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The first novel of the Kilo-Five Trilogy by number-one New York Times best-selling author Karen Traviss - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

It's 2553. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war with humanity that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and its colonies. For the first time in 30 years, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting has stopped, the war is far from over: It’s just gone underground. The United Nations Space Command’s feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five - a clandestine team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, a Spartan supersoldier, and a diabolical AI - to accelerate the insurrection within the Covenant’s warrior species, the Sangheili, even as their notable defector turned leader, Thel ‘Vadam - the Arbiter - struggles to stave off civil war among his divided people.

Across the galaxy, a woman thought to have died in the Covenant attack on the planet Reach is actually very much alive. Chief scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey broke every law in the book to create the Spartan program, and now, she’s broken some more rules to save them. Marooned with Senior Chief Petty Officer Franklin Mendez and a Spartan team in a Forerunner slipspace bubble hidden in the destroyed planet Onyx, Halsey finds that this place has been guarding an ancient secret - a treasure trove of Forerunner technology that will change everything for the UNSC and mankind. As Kilo-Five joins the hunt for Halsey, humanity’s violent past begins to catch up with all of them as the disgruntled colony Venezia has been biding its time to strike at Earth...and its most dangerous terrorist has an old, painful link with both Halsey and Kilo-Five that will test everyone’s loyalty to the limit.

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how do you ruin a good story? get this narrator

story was just fine. I have read it on my own before.

get a narrator with a speech impediment that lacks emotion in voice and you have a recipe for disaster.

I was able to slowly get use to him, but not a good experience did it make.

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Accents...wow!

The reader switches accents like a genius. Great book, even better voice acting!!!! I was stunned

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2/5 overall, 1/5 performance.

I felt like Euan Morton’s voice made it hard for me to differentiate between a character just being dull & unexciting or having any other human emotion. I often found myself wondering when dialog between characters stopped & normal storytelling started. Seems as though he had just been reading the story to himself as monotone as possible and Audible just said, “Sure, that’ll do”. Far stretch from The Fall of Reach & The Flood where characters had some emotion to them & the voice actor seemed to care that he was reading aloud to an audience. It’s a shame because you can tell Karen Traviss wants to tell a gripping story or espionage, civil war, & Elite strife but the delivery falls flat on its face. Would not recommend this book via audio, buy it & bring your own characters to life.

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Blew Expectations Away

Giving 4 stars because writer didn't make clear who was speaking sometimes. It was also slow at some parts but I didn't personally mind because the story was interesting. Excited to see where the next 2 books in the Kilo-Five-Trilogy take me as I've grown to enjoy the characters and their motivations while expanding upon the lore of Halo post-Covenant war. Narrator did a great job for what was given to him. Once you knew his voices for certain characters, it was easier to follow who was saying what as the author didn't specify sometimes. Definitely worth the 15 hour investment which I wasn't certain at first I'd be able to get through.

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Great story, good narration

Overall loved the book and the details it formed. The narration at the start of the book was hard to understand who was who, but after the start it gets easier and a lot more enjoyable.

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Overall good but the narrator wasn't great

If you ever wondered what it would be like if Mackarov from call of duty decided to do audiobooks instead terrorism now you know. That being said once you get used to it then it's not so bad. The story is very good though and gives a good overview of the post war activities. Even if you can't stand the narrator it's worth it for the lore and story.

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Needs better narration

great story, but I had a hard time keeping track of who talking at certain parts. not enough distinction between voices. shoulda got Johnathan Davis to do it.

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Surprisingly Great

It's been ages since I played any Halo game, but I was told this trilogy in particular was really well written, and the first book did not disappoint! Karen Traviss managed to inject a ton of nuance into the world and the well-written characters are just the cherry on top.

It isn't perfect, though. If don't know anything about the Halo universe, this will probably be a pretty confusing read, as several items, vehicles, and objects from the game are simply described as a given. Moreover, I wasn't a fan of Euan Morton's narration to begin with, but I actually grew to like it quite a bit over the course of the novel.

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hella noice

love this trilogy so far, it's one of the best in series. you get a real "in the middle" of the whole grand scheme of the books lore so far.

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lucy and the huragok should have their own book :)

seriously, that part was great. actually this book is great, so is the kilo 5 series.

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  • 06-15-19

Great listen, takes a bit getting used to

It took a while for the Narator to get into. At the start it was difficult to tell what was spoken dioligue and what was thought as the Narators voices blended. However, he soon got into and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • ian
  • 04-14-21

Reader saves what could have been a dull book.

Good book for those who dislike Halsey; I do so it was painful. Incredible narrator.

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 02-13-21

a brilliant book, well written and read,

a brilliant book that has left me wanting nothing more than to read the next in the trilogy, highly recommend, it answers a lot of questions whilat raising more, but not in annoying way, in away that makes you excited for the next one

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  • Michaeloso
  • 09-24-20

A thrilling listen from the Halo EU

A great batch of characters all brought to life by a great performance, he managed to make over a dozen characters feel lived in and distinct. Where's next months credit already

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  • Nathan O'Connor
  • 08-31-20

The start of a great series.

Very intriguing, was drawn right away in the first 30 mins and couldn't stop, really looking forward to part 2

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-20

Engrossing

A fantastic book that continues the story of Ghosts Of Onyx. The story is so entertaining that I struggled to go for more than my shifts at work before getting my headphones back in to hear what happened next, highly recommended!

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  • FG
  • 03-12-20

Amazing!

Really enjoyed this book and now one of my favourite of all the halo books

The narrator has a real talent for accents too!

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  • connor mckeon
  • 01-30-20

everyone hates Halsey?

hard to grip on to the new take of everyone's attitude towards Dr. Halsey

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-20

AWESOME!!!!!!!

Oh that sweet Halo lore, I want more!
A thank you to Brian David Gilbert for recommending this trilogy!
And a big thank you to Karen Travis for this amazing story I look forward to the next book! :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-20

just awesome. great lore

havent been so engrossed by a book in a long time. already bought the sequel

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  • James B. Morris
  • 04-19-20

Great story, really enjoyable

Overall great. My only criticism is the way the narrator pronounced New Llanelli. I would have thought a professional narrator would have taken the time to learn how to pronounce place names or words correctly.