Definitely one of the best if not the best Halo books I've listened to. Karen Traviss explores a much different side of the Halo universe and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's somewhat less military and action and more about the characters and their development. I would love to see another Kilo-Five trilogy with these characters.
It's different than the other Halo books, even the previous ones in this trilogy. I'm not sure what I would compare it to.
Euan Morton is very talented and I really enjoyed his performance. His character differentiation was fantastic and his accents were believable.
I don't want to give much away but there are moments with Staffan Sentzke that were really quite emotional for me. I can't relate to his arms dealing empire, but the family stuff was real to me.
I suspect some reviewers are put off by the Halsey dialogue because they are in denial or can't relate to the characters. I'll admit I was as well with the first two novels, but this book makes the argument much more convincing. Some of the characters do focus heavily on Halsey as the one person responsible but Karen Traviss makes it clear that was not the case. She's not even ambiguous about it. There's even a suggestion that in certain cases, what she did was for the best.
If you're a completionist, then get it. For everyone else, just skip it and read the wikipedia article. You are not missing anything important by skipping over this one.
The story is horrible. Nothing happens for the first 80% of the book, you listen about them wandering around halo, that is it.
The narration of Riser is incredibly annoying, it was very hard to finish listening.
I was happy when it was over.
This was by far the worst Halo book, I've listened to most of them. Fortunately the rest are mostly great. Greg Bear is likely embarrassed to have his name on the cover of this.
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