, killer as well as an ethical, compassionate child who was stolen from his parents and raised to defend humanity. Thrilling ground engagements and space battles against technologically superior aliens create a sense of urgency of the Master Chief's purpose as well as making the book very suspenseful, colorful, and exciting. One of the few things that I disliked about this book also greatly contributes to the value of the novel as a whole. Throughout the story, many brave souls are lost in their dedication to protecting humanity, which illustrates the book's main concept of individual life versus the greater good. Though this does improve the story, one cannot help but feel loss at the deaths of the characters that have been so positively portrayed by the author. In this book, anybody who is interested in what goes on in the Halo universe beyond the games will find a setting that fits seamlessly into the franchise. More specifically, First Strike is a direct bridge between the stories of Halo and Halo 2, which enhances the experience of playing from one game to another. For anyone who has enjoyed this book or any of the Halo games, I would also recommend Halo: Contact Harvest, Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: The Flood, Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, and Halo Evolutions.

posted by GomesDT on February 22, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

To below

Definitley halo4 is so freaking awesome But my favorite is the SAW. That is badass Ps assassins creed 3: you suck!

posted by 16928071 on January 2, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Boooooo

    It suks but l have al ov em

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Read

    Call of duty black ops 2 is funer than halo4

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    TIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS IS ONE HECK OF A BOOK IN THREE YEARS INCLUDING THE HALO:THE FALL OF REACH, AND HALO:THE FLOOD.((((^-^))))

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    Posted July 29, 2011

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