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Halo: Silentium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 3 | [Greg Bear]

Halo: Silentium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 3

In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood - a horrifying shape-changing parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses. Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens.
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In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood - a horrifying shape-changing parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses.

Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens against the dire possibility of Halo extermination.

Facing the imminent collapse of their civilization, the Librarian and the Ur-Didact reveal what they know about the relationship between the long-vanished Precursors and the Flood. The Precursors created many technological species, including humanity and the Forerunners. But the roots of the Flood may be found in an act of enormous barbarity, carried out beyond our galaxy 10 million years before.... Because of that barbarism, a greater evil looms. Only the Ur-Didact and the Librarian - husband and wife pushed into desperate conflict - hold the keys to a solution. Facing the consequences of a mythic tragedy, one of them must now commit the greatest atrocity of all time - to prevent an insane evil from dominating the entire universe.

©2013 Microsoft Corporation (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Ablazah Box Elder, Montana, United States 04-28-13
    Ablazah Box Elder, Montana, United States 04-28-13
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    "Orgasmic!"
    Would you listen to Halo: Silentium again? Why?

    YES! I love the Halo universe!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting to know the deeper stories about the Forerunners and the truth behind the flood!


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    He should think about doing more!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JV 06-01-15
    JV 06-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The forerunner story has come full circle."

    This a great prequel story to the Halo saga. Questions about how it all started and the ultimate purpose of everything is contained in this book.
    This is a must read for all Halo fans and it sets the stage for all the games. I am now looking forward to what happens next in Halo 5.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick R. MccRanie 04-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Third time listening this booking"

    Have listened to this book three f****** times must read for any Halo fan peace

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    Sebastian 03-10-15
    Sebastian 03-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen!"

    An epic adventure featuring the end of all known life in the known galaxy. How it all began. if you want to know the history of the forerunners then must read.

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    Wade Anderson 01-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story of the end of the universe"

    The story is a great conclusion to the saga; the narrator works well with the characters. highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Williams WI 05-11-13
    J. Williams WI 05-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic backstory filler for Halo 4"
    If you could sum up Halo: Silentium in three words, what would they be?

    I wish this would have come out before Halo 4. So many questions were answered in this book that I had during game play. Occasionally frustrated by getting lost in so many multiple story lines.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No single favorite.


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

    There were sentences that felt like they were ready by another person and then went back to normal again. Couldn't understand that.


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

    Sigh of relief with more understanding


    Any additional comments?

    I have no idea how Greg, Microsoft, or 343 Industries is going to go deeper or further in the Halo saga, but I can't wait to find out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan 08-03-15
    Brendan 08-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible"

    Truly a great book, amazing ending to the trilogy! Felt like I was there as the Forerunners' civilization came to a cataclysmic end.

    The Forerunner trilogy, specifically this book, are a great listen for fans if sci-fi and a must read for fans of 'Halo'.

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    Cameron Stewart United States 07-12-15
    Cameron Stewart United States 07-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "What an amazing end to this series."

    I absolutely loved this series. I would have given 3×5 stars but I found the story a little confusing between the changing of chapters. This was the same problem that I had for the previous two books in this series. But in spite of this minor problem I have found that these three books have added to the history and overall story of Halo enormously. If you love sci fi then you will love the Halo books and games as well if you are so inclined to go the extra mile. If you have only played the games then I highly recommend getting into the books.

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    Amazon Customer 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, terrible narration."

    The pace and tone of the story was very good. I It was great to see and experience everything that has happened before the events of the first Halo.

    Thee narration, on the other hand, was very monotone. It was hard to differentiate between the characters.

    overall a very good book

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    andrew 06-15-15
    andrew 06-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    Great book. What a great way to round out the halo series. Finally the origins of the struggle!

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    "Good buy!!"

    So there has been few weak books in the halo series all of which is highly recommended if your into the games, but the forerunners trilogy I enjoyed alot must admit. Book 2 of forerunners was ok but this picks it up and leaves you wanting more. Only giving this the 4/5 'cause at parts the narration got little bit annoying.. For me for those that have listened to this I'm sure can agree, still good buy if you want to learn of the history of the forerunners!

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  • Connor
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    "Great finale"

    Don't write reviews nor do I listen to many audio books but this series was amazing, ups and downs through this book but I would definitely recommend for the very well written story (in my opinion) and definitely for the conclusion. I ended up really liking the narrator and felt it easy to listen to. Shame there are no more forunner books as these were excellent, guess I'll start listening to some of the 26th century books now.

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  • Briggsy
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    "Just not interested"
    What disappointed you about Halo: Silentium?

    Off shoot of the halo series. I have read the previous two books that made me think twice about buying this one. As a fan of Halo I felt compelled to buy this. I listened to this dull uneventful story wasting hours of my life that I will not get back again.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Bear again?

    Ok I have done the 3 halo books, that is more than any mortal can be expected to stand. NO is the answer.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Ask Karen Travis to write the book.


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

    Utter emptiness, nobody will ever make a video game of this vacuous tale.


    Any additional comments?

    It simply does deserve further commment

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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