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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
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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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    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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    spyros 02-01-14
    spyros 02-01-14 Member Since 2013

    Fantasy Novels 4 Life

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    "best book in series of 3"
    What did you love best about Halo: Glasslands?

    storyline


    Would you recommend Halo: Glasslands to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes great info


    Have you listened to any of Euan Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    please do republic commando same author all 5 books come on its star wars do it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lucas Tiry Middleton, WI 12-27-13
    Lucas Tiry Middleton, WI 12-27-13 Member Since 2013

    IT is my career.....Technology is my passion.....Gaming is my relief.....The outdoors is my escape

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    "A Great Continuation from Ghosts of Onyx"
    Where does Halo: Glasslands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I've listened too. The story is well written for an audiobook setting.


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

    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.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    Very good storytelling. His voices really bring life to the characters. One of the best audiobook narrations I've heard


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's way too long for one sitting, but definitely one that kept you wanting to hear more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wade santa rosa, CA, United States 03-28-13
    wade santa rosa, CA, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Could Be My favorite Of The Halo Series"
    What did you love best about Halo: Glasslands?

    I've enjoyed the entire Halo story, and Karen Traviss takes the story to a new level. Well laced with character building and humor, and less on the weapons and battle description (because lets face it, by now we know that stuff very well)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character would be Naomi. Ive always wanted to see a confidently humorous Spartan


    Which character – as performed by Euan Morton – was your favorite?

    all of them were very well done


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Spartan MIDDLE ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States 02-03-13
    Spartan MIDDLE ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Audiobooks are my way of easing the long commute to work! Thank you!

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    "Great part of the Halo canon"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! This is a great piece with a lot of backstory for the Halo canon. Any Halo fan would surely appreciate it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Dr. Halsey. Her interactions with the spartans as well as her superiors was great to see and enlightening as far as Halo backstory was concerned.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where The commanding office and Dr. Halsey explain about Red and Blue Spartan origins.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes fore sure!


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and great addition to the Halo realm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CHRISTOPHER Bellaire, TX, United States 10-18-12
    CHRISTOPHER Bellaire, TX, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This is a very different kind of Halo book"

    This was a surprisingly different experience from the other Halo novels. Much like the games, most of the previous installments have been fairly action-packed and event oriented. Large sections of this book (and I do mean LARGE) consist solely of conversations and internal monologue. If you ever thought Star Trek The Next Generation was kind of boring given that it was a show about staff meetings, this book will be even more difficult. Since the book primarily follows the activities of intelligence agents, the lack of action shouldn't be a total shock. That's not to say that nothing happens, it's just that it's about as far from the novelization of a first person shooter as you could possibly get.

    The book is also a lot more linear than many previous novels. Those early books have to go back and establish a lot of backstory. By this point a lot of that has more or less been established in the author was able to focus on a specific store in a fairly condensed period of time.

    The author also explores some areas I honestly didn't consider before. A lot of the mundane detail about life in the Spartan armor is discussed for the benefit of the reader. The content also has a much more distinct psychological overtone which adds depth to both existing and new characters. I found that to be a plus, though it was difficult at times because of the positions taken. A lot of angst is expressed over the actions which led to the creation of the Spartan program. You certainly could make a war crimes argument over most of that. But I did get a little tired of worrying about 70 children when billions or trillions of humans were killed along the way. No one in this book has clean hands, it just seemed a little bit overbearing for some of the characters to pass judgment on others.

    I was also a little bothered by the physics of the book. Early in the Halo universe (just a few years ago according to the book's own chronology), humans were crawling across the vastness of space in cryo tubes. Getting anywhere seemed like a real hassle. Likewise, communication between different planets functioned more like an intergalactic pony express.

    In this book the universe seems no larger than a modern-day big city. The main characters pop back and forth between planets with relative ease. They also have real-time communication spanning galactic distances, even though sending one-way communications over huge distances was portrayed as slow and prohibitively expensive in the previous novels. Granted, these characters would have the absolute best technology available, and probably access to some wonderful covenant toys. But if all of that was available to the covenant, the war never would've taken 28 days, much less 28 years. Having such a rapid switch in communication and travel limitations is pretty jarring.

    One last criticism is about the type of story. I could probably shoehorn this thing into the traditional three act story format used by 95% of fiction novels. But that would be a real stretch. This book would've comfortably fit within an anthology format comprised of multiple short stories. The only overall story arc (outside of the one provided by the larger Halo universe) is that humanity consists of the bunch of jerks. Over the course of the trilogy I have no doubt a larger story will take place. The author is clearly talented enough to pull that off. But this didn't feel like a self-contained novel to me.

    I did enjoy many of the references to previous books and games. Dr. Halsey's journal for example was mentioned quite heavily (a highly recommended buy on Amazon if you didn't get hold of it with your copy of Halo: Reach). It was also interesting to see the Halo universe from a more "grownup" perspective.

    I think the narration is also something of a mixed bag. He does a pretty good job of many of the characters native accents and he doesn't do that appalling falsetto voice for the women. Given how many female characters this book has, that would've been unbearable. But sometimes the reading is a bit jarring when perspective shifts back and forth between places and characters. And although I like his take on most of the new characters, some of the voices/accents don't really fit with the existing cast.

    Overall, I wouldn't put this in my top three Halo book list. It's slightly above average as far as they go, but not my favorite. I really hope this doesn't become required reading for players of Halo 4. I suspect they will create a standalone story for the game, because I can't see the typical first-person shooter fan sitting through 16 hours of this kind of book. Get it if you feel compelled to consume everything Halo related, there are certainly wonderful gems to be found. But if you are a casual fan of the games, spend your time and money somewhere else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Gainesville, TX, United States 08-27-12
    Anthony Gainesville, TX, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2013
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    "started slow but picked up by the end."
    Where does Halo: Glasslands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far this is my second least favorite of the Halo books (the flood is my least favorite).


    If you’ve listened to books by Karen Traviss before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first book by Karen Travis.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say. It was probably one of the scenes with Admiral Parangosky.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I did enjoy it.


    Any additional comments?

    I really didn't like the way Dr. Halsey was written. Chief Mendez either. Pretty jarring change from Ghost of Onyx.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
  • Ithaqua
    Ivybridge, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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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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