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Halo: The Thursday War | [Karen Traviss]

Halo: The Thursday War

Welcome to humanity’s new war: silent, high stakes, and unseen. This is a life-or-death mission for ONI’s black-ops team, Kilo-Five, which is tasked with preventing the ruthless Elites, once the military leaders of the Covenant, from regrouping and threatening humankind again. What began as a routine dirty-tricks operation?keeping the Elites busy with their own insurrection?turns into a desperate bid to extract one member of Kilo-Five from the seething heart of an alien civil war.
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Welcome to humanity’s new war: silent, high stakes, and unseen. This is a life-or-death mission for ONI’s black-ops team, Kilo-Five, which is tasked with preventing the ruthless Elites, once the military leaders of the Covenant, from regrouping and threatening humankind again.

What began as a routine dirty-tricks operation - keeping the Elites busy with their own insurrection - turns into a desperate bid to extract one member of Kilo-Five from the seething heart of an alien civil war. But troubles never come singly for Kilo-Five. Colonial terrorism is once again surfacing on one of the worlds that survived the war against the Covenant, and the man behind it is much more than just a name to Spartan-010.

Meanwhile, the treasure trove of Forerunner technology recovered from the shield world of Onyx is being put to work while a kidnapped Elite plots vengeance on the humans he fears will bring his people to the brink of destruction.

©2012 Microsoft Corporation (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Victor Sacramento, CA, United States 12-06-12
    Victor Sacramento, CA, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sith Lady"
    Would you listen to Halo: The Thursday War again? Why?

    Yes I would. I will do it to pick up all the little story threads that lead off into possible future story archs and those that fill in gaps about the back stories of several characters.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Admiral Perengowski in particular piqued my interest. She is as bad as any Sith Lord that ever graced the pages of Karen's other novels. Karen dealt with the Elites nobility as well as anyone. They are truly noble within their culture and in battle.


    Which character – as performed by Euan Morton – was your favorite?

    Admiral Perengowski, easily!


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

    Yes, I get upset by the constant use of "chinconi"! Next time how about a coversation with a GI before you record! It's CinC ONI (SINK ONI)! It is Commander in Chief, and is not an Italian word. I grate my teeth everytime he uses it. After 20 years of service, I find that I'm not so flexible on the lexicon.


    Any additional comments?

    Quietly awaiting the next installment in the series. I could use a timelime to help bring things together for me.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    L. Roelofs VA 01-21-13
    L. Roelofs VA 01-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A great story that is able to go on and on."
    What made the experience of listening to Halo: The Thursday War the most enjoyable?

    This is the basis for a great story


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book in the series to be written. The author is a skilled and imaginative writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joshua houston, TX, United States 01-02-13
    joshua houston, TX, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    One of the best stories i have ever heard. It is captivating and strong


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    My favorite character is bb because he has so much personality for an ai program and he is so different from the others mentioned so far


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Phillips is my favorite do to his tenacious curiosity and his stubborn nature it causes to be the most understanding character in the hole story


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    One man is searching for the truth behind an ancient being but is he ready for the trouble it will ensue


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Park Ft. Huachuca, AZ United States 08-26-15
    Michelle Park Ft. Huachuca, AZ United States 08-26-15
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    "halo rocks my socks"

    Reasers voice gets a little mundane but the book is so good that it doesnt matter

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    Brandon 07-31-15
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    "Phenomenal book! Well worth the read!"

    If you read Glasslands you'll feel right at home with Thursday War. It hits the ground running and never stops. It had you hooked from the first to last page.

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    Avery 07-31-15
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    "Great contribution to the universe"

    Halo has always had one of my favorite fictional universes (if not my favorite), largely due to the fact that there isn't really a "good guy." The Kilo-Five trilogy demonstrates this very well. The human characters are likable and believable, but their mission is pretty objectively morally bankrupt. I look forward to listening to Mortal Dictata now, and I hope to see more from these characters in the future.

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    Christopher 07-28-15
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    "Best in the trilogy!"

    Interesting background on the Spartans and how infinity came to be. It doesn't read like a Halo game so if I thats what you want look else wear, but if your into Halo lore and backstory this is a must read.

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    "Random skip"

    I don't know if this was only in my copy but it skip at one point in the reading.

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    "best halo series out!"

    I've read almost all of the halo books and the Kelo 5 series has been my favorite! it really brings personality and perspective to the Elites and ONI. I'm on the last book and I don't want it to end!

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    "Morton's awesome; Story decent"

    I really liked Morton's performance, and the story is an excellent lead-in to Halo 4.

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  • Darren
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    "A great addition to the series."

    Thursday War is a great follow up to Glasslands. Bringing some more interesting looks into the Sangheli homeworld and learning interesting facts about the power of the UNSC's new flagship. Knowing facts about the universe based on the games it starts tying together the events of Halo 3 and 4 with characters starting to learn abot the possibility of a still living forrunner and the threat to earth might be increasing whe a lost Covenant cruiser may have reappeared.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christian M. E. Schroder
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    "A thrilling addition to the Halo universe"
    What made the experience of listening to Halo: The Thursday War the most enjoyable?

    The narration was exciting and throws you straight in to the action, the story is very well written. An Absolute Must for any fan of not just the Halo Universe but also of Science Fiction in General


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  • kyle phillips
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    "Brilliant start to finish"

    Very well done over all as a performance aside from some problems at chapter 9 8:34 which was not able to be heard so slight loss in the story

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  • Luke Rea
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    "very good read, for any halo fan you won't be left"

    book two of kilo five, great read for any halo fan. love the back bone story of halo.."highly recommended

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  • James
    Highbridge, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "An excellent book narrated with style."

    Eagerly anticipated this release after thoroughly enjoying Glasslands. This sequel equals the standard of the first book. I hoped they would use the same narrator and they didn't disappoint. I wanted the same narrator as he really adds life to the characters, my favourite being the playful glee of Margaret Parangovsky.

    The book itself is excellent with a strong storyline as well as lots of info of the Halo universe, being particularly helpful filling in the gaps between Halo 3 and Halo 4. I can't wait for the last book of the trilogy. Although it will make sense to people that aren't hardcore halo fans I suggest you listen to or read Glasslands first.

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