Halo: Primordium

Halo: Primordium

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The second novel of the Forerunner Saga trilogy by science fiction legend Greg Bear—set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times bestselling video game series!One hundred thousand years ago. In the wake of the apparent self-destruction of the alien Forerunner empire, two humans—Chakas and Riser—are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Forerunner known as the Master Builder and then misplaced during a furious battle in space, Chakas and Riser now find themselves on an inverted world, where horizons rise into the sky and humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. They have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end—a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life, and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of Responsibility to all living things. In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo ringworld in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and the reason for the Forerunner Librarian’s tampering with human destiny. Their travels will take them into the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence—known as “the Captive” by Forerunners, and “the Primordial” by ancient human warriors, this being may not only control the fate of Chakas, Riser, and the rest of humanity, but of all sentient life across the galaxy…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508284789
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: Halo Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Greg Bear is an American author of more than forty books spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. His science fiction works have covered themes of galactic conflict, artificial universes, consciousness and cultural practice, and accelerated evolution. His fiction has garnered five Nebula Awards, two Hugo
Awards, the Monty Award, and the Heinlein Award. He has also been an illustrator of science fiction works in both hardcover and paperback. He has written articles on film for the Los Angeles Times and book reviews for the San Diego Union. He is a founding member of the Association of Science Fiction Artists and of the San Diego
Comic-Con. and has served as president and vice president of the Science Fiction
Writers of America. He has also served as a consultant for NASA, the US Army,
the State Department, and other organizations on such matters as crime and criminal justice, virology and evolution, and bio security.

Timothy Dadabo (Tim Dadabo) is a voice actor who has recorded audiobooks, television shows and video games. In audiobooks, he narrated Greg Bear's Halo: Primordium and M. J. Elliott's Dreadtime Stories series. His television credits include The Looney Tunes Show, American Dad! and Kung Fu Panda. He held voice roles in multiple video games, including Halo, Halo 2 and Halo 3.

