This is exactly what i d expect from a halo book Lots of action but with a story that develops throughout Lesser writers would have sections for the story and other sections for action A skilled writer blends the two with the knowing wink of the manicurist This book will not let you down with tension and epic moments with a typical halo explosive ending perfectly leading the reader through to the ultimate climax and ending with a cliffhanger that answers as many questions as it raises. The New York Times best seller part of the expanded universe based on the award winning video game series Halo The th century Once considered clandestine, the Spartan II program has now gone public Tales of ard supersoldiers fending off thousands of Covenant attacks have become the stuff of legend While the Master Chief defends a besieged Earth and the myriad factions of the Covenant continue their crusade to eliminate humanity, an ultra secret cell of the Office of Naval Intelligence known as Section Three devises a plan to buy the UNSC vital time It will need hundreds of willing soldiers, though and one Spartan to get the job done The planet Onyx is virtually abandoned and the perfect place to set this new plan in motion But when the Master Chief destroys Halo, something is triggered deep within Onyx Ancient Forerunner technology stirs, and fleets of UNSC and Covenant vessels race to claim it and change the course of the Human Covenant War But this reawakened and ancient force may have plans of its own I wish I d read erics book, fall of reach, then flood not erics, not as good then first strike, then ghosts of onyx, but it actually doesn t really matter eric has overlapped elements from all the books they make sense on their own, but add to each other in ways than just a series normally would keeps you on your toes, i found myself flipping back and forth checking the times locations characters, very engaging. I never got round to reading all other earlier Halo novels, but if you have played the games you will not need to do much guesswork and patching up between the author and bungies takes on the Spartan III project This is overall a blistering brilliant and I would recommend it to any Halo fan It follows the conceiving of S III and follows up to an attack on the Spartan training ground by a mysterious ancient force The only problems I do have with this book is that it doesn t account for all of the Spartan III s on Halo Reach and that energy shields don t seem to protect against gunfire as a single shot to the side side from a covenant plasma rifle can down a Spartan But overall I found this to be a great book. An awesome read. Boy likes the book but the condition was rather poor and not as described This tells the tale of several lesser known Spartan IIs as well as the creation and development on the Spartan III programme It s not essential reading in the grand scheme of things but it is a VERY, VERY good read and I d highly recomend it to anyone interested in the Halo Universe or even anyone who likes a good read.