My fourth novel this year. I'm catching up. It will also be the last Halo book for a while.
Halo Cryptum is part one of the Forerunner trilogy, a promising prequel to the Halo universe.
Bear creates a universe where humans and Forerunners co-existed and fought each other. The human race bumped into the Forerunners as they were reaching out, fleeing the Flood. The conflict ended badly for the human race as it was reduced to a segregated and primitive state by the Forerunners.
We learn this story through the eyes and ears of Bornstellar, a young forerunner, a Manipular, who is restlessly driven to Erde-Tyrenne where he opens the Cryptum of the Didact a member of the Promethean Warrior class. Gradually the manipulations of the Librarian are revealed, a Lifeshaper and wife of the Didact who tries to stop the threat of the Flood and the answer the Builder class created: the Halo installation.
Bear tells us the story of the the Forerunners, a caste based society, who are ruled by the Mantle, a belief system which tasks them with the plight to protect and promote life. As a result the Forerunners believe to be above other races, even to such an extent that they will stop others to rise on their own merits.
Will this Forerunner Order withstand the Floods Chaos?
written by Greg Bear
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First Strike flashes back and forth on the timeline of the first two books to launch itself into an exciting third part.
It picks up the story with the remaining Spartans on Reach who try to survive the relentless Covenant attacks whilst digging themselves deeper and deeper into Reach until they finally bump into doctor Halsey. It flash-forwards to the Master Chief after the destruction of Halo and tells us how he gets back to Reach with a small number of survivors onboard a captured Covenant flagship.
Reach wasn't completely glassed as the Covenant were still looking for something hidden under the surface of the planet. Forerunner artifacts to be precise.
On Reach, Master Chief Spartan-117 aka John sets out to find the remainder of his team and after re-uniting with doctor Halsey and the remaining Spartans and rescuing Admiral Whitcomb they secure the artifact.
When they learn that the position of Earth has been compromised a daring plan is executed to stop the Covenant en route.
The great thing about Nylunds books is that he goes much further than the story arc of the games. He fills in the gaps, expands the Halo universe and tells us thrilling stories whilst giving a face and a voice to both the united earth forces and their foes, the Covenant.
written by Eric Nylund
January 2012. I solemnly promise myself to read at least one book per month. It doesn't really matter what, as long as I r.e.a.d!