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Wars end. But hatred, guilt, and devotion can endure beyond the grave.

With the Covenant War over, the Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. The angry, bitter colonies, still with scores to settle from the insurrection put on hold for thirty years, now want justice and so does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his daughter was abducted for the SPARTANII program. Black ops squad KiloFive find their loyalties tested beyond breaking point when the father of their Spartan comrade, still searching for the truth about her disappearance, prepares to glass Earth's cities to get an answer. How far will KiloFive go to stop him? And will he be able to live with the truth when he finds it? The painful answer lies with a man long dead, and a conscience that still survives in the most unlikely, undiscovered place.

©2014 Microsoft Corporation (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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Read Order update. 2014

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

KILO-5 Novels:

Glasslands
The Thursday War
Mortal Dictata

Miscellaneous

Halo: Evolutions


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.

Forerunner Novels

Halo: Cryptum
Halo: Primordium
Halo: Sillentium

44 of 46 people found this review helpful

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A fantastic wrap up for the Kilo Five Trilogy

Halo: Mortal Dictata finalizes a story arc that may be the most interesting outside the standard Halo series you'll find in the games. While the games have been enjoyable, the rich universe set up and explored by these authors, Traviss especially, breathes depth and sheds a different light on an otherwise standard game shooter.

Mortal Dictata gives you a sense of completion with the Kilo Five Trilogy, while still leaving it open to more. Euan Morton returns for another fantastic performance. His vocal range for each character not only is constistant throughout the book, it matches those of Glasslands and The Thursday War.

I would definitely consider a listen. I think its a great listen regardless if you are a die hard fan or new to the series.

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Deeper story.

If you could sum up Halo: Mortal Dictata in three words, what would they be?

Loss. Family. Reunion.

Who was your favorite character and why?

BB the A.I. is my favorite character in this book, although there are quite a few. This little twerp of an artificial intelligence visually represents himself as a black cube, setting an ominous and threatening overtone to his personality from the get-go. In this book he is witty, fun, likable and even slightly insecure as he works through his losses and the ultimate gift of self-awareness, knowing your own mortality.

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Outstanding Conclusion

What made the experience of listening to Halo: Mortal Dictata the most enjoyable?

I loved the way Karen Traviss has characters deal with moral issues and tragic experiences. She was at her best in this novel.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that there was no clean "happy ending". It was more consistent with real life and how messy it can be.

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

How he changes his pitch and accent to identify different characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Naomi remembering her abduction & how it affected her dad.

Any additional comments?

Higly recommended with an ending I did not anticipate.

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What the Halo Universe Really Needs

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, I'd tell them to read Glasslands first, then go through the entire series and then read this.

What did you like best about this story?

Karen Traviss does an excellent job of keeping the characters real with depth and personality. The whole team aspect connects really well, as seen in her other books such as Gears of War.

Have you listened to any of Euan Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

As always, Euan Morton stays true to his characters and keeps everything consistent.

Any additional comments?

A definite read for any of the Halo book fans. I'd certainly love to see more books about Kilo 5.

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Outstanding Book.. this is how you write SF

What did you love best about Halo: Mortal Dictata?

All of the characters are fleshed out in a manner that you have feeling about all of them. Good and bad. Love how the book also reveals unknown facts about the Halo universe that makes things so clear going back to the very beginning, the first Book about Halo.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Can't say just one. Love BB. Arrogant AI who thinks he is the smartest thing in the universe, but still is mistified by the how and why of the humans around him. Yet continually shows his human origin. Love OSDs, Naomi, Oz, .. all of them.

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

Excellent injection of emotion and urgency. Great variances of voices when speaking as different characters. He pulled you further into an already great story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of the HALO series.. not just this series but the whole universe, this book is a must read along with the previous two. This one is the icing on the cake. It some ways it closes some chapters, but it also opens the door to other possibilities. Remember, there is something out there that was alive before the Forerunners. We could gain their notice again and we are not ready.

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Best of the trilogy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend it. Why, because it wraps up the story lines for the trilogy and answers some questions that I still had after reading other Halo books such as Reach.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Mortal Dictata?

The teacher, I can't say more but that and the epilogue were my favorite parts.

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

For me the narrator of a series is second only to the story Euan's performance was wonderful as soon as the intro music was over and he started to speak I was back in the Halo universe. His ability to bring each of these characters to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried and I laughed Traviss did a wonderful job with this book.

Any additional comments?

Being a junkie for expanded universes both this and Star Wars I really like learning all I can about the backstory and the possibility for more books. This book does both of those things.

