Discover the origins of the SPARTAN program and the Master Chief. This novel is the official prequel to the blockbuster XBOX game, HALO: Combat Evolved. It chronicles the events leading up to the opening of the first HALO game.
While the brutal Covenant juggernaut sweeps inexorably through space, intent on wiping out humankind, only one stronghold remains–the planet Reach. Practically on Earth’s doorstep, it is the last military fortress to defy the onslaught. But the personnel here have another, higher priority: to prevent the Covenant from discovering the location of Earth.
Outnumbered and outgunned, the human soldiers seem to have little chance against the Covenant, but Reach holds a closely guarded secret. It is the training ground for the very first “super soldiers.” Code-named SPARTANs, these highly advanced warriors, specially bioengineered and technologically augmented, are the best in the universe–quiet, professional, and deadly.
This is the first novel in the HALO series.
For a full synopsis (complete with SPOILERS) check out Fall of Reach’s entry in Wikipedia.