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Halo: Contact Harvest

01/11/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

Buy Halo: Contact Harvest in the USA - or Buy Halo: Contact Harvest in the UK

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The novel is based on the Microsoft Halo video games for the Xbox 360. Halo: Contact Harvest is written by Joseph Staten, Bungie Studios' lead writer and one of the original creators of the Halo game trilogy.

Though Halo: Contact Harvest marks Joseph Staten first foray into novel writing, he has served as a writer and cinematics director for Halo (2001) and Halo 2 (2004) and Halo 3.

In Halo: Contact Harvest, Staten reveals the state of the Halo universe leading up to humanity's devastating first contact with the Covenant-a chance encounter that catapulted mankind into a struggle for its very existence.

"It goes without saying that Joseph has great, intimate knowledge of the Halo universe, so who better to tell the harrowing tale of humanity's first contact with the Covenant?" Tor Editor Eric Raab told SFcrowsnest. "In the novel, Joseph not only reveals exciting nuances of known events and characters such as Sgt. Johnson. But he also breaks new ground-takes readers on an action-packed journey to a little-known but vital part of the Halo universe: the far-flung, ill-fated word of Harvest."

Readers will experience the start of the Human-Covenant war from the perspective of Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson, Master Chief's legendary confidant and mentor. As readers follow the young Sergeant's adventures, they will gain insights into both the Covenant's genocidal fury and the civil war that threatened to destroy humanity's fledgling interstellar empire, even before the Covenant got their chance.

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