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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,754 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Nylund Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Halo Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781400171125
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As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle...the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo-the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict. While the brutal Covenant juggernaut sweeps inexorably through space, intent on wiping out humankind, only one stronghold remains-the planet Reach. Practically on Earth's doorstep, it is the last military fortress to defy the onslaught. But the personnel here have another, higher priority: to prevent the Covenant from discovering the location of Earth. Outnumbered and outgunned, the soldiers seem to have little chance against the Covenant, but Reach holds a closely guarded secret. It is the training ground for the very first "super soldiers." Code-named SPARTANs, these highly advanced warriors, specially bioengineered and technologically augmented, are the best in the universe-quiet, professional, and deadly. Now, as the ferocious Covenant attack begins, a handful of SPARTANs stand ready to wage ultimate war. They will kill, they will be destroyed, but they will never surrender. And at least one of them-the SPARTAN known as Master Chief-will live to fight another day on a mysterious and ancient, artificial world called Halo. Download and start listening now!

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  • The narration by multitalented Todd McLaren...is flexible and intense. Library Journal Audio Review
  • “All in all, this is an awesome book and beyond doubt a must-read for Halo fans.”

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  • Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 2/11/2014

    " Start of second semester I was not so intrigued in having to find another book to read. Looking in the high school library for a book that i might actually like enough to read was a little difficult because reading is not one of those things that I just do when I'm bored i actually need a reason to sit down and read. So I came across the book "Halo The Fall of Reach". Now I am a big gamer and the reason this book really pulled me in was because the Xbox game "Halo" was the first war type of game that I have ever played and it is really the reason that i started playing Xbox in the first place. When I started to read the prologue I was a little surprised, it was in the middle of a battle with the covenant. Just so no one is completely lost, this is in the year of 2517 and the covenant is aliens. What I think the author is trying to is intending is maybe what it could possibly be like in the future. I believe he is telling a story for us to think of what war could be like 500 years or maybe even sooner. The covenant and humankind have been fighting for a very long time and will still be fighting for many many years to come. As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle . . . the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo--the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict. While the brutal Covenant juggernaut sweeps inexorably through space, intent on wiping out humankind, only one stronghold remains--the planet Reach. Practically on Earth's doorstep, it is the last military fortress to defy the onslaught. But the personnel here have another, higher priority: to prevent the Covenant from discovering the location of Earth.Outnumbered and outgunned, the soldiers seem to have little chance against the Covenant, but Reach holds a closely guarded secret. It is the training ground for the very first "super soldiers." Code-named spartans, these highly advanced warriors, specially bio-engineered and technologically augmented, are the best in the universe--quiet, professional, and deadly. Now, as the ferocious Covenant attack begins, a handful of spartans stand ready to wage ultimate war. They will kill, they will be destroyed, but they will never surrender. And at least one of them--the SPARTAN known as Master Chief--will live to fight another day on a mysterious and ancient, artificial world called Halo. In the beginning of this book it started off talking about Master Chief, or known as (John 117) as a child and how he came to. "Number-117 peeled the boy off, and with a laugh-tossed him down the hillside like a toy. Dr. Hasley had expected a specimen of perfect physical proportions and stunning intellect. True, the subject was strong and fast, but he was also dirty and rude (pg. 25)." When Master Chief was a child he was a test subject to be a spartan, and he was the only one of his kind. Dr, Hasley found it hard to not have a relationship with john since he was looked at as a subject not a person. She wanted to feel bad for him but knew she couldn't. I knew that reading this book would be nothing like the game "Halo Reach" and that is a main reason i decided to read it, to get a perspective on both ends, the gaming side and also from the book. Now after reading this book I feel as if I have a little advantage as to knowing what could come next as to those who have not read the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckahl | 2/8/2014

    " I have read alot of the Halo books and this one was one of my favorites, because it had the most excitment, was easy to read, and seemed to all fit together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Millboar | 2/8/2014

    " A great edition to the Halo series it depicts spartan 117 and the final, catasrophic, days of Reach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Kotoff | 1/13/2014

    " If you love the game, you gotta love the background. This book is action-packed and is an intesnse read with many twists and turns. Find out how the Master Chief became one of the greatest SPARTANs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brayden Saunders | 1/9/2014

    " the best book i've ever read, ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 12/25/2013

    " Great introduction to the Halo universe for someone who hasn't played yet. Great character development and just enough tech to not turn me off but make the processes understandable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 04JordanS | 12/12/2013

