Halo: First Strike

By Eric Nylund

Rounding out Tor's sequence of reissues of the unique 3 Halo novels, this newly edited and revised version of First Strike is a must have for all Halo enthusiasts. that includes writer Eric Nylund on the helm, this story bridges the occasions that occur within the online game Halo: wrestle developed (as novelized in The Flood) and its blockbuster follow-up, Halo 2.

After destroying the 1st Halo, grasp leader and Cortana try to voyage again domestic between a myriad of lethal Covenant assaults. With a conflict weary squad, that incorporates the final of the Spartan-II survivors and the program's author, Dr. Catherine Halsey, First Strike delivers an action-packed area opera informed opposed to the backdrop of 1 of the richest and most intricate technology Fiction franchises of our time.

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His go well with malfunctioned. He may perhaps not see or pay attention something. He stayed in that limbo nation and struggled to stick awake and alert. Moments later, his exhibit used to be jam-packed with stars. He learned then that the swimsuit wasn’t malfunctioning . . . he used to be. “Chief! ” Kelly’s voice echoed in his head as though from the tip of an extended tunnel. “Fred, get up,” she whispered. “We’ve obtained to maneuver. ” His imaginative and prescient cleared, and he slowly rolled onto his arms and knees. anything harm inside of, like his abdominal have been torn out, diced into little items, after which stitched again jointly all fallacious. He took a ragged breath. That harm, too. The discomfort was once good—it helped maintain him alert. “Status,” he coughed. His mouth tasted like copper. Kelly knelt subsequent to him and on a personal COM channel stated, “Almost each person has minor harm: a couple of blown safeguard turbines, sensor structures, a dozen damaged bones and contusions. not anything we can’t atone for. Six Spartans have extra severe accidents. they could struggle from a hard and fast place, yet they've got constrained mobility. ” She took a deep breath after which additional, “Four KIA. ” Fred struggled to his toes. He was once dizzy yet remained upright. He needed to remain on his toes it doesn't matter what. He needed to for the staff, to teach them they nonetheless had a functioning chief. it will possibly were a lot worse—but 4 lifeless used to be undesirable sufficient. No Spartan operation had ever visible such a lot of killed in a single venture, and this op had slightly began. Fred wasn’t superstitious, yet he couldn’t support yet believe that the Spartans’ success was once working out. “You did what you had to,” Kelly acknowledged as though she have been examining his brain. “Most people wouldn’t have made it in case you hadn’t been considering in your toes. ” Fred snorted in disgust. Kelly concept he’d been considering on his feet—but all he’d performed was once land on his ass. He didn’t are looking to discuss it—not now. “Any different excellent news? ” he acknowledged. “Plenty,” she spoke back. “Our gear—munitions containers, baggage of additional weapons—they’re scattered throughout what’s passing for our LZ. just a couple of folks have attack rifles, might be 5 in overall. ” Fred instinctively reached for his MA5B and came upon that the anchoring clips on his armor have been sheared away within the impression. No grenades on his belt, both. His drop bag was once long gone, too. He shrugged. “We’ll improvise,” he acknowledged. Kelly picked up a rock and hefted it. Fred resisted the urge to reduce his head and seize his breath. there has been not anything he desired to do extra immediately than take a seat and simply relaxation and imagine. There needed to be how to get his Spartans out of right here in a single piece. It was once like a coaching exercise—all he had to do was once determine how top to complete their undertaking with out extra foul-ups. there has been no time, although. They’d been despatched to guard these turbines, and the Covenant yes as hell weren’t sitting round anticipating them to make the 1st stream. The columns of smoke that marked the place achieve HighCom as soon as stood testified to that. “Assemble the team,” Fred informed her. “Formation Beta. We’re heading towards the turbines walking. Pack out our wounded and useless. ship people with guns forward as scouts.

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