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Halo: The Flood | [William C. Dietz]

Halo: The Flood

The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind's very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait.
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The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind's very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait.

As the fortress world of Reach and its brave defenders were bombarded to rubble, a single cruiser fled the carnage with the battle's only human survivors: Captain Keyes, his crew of a few hundred marines, and the last remaining SPARTAN super-soldier, the Master Chief.

With the cruiser's artificial intelligence, Cortana, concealed in his battle armor, the Master Chief crash-lands on Halo in the midst of a massive Covenant occupation. Curiously, the alien soldiers appear to be searching for something hidden on the ring.

Built by a long-dead race, Halo harbors many deadly secrets, but one overshadows them all. Now the Master Chief must lead the scattered troops in a brutal race to unravel Halo's darkest mystery---and unleash its greatest source of power.

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©2003 Microsoft Corporation; (P)2008 Tantor

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    James Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-09-12
    James Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Robotic compare to The Fall Of Reach"

    The character in this book march through the story like robots. I loved the first story it had some feeling between the characters. Most of this book is shooting with a very little plot behind it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    finhead 04-21-09
    finhead 04-21-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Not very good"

    It's not the worst novel I've ever listened to. Even as a fan of the Halo books (and military scifi in general like Starship Troopers) this book in the Halo series is arguably the worst and the most disappointing of the novels so far.

    This is the book that covers the events of the first Halo game. Unfortunately it's also like reading the events of a first person shooter video game. Masterchief turns the corner, shoots aliens, repeat ad nauseam. There's none of the character development from Eric Nyland's Halo novels which are far, far better. If only Nyland could write all of the Halo novels and if only Jonathan Davis could narrate them...

    I found this book very disappointing because this IS the story from the first game and Nyland's book the Fall of Reach really was a great set up for this book. He was able to endow the Masterchief with a personality and backstory successfully in my opinion which is no small task all things considered.

    This book is really only worth checking out if you're into Halo and military scifi like I am AND you're planning to listen to the books that follow it - First Strike and Ghosts of Onyx.

    If you're a casual fan, I'd say skip it. If you want to read all of the Halo novels, check it out but don't get your hopes up. Otherwise ANY of the other Halo novels are a better read.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    jacob pell city, AL, United States 05-23-13
    jacob pell city, AL, United States 05-23-13
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    "i love the story but the voice actor was crap"
    Would you try another book from William C. Dietz and/or Todd McLaren?

    i would but not audio book because the voice actor ruined the whole book for me if i wanted a robot to read to me id have my computer do it


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chad 09-01-14
    chad 09-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad narrator."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator who had any knowledge of Halo and/or the Halo Universe would have helped... a lot!


    What was most disappointing about William C. Dietz’s story?

    The story was fine. The narration took away from the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Todd McLaren?

    Almost ANYONE! Any annoying chipmunk voice with marbles in his mouth would have been better. Between the smacking of the narrators lips/ mouth, to the mispronounced words, to the sudden screams and yells that have little to do with the story and everything to do with total distraction and frustration.... this narrator sucked. (I think)


    What character would you cut from Halo?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to sit everyone who edited this AUDIBLE book in a room and force them to listen to the crappy work they put out. Either take some pride in what you create or please, for the love of all that is good and wholesome... get a different job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nostalgic Link 08-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Follows Halo: CE to the T, yet expands on it."
    What did you love best about Halo?

    It tells the stories of those aside from the Chief in Halo: CE the game. If you've played the game and wondered why there were killed Marines lying around in certain places, this book actually goes into the details of some of those passed. The book also delves into the Covenant's perspective.


    What other book might you compare Halo to and why?

    I compare it to the other two original Halo books, because I listened to all three on a trip across the States... this one was the worst, but I was still interested in finishing it.


    Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favorite?

    The Chief, I guess.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, if you've played the game, most of this book follows the exact dialog from there... it just adds onto it. It feels... robotic. The other two in this series are much better overall. If you've never played the game, enjoyed the first book, and have no interest in playing the game, this is a good listen and continuation of the Halo story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine McLean, VA, United States 12-05-13
    Katherine McLean, VA, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It's just a basic narration of the first game"

    To be fair, I was warned before listening to this book that if I had played the first Halo, I should skip it. But, I enjoyed "The Fall of Reach" so much, I thought it would be fun to revisit the story. Unfortunately, this book turned out to be just a bland, step by step description of the game. Even the tutorial is described in detail- explaining how the master chief looks up, then down, then looks at each part of the HUD, and so on. If you're interested in listening to Halo books, pick any of the other ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Fenton, MI, United States 09-24-13
    Justin Fenton, MI, United States 09-24-13
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    "Audio version of the video game..."
    Any additional comments?

    Good book, as expected it's pretty much a direct clone of Halo: Combat Evolved with some excellent Covenant and Marine side stories added that help fill in some of the gaps left in the FPS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mahmoud Elgassier Bakersfield, CA United States 05-14-13
    Mahmoud Elgassier Bakersfield, CA United States 05-14-13

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    "Leave action for the movies"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think its not time WASTED, but well-spent...not so sure.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less action. I'm sorry, im an action kind of guy and love them in the movies, but there are way too many "ducks" and "rolls" and "flings upside down" moments in the book where im lost and find myself yearning more for story than action.

    There are also moments where they go into some details about characters and then WHAM! They're dead. I had a lot of, "why the heck would you talk about them then!?" moments in this audiobook.


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    Oh man! Todd is a fantastic reader. Honestly just listen to a sample and you'll find out right away for yourself.


    Was Halo worth the listening time?

    Again, not time wasted...but yeah, not the greatest of times. I would listen to it again some day just to try and catch up again during those action sequences.


    Any additional comments?

    The reading was awesome! The characters were great. The story, to a degree, was good and enjoyable. Its a good parallel to the game "though not exactly like it", but its fun to anticipate when the next encounter between Master Chief and the Covenant Warrior will clash every time in the story.

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    The end fight is very anti-climactic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rubin Everett, WA, United States 02-22-13
    Rubin Everett, WA, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2001
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    "The original series was very good."
    What made the experience of listening to Halo the most enjoyable?

    Amazon.com lost my original review when the hijacked Audible. Since I can no longer my original review and have not listened to this title in some time I can only give and good bad or ugly.

    However I have listened to the entire series several times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Katy, TX, United States 01-02-13
    Sam Katy, TX, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Follows the first Game"

    This was a great book that follows the series of events that cover the first game. Plus it gives us some insight to the other things happening behind the scenes during that time frame. On to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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