Provides good background to the story, spearheaded by the awesomeness that is Sergeant Avery Johnson Junior, but essentially tells you nothing knew the war began on Harvest and Johnson was there Seems fairly redundent to have a book on that particular encounter nonetheless, the book is an enjoyable read. This is an interesting novel from the point of view of explaining why the Covenant actually attack humanity It isn t the most challenging of reads, but will be enjoyed by Halo fans looking for depth into the expanded universe outside the games. Slow burner but gets good towards the end Good insight into the beginning of the Human Covenant War. from start to finish, this book delivers a consistently impactful and sincere tone, doing each canon character from the games justice in their presentation and interactions with one another well recommended. The New York Times best seller part of the expanded universe based on the award winning video game series Halo It sHarvest is a peaceful, prosperous farming colony on the very edge of human controlled space But humanity has unknowingly trespassed on holy ground straying into the path of the aggressive, theocratic empire known as the Covenant What begins as a chance encounter between an alien privateer and a human freighter soon catapults all of mankind into a struggle for its very existence But humanity is also currently locked in a bitter civil war of its own the Insurrection With resources strained to the breaking point, the ultimate survival of Harvest s citizens falls to a squad of battle weary UNSC Marines and their inexperienced colonial militia trainees In this unlikely group of heroes, one will stand above the rest a young Marine staff sergeant named Avery Johnson A fantastic tale that clearly sets the series in motion, giving an insight on a handful of characters and how the franchise is meant to begin For the Author s first novel, it s than impressive. I love the Halo books and this is the 5th so far I enjoyed the first four books because they had to do with the games and they had spartans in, but this book is set when the spartans are still very young so they arent in it I am half way through and the story still hasnt gripped me yet. The first meeting with the Covenant finally revealed Characters we are familiar with are in it like Johnson and tartus, even Jenkins is there Very good book This is a must read if you have read any books from the Halo series or even looking for a good Science Fiction Novel Staten did a great job of creating the exciting story of first contact with the alien Covenant empire and their assault on the the human world of Harvest There were numerous heroes with great character development and I found myself cheering for individuals on both sides of the conflict The alien races were described in great detail better than the other Halo books I ve read and I felt like I got a good sense of each races purpose and unique characteristics I would recommend this to all science fiction fans The book starts of slowdescribing the character of Avery Johnsonthen it shows why he is a man of steelat first it looked slow and boring but then the story makes head way for the initial war with the covenant gets very interesting after the introductionworth the readgo for it Respect Johnson.