Halo: The Fall of Reach is a 2001 novel by Eric Nylund based on the Halo series of computer and video games and acts as a prequel to Halo: Combat Evolved, the first game in the series. The novel expands on the events which led up to the game and explains the origins of the SPARTAN II super soldiers, by narrating the story of the series protagonist, the Master Chief, and how he became one of the SPARTAN-IIs. The events in the book takes place from August 17, 2517 to August 30, 2552. The novel was re-released in 2010 with updated material. __FLAGS__