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
YES! I love the Halo universe!
Getting to know the deeper stories about the Forerunners and the truth behind the flood!
He should think about doing more!
I feel Eric Nylund got the SciFi / Military fiction style right. Bear's vision is far too touchy-feely. This reads more like Harry Potter meets Ancient Aliens.
Yes, but not military fiction. My impression is that Bear wrote this without ever playing Halo, and didn't understand what made the series into cult fiction.
None of the characters felt like they belonged in the Halo universe. Morton's performance was fine; he just needs more appropriate material to work with.
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.
No single favorite.
There were sentences that felt like they were ready by another person and then went back to normal again. Couldn't understand that.
Sigh of relief with more understanding
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.
Really cool to read what lead up to the firing of the Halos the first time. Also great background on the Didact and the Librarian and another of Halo's iconic characters.
The only thing to complain about is this book did not really suit itself for audio. I think it would have been even better in print.
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