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Halo: Primordium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 2 | [Greg Bear]

Halo: Primordium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 2

In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end....
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Publisher's Summary

"A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.Since then, I’ve traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies - a greater reach than any human before me. You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the last true Reclaimer, I must obey. Are you recording? Good. Because my memory is failing rapidly. I doubt I’ll be able to finish the story.

"Once, on my birth-world, a world I knew as Erde-Tyrene, and which now is called Earth, my name was Chakas...."

In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end - a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life, and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of duty to all living things.

In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian’s tampering with human destiny. This journey will take them into the Palace of Pain, the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence who claims to be the Last Precursor, and who now has control of both this Halo and the fate of Forerunners and Humans alike.

Called the Captive by Forerunners, and the Primordial by ancient human warriors, this intelligence has taken charge of, and retasked, the Master Builder’s cruel researches into the Flood - which it may have itself unleashed on the galaxy more than 10,000 years before.

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©2012 Microsoft Corporation (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    W. Peacock 09-10-13
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    What disappointed you about Halo: Primordium?

    Awful story line


    What was most disappointing about Greg Bear’s story?

    It was all so irrelevant, I would have rather read a history of forerunners textbook style. I don't care about this one interaction anymore. This book really ruined the entire Halo Saga. I will be very aprehensive before even reading the books again. I didn't even buy Halo 4 the game because this book was so bad, I stopped caring about the entire pantheon of the Halo Saga. Way to ruin my favorite Sci-Fi franchise. Terrible sequel to the first terrible book This trilogy blows.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Good Bye Halo, it was fun while it lasted.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver 08-07-15
    Oliver 08-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow but painfully good"

    If you are a halo fan. This is all you. Its very slow but you learn so much and if you know how to use your head to think you will see so much in this amazing book.

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    Cameron Stewart United States 07-01-15
    Cameron Stewart United States 07-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Helps to fill in the blanks of Halo history."

    This is not an action based story more of a history of how it all began type of book. It was still a fantastic story but a little confusing at times requiring more than a few short rewinds here and there to get all the information into my head. I am really looking forwards to the last book in the series to see where it all leads to.

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    Brendan 06-26-15
    Brendan 06-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story"

    Very intriguing, I recommend it for fans of the Halo games and lore!! Great story!

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    JV 05-28-15
    JV 05-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great story!"

    Wonderful story to add to the rich Halo Universe. Definitely recommended to all Halo or sci-fi fans.

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    Joshua 04-25-15
    Joshua 04-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A love for Halo was not enough."

    The narrator easily one of the best of the twenty or so audiobooks I've listened to, but it was sadly not enough to save this series so far. After listening to the original Halo trilogy of books and enjoying them, I was extremely impressed with Ghosts of Onyx, and Evolutions, and found pleasure in Contact Harvest as well as Cole Protocol. Each book had pieces of the puzzle and each time I reflected on the story and was content.
    Though with this book, as well as it's predecessor, Cruptum, I've felt like it was reaching a bit far. It seemed like a halo book/plot in names only. It was dreadfully boring, as though Microsoft told the author to include certain names and key points, then do whatever else he wanted. Seemingly endless and nearly pointless dialogue as well as overly descriptive events that do next to nothing but to lengthen this short book. I found myself binge listening just to get it over with. This book is one gigantic explanation for things in the halo series, existing solely because there were things that COULD be explained. Please, save yourself the trouble and read a detailed plot summary or spend some time on a wiki.

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    Kyle Gent 04-24-15
    Kyle Gent 04-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"

    Wow...very interesting and we'll done. the wealth of information just floors me. great job guys

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    dubose 03-09-15
    dubose 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but not as good as #1."

    Probably a bridge to #3. Looking forward to next in series. Interesting read. Would like more.

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    Sebastian 03-03-15
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    "Loved it."

    Loved it. Delves so much deeper into the history of the halo array. Explaining much.

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    Justin 07-30-14
    Justin 07-30-14

    Just love listing to audiobooks. Some of my favorite authors are Vince Flynn and Brad Thor

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    "Just another great Halo and sify book"
    Where does Halo: Primordium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far this year Primordium ranks in the top 5.


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

    It reminds me of all the other Halo books. But this one gives you more of the background store of the Fourrunners.


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

    No I haven't. This is the first one and it was good.


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

    I did get a little choked up towards the end of the book.


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