Much like the Star Wars universe, which has spawned countless books, comic books, toys and more, Halo is also succeeding in other mediums. The newest novel is already a bestseller.
by James Brightman on Monday, November 19, 2007
Proving that Master Chief's popularity goes far beyond Halo 3's massive sales, Tor Books announced today that Halo: Contact Harvest became a New York Times Bestseller within the first week of sales, debuting at #3. The novel officially went on sale ($14.95) on October 30, and in addition to the New York Times accolade it also debuted on the USA Today Bestseller List at #23 in the Thursday, November 8th edition.
Contact Harvest is the fifth book in the Halo novel series, but it's the first novel written by Joseph Staten, Bungie Studios' lead writer and one of the original creators of the Halo game trilogy. Staten has been a writer and cinematics director for Halo (2001), Halo 2 (2004) and the record-breaking Halo 3.
As described by Tor Books, Contact Harvest "reveals the state of the Halo universe leading up to humanity's devastating first contact with the Covenant —a chance encounter that catapulted mankind into a struggle for its very existence. Readers will experience the start of the Human-Covenant war from the perspective of Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson, Master Chief's legendary confidant and mentor. As readers follow the young Sergeant's adventures, they will gain terrifying insights into both the Covenant's genocidal fury and the vicious civil war that threatened to destroy humanity's fledgling interstellar empire, even before the Covenant got their chance."
Although Bungie is no longer owned by Microsoft, the odds are the Halo phenomenon will continue for some time. As Bungie studio manager Harold Ryan recently said, "...we don't have a shortage of people happy to make Halo games." The franchise has sold over 20 million copies worldwide to date.