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The New York Times best seller - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

It's 2524. Harvest is a peaceful, prosperous farming colony on the very edge of human-controlled space. But humanity has unknowingly trespassed on holy ground - straying into the path of the aggressive, theocratic empire known as the Covenant. What begins as a chance encounter between an alien privateer and a human freighter soon catapults all of mankind into a struggle for its very existence.

But humanity is also currently locked in a bitter civil war of its own: the Insurrection. With resources strained to the breaking point, the ultimate survival of Harvest’s citizens falls to a squad of battle-weary UNSC Marines and their inexperienced colonial militia trainees. In this unlikely group of heroes, one will stand above the rest - a young Marine staff sergeant named Avery Johnson....

©2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2007 Macmillan Audio. All rights reserved.

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A surprisingly horny halo book

This book is surprising horny. This is the end of my book review 10 out of 10.

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loved it

finished it with ease, drew my attention from start to finish. was delivered perfectly by the narrator

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best voice acting ever. hope they do all of them

best voice acting ever. hope they do all of them cortana voice actor ftw. awesome

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More of a beloved character

Contact Harvest gives a great look into the opening days of the Human-Covenant war. The book gives some great backstory to characters from the games, the best which is the books protagonist.
It's filled with good action as well as character moments, a very worthwhile read or listen for any Halo fan looking for more content outside of the games

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A new love for the Covenant

A scene where an alien picks up it's prescription and gets stuck in rush hour traffic on the way home

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  • Katie
  • 05-02-2020

Jhonson

When i joined the core all we had was two sticks and a rock and the platoon had to share the rock.

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  • Tricia Kiernan
  • 05-04-2019

not bad

Don't like the sex part, but loved the combat and the AI'S interaction with each other

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  • Rayisa
  • 09-01-2019

I enjoyed having two narrators for this story

I have read the books for this series and the audiobook hold up quite well. I like how they had two narrators, a male and a female. I think it would be a good idea to have the all male voices by one and all female voices by another. if you listen you may understand what I mean. Overall this was a good book.

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  • Alex Mercier
  • 19-06-2020

Much better that expected.

I was originally turned away by some of the reviews of this book, but I bit the bullet and decided to listen. I'm glad I did, as it is a great experience into the old expanded universe of Halo. With a plethora of new and recognizable characters both human and especially Covenant, this made for quite a good listen. A Covenant Hurragok (Engineer) as one of the many main characters makes for a unique perspective compared to others such as a Sangheli or human. The story and plot itself wasn't perfect. as it jumped around a bit akd struggled a bit to stay on track, but I found myself enjoying the background information of the characters (again, especially the Covenant) being told much more interesting than the actual plot itself. The writing style wasn't anything too special, and there was a bit of "male power fantasy" vibe in some parts, particularly in the (mild spoiler) somewhat forced and out of place sex scene right at the end of the book. Thankfully it did not detract from the rest of the book too much.

All in all, pretty good. I would recommend to anyone who's a fan of Halo and already knows about some of it's lore.

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  • Thomas
  • 18-10-2019

Hard to follow

While this story was interesting at some points, I just found it really hard to follow. The back story of Avery was nice to know, but I feel like the only bits that I will retain out of it is the ending. This story was actually much better at telling the story of the Covenant.

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  • Ben
  • 08-10-2021

Excellent Story

A good place to start if you don't know where to begin for the War between the Humans and the Covenant. Literally my only hiccup with the book is Holter Graham doesn't really come off as the SSG Johnson, Avery fans of the games and series have come to know (literally through the whole book I was wondering if it was the same Johnson until I had to look it up) but that doesn't mean he does a poor job. His range for giving each character a distinct voice really helps to immerse yourself in the story. 10/10 would recommend.

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  • Landon
  • 27-09-2021

Greatest book I've ever read

it is an will always be the best book I've read I strongly recommend getting it the author and narrator did amazing jobs on this masterpiece

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  • Alex
  • 21-08-2021

ehh

Only three sections in so far but not very impressed. The narrators don't have much depth, don't see the point to alternating readers each section, the male can't pronounce trebuchet. The female mispronounced something too but it's about as forgettable as her reading. I'll update this review after finishing the book.

