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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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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  • tekone
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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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One of the best books in the Halo franchise.

One of the best books in the Halo franchise. Extremely well written without any filler. Loved it!

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loved it

I love how they pushed away from nothing but action and brought some mystery and drama to the beginning, and built up to the action. story its self was very good and unique.

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very Bland, poor reading performance

overall the story wasn't bad, but it just took a very long time to get to the point that the story was trying to do. The worst part about it was the guy who read the book. He was extremely Bland and monotone the whole time. Every character had the same voice and same personality so it's really hard to stay focused and keep track of who was speaking because he made every single character sound the same.

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Have to read!

This story was just fantastic and the reader just top it off. A must read.