Halo: Contact Harvest

Halo: Contact Harvest

by Joseph Staten
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Guest More than 1 year ago
While most of the other books in the Halo series were written by Science Ficion author Eric Nylund, first time author Joseph Statan takes the helm for this fifth installment. In my opinion, there was nobody better to cronicle the origins of the Human-Covenant war than one of the original creators and writers of the Halo game series. For those not in the know, Halo chronicles the war between the Humans and a confederation of aliens known as the Covenant who are bound together by religious beliefs. 'Contact Harvest' outlines the first contact between the two factions on the Human farming colony Harvest, and the early skirmishes over the Covenant's so called 'holy artifacts' that sparked the thirty year war culminating in the events of the game Halo 3. 'Contact Harvest' is the second book to not feature Master Chief, the main character of the Halo series, but instead focuses on a more minor character Sergeant Johnson who, for the first time, is truly fleshed out as a person. Contact Harvest is ultimately the ultimate Halo fan's dream. Not only do we find out what events led up to the Human-Covenant war, but we learn more about Johnson who, for the first time, finally seems like a human being. I also enjoyed hearing the story from the Covenant's perspective and learning more about their culture and mentality as well as discovering the pasts of some of the Covenant's most important figures. For newcomesers into the Halo universe, this is a good place to start becasues it takes place, chronologically, before the first four novels and the three games. The second book without the series main character Master Chief, 'Contact Harvest' instead focuses on the character of Sergent Johnson who is really fleshed out here for the first time. I also very much enjoyed hearing the story from the Covenants perspective and thought it provided important insight into their history and culture. In all, I emmensily enjoyed 'Contact Harvest'. I enjoy the Halo series as a whole and believe that each book is better than the last. Staten's style seems to echo that of Nylund's right down to his excessive use of dashes, but that is not necessarily a bad thing because I found Nylund's works equally enjoyable. Ultimately, recomend this latest installment for both Halo fans and newcomers alike because I think both fans and non-fans will find something to like. If you've never read Halo before, don't worry! You can start here and not miss a thing. I suggest that, if your a fan of Science Fiction, give 'Contact Harvest' a try and perhaps you will get hooked on Halo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read. I too had the dread of this different author destroying the book but it was very well written. It had good detail in the action scenes and he put a neat spin on the conversation between the AI's. All & all a great read, I, like so many others, can't wait for more Halo books to emerge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great installment, and really brings to light what we would otherwise know nothing about. Dont even look at the narroration part of the publishers weekly review, as it is refering to the audio book, which this is not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome bOok
Vlad Chalenko More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed every singe halo book so far, this one isn't a exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You complain about our spelling, but you leave out words too. (Duh) LOL CRINGETASTIC!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh crap, the spelling can only mean one thing... They are Innies among us
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your spelling makes sad. I can barely understand it and I sometimes feel like I'm on an alien planet trying to understand your language. It was a good book. It gave a good backstory to the human-covanant war and provided good information about halo altogether.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To honest, the book is a bit boring. I read it because I wanted to know about the Halo back story, and as this book covers the first encounter with the Covenant, it is a rather important piece. The writing was okay, and the interaction of the AIs was well done, but as far as Sci-Fi literature goes, this is certainly mediocre at best. If you are a die hard Halo fan, and not much of a literature critic, then you will probably enjoy it. Other than that, you will likely find it lacking, and be clad when you finished it. It tells you why the Covenant wants to destroy humanity, and the back story of the Covenant society, so it defiantly fills in some of the Halo lore, if that's what you are looking for.    
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I just read the prologue and I'm hooked! But those damn Innies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing if u like halo unsc marine stuff lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect for halo fans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good!
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U-265 More than 1 year ago
Needed a replacement copy for my paperback.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ah I got some trouble down here boss requesting new orders. Over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent played battlefeild but I like halo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love halo and i have battlefield 3. Personally, i like halo 4 campaign, but battlefield multiplayer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing if your a halo die-hard fan then this book is for you
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Just great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Halo is the best shooter ever call of duty is for 6 year old