by Eric S. Nylund
As anyone who's been hiding in their parents' basement for the last ten years will tell you, Halo: Combat Evolved took the world by storm back in the early 2000's. It subsequently spawned a number of sequels, action figures, and literary additions to its expanded universe. The Fall of Reach is essentially the back story of the much-venerated Master Chief -- the cyborg super-soldier from the future (not to be confused with Kyle Reese or any other character from the Terminator franchise).
The book has plenty of action in it reminiscent of that of the original game. Character building is not simply limited to Master Chief however (bonus!), as various supporting characters (e.g. Captain Keyes, Cortana, etc.) are given more depth than allotted in the game itself.
My only complaints (one of which they may have retroactively rectified in updated editions of the book) is that 1) the story doesn't jive too well with the most recent edition of the series, Halo: Reach and 2) the author doesn't seem to have a firm grasp (or any, really) on military customs and courtesies or how a rank structure works (namely, Commissioned Officers saluting an Enlisted man, no matter how studly he may be -- the only exception being, of course, if he is a Medal of Honor recipient, in which case even a General Officer is supposed to salute him). As to the former, I'll leave you to figure out what exactly I'm referring to without giving away any of the plot. :)
- Any of the other Halo novels (duh) for more Halo action!
- Republic Commando series by Karen Traviss (much better written) for more military sci-fi action!
- Warhammer 40,000 novels (if you dig the whole "superhuman" thing).
Character Development - 9
Dialogue - 6
Plot - 7
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