By Eric Nylund

The Definitive version to the 1st and Bestselling Halo Novel, together with Twenty-seven Pages of recent Material
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Legends usually are not easily born...they are willed into existence.
Humanity has elevated past the Sol approach. There are 1000s of planets we now name "home."
The United international locations area Command now struggles to manage this enormous empire.
After hard all recommendations to maintain seething insurrections from exploding into interplanetary civil conflict, the UNSC has one final hope.
At the place of work of Naval Intelligence, Dr. Catherine Halsey has been tough at paintings on a most sensible mystery application which can carry an finish to all this conflict...and it starts off with seventy-five teenagers, between them a six 12 months previous boy named John.
Halsey by no means guessed that this little boy may turn into humanity's ultimate wish opposed to an unlimited alien strength hell-bent on wiping us out.
This is the tale of John, Spartan-117…the grasp leader, and of the battles that introduced humanity nose to nose with its attainable extinction.
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This new Tor version will function the definitive model of the unconventional that all started Halo fanatics analyzing the sequence, and contours brand-new fabric, together with:
Excerpts of workplace of Naval Intelligence interrogations of the Covenant.
Missives and mandates issued by way of the Covenant
Declassified transmissions concerning the security of achieve
A own perception into the Spartan application
The professional Evacuation Order for all population of succeed in.
Five sketches of canopy paintings through 343 Industries artist, Robogabo

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His head have been shaved and incision vectors were lasered onto his whole physique. regardless of those indignities, Dr. Halsey marveled at what a stunning actual specimen he had grown into. Fourteen years previous and he had the physique of an eighteen-year-old Olympic athlete, and a brain the equivalent of any Naval Academy honors graduate. Dr. Halsey pressured the easiest smile she may well muster. “How are you feeling? ” “I’m high-quality, ma’am,” John answered groggily. “The nurse stated the sedation could take influence quickly. I’m struggling with it to work out how lengthy i will be able to stay up. ” His eyelids fluttered. “It’s hard. ” John noticed Mendez and he struggled to sit up straight and salute, yet failed. “I comprehend this can be one of many Chief’s routines. yet I don’t comprehend what the twist is. are you able to inform me, Dr. Halsey? simply this time? How do I win? ” Mendez seemed away. Dr. Halsey leaned in the direction of John as he closed his eyes and began to respire deeply. “I’ll let you know tips to win, John,” she whispered. “You need to live to tell the tale. ” bankruptcy SEVEN 0000 Hours March 30, 2525 (Military Calendar) / UNSC service Atlas en path to the Lambda Serpentis method “And so we devote the our bodies of our fallen brothers to area. ” Mendez solemnly closed his eyes for a second, the rite accomplished. He pressed a regulate and the ash canisters moved slowly into the ejection tubes . . . and the void past. John stood rigidly at cognizance. The carrier’s missile release bays—normally cramped, overcrowded, and bustling with activity—were strangely quiet. The Atlas’s firing deck were cleared of munitions and group. lengthy, unadorned black banners now hung from the bay’s overhead gantries. “Honors . . . ten hut! ” Mendez barked. John and the opposite surviving Spartans saluted in unison. “Duty,” Mendez stated. “Honor and self sacrifice. dying doesn't lessen those characteristics in a soldier. we will keep in mind. ” a chain of thumps resounded throughout the Atlas’s hull because the canisters have been hurled into area. The view monitor flickered and displayed a box of stars. The canisters seemed one after the other, speedy falling in the back of the provider because it endured on its path. John watched. With all the chrome steel cylinders that drifted by way of, he felt that he used to be wasting part of himself. It felt like leaving his humans in the back of. Mendez’s face could to boot been chiseled from stone, for all of the emotion it confirmed. He accomplished his protracted salute after which acknowledged, “Crewmen, disregarded. ” now not every thing have been misplaced. John glanced round the release chamber; Sam, Kelly, and thirty others nonetheless stood at consciousness of their black gown uniforms. that they had made it unhurt throughout the last—mission wasn’t particularly the precise notice. roughly. there have been a dozen others, even though, who had lived . . . yet have been now not squaddies. It harm John to examine them. Fhajad sat in a wheelchair, shaking uncontrollably. Kirk and René have been in neutral-buoyancy gel tanks, respiring via respirators; their bones were so twisted they now not appeared human. there have been others, nonetheless alive, yet with accidents so severe they can no longer be moved.

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