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.
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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
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.
"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.
Loss. Family. Reunion.
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.
I loved the way Karen Traviss has characters deal with moral issues and tragic experiences. She was at her best in this novel.
I liked that there was no clean "happy ending". It was more consistent with real life and how messy it can be.
How he changes his pitch and accent to identify different characters.
Naomi remembering her abduction & how it affected her dad.
Higly recommended with an ending I did not anticipate.
"Halsey Hate Club"
In this book: some people do some stuff, and there are even a couple Spartans. But for the most part, they talk and think about how Halsey is the devil and Hitler incarnate in the same package (not an exaggeration), and gleefully discuss the various ways to terminate her. The storyline itself was not too bad, nor was the writing. But it really just kinda read like fanfic from someone who hated Halsey. Not even a "Hey thanks for saving humanity btw." It just doesn't fit well with the rest of the Halo universe, in my opinion. The narrator, on the other hand, did a very enjoyable job.
"A great conclusion to the Kilo 5 series"
I have already recommended this series to several friends. If you love the Halo universe you'll love this continuation. It gives a very interesting extension to Katherine Halsey.
It showed the human confrontation of the Spartans like it hasn't been seen. The side of what could have been if they hadn't been abducted into the Spartan program.
Euan Morton's portrayal of Kilo 5 in this series is really well done. This being the third book and he has been able to keep consistent character voices all the way through.
There are up and downs through the book. Some sad and funny parts.
I really wish there were more Halo books. I love the Halo universe and I'm super excited where we can be taken from here.
"What the Halo Universe Really Needs"
No, I'd tell them to read Glasslands first, then go through the entire series and then read this.
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.
As always, Euan Morton stays true to his characters and keeps everything consistent.
A definite read for any of the Halo book fans. I'd certainly love to see more books about Kilo 5.
"Outstanding Book.. this is how you write SF"
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.
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.
Excellent injection of emotion and urgency. Great variances of voices when speaking as different characters. He pulled you further into an already great story.
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.
"Best of the trilogy"
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.
The teacher, I can't say more but that and the epilogue were my favorite parts.
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.
I cried and I laughed Traviss did a wonderful job with this book.
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.
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.
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.
Euan Morton is very talented and I really enjoyed his performance. His character differentiation was fantastic and his accents were believable.
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.
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.
"Book that looks the other way."
How would you feel if your child or sibling be taken to become a spartan?
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.
The ending of this book is grate.
If you love Halo then you will love this book.
"one of the most interesting premises in the series"
The premise and main story is very interesting as you truly wish for this father and daughter to reunite and there are multiple other parties involved that complicate the stor and make it more complex than the other novels.
omething about the voice actor made it a bit difficult to listen to, mainly the way he tried to speak as the famela characters and how weak it sounded, even during more intense action scenes.
the ending is weak and there isnt enough action, mainly longy, deep philosophical conversations about a complex situation which is approached from a biased angle, they could've done more with such a unique premise but it was still godd.
Almost cried when I wasn't laughing or enthralled by imaginary and action. I couldn't stop listening to it I pushed every bus journey to one more stop to hear a little more.
"Yet another great story and brilliant narration"
All of the halo titles have been exciting few has been bit weak but mortal dictata being part 3 of the kilo five is exciting loved every minute of it and the narration by Euan Morton was superb!!
Euan Morton is very good. It's a pity he isn't reading the newer books in the series. He really brings all the characters to life
"Enjoyable, yet lacking."
Yes I'd listen to mortal dictata again. I'm a big fan of Halo lore and while I don't approve of the direction that Karen traviss has taken the lore, I can appreciate that she does write a very good cloak and dagger novel
Without giving much away probably the revelation about one of the main characters at the end of the book. It was a surprise to me and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
He's got a very engaging voice, calm yet assertive and he managed the voices extremely well, so much so that his voices for these characters is all I hear when Ii think of them now.
Yes, given previous experience with the halo novels I listened to this in one long sitting.
This book is enjoyable, however I dislike the direction that the lore has taken with the spartan II's and I also dislike Traviss' way of portraying certain characters, particularly Osman, Halsey, and Parangosky. Halsey seems to lack all of the brilliance of the previous books, and instead has become a prattling joke. Osman's main plot point is a huge piece of contradiction, where she hates Halsey for indoctrinating the spartans, yet that is exactly what has been done to her. Parangosky is the main contradiction, she plays halsey as the war criminal, yet ignores the damage that a character such as Ackerson also caused as head of the Spartan III program. All in all the book is enjoyable though I do hope Karen Traviss is finished with Halo.
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