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More Kilo-Five!!!

Where does Halo: Mortal Dictata rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely one of the best if not the best Halo books I've listened to. Karen Traviss explores a much different side of the Halo universe and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's somewhat less military and action and more about the characters and their development. I would love to see another Kilo-Five trilogy with these characters.

What other book might you compare Halo: Mortal Dictata to and why?

It's different than the other Halo books, even the previous ones in this trilogy. I'm not sure what I would compare it to.

Have you listened to any of Euan Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Euan Morton is very talented and I really enjoyed his performance. His character differentiation was fantastic and his accents were believable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't want to give much away but there are moments with Staffan Sentzke that were really quite emotional for me. I can't relate to his arms dealing empire, but the family stuff was real to me.

Any additional comments?

I suspect some reviewers are put off by the Halsey dialogue because they are in denial or can't relate to the characters. I'll admit I was as well with the first two novels, but this book makes the argument much more convincing. Some of the characters do focus heavily on Halsey as the one person responsible but Karen Traviss makes it clear that was not the case. She's not even ambiguous about it. There's even a suggestion that in certain cases, what she did was for the best.

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The Best Book of the Trilogy

While I have had complaints about the Kilo-5 Trilogy, particularly regarding "The Thursday War," "Mortal Dictata" takes all of the best elements of the series and executes them near flawlessly. The story was clever and satisfying, and the characters were written with such care and competence that they have actually become most of my favorite characters in the Halo universe. Something to keep in mind regarding this book, and the trilogy as a whole, is that it's much more of a character-driven drama than the (still excellent) sci-fi military of Nylund's Halo Novels. If you're a Halo fan who loves the philosophical and talkative nature of Star Trek and the Varied Characterization of Firefly, then you'll love this.

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wow... this book was incredible

It would be hard to jump into this book without knowing the backstories from the other books but the writing was incredible. The dictation was also very fluid and matched the story arc and characters appropriately. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.

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  • ray
  • 01-23-14

Book that looks the other way.

If you could sum up Halo: Mortal Dictata in three words, what would they be?

How would you feel if your child or sibling be taken to become a spartan?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Mortal Dictata?

This book is one of the Halo top story arks. Not only bringing more to light about the Spartan project but how it would affect people around them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending of this book is grate.

Any additional comments?

If you love Halo then you will love this book.

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  • Dylan Mayes
  • 08-14-18

Amazing end to a fantastic series!

This was a gripping and overall fantastic end to the Kilo-5 series, makes you care about every single character and how everything comes together in the end. Shame there isn't more of Kilo-5....loved it though!!

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  • christoph
  • 08-10-18

great book - Kilo5 trilogy is a Halo Must

I love this trilogy, iv read it and now listed while iv been at work.

my only complaint is that the voice used for the grunts/ungoyy throughout is totally wrong, there high pitched not deep. but it's a small price to pay for the rest of the storytelling.

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  • Aaron
  • 07-16-18

An absolutly exilent end to a fantastic series.

Simply brilliant trillogy narrated exilently. i would deffinatly advise anyone to add this series to there list of books/audio books to add to their collection

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  • Master Joshua J. Eastham
  • 04-07-18

utterly fantastic

brilliant! even better than grasslands. I will miss these books narrated by ewen Morton. it gets into the gritty details of the Gray areas oni has to deal with and gives a great look into the lives of 'inssurectionists'

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  • Stefan Higgs
  • 02-21-18

amazing

very enjoyable book. emotionally gripping and very action packed. couldn't think of a better conclusion to a thrilling trilogy

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-23-18

amazing way to end the trilogy

the trilogy was just amazing and wish it had more of a presence in the games!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-17

Fantastic

Kilo five trilogy was fantastic, I love the voice actor. He said some words different but overall his performance was brilliant. I really felt like each character was a different person would highly recommend whether or not you are a fan of the halo games

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  • daniel
  • 05-07-17

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Great addition to the halo series telling another previously untold tale well worth buying to add to tour collection.

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  • Tommy Malcherczyk
  • 04-04-17

loved it!

i have listened to a few halo audio books but the kilo five series is the best so far. just make sure you listen to them in order. the characters are full of personality and the story is gripping

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  • Sam Hepton
  • 11-28-17

Awesome end to an awesome trilogy

Everything wrapped up quite nicely. Would have liked to have heard more about Jul but the story with the Kilo 5 team was perfect. Euan Morton is an awesome reader and I hope he does more in future!