As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior....
The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies.....
Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance....
As kids, the three of them were inseparable; as soldiers, they were torn apart....
They slept for hundreds of years, dreaming of a new home in the Andromeda galaxy....
It was the end of World War II. America's sense of freedom was diminishing - and many were desperate to take that freedom back....
In barren desert lands and seedy spaceports...in vast underwater cities and in the blackest depths of space...unfolds a tale of good and evil, of myth and magic, of innocence and power....
Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished 50,000 years ago....
The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492....
The Purge's half-dozen survivors will do whatever it takes to stay alive....
Ride with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse as they seek to unearth a plot that could plunge all of Creation into chaos....
Out beyond the Outer Colonies lies the planet Hesiod, a gas giant surrounded by a vast asteroid belt. As the Covenant continues to glass the human occupied planets near Hesiod, many of the survivors, helped by a stronghold of human Insurrectionists, are fleeing to the asteroid belt for refuge. They have transformed the tumbling satellites into a tenuous, yet ingenious, settlement known as the Rubble - and have come face-to-face with a Covenant settlement of Kig-Yar . . . yet somehow survived.
News of this unlikely treaty has spread to the warring sides. Luckily for the UNSC, this uneasy alliance is in the path of the Spartan Gray Team, a three-man renegade squad whose simple task is to wreak havoc from behind enemy lines in any way they see fit. But the Prophets have also sent their best---an ambitious and ruthless Elite, whose quest for nobility and rank is matched only by his brutality . . . and who will do anything to secure his Ascendancy and walk the Path.
It is impressive that the character development between the Covenant races is significantly extensive. Johnathan Davis also did a great job in narration. However, between the Covenant races of the Prophets, Sangheili,Kig-Yar, Unggoy and the two opposing factions of the UNSC and the Insurrectionists. There is alot to keep track of. Overall it was a good listen.
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The correct read order is as follows:
Halo: Contact Harvest
Halo: The Cole Protocol
Halo: The Fall Of Reach
Halo: The Flood
Halo: First Strike
Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
The Thursday War
These books can be read first as they are "Chronologically" before all the others. But I recommend reading them last as the first batch opens the door to the Haloverse.
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I am bummed out there are no more books in this series. Every time I listen I want to play the game. Every time I play the game I want to listen. I hope they will release a new one soon!!! Hint hint!!
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I can honestly say that usually books are peaceful and bring peace of mind to somebody who just wants to be alone and think. but in this case it was an excellent throwback to one of the best characters that ever came out of the Halo Universe. good old James Keyes. thank you for putting great effort into good books just know that this Halo fan appreciates it!! not to mention the excellent backstory on a younger Thel 'Vadamee. will listen to again and again :-)
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All the different dialects when story telling, the pace in tense moments, and the mood of the characters were spoken masterfully. Of course I never go wrong listening to or reading a story from the Halo Universe. I am a huge fan and hope the new stories never ever stop! Tobias casts deep shadows when he reaches back into notable characters' pasts with descriptions of the world that trades your real world for the fictional realm of the story. Jonathan Davis has been one of my favorite narrators and will be looking out for more of both of their work.
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Really good story with good characters. Presentation was really good with some subtle sound effects used in some parts. Blended in well and didn't distract from the experience. My only gripe is that I wish multiple narrators would have been used between the different viewpoints like previous presentation Contact Harvest.
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good book, hard to follow at times, entertaining. if youre a fan, listen to it
A very good book I would I highly recommend. I would definitely listen to it again!
Absolutely loved it! I loved studying Halo lore on youtube and wiki. However this book completely blew my mind! So much detail for an audio book and very well spoken by the narrator.
The music during the intense moments didn't bother me and i quite enjoyed having it. Got my heart racing.
The only bad point was keeping track of all the characters. Especially the Spanish sounding names of the folk from the rubble, had to spend a minute remember who they were.
Other than that i fully recommend this book and look forward to buying more! :)
It is really good as stated in my title. but there is to many chapters and some of them are separated in segments of 2 to 5 mins each towards the end of the book. This book is really good if you ate interested to know more about Jacob Keys.
I loved this title, the narration was awesome, words cannot express how exciting this was.
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An engaging and exciting tale of humanity behind enemy lines as well as a look at characters like Jacob Keyes and the arbiter
just couldn't really get into it, not recommended unless you are really interested in the lore.
Buckel has created a book that could very well be a hollywood film. Listening to this you will find yourself wondering how it would look as a film.
The writing is similar to the Eric Nylund trilogy so fans of that will enjoy this. The plots canonical relevance has little effect on main line halo games as this is set in 2535 (in the middle of Fall of Reach). However, it develops long time characters such as Keyes in a believable way as he works his way up the ranks and takes leadership of his own ship. If anyone loved the Keyes Loop from the Fall of Reach, he pulls of numerous impressive manouvers across the book which makes you appreciate why he was the Captain of the Pillar of Autumn.
I would reccommend reading this book for one more reason. There is a sequel which is planned to be realesed sometime next year by the author following black team, a 3 man spartan team that rebelled against Halsey and so lone wolf together with minimal ONI supervision (basically SAS equivalent except long term missions), and should be a good read as this team are extremely compotent and bad ass, especially Ji, but you will find out why uf you read the Cole Protocol.
The book was surprisingly good with very memorable parts that focuses on the UNSC relationships with insurrectionists now the covenant have arrived and the unlikely allies the insurrectionists and outer colonies have made to survive and prosper.
I want more of these stories to listen to which place the Halo universe in focus.