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. Meanwhile, the Arbiter, the defector turned leader of a broken Covenant, struggles to stave off civil war among his divided people.
Across the galaxy, a woman thought to have died on Reach is actually very much alive. Chief scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey broke every law in the book to create the Spartans, and now she's broken some more to save them. Marooned with Chief Mendez and a Spartan team in a Forerunner slipspace bubble hidden in the destroyed planet Onyx, she finds that the shield world has been guarding an ancient secret – a treasure trove of Forerunner technology that will change everything for the UNSC and mankind.
As Kilo-Five joins the hunt for Halsey, humanity’s violent past begins to catch up with all of them as disgruntled colony Venezia has been biding its time to strike at Earth, and its most dangerous terrorist has an old, painful link with both Halsey and Kilo-Five that will test everyone’s loyalty to the limit.
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This is a fantastic story!!! Kilo 5 is a dynamic team. But I want to know more about what happened to the Spartans after Onyx.
At the end of the ghosts of onyx the feel of the characters changes a lot. Spartan 2 act different. Dr Halsey and Mendez had done a 180 degree personally change... Book is good but the flow was off.
Karen Travis is one of my favorite authors and she does not disappoint with this book! I have loved her work with Star Wars and I have loved her work with gears of war, but what she is done here with Halo is fantastic!!!
It's a good story. Most of them are, but this one really stands out because of Euan Morton, the narrator. This guy must be a decent actor. His accents and voices are brilliant, and distinct. He performs dialogue, rather than reading it. I have a feeling he's a Scott too, because his Scottish accents are spot on. His American voices aren't bad, and his British and Australian ones are fantastic. He also knows to pronounce the J in Mjölnir* as a "ye" sound, rather than a hard "je" sound. That bugs me in a number of the other Halo books. The Russian one I can't comment on. I only know one Russian, and he doesn't sound like Vas. Morton has also set up a new accent for the Sangheili, that works, if you ignore the fact that Morton doesn't have the four jaws required to be totally authentic :)*Said as "myerl-neer", where the first R is not prounounced.
When the team is first "meeting" Naomi in her Mjölnir armour. Mal's reaction is gold.
Yes, much the same. He's a consistently good performer.
Why do the fields this review form presents change every time I edit my review?! I have to keep changing the content, as well as the errors! ARGH!
I don't do tag lines. Just read the damned book.
Yes, people reading this really should read The Thursday War and Mortal Dictata after it, in that order. The Kilo Five trilogy is not three stories. It's one in three volumes.
people are complaining that there is no action, and it is true, it's more like a spy novel, undercover missions, etc... it's good and engaging unless all you are looking for is action, in which case don't read...
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please do republic commando same author all 5 books come on its star wars do it
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One of the best books I've listened too. The story is well written for an audiobook setting.
Read or listen to the first 4 Halo books: Halo: Fall of Reach through Halo: Ghosts of Onyx. These books build up the story line to where Grasslands takes off.
Very good storytelling. His voices really bring life to the characters. One of the best audiobook narrations I've heard
It's way too long for one sitting, but definitely one that kept you wanting to hear more!
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