30 September 2007

Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund

This is the first Halo novel, a prequel to the xbox/ pc-game. It does not in any way require that that you have played the game to seriously enjoy the book. The book gives you a very good information about the Halo universe, even allot of background information that is not revealed in the game.

Mr. Nylund is very adept at writing action-suspense sci-fi. I had real trouble putting the novel down and sat up late at night reading it. Even though he started as an adult writing novels, he has surely mastered the key points of writing!

You will hear about the birth of the Spartan program and get to know John (the Master Chief) from he is a kid. The novel follows John and his fellow Spartans through training and on to real missions. I will not reveal the details here, that would be to spoil your fun. Only will I tell you that the novel takes you up to the time where the game starts.

If you have read Ender's Game you might find similarities, but this is in no way cheap copy/rewrite. This is just as good, if not better, IMHO.

You have been warned, make sure you have time to read the book once you get it. Even if you have no intention of playing the game you should get this book, and the sequels.

All in all Halo: The Fall of Reach is a must read for every sci-fi enthusiast.

Best wishes and hope you enjoy a great read,


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