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An original novella set in the Halo Universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

Find. Claim. Profit.

In a postwar galaxy littered with scrap, it's the salvager's motto. And with a fast ship and a lust for adventure, Rion Forge has certainly made her mark on the trade. When the discovery of a wrecked UNSC cruiser brings Rion's past back to haunt her, stirring fresh hope into a decades-old wound, she's hell-bent on finding answers: What really happened to her father and his ship, the Spirit of Fire? This novella also contains the complete text of Kelly Gay's short story "Into the Fire", originally featured in the collection Halo: Fractures.

©2016 Kelly Gay (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Scott is still boring

It was a good book but Scott Brick is still very boring compared to Euen Morton from the kilo 5 trilogy.

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A damn good Gap filler

short and sweet I just want to say that this book not only explained a lot of missing things with both Halo Wars and with the newer Halo series with four and five but it connected the two finally and further got me hyped for a future title that my return to a Halo game with more of a Halo feel and that is ultimately what everybody wants whether they know it or not. Thanks Audible and thank you to everyone else that helped make this happen!

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Awsome!

The worst thing about this book is not knowing when the next will come out. it will certainly be a relisten.

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Crazy

This is an amazing story and great warm up to halo wars 2. The story is actually engaging and keeps you wanting more. Performance could be better.

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Short but entertaining

Wished it was a full blown novel. Overall well written for the length of this piece.

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another good halo book

this was another great Halo book, my only complaint is that it's too short in duration

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More Scott Brick....

title says it all. I am really not a fan of Scott Brick's performance, all his characters sound the same. He is nowhere close to the worst, but I wish these halo books would branch out to other narrators again.

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Great Halo book!

I love Halo Cannon and Lore! This book connects with "Halo Wars and Halo Wars 2" games and nicely done!

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good story

as one who has played Halo Wars this story was very good but the last hour of the story was annoying with gloom.

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My favorite kind of halo book.

Can't say the narrator is my favorite but he does a pretty good job. I'd prefer the narrator from the kilo 5 trilogy. Story is great. Characters are great as usual for halo. I like side stories like these that branch out and explain extra bits of cannon and don't just focus on the central thread of the halo story.

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  • 10-13-19

brilliant writing for an original halo idea

a great listen, Scott Brick does an amazing performance as always, such a joy listening to him get into characters and giving them certain knacks, he can be a little bit deadpan on the odd occasion but nevertheless a great performance. The sorry has good pacing all round, although I felt like it ended quite abruptly but was very well rounded and all in all a great place for this book to end

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  • Robert Gower
  • 08-19-21

Finally a Halo novel about the Wars games!

I feel like Halo Wars is an underrated game and it shows in the novels because this is the first novel that even slightly references it. So it’s really nice to see those games get some recognition.

The story is really interesting too. Normally this stuff is from the point of view of ONI or the UNSC. It’s not often we get a story from the perspective of a civilian. Or in this case a scavenger.

Definitely worth the listen if you fancy something a bit different. 10/10

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 04-16-21

superb couldn't stop listening

superb book couldn't stop listening to it, can't wait to continue this story, the characters feel so real and you genuinely feel atta hed to them,

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  • Tem Boyo
  • 03-19-21

Hopefully leads into something greater

Interesting read, a bit short compared to Gays others works but hopefully it sets up plot lines for later works that will actually be included in future halo games

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-20

Excellent!!

I really enjoyed this book the whole new world of scavengers it introduced to me was exciting, different and I couldn’t stop listening! Scott’s narration was perfect as always.

I would highly recommended it.

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  • James Boot-Marshall
  • 10-26-17

One of, if not my favourite Halo universe book

Great story and gutted that it ended. If you like Halo you will love this book.

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  • Craig
  • 02-09-17

Great HW2 prequel

Amazing intro to the next game in the series and really left me wanting wanting more.

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  • Pan/Meg
  • 12-27-16

great story for all halo fans

it's short but very sweet and will leave you wanting more .This is great but I feel it would be better if own a few halo books before you get this to get what's going on and why. it links up with a few things from other story's. otherwise worth the time.

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  • clayton
  • 01-07-17

halo fine back ground tales

I loved it want more what happens next to the stories characters and little bit