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Halo: Glasslands | [Karen Traviss]

Halo: Glasslands

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.
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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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    Derrick Canmore, Alberta, Canada 08-01-12
    Derrick Canmore, Alberta, Canada 08-01-12
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    "One of the best in the Halo saga"
    Would you listen to Halo: Glasslands again? Why?

    Yes, this is a great continuation of the story started in Ghosts of Onyx.


    What other book might you compare Halo: Glasslands to and why?

    Glasslands is written quite similarly to Ghosts of Onyx, continuing the story and expanding to include a great new cast of characters.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    Characters are well defined by the distinct voices he uses for each one.


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

    None stand out as the whole book was great.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-22-12
    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Addition to the Halo Universe!"
    If you could sum up Halo: Glasslands in three words, what would they be?

    Great, intense, suspenseful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Glasslands?

    *SPOILER* I have to say that when they brought Halsey away. Or maybe the scene when the Sanghilei (can't remember his name) got decked by Naomy... Naomi... Whatever.


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

    Halsey's interrogation.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an Amazing addition to the Halo Univeres and a major gap filler for Halo 3-Halo 4.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    freddy partida 05-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ensorcelled"

    Euen is great at purtraying the various characters of the Halo universe. The story does well the bridge the events happening along side the game events. A must for fans of the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Blackwell Sydney 08-27-12
    S. Blackwell Sydney 08-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Traviss at the top of her game"

    Man, I hope the rest of the trilogy is as good as this book - Glasslands deserves to be recognised beyond the world of franchise fiction as a damn good sci fi novel in itself - multi-layered, considered, brooding - its got a lot of personality for a novel based on a video game.

    Also - please keep Euan on this gig - his reading captures the whole thing perfectly.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Norris Dover, PA United States 08-06-12
    Mark Norris Dover, PA United States 08-06-12
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    "Exactly what I wanted from Karen Traviss"
    Would you listen to Halo: Glasslands again? Why?

    Yes and because it is a great way to pass the time and also I love the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vaz was my favorite he was tough as nails with just enough compassion to make him really dangerous.


    What does Euan Morton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the accents made the story it made it very easy to fallow along with who was saying what.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 07-17-15
    Christopher 07-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great series!"

    Great book! The series only gets better from here! Karen Travis really brings the Halo universe alive, and Euan Morton is an excellent narrator.

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    Bryson Higgins 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Rough Start,but excellent addition to the series"

    It can be a bit confusing at times, mis the multiple story lines to follow and keep up with with. At first I wasn't too "in" with the reader but he grew on me over the 15 hours. Preformed very well, seriously love how well he could change characters, and present them in a realistic way. Overall this was an excellent addition to an amazing lore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    noah 07-14-15
    noah 07-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book!"

    Usually don't read anything that doesn't contain dank memes but I found this book THRILLING.

    10/10 - ign.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Canton, Michigan, United States 06-09-15
    Michael Canton, Michigan, United States 06-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great story in the saga."

    Addicted to the Halo series. This one closes some doors opened in previous book.
    Looking forward to the next book!

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    Jeff 06-05-15
    Jeff 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    I really loved this book, as well as the others I've read in the Halo series.

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  • Darren
    South Shields, United Kingdom
    7/31/12
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    "Superb book and a must read for any Halo Fan!"

    After reading/listening to all the previous titles i really looked forward to Glasslands as it followed on from the brilliant Ghosts of Onyx and it certainly didn't disappoint me. All aspects of the story flowed along at a steady pace and didn't come across as boring at any point. So if you are a Halo Fan then this book is a MUST Read or Listen (I had audio book version) and will not disappoint.

    However if you are new to the Halo Series of books then avoid this title and you need to start from Harvest or Fall of Reach, either of those books has a more natural progression into Glasslands as this book will be difficult to understand if you have no prior knowledge of the Halo Series.

    Cheers

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • dario
    8/26/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Great story! Enjoyed every second of it. Great finish to ghost of onyx story arc and great introduction to kilo 5

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  • Ross Pope
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    "Great story"

    Great story set in the Halo universe, thoroughly enjoyed. Can't wait for the next part.

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  • Luke Rea
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    "worth checking out"

    really enjoyed this book!! Picks up again with the Spartan II and catherine halsey with the capture of one of the sangehelli shipmasters Jul Tdama. if you have listened to any previous books some may have lacked a little bit this is great read, highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ithaqua
    Ivybridge, United Kingdom
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    "Fast paced, and engaging."

    Glasslands is set after the events of the third Halo game and follows a newly formed team of ONI agents called KIlo 5. The charcters of Vas, Mal, Phillips (or Phillys as the hinge heads call him) alongside Osman Naomi and the wonderfully wicked Black Box A.I. angage you immediately and your join them on their first mission. Alongside this is a parallel trhead of plot tying up the loose ends of Ghosts of Onyx in an intrigueing way. Game tie-ins get bad press in the main thanks to some truly woeful films, but Karen Traviss show how it should be done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    READING, United Kingdom
    8/13/12
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    "Excellent continuation of the story"

    Theres not much more to say other than this is brilliant. I was waiting for the next installment for my commute to and from work and I was not disappointing. Certainly as the previous reviewer noted, this is not the book to start the series on, but if you are already knee deep in the story its spot on. In fact, it is certainly setting up some of the story to tie in with Halo 4 game.

    A must read if you are a fan of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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