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Rick

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  • Halo: Glasslands

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (531)

    The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground. The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection.

    Derrick says: "One of the best in the Halo saga"
    "I was expecting ‘HALO’ in this Halo novel."
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The lack of any action in this novel made it a very hard novel to like. While it had the making of a very good sci fi yarn, the author missed the mark by such a large margin, it made this book painful at times. If there had actually been any Halo type action, then I would rate it higher.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have read or listened to all of the Halo series of books. After this novel, I am going to read the novels on the Forerunners.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    I thought the performance was very good, top marks to Euan for his performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The few times that an actual trigger was pulled or one of the characters did more than sit and complain about past issues, then those are the redeeming qualities of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion, the whole Halo series is built around the Spartans, the game and all of the novels. Granted the series has evolved with the additional Spartan program and the OSDT characters, but let’s be honest, we all play the game and read the books because we all want to be Spartan 117, the Master Chief. We want all want to go down range with him and see him blow the kaka out of things, that is what makes this series so much fun and so very good.

    We, at least I, read these because they are at the core, very good science fiction. To spend the vast majority of this book on the ethical issues involved with the Spartan program, is in my opinion, not a good use of ink. This is after all, Science Fiction, not a social commentary on man’s inhumanity toward man.

    I would hope that the next book in this line, will remember its roots and give us all what we are looking for, a good story that is true to the original story line, not a 10 hour trial of the mother of the Spartans.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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