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Halo: Mortal Dictata | [Karen Traviss]

Halo: Mortal Dictata

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Microsoft Corporation (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    WT Wizard Midland, TX, United States 02-24-14
    WT Wizard Midland, TX, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2015

    Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

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    "Read Order update. 2014"

    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

    KILO-5 Novels:

    Glasslands
    The Thursday War
    Mortal Dictata

    Miscellaneous

    Halo: Evolutions


    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.

    Forerunner Novels

    Halo: Cryptum
    Halo: Primordium
    Halo: Sillentium

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Florida, USA 01-28-14
    Tom Florida, USA 01-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Tom

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    "A fantastic wrap up for the Kilo Five Trilogy"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John 03-08-14
    John 03-08-14

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    "Outstanding Conclusion"
    What made the experience of listening to Halo: Mortal Dictata the most enjoyable?

    I loved the way Karen Traviss has characters deal with moral issues and tragic experiences. She was at her best in this novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that there was no clean "happy ending". It was more consistent with real life and how messy it can be.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    How he changes his pitch and accent to identify different characters.


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

    Naomi remembering her abduction & how it affected her dad.


    Any additional comments?

    Higly recommended with an ending I did not anticipate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lucas Tiry Middleton, WI 08-13-14
    Lucas Tiry Middleton, WI 08-13-14 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 conclusion to the Kilo 5 series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this series to several friends. If you love the Halo universe you'll love this continuation. It gives a very interesting extension to Katherine Halsey.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It showed the human confrontation of the Spartans like it hasn't been seen. The side of what could have been if they hadn't been abducted into the Spartan program.


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

    Euan Morton's portrayal of Kilo 5 in this series is really well done. This being the third book and he has been able to keep consistent character voices all the way through.


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

    There are up and downs through the book. Some sad and funny parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish there were more Halo books. I love the Halo universe and I'm super excited where we can be taken from here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vitaliy 08-02-14
    Vitaliy 08-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Deeper story."
    If you could sum up Halo: Mortal Dictata in three words, what would they be?

    Loss. Family. Reunion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    BB the A.I. is my favorite character in this book, although there are quite a few. This little twerp of an artificial intelligence visually represents himself as a black cube, setting an ominous and threatening overtone to his personality from the get-go. In this book he is witty, fun, likable and even slightly insecure as he works through his losses and the ultimate gift of self-awareness, knowing your own mortality.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Rudy 05-31-14
    Matt Rudy 05-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "What the Halo Universe Really Needs"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I'd tell them to read Glasslands first, then go through the entire series and then read this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Karen Traviss does an excellent job of keeping the characters real with depth and personality. The whole team aspect connects really well, as seen in her other books such as Gears of War.


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

    As always, Euan Morton stays true to his characters and keeps everything consistent.


    Any additional comments?

    A definite read for any of the Halo book fans. I'd certainly love to see more books about Kilo 5.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dwight 02-08-14
    Dwight 02-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Addicted to audio books. I listen all day long every day.

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    "Great continuation of the series"
    Where does Halo: Mortal Dictata rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its hard for me to say at this point


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

    Not quite Graphic Audio's "Theater in your Mind" but the characters are well pro-trade.


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

    Naomi's abduction.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drake McAllen, TX, United States 01-30-14
    Drake McAllen, TX, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Best of the trilogy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Mortal Dictata?

    The teacher, I can't say more but that and the epilogue were my favorite parts.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    I cried and I laughed Traviss did a wonderful job with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William BELLEVUE, WA, United States 01-29-14
    William BELLEVUE, WA, United States 01-29-14
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    "More Kilo-Five!!!"
    Where does Halo: Mortal Dictata rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    Euan Morton is very talented and I really enjoyed his performance. His character differentiation was fantastic and his accents were believable.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DangerousMuffin 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Halsey Hate Club"

    In this book: some people do some stuff, and there are even a couple Spartans. But for the most part, they talk and think about how Halsey is the devil and Hitler incarnate in the same package (not an exaggeration), and gleefully discuss the various ways to terminate her. The storyline itself was not too bad, nor was the writing. But it really just kinda read like fanfic from someone who hated Halsey. Not even a "Hey thanks for saving humanity btw." It just doesn't fit well with the rest of the Halo universe, in my opinion. The narrator, on the other hand, did a very enjoyable job.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • ray
    GUERNSEY, United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "Book that looks the other way."
    If you could sum up Halo: Mortal Dictata in three words, what would they be?

    How would you feel if your child or sibling be taken to become a spartan?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Mortal Dictata?

    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.


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

    The ending of this book is grate.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Halo then you will love this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • david
    7/16/15
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    "YES"

    Almost cried when I wasn't laughing or enthralled by imaginary and action. I couldn't stop listening to it I pushed every bus journey to one more stop to hear a little more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke Rea
    5/25/15
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    "Yet another great story and brilliant narration"

    All of the halo titles have been exciting few has been bit weak but mortal dictata being part 3 of the kilo five is exciting loved every minute of it and the narration by Euan Morton was superb!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • majinwillie
    5/23/15
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    "Great narration"

    Euan Morton is very good. It's a pity he isn't reading the newer books in the series. He really brings all the characters to life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    Galway, Ireland
    4/2/14
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    "Enjoyable, yet lacking."
    Would you listen to Halo: Mortal Dictata again? Why?

    Yes I'd listen to mortal dictata again. I'm a big fan of Halo lore and while I don't approve of the direction that Karen traviss has taken the lore, I can appreciate that she does write a very good cloak and dagger novel


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Mortal Dictata?

    Without giving much away probably the revelation about one of the main characters at the end of the book. It was a surprise to me and I enjoyed it quite a bit.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    He's got a very engaging voice, calm yet assertive and he managed the voices extremely well, so much so that his voices for these characters is all I hear when Ii think of them now.


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

    Yes, given previous experience with the halo novels I listened to this in one long sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is enjoyable, however I dislike the direction that the lore has taken with the spartan II's and I also dislike Traviss' way of portraying certain characters, particularly Osman, Halsey, and Parangosky. Halsey seems to lack all of the brilliance of the previous books, and instead has become a prattling joke. Osman's main plot point is a huge piece of contradiction, where she hates Halsey for indoctrinating the spartans, yet that is exactly what has been done to her. Parangosky is the main contradiction, she plays halsey as the war criminal, yet ignores the damage that a character such as Ackerson also caused as head of the Spartan III program. All in all the book is enjoyable though I do hope Karen Traviss is finished with Halo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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