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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to humanity’s new war: silent, high stakes, and unseen. This is a life-or-death mission for ONI’s black-ops team, Kilo-Five, which is tasked with preventing the ruthless Elites, once the military leaders of the Covenant, from regrouping and threatening humankind again.

What began as a routine dirty-tricks operation - keeping the Elites busy with their own insurrection - turns into a desperate bid to extract one member of Kilo-Five from the seething heart of an alien civil war. But troubles never come singly for Kilo-Five. Colonial terrorism is once again surfacing on one of the worlds that survived the war against the Covenant, and the man behind it is much more than just a name to Spartan-010.

Meanwhile, the treasure trove of Forerunner technology recovered from the shield world of Onyx is being put to work while a kidnapped Elite plots vengeance on the humans he fears will bring his people to the brink of destruction.

©2012 Microsoft Corporation (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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  • Victor
  • Sacramento, CA, United States
  • 12-06-12

Sith Lady

Would you listen to Halo: The Thursday War again? Why?

Yes I would. I will do it to pick up all the little story threads that lead off into possible future story archs and those that fill in gaps about the back stories of several characters.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Admiral Perengowski in particular piqued my interest. She is as bad as any Sith Lord that ever graced the pages of Karen's other novels. Karen dealt with the Elites nobility as well as anyone. They are truly noble within their culture and in battle.

Which character – as performed by Euan Morton – was your favorite?

Admiral Perengowski, easily!

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

Yes, I get upset by the constant use of "chinconi"! Next time how about a coversation with a GI before you record! It's CinC ONI (SINK ONI)! It is Commander in Chief, and is not an Italian word. I grate my teeth everytime he uses it. After 20 years of service, I find that I'm not so flexible on the lexicon.

Any additional comments?

Quietly awaiting the next installment in the series. I could use a timelime to help bring things together for me.

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A great story that is able to go on and on.

What made the experience of listening to Halo: The Thursday War the most enjoyable?

This is the basis for a great story

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next book in the series to be written. The author is a skilled and imaginative writer.

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  • jotk
  • houston, TX, United States
  • 01-02-13

magnificent work

What did you like about this audiobook?

One of the best stories i have ever heard. It is captivating and strong

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

My favorite character is bb because he has so much personality for an ai program and he is so different from the others mentioned so far

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Phillips is my favorite do to his tenacious curiosity and his stubborn nature it causes to be the most understanding character in the hole story

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

One man is searching for the truth behind an ancient being but is he ready for the trouble it will ensue

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Best Contributing Author To Halo Lore

Karen Traviss excels on style, character development, and plot arc. Sarah Osman and the rest of Kilo-Five team come to life like in no other Halo story.

A rich and necessary contribution to the Halo universe that will undoubtedly inspire future content.

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the 2nd entry into the kilo 5 trilogy!!

hughen mortons narration is excellent and breathes life into each character! the 2nd installment of the kilo 5 series which brings so very much to light in the halo universe. Be sure to read halo: glasslands first before this title. The technology gleaned from the forerunners and the rebirthing of the new covenant under opportunist Jul M'dama all take shape here. Begin to unravel the forgotten life and family of spartan 010 Naomi. Must Listen!

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another great story

it was so good another great halo book covering the covenant civil war and more on the forerunneras

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Great introduction to Halo 4

This book helps you understand how and why the events of halo 4 takes place.

It is full of humour, well make you laugh at times.

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Book 2 just as good as book 1

If you read my review for book 1, than you know how much I love this series and the author and how happy I am with this narrator. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm immediately getting into book 3.....

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another cliff hanger ending

easy story nice read good entertainment decent reader highly recommended to be aware it has a cliffhanger ending

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Good openning for Halo 4

This really help feel in the gaps between halo 3 & 4 and whats coming next.

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  • Darren
  • 12-23-12

A great addition to the series.

Thursday War is a great follow up to Glasslands. Bringing some more interesting looks into the Sangheli homeworld and learning interesting facts about the power of the UNSC's new flagship. Knowing facts about the universe based on the games it starts tying together the events of Halo 3 and 4 with characters starting to learn abot the possibility of a still living forrunner and the threat to earth might be increasing whe a lost Covenant cruiser may have reappeared.

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  • Master Joshua J. Eastham
  • 01-17-18

amazing story showing Juls side of things

amazing story showing juls motivations against humans and great human characters and missions I can't wait to read the next one! Jul is a great character you don't get to see enough of and halo 5 let's it all down unfortunately. he could have been an amazing game villain

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  • Martin o kane
  • 05-28-17

top notch

love it so far....this is the second audio i have ever listen to, the first being the prequel to this story. cant wait to get into the final book.

highly recommended.
Excellently narrated.
a must for any Halo fans

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  • cliff warner
  • 01-29-17

next book mortal dictata can't wait,

love this story, bloody gripping can not wait to down load the next book to find out what happens (mortal dictata).

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  • Mr. M. O. Semple
  • 12-02-15

Great read

If you could sum up Halo: The Thursday War in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, gripping, satisfying

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character in the audiobook is Vas, a dry russian character I can relate to. Great moments of humanity shown, and the termoil at choices between regulations and what a decent human would want to do.

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

Good performance, makes the audiobook interesting to listen to, captures action well.

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

Definately! When I get an interesting book, I find it hard to turn off, and this is one of those.

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  • Christian M. E. Schroder
  • 07-20-15

A thrilling addition to the Halo universe

What made the experience of listening to Halo: The Thursday War the most enjoyable?

The narration was exciting and throws you straight in to the action, the story is very well written. An Absolute Must for any fan of not just the Halo Universe but also of Science Fiction in General

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  • kyle phillips
  • 05-24-15

Brilliant start to finish

Very well done over all as a performance aside from some problems at chapter 9 8:34 which was not able to be heard so slight loss in the story

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  • Luke Rea
  • 05-05-15

very good read, for any halo fan you won't be left

book two of kilo five, great read for any halo fan. love the back bone story of halo.."highly recommended

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  • James
  • 04-13-13

An excellent book narrated with style.

Eagerly anticipated this release after thoroughly enjoying Glasslands. This sequel equals the standard of the first book. I hoped they would use the same narrator and they didn't disappoint. I wanted the same narrator as he really adds life to the characters, my favourite being the playful glee of Margaret Parangovsky.

The book itself is excellent with a strong storyline as well as lots of info of the Halo universe, being particularly helpful filling in the gaps between Halo 3 and Halo 4. I can't wait for the last book of the trilogy. Although it will make sense to people that aren't hardcore halo fans I suggest you listen to or read Glasslands first.

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  • Arcindrus
  • 08-15-16

Good

Poor Jul, he's just a big misunderstood genocidal alien...

If you want to know what happened between Halo 3 & 4, this is illuminating.