Thinking back to the early 2000s, I was watching a video game review show some time in the late afternoon. There was lots of coverage on console as well as computer games of the time. One day while tuning in, I see a preview for Halo: Combat Evolved.
The game was for the Xbox game console and the PC. I've never played but was fascinated by the game and its story line. So while exploring bookshelves at the library, some time later, for reading material I stumbled across a familiar typeface: Halo.
Welcome to Onyx
The location of Onyx was said to be abandoned which made it an ideal location for training potential Spartans -- aka super soldiers. Excluding training exercises, things were fairly uneventful. Some where along the way things start to get unearthed.
Ghosts of Onyx features three generations of Spartans. A Genearation 2 Spartan is recruited to train Generation 3 Spartans. As the story progresses, it will be discovered that not everything is what it seems.
There are two broad vantage points through which events in the book are shared. One is from the humans and the other is from an alien race that the humans are occasionally fighting with.
The Halo franchise is considered by some to be one of the highest grossing games for next generation consoles. Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, Reach and Halo 5 are core installments of the franchise; there have been some in between installments that were just branch offs of core installments. Ghosts of Onyx falls somewhere between the Halo 2 and Halo 3 installments.
Ghosts of Onyx is book three in the series with Fall of Reach being book one and First Strike being book two. Based on the Halo timelines, Fall of Reach (book) explains events that preceded Combat Evolved. There are lots of interesting events in the book that tie-in well to their Halo Universe counterparts.
There's never a dull moment. The cast of characters are unique to the point of being individuals rather than drones. Well worth the re-reads.
*The above is based on memory. Apologies if there are hairs out of place.
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A Clash between Generation 2 and Generation 3 Spartans
There's a scene in the book where a Generation 2 Spartan arrives on Onyx after a long distance trek. This Generation 2 Spartan isn't aware of the Generation 3 Spartan's existence. So after encountering this unknown figure, the Generation 2 Spartan treats them as a threat.
Strike first and ask questions later. To their surprise, the unknown figure matched them move for move.