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It is 2555, more than two years after the Master Chief went missing in action following a decisive conflict on Installation 00 - the massive, extragalactic Forerunner construct known as the Ark - as part of the final chapter in humanity's bloody 30-year struggle against the overwhelming forces of the Covenant. Now, as a tenuous peace exists between the humans and the Elites, a startling scientific discovery is made - and the riddle behind its Forerunner origins could very well seal the fate of the entire galaxy within a matter of weeks.

In order to unravel these dangerous secrets, a heroic, hastily formed coalition of humans and Elites must attempt to overcome their differences as they embark on a covert mission back to the Ark - an astonishing, enigmatic place beyond comprehension from which few have returned and where mortal danger awaits them all....

©2015 Microsoft Corporation (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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If this was not a Halo book it would be better...

What disappointed you about HALO: Hunters in the Dark?

This book decided it would have all it's characters be simple and single layered. It brought down already developed characters such as Sarah Osman and it didn't progress or add to the story of Halo in any positive way.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I am a huge Halo fan. I feel like this was a complete throw away novel. To change the story to something i would find more enjoyable i would make Luther Mann a more solid character and not have everything just magically line up to fix problems that should have better answers to, and saying that i would need to remove the Spartan 4s since one is a solve everything by just being there character and the other is a background soldier with no reason to be there.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Every character was its own. Dialogue was lacking but that's not the readers fault.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from HALO: Hunters in the Dark?

I feel like i'm being way to harsh on this novel, but as a Halo novel this falls way short. I would cut every scene with Sarah Osman do to the fact that they all make her seem incompetent.

Any additional comments?

First and foremost i am a crazy person who thought about this too long.

The worst books i ever read were the Innocent Mage / the Awakened Mage by Karen Miller because the dialogue was crap, along with the characters being single layered and felt the lack of progression.

Now this book is far from those but my complaints remain and to put the title Halo on this book that did nothing for the story except shit on already established characters just makes me question why they even tried.

With the upcoming Halo 5 and the audio dialogues Hunt the Truth, one would think the story would be in line with some part of the upcoming halo events, instead they threw away a part of the history they could have told better at a later time.

This book felt like cookie dough cutouts and very weak compared to my favorite books of all times Halo the Fall of Reach and Halo Ghosts of Onyx.

The one and only part of this book i found exciting was the monitor 000 Tragic Solitude but the minimal exposure to him as a monitor was irritating.

With all that said, i have listened to Halo the fall of reach through Halo Mortal Dictata, and out of the 9 i listened/ read this is the lowest halo story.

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A very good read.

I enjoyed this very much. The characters were interesting. But I felt as though nothing that happened within the story truly advanced the overall story arc of the Halo Universe. It was more of an enjoyable side story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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awesome story

loved every second of it great book and great to listen to on long work shifts highly recommend

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Not my #1 favorite, but good.

Some inconsistencies in the story that even upon first play through left me wondering if the author was working on multiple projects at once and lost track of thought or forgot prior details laid out. Otherwise, it was a good story, bringing you back to The Ark after being wrecked in Halo 3, and reintroducing the Elites who accompanied you in Halo 2 using 4-player co-op.

I'm not the biggest fan of the narrator, however. His pacing reminds me an instructor who is not interested in teaching. The pacing at x1 speed drags on, especially noticeable in the beginning. I changed it to x1.25, and that helped.

I like that there are still more to come, but would love another enthralling trilogy like the Forerunner or Kilo 5 series.

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Meh

After listening to the Kilo5 trilogy this book doesn't really compare. Very shallow character development and a story that sort of dragged on for a bit too long. This would have been a much better short story.

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  • Hiruu
  • All around the World, baby!
  • 06-22-15

Decent story...

It was a decent effort, enjoyable and well told. I look forward to anything else from this author in the Haloverse.

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  • Collins
  • MABLETON, GA, United States
  • 06-29-18

nice addition to the Halo Universe

who was the okay story not very strong lore wise in the Halo Universe interesting characters interesting plot but I wish they had more lore on the ark

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Best Halo Book so far

This book is written fantastically, it's gripping story holds you and keeps your guessing, most importantly it feels Halo throughout despite what your opinions might be on 343's story line.

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Was okay, but could have skipped.

The overall plot was so so. Was cool with the whole going back to the ark and all. Part of the plot seemed like a recycled plot point from Halo 3 (that’s all I’ll say without giving plot away). It was cool to see a group of Elites working with humans (the only good concept in this book IMO).

As for Scott Brick’s performance, it was bad. He read the whole book as though he was lethargic. He gave no emotion even during some of the most action packed scenes in the book. I’m going to avoid anything with his name on it in the future.

Overall the book was not horrible. It was not entirely original with a fresh plot for Halo’s story universe, but it was something to listen to and take a break from other books I’m listening to. If your a die hard Halo fan, you may like this book. For me it was nothing special or new, but still a bit fun.

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Not my favorite

I read a lot of the Halo novels, but this one was one of the most boring.