    " "Halo: Fall of Reach" is an amazing book. Eric Nylund does an excellent job explaining the events before the first Halo game, like the Spartan project and humanity's encounter with the Covenant. He decribes the settings in the book very well. I like how the Spartans have personalities instead of being robots. The action scenes are good. The only negative comment I have on this book is that the book is called "Fall of Reach" even though most of the book has nothing to do with the battle on Reach. However, even with that nitpick, I still love this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Villaluz | 12/12/2013

    " The story was about how master chief grew up in the spartan program and how he was made into a super soldier "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Butterflykatana | 8/12/2013

    " Its based on a game I've played and this book really fills in the how did we get to this questions. Id give it 3.5 if I could but since I cant it gets 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dylan Welzel | 7/5/2013

    " Just your ordinary space wars book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emanuel Francis | 6/16/2013

    " The Fall of Reach is about a project known as SPARTANS trained to fight. One day there is a alien race known as the Coventant invades Reach for a data base that tells you where Earth is. Can the SPARTANS distroy the data base or will the Coventant find it and distroy Earth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 GeneralTso | 6/16/2013

    " Excellent book, but this book makes the Halo games seem really pathetic. The Halo series should be remade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gagsays | 3/22/2013

    " a bit slow and repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bailey | 10/23/2012

    " This was a very good book that gave a great incite to the Halo universe. It helped me better understand the lore of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 4/7/2012

    " If you love the game you will totally love the book :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tone | 1/29/2012

    " Entertaining for any fan of the franchise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Arnason | 10/5/2011

    " This book was great , and since i play the video game, i could relate to the story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan davis | 5/10/2011

    " it was really good it suprised me with charecter buil and story line considering how it was based off a video game i give kudos to the author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Hernandez | 4/26/2011

    " Great Book a must read if you are a fan of the Halo Universe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mantas DomaÅ¡evičius | 4/17/2011

    " Epic halo universe story. How it all began - first contact with covenant, back story of master chief etc... And awesome Nylund writing makes it really immersive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 11/7/2010

    " One of my favorite science fiction books ever. Nylund describes combat better that almost anyone. It adds an unbelievable amount of depth to the already-rich world of Halo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 10/14/2010

    " Amazing book! Best one of the series. I love learning the story of how the Spartans got their start. Fan of the game, fan of this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dylan *Rocket-Raj* | 9/14/2010

    " Of course! How could I forget the scenes where my ALL-TIME-FAVORITE PAIRING met, for the first time?! WILL REVIEW SOON! (Just need some damn time...) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 astrangerhere | 8/27/2010

    " Shockingly good sci-fi based on a game. My wife is a nut for the game, and I promised I'd read it for her since she liked it so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.j. | 7/16/2010

    " These books were very nice, the flood was pretty close to the actual halo: combat evolved video game and the fall of reach was a good prequel to the series. the first strike was ok but my favorites out of the 3 were the flood and the fall of reach "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brady | 10/8/2009

    " i want to read these becouse its alll about war and i love war and ive played the halo games becouse ive played it with my cousin and i loooooove it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mookie | 9/17/2009

    " The Nylund books were great in this collection. The other one, well, it was not so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joey | 2/25/2009

    " If you love the game - you will love the books. I was excited to read these 3 and was not dissappointed. It opens up the Halo universe and makes the game even better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adam | 12/14/2008

    " While the background info from the books is really interesting, and I love the Halo universe, it was really painful trying to read these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 coty | 11/2/2008

    " based on the first game of the halo trilogy theses three books are the best, i wish they made a halo 2 and 3 but they have not so i wish they do. but other than that any body who likes the halo story line should read this box set. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Enaida | 6/11/2008

    " Rich and descriptive story about the plot of the video game. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/11/2008

    " If you are one of the millions that play Halo, this series is a must read. Gives you the back story of Spartan 117 and how he became the Master Chief as we know him. Highly recommed it to Halo and Sci-fi fans alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 3/4/2008

    " I learned the enite story of Halo. I learned how he became one of the strongest warriors ever. It's a good book and if you like Halo I'd recommend you reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ammon & Jenna | 2/27/2008

    " The trilogy is easy reading. I like the game, so the books were interesting to me. I received further information about the background of the story, and I wish the author had written more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wachlin007 | 2/21/2008

    " If you liked the halo video games, you should read these books. They provide more depth and storyline for the game. I liked learning more about Master Chief, who he was and where he came from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 nooker | 1/29/2008

    " Bizarrely good for a book based off a video game. "

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About the Author

Eric Nylund is a New York Times bestselling and World Fantasy Award–nominated author of several novels. He is the head writer for Microsoft Game Studios where he helps shape the intellectual property for some the world’s best video game developers. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in theoretical chemical physics.

About the Narrator

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?