Wars end. But hatred, guilt, and devotion can endure beyond the grave.
With the Covenant War over, the Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. The angry, bitter colonies, still with scores to settle from the insurrection put on hold for thirty years, now want justice and so does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his daughter was abducted for the SPARTANII program. Black ops squad KiloFive find their loyalties tested beyond breaking point when the father of their Spartan comrade, still searching for the truth about her disappearance, prepares to glass Earth's cities to get an answer. How far will KiloFive go to stop him? And will he be able to live with the truth when he finds it? The painful answer lies with a man long dead, and a conscience that still survives in the most unlikely, undiscovered place.
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Halo: Mortal Dictata finalizes a story arc that may be the most interesting outside the standard Halo series you'll find in the games. While the games have been enjoyable, the rich universe set up and explored by these authors, Traviss especially, breathes depth and sheds a different light on an otherwise standard game shooter.
Mortal Dictata gives you a sense of completion with the Kilo Five Trilogy, while still leaving it open to more. Euan Morton returns for another fantastic performance. His vocal range for each character not only is constistant throughout the book, it matches those of Glasslands and The Thursday War.
I would definitely consider a listen. I think its a great listen regardless if you are a die hard fan or new to the series.
Addicted to audio books. I listen all day long every day.
It falls into my "Worth Listening to Again" or "Books Worth Keeping" categories. I haven't finished it and have already add it back into my book queue. It falls in second to the RCN Sereis The Lost Fleet or Kris Longknife series.
Its hard for me to say at this point
Not quite Graphic Audio's "Theater in your Mind" but the characters are well pro-trade.
Definitely one of the best if not the best Halo books I've listened to. Karen Traviss explores a much different side of the Halo universe and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's somewhat less military and action and more about the characters and their development. I would love to see another Kilo-Five trilogy with these characters.
It's different than the other Halo books, even the previous ones in this trilogy. I'm not sure what I would compare it to.
Euan Morton is very talented and I really enjoyed his performance. His character differentiation was fantastic and his accents were believable.
I don't want to give much away but there are moments with Staffan Sentzke that were really quite emotional for me. I can't relate to his arms dealing empire, but the family stuff was real to me.
I suspect some reviewers are put off by the Halsey dialogue because they are in denial or can't relate to the characters. I'll admit I was as well with the first two novels, but this book makes the argument much more convincing. Some of the characters do focus heavily on Halsey as the one person responsible but Karen Traviss makes it clear that was not the case. She's not even ambiguous about it. There's even a suggestion that in certain cases, what she did was for the best.
Yes I would recommend it. Why, because it wraps up the story lines for the trilogy and answers some questions that I still had after reading other Halo books such as Reach.
The teacher, I can't say more but that and the epilogue were my favorite parts.
For me the narrator of a series is second only to the story Euan's performance was wonderful as soon as the intro music was over and he started to speak I was back in the Halo universe. His ability to bring each of these characters to life.
I cried and I laughed Traviss did a wonderful job with this book.
Being a junkie for expanded universes both this and Star Wars I really like learning all I can about the backstory and the possibility for more books. This book does both of those things.
Pretentious. Hypocritical. Touching.
No. Mainly from her past with the Star Wars series. She has the potential of being a great author, but choses to fall back on mediocry and paint by color characters.
He is a talented narrator. He gives emotion and personality to characters who des privately need it.
Extreme in the sense that I had to force myself throughs the Kilo-Five sections. The section with the Kig-Yar are fascinating and funny, while the scenes with Staffon are genuinely tragic and sad as he shows how devoted a parent is to their child.
This story had the make up to be a great tragic story, if it stayed focus on one character. The "villains" are more interesting than the "heroes", and the moral decisions of the hero characters are well thought out theories, but without acting on them, then they are nothing but theories. The Spartans are too perfect, everyone else is too stupid, and there is a constant fascism undertone to the story.
I loved the way Karen Traviss has characters deal with moral issues and tragic experiences. She was at her best in this novel.
I liked that there was no clean "happy ending". It was more consistent with real life and how messy it can be.
How he changes his pitch and accent to identify different characters.
Naomi remembering her abduction & how it affected her dad.
Higly recommended with an ending I did not anticipate.
The correct read order is as follows:
Halo: Contact Harvest
Halo: The Cole Protocol
Halo: The Fall Of Reach
Halo: The Flood
Halo: First Strike
Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
The Thursday War
These books can be read first as they are "Chronologically" before all the others. But I recommend reading them last as the first batch opens the door to the Haloverse.
All of the characters are fleshed out in a manner that you have feeling about all of them. Good and bad. Love how the book also reveals unknown facts about the Halo universe that makes things so clear going back to the very beginning, the first Book about Halo.
Can't say just one. Love BB. Arrogant AI who thinks he is the smartest thing in the universe, but still is mistified by the how and why of the humans around him. Yet continually shows his human origin. Love OSDs, Naomi, Oz, .. all of them.
Excellent injection of emotion and urgency. Great variances of voices when speaking as different characters. He pulled you further into an already great story.
If you are a fan of the HALO series.. not just this series but the whole universe, this book is a must read along with the previous two. This one is the icing on the cake. It some ways it closes some chapters, but it also opens the door to other possibilities. Remember, there is something out there that was alive before the Forerunners. We could gain their notice again and we are not ready.
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
yes great narrator...some of the story line is great
yes because nothing really changed
more john 117 please also republic commando by same author all books come on do it its star wars
First let me say I love Karen Travis books on Star Wars gears of war but this is an alien soap opera with Dr. Halsey as Lucifer
When Mal got rescued
I hope the next game does not follow the storyline
"Book that looks the other way."
How would you feel if your child or sibling be taken to become a spartan?
This book is one of the Halo top story arks. Not only bringing more to light about the Spartan project but how it would affect people around them.
The ending of this book is grate.
If you love Halo then you will love this book.
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