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Halo 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 265 reviews.
IamNoble More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Cryptum, a great start to a prequel trilogy. It was a technical read at times, and didn't hold my hand as much as other book/game tie-ins. The pacing was good, and I enjoyed the progression of the characters and the way that my perceptions of them changed by the end. The book also had an epic scope that really felt appropriate for a novel on the Forerunners. As for the Forerunners, it was great to final get a gimpse of them in their element. If I could raise any cons, I would point to the book's length, which I felt could have been longer. A few more chapters/pages could have offered room for explanations and some exploration of certain topics/characters, especially for those unfamiliar with the Halo-verse. A brief disclosure - I am a HUGE Halo fan, with regards to both the games and the novels/lore. That aside, I always try to be objective when recommending a book. It would be dishonest to say, however, that my enjoyment of this book was not closely related to how much I love this IP and how many questions it answered for me. I recommend this book, especially to Halo fans, but also to those looking for a fresh sci-fi adventure that will hopefully lead to many more.
deesy58 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of the "Forerunner Saga" from the "Halo" series that appears to have been written by multiple authors. The conceptual basis for the story is a somewhat unique variation on a previously-used theme. The book leaves the reader with a lot of unanswered questions, which is frustrating. If this is just a partial story, however (first of a series), then the lack of answers might be understandable. The book seems to have been written for Young Adults (YA). There are loose ends that remain untied, and a rather abrupt ending that suggests that the next book in the series must be read in order to complete the story. (Book #2 has apparently been released.) Some editing errors were noted, but they were not so egregious as to seriously detract from the readability of the book. I will begin reading the second volume immediately.
CalBookReader More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Halo books. Overall I think this book was pretty good. I read the Halo books for entertainment and for something to do with my son, so that is the perspective my review is coming from. I do crave to learn more about the Halo universe, so anything that fills in the missing pieces is great. It was a challenging read (writing style) and I definitely would have liked to learn more about the Forerunner world after working my way through it. I think I learned more about humans than Forerunners. I am an educated person but I found myself utilizing the "lookup" feature on my Nook regularly. For that reason only I think this will be a difficult read for my younger son. I also think the first person writing style hindered the author's ability to provide us with many details about the Forerunner universe that an omniscient narrator would have been provide. All that said - buy the book. Good entertainment for less than the price of a movie. If you like Halo, like I do, it is more food for your hunger.
Brian Fletter More than 1 year ago
Although i needed the nook dictionary to read it, it was a VERY enlightening story for the Halo universe. A must-buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did a great job of explaing some of the great misteries of the ancient forerunners. Can't wait to read the next onin this series, primordium.
angela correa More than 1 year ago
This is a great book has little to do with master cheif but more to do with the plot of halo its self
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was awsome and it was very descriptive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very informative about the Halo Universe, and I can't wait for the third book to be released. The book, only at certain times, can be a tiny bit technical. I also found that it was difficult to understand at certain points. Othan than thait it is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book around christmas 2011 and started to read and i LOVE it and halo rocks!!!! O.o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great series!!!!This cannot be missed!
sephiroth72381 More than 1 year ago
This first book in the trilogy is great as it gives amazing new insight to the HALO universe and the mysterious Forerunners and begins to answer why behind the HALOs creation and more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this up simply because it had the words Halo, and then Forerunner saga on the cover. Greg Bear is an amazing author of sci-fi and he does the Halo universe Justice with this story. This is great for fans of the Halo universe because it begins to answer some of the questions posed by the games and the many other novels. but it also opens some new questions about the fate of humanity in the Halo present.
hobbit1968 More than 1 year ago
a well developed story and characters. wont put it down once you start.
Nicky Ancona More than 1 year ago
It seems to me that this halo book is my favorite.It goes into a large amount of detail with story and character design.Eric Nylund was my favorite halo author before however this book brings you to the origins and at the same time stays true to the stories of halo the game and the stories told by other great authors.I dare anyone to say this is not at the best of sci-fi writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated the forerunners! They think humans are animals and when they couldn't (REMOVED FOR SPOILER PURPOSES), they decided to blow up the whole galaxy. They think they're so great but they really suck! Also, Halo is better than Call of Duty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My new book that i’m reading is Halo Cryptum The Forerunner Saga, made by Greg Bear. This book is based on the Xbox 360 games. In the first paragraph the Narrator is talking about the setting. They are on a boat.In chapter two the setting is on a Island. When the Chakas and Riser is on the Island Riser has armor but Chakas doesn’t not have armor. This means that Riser is not vulnerable while Chakas is very vulnerable. Chakas is talking about fighting a monster with claws. In chapter 2 the narrator says “Those claws could take off a part of my foot.(2)” What this means is that if he fights that monster than he will most likely lose a part of his foot while Riser has armor and is protected.Chakas also says in chapter two “The excitement of adventure was starting to wear thin.”(2) What this means is that he is starting to get scared that he will either get killed by a monster or he will lose a part of his foot from a monster. This also means that he is starting to regret going on this adventure at all or at least with no armor. If you are a gamer I would recommend this book to you or all the trilogy’s to you. Also if you like action pact stories or suspensful stories I would recommend this book or trilogy’s to you. I like this book because of the action pact stuff that goes on. I Also like how it is based on a video game, not many people can say they made a very good book on a video game. When you think of a story you think of a story you think of like oh I lost my dog but not this book. This book talks about going to battle with no armor, or losing your feet or not feeling excited on going on adventures anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adds a wonderful spin to the back story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was actually better than I thought it would be.It was pretty well written too.If you want to know more about the history of the forerunners and the flood this is a great source.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although i am a part of the master race, i still love halo books, but cod fans spilling peasentry into this reveiw section, stop, and pc is the master race. Praisr GabeN.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who thinks Call of Duty is better than Halo doesn't know anything about shooters. Halo, Battlefield, Titanfall, Destiny, and Planetside 2 are all better than Call of Duty. But the Elder Scrolls is my favorite game series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Halo doesn't suck, you do!