It is 2555, more than two years after the Master Chief went missing in action following a decisive conflict on Installation 00 - the massive, extragalactic Forerunner construct known as the Ark - as part of the final chapter in humanity's bloody 30-year struggle against the overwhelming forces of the Covenant. Now, as a tenuous peace exists between the humans and the Elites, a startling scientific discovery is made - and the riddle behind its Forerunner origins could very well seal the fate of the entire galaxy within a matter of weeks.
In order to unravel these dangerous secrets, a heroic, hastily formed coalition of humans and Elites must attempt to overcome their differences as they embark on a covert mission back to the Ark - an astonishing, enigmatic place beyond comprehension from which few have returned and where mortal danger awaits them all....
©2015 Microsoft Corporation (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
This book decided it would have all it's characters be simple and single layered. It brought down already developed characters such as Sarah Osman and it didn't progress or add to the story of Halo in any positive way.
I am a huge Halo fan. I feel like this was a complete throw away novel. To change the story to something i would find more enjoyable i would make Luther Mann a more solid character and not have everything just magically line up to fix problems that should have better answers to, and saying that i would need to remove the Spartan 4s since one is a solve everything by just being there character and the other is a background soldier with no reason to be there.
Every character was its own. Dialogue was lacking but that's not the readers fault.
I feel like i'm being way to harsh on this novel, but as a Halo novel this falls way short. I would cut every scene with Sarah Osman do to the fact that they all make her seem incompetent.
First and foremost i am a crazy person who thought about this too long.
The worst books i ever read were the Innocent Mage / the Awakened Mage by Karen Miller because the dialogue was crap, along with the characters being single layered and felt the lack of progression.
Now this book is far from those but my complaints remain and to put the title Halo on this book that did nothing for the story except shit on already established characters just makes me question why they even tried.
With the upcoming Halo 5 and the audio dialogues Hunt the Truth, one would think the story would be in line with some part of the upcoming halo events, instead they threw away a part of the history they could have told better at a later time.
This book felt like cookie dough cutouts and very weak compared to my favorite books of all times Halo the Fall of Reach and Halo Ghosts of Onyx.
The one and only part of this book i found exciting was the monitor 000 Tragic Solitude but the minimal exposure to him as a monitor was irritating.
With all that said, i have listened to Halo the fall of reach through Halo Mortal Dictata, and out of the 9 i listened/ read this is the lowest halo story.
I enjoyed this very much. The characters were interesting. But I felt as though nothing that happened within the story truly advanced the overall story arc of the Halo Universe. It was more of an enjoyable side story.
Some inconsistencies in the story that even upon first play through left me wondering if the author was working on multiple projects at once and lost track of thought or forgot prior details laid out. Otherwise, it was a good story, bringing you back to The Ark after being wrecked in Halo 3, and reintroducing the Elites who accompanied you in Halo 2 using 4-player co-op.
I'm not the biggest fan of the narrator, however. His pacing reminds me an instructor who is not interested in teaching. The pacing at x1 speed drags on, especially noticeable in the beginning. I changed it to x1.25, and that helped.
I like that there are still more to come, but would love another enthralling trilogy like the Forerunner or Kilo 5 series.
After listening to the Kilo5 trilogy this book doesn't really compare. Very shallow character development and a story that sort of dragged on for a bit too long. This would have been a much better short story.
It was a decent effort, enjoyable and well told. I look forward to anything else from this author in the Haloverse.
I downloaded this with hesitation but I was well rewarded. Immediately I was taken into the story by great narration and an introduction that grabbed my attention right from the start. The story was very compelling and the reader did a great job to really bring out the character's individual styles, as well as skillfully set the tone for each situation with the perfect amount of emotion.
Towards the end, I was at the edge with the passion and intensity of a situation destined for galactic demise and even the very pity and sympathy towards certain characters through their internal and external struggles. The action was brilliant and kept me entertained all the while. This is well worth the time.
Flat characters and the odd inconsistency with the lore really put me off this one. Spartan 4s are certifiably more boring than the previous generations and the elites in this book weren't written very well. Overall the story doesn't live up to its potential and spends too much time on boring monologues and not enough on brutal military details. No Keyes Loop or anything nearly as cool in this book. Not a bad book, but definitely one of the more boring entries in the series. Like Halo 5, this probably isn't worth your time.
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