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HALO, Book 16
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Halo, Book 16
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,131 ratings)

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

It is 2553, and the three-decade long Covenant War that defined a generation has suddenly drawn to a close. Yet in the remotest parts of human space, tensions remain that threaten to overflow into another full-scale conflict. Beneath the surface of the planet Gao lies a vast cavern system renowned for its therapeutic effects and rumored miraculous cures. But now Gao natives are turning up brutally murdered down there - violent acts that happen to coincide with the recent arrival of a UNSC research battalion protected by Spartan Blue Team, led by the renowned Spartan-II Fred-104.

Maverick detective Veta Lopis of the Gao Ministry of Protection is only trying to do her job as the Special Inspector assigned to catch a serial killer - one who is possibly hiding within the Spartan ranks - but she never anticipates the situation spiraling out of control into an all-out crisis. When Gao is revealed to harbor ancient Forerunner technology that could solidify the UNSC's military supremacy for centuries to come, Insurrection loyalists within the planetary government will do anything - even align with a vicious faction of what remains of the Covenant - to ensure that never happens.

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Another Amazing Halo Book

Not a disappointment. Some old characters and new ones.... excited for the next! Good Job 343i

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9.0 out of 10. I really like this book.

I will be listening to this again soon. Answer alot of questions about the Spartans III like Tom and Lucy. Very cool.

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awesome book

great book that really goes into Freds story and the spartan 3s. if you liked any of those stories you'll love this one.

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Halo is becoming refined...

Finally we get to hear more about the Spartan III's, but I want more Spartan II stories, we need to hear more about John, Fred, Kelly, Linda, Naomi etc...

I want to also read about Halsey, I want to see her regain her status and find John.

Regardless the universe is getting good and the stories are becoming more and more mature. Hopefully they won't do to this what they did to the Star Wars EU.

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Excellent story

Very well written story and rivals the early genius of nylunds fall of reach, the investigation and murder mystery side of the story was sadly not really explored and a bit of a missed opportunity. The audiobook was well read though I have to admit to wanting multiple voice actors but that is probably because I have been spoilt by the superb hunt the truth series.

Spoiler:
Hope to hear more from Vader Mom) and her new team of gamma Spartan 3's officially listed deceased.

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Disappointing Outer-Colony Tale

Struggled to finish. The story couldn't keep my attention. It was less "engaging mystery" and more "set up for Halo 5 characters." Scott Brick's voice would be better - suited for stories meant to put children to sleep.

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Awesome

it was a little different then what I was expecting but it was vary well done and vary interesting. I'm definitely going to keep going through all of these books and this one helped with that not all that hard decision.

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Just Ok

I don’t know what’s happening to the Halo franchise but even the books are lackluster now. An entire novel only to get tidbits of real moments that make you feel like you’re there. When I read a well written novel, I’m pulled in from start to finish. When I have read the past couple of Halo novels I feel like the pictures aren’t well painted, their characters shine through with personality momentarily, only to be buried with filler writing. Don’t get me wrong I love the lore this book brought to the table but it read like a Halo manual rather than an artistic novel. The good parts of the book were really good! The humor in Fred thinking about how he can get the job done without pants had me smiling and the authors personality shined through... moments like that were short lived though, and it was like the rest of the book was washed over by Prozac laden editors who used to be accountants before working on this book. Let more of the personality in the characters shine through but even more importantly, the voice of the authors/readers take on the story!

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great story

Great story. really loved the detail and depth they go into with the doorway 3s

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Fantastic!!

Hope I get to hear more about Lopes and the gamas again!! Was an awesome ride with blue company they never let you down!