Having finished, the initial assessment stands. The story is overdeveloped in adjectives and underdeveloped in actual plot and narration. Some character voices were hard to distinguish and the choppy oration of the covenant characters bled into the readers story telling making it extremely difficult to pay attention. Not good...hesitant to continue the series

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  • G. Erikson
  • 21-08-2021

it was a great story but it kinda loste at the end

it got kinda hard to visualize what was going on in later parts of the book

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  • Blake H
  • 30-07-2021

why the sex scene?

the epilogue sorta ruins it for me is not fifty shades of grey, it's halo I'm not a fan of this authors version of halo that could have been completely removed and nothing would be lost its not productive to the story at all just pointless sex

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  • Sam
  • 28-02-2019

The best of all the Halo books

In my opinion, this is not only the best Halo audio book, but the best of all the Halo books.
Holter Graham does an excellent job of reading the story, giving each character their own distinct, believable voice, unlike some other narrators (cough cough Scott Brick cough cough). They even got Jen Taylor AKA Cortana to voice one of the characters!
As for the story itself, it begins almost like a crime-noir novel, with everyone's favourite marine Avery Johnson caught in a moral struggle in his career in the UNSC. As the story progresses, he visibly develops as a character and overcomes his doubts of himself in order to become a better soldier and a better person. The other characters are likeable, including the Covenant characters, who provide a fascinating insight into motivations of their Great Journey.
Overall, this is a must read/listen for any Halo fan.

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  • SLIICKYFIINGERS
  • 21-11-2020

Another great book!

First off I'd like to say the backstory of Sgt Johnson was very well written. The training of recruits to the attack of Harvest all felt very emotional, I loved how half of the story followed Dadab (A Deacon - Unggoy) and his relationship with Lighter than Some (Huragok) throughout their journey, just goes to show not all the Covenant were bad, as we know, most were told to join or face the wrath of the Covenant's might.

Great to see Tartarus when he was young, had my Halo 2 gameplay in my head when he appeared.
All in all this was a great book, not as good as Ghosts of Onyx, but a great story. Good see to Jen take the reins, playing the AI...
A must for a Halo fan.

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  • Arron
  • 18-09-2020

phenomenal

absolulty phenomenal book. joseph staten knows halo like the back of his hand.

the story was amazing, action packed, unexpected turns, and as heated as can be

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  • IJoshI
  • 25-09-2019

Yeah it's good.

Except the reader needs to learn how to pronounce trebuchet. Halo halo halo halo halo

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  • ben grant
  • 07-06-2021

Difficult to follow

The first books were easy to follow, they introduced you slowly to new items, Languages, races etc.

This book drops you in at the deep end, with 2 running story lines that switch between humanity and alien, and as such, you have 2 different names for the same thing.

It’s a bit complicated, trying to follow what happens, and often I found myself trying to recall what had happened so that I could understand what was happening in the later parts...

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  • Jack
  • 08-05-2021

Best book in the series

Loved this book. Character development, interesting characters on both sides. Last scene was unnecessary though

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  • Blake
  • 10-03-2021

Good book for halo fans

A fantastic book for any halo fan, the ending is odd to say the least.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-2020

love learning more about Johnson and Tartarus

the story itself is great , you get to learn more about one of everyone's favourite characters as well as 2 great side storys about a grunt and engineer and learning how Tartarus got the fist of rukt
added bonus , the Irish accent wasnt awful

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 17-08-2020

what a book, fantastic multi layered

A fantastic book that is brilliantly performed, with so many layers that are suprisingly easy to follow, a superb book, cannot recommend enough

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  • Steven E.
  • 09-07-2020

the best one yet

as I've been listening to all the books in order this one was great as it didn't focus on the Spartans Sergeant Johnson what my favorite thing about this book

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