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A Master Chief story and original full-length novel set in the Halo universe - based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

2526. It has been more than a year since humanity first encountered the hostile military alliance of alien races known as the Covenant, and several weeks after the United Nations Space Command’s devastating counterattack of Operation: SILENT STORM was deemed an overwhelming success. The UNSC has put its faith in the hands of the Spartans, led by the legendary Master Chief, John-117: enhanced super-soldiers raised and trained from childhood via a clandestine black ops project to be living weapons. But the Covenant - enraged and fearful of their enemy’s unexpected strategies and prowess - is not taking its recent defeat lightly, and is now fully determined to eradicate humanity from existence, brutally overrunning the ill-fated planets of the Outer Colonies faster than retreats can be ordered. 

If the UNSC has any chance of stemming the tide of the war, the Master Chief and Blue Team must drop onto an empty, hellish world in order to capture a disabled Covenant frigate filled with valuable technology. It has all the makings of a trap, but the bait is far too tempting to ignore - and this tantalizing prize is being offered by a disgraced and vengeful Covenant fleetmaster, whose sole opportunity for redemption lies in extinguishing humanity’s only hope of survival....

©2019 Troy Denning (P)2019 Simon & Schuster / Halo Books

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  • Ken R.
  • 01-10-2019

Great improvement over Silent Storm.

There were some plot issues I had with Silent Storm - mostly the fact that Denning crammed in so many characters and details from his Last Light series. But this book had much less of that and he focused more on putting blue team in some intensely complicated situations on interesting world's we haven't heard of so far in the Halo universe. The opening scene is great and the pace he sets has a pleasant rhythm of intense action, dialogue, more hectic action, resolution, story building, and back to action. If you're into the more classic military fiction style of the early Halo books, I think Denning did a great job of replicating that by including minute details about the Spartans' gear, ammunition, tactics, etc. All of that is my bag and I enjoyed it immensely from start to finish. Another point is that Troy Denning did a good job of approximating what goes on in a Spartan's head. He gave us a lot of Fred in Last Light, but I particularly enjoyed getting Linda's perspective later on in this book. It got me thinking about what the Spartan's opinions are of each other and how they view themselves as friends or siblings or what. Anyway, I like when authors make me consider things that aren't specifically written into the narrative. Also, I love Scotty B. as a narrator. However, I just don't think his Master Chief is that great. I think it's an inflection thing or maybe I'm just used to Steve Downes. But anyway, Scott did a great job as always. Some say he puts unnecessary emotion into his reading but I dig him in everything I've heard. I consider good science fiction to be analogous to semi-junk food that isn't quite as bad for you as icecream (terrible sci-fi), but also not healthy either (actual science). So Halo: Oblivion rates as a solid piece of peanut butter toast in my book 👍

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  • Jeremy
  • 04-10-2019

My thoughts

Good Story. Not a fan of Scott Brick. Mastrr Chief's backstories should be read by Steve Downs the voice of Jon 117.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-2020

The Worst in the Franchise

Since the release of the first game, I believe this makes the 30th book released to expand and/or deepen the universe. I've read the vast majority of them and each had added something to the overall story. They've explained the origins of the Spartans, expanded in the motivations of the Covenant, revealed who the Forerunners were and how the titular Halo rings came to be. There are some collections of short stories that maybe aren't the deepest tales ever told because of their length but they add a little flavor- maybe deepen our understanding of how Spartans work together etc. This had all the pieces in place to do that- John is only 15, there's a mission to steal a Covenant ship and its Superior tech, there's a mysterious group with unknown origins in a planet that shouldn't have any sentience life. All of it essentially amounts to nothing. Nothing. A whole novel that should have been a short story somehow tells less story than a novela. John is essentially the same S117 we've seen all along. There are maybe two scenes where they ham fistedly show him make a note to be more assertive or something. On top of that, most of the main characters are unbearable. Both of the key human commanders, the Spartans work with are absolutely nails on a chalkboard intolerable. The Covenant forces are bumbling true believers with no depth or motivation-essentially exactly like they were in the first game, only we can understand their speech. They're just generic bad guys with only the slightest hint of motivation. There narrator does an okay job, but really doesn't have much to work with. To his detriment, he doesn't vary his voice as much as most of the better audio book narrators do now. It's basically a guy with a great radio voice reading you a book. Hard pass of this if you're hoping to expand the universe or if you're new. Not worth your listening or reading

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  • Ben Drexl
  • 05-05-2020

Not a worthy sequel to "Silent Storm"

I came from listening to "Silent Storm", expecting a continuation of the great arcs and character development started in that book. What I got was a repetitive detour that focuses on 1.5 characters, and while there's a spark or two of fun action from some original set pieces, nothing of real consequence happens. Most of the terrific plots left open from "Silent Storm" were left untouched, and even the new intrigues hinted at from the setting of this book go completely unexplored. Almost zero character development, and author comes dangerously close to making John sound whiny sometimes. Maybe I'm being harsh, but this was a major letdown, and honestly was hard to finish. Luckily I did, because the epilog is probably the most interesting part.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-2020

Another great S117 Story

Another great story. Keeps me guessing and leaves me wanting to know what's next for a beloved character.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-2019

Not as good as Silent Storm.

Story was ok... Silent Storm was better by a lot. Expected more, maybe if theres a 3rd book to help make this story important, otherwise it was a pointless mission.

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  • Charles Clark
  • 11-11-2020

read it

do it. great read and easy to listen to on long drives and while in quarantine with your family that you half ass like.

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  • Garrett Adams
  • 26-10-2020

loved it

it left me itching for the next chapter couldn't stop listening would recommend to anyone

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  • zach
  • 13-10-2020

Not the worst But very mediocre

I dont know who is responsible for making the audiobook version of halo books but please fpr the love of god. Take a listen to star wars audiobooks, Top notch voice actors, music/sound effects. So engaging, like a movie made to be listened to instead of seen. This style of just a monotone voice actor is so obsolete. Even the good halo books are difficult to listen to with this guy narrating. You have ALL the sound XF n reference for audio that you could possibly need. Theres really no excuse for this. It would literally improve every single halo audiobook ten fold. Making mediocre stories like this interesting. The story - if you havent, listen to Fall of reach, The flood, First strike and ghosts of onyx. Those stories really tap into the halo franchise and the writters do such an amazing job of understanding the universe and all its aspects. Stories like this just feel so small/insignificant with no real stakes. (Spoilers/sort of) TheCastaways are so annoying. The spartans at this point in time are still pretty new in the universr at war and out of spartan training, they would pretty indoctrinated still with following orders and not thinking twice about sacrificing the few for the countless many. Essentially they are faced with the potential of finally acquiring covenant tech that could literally turn the tide of the war, SAVE humanity from extinction but they prioritize it on the same level as saving this clan of children that have grown up on this backwater planet. Im sorry but the spartans would In reality let all those kids die if it meant acquiring the tech, they would try to rescue/follow through on a promise but only if it meant 0 risk to the successful capture of alien tech. Bottom line, Halo books are at their best when focused around large space/ground battles, if you wanna go other direction like ghosts of onyx, or harvest, you have to understand the lore/halo universe, this author clearly doesnt. Ugh long rant I know, im a HUGE halo fan and i feel like there hasnt been a good book/game in years! Its just beyond frustrating.

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  • Christian Harris
  • 21-09-2020

Weak and uninteresting filler story that drags on

In the dozen Halo books I've read, this is the only one I did not care about the details as next to nothing significant happens. Story was the sequel to Silent Storm which was really solid, but the whole of this story followed one plot thread from it's predecessor and went about it in the most uninteresting way. Author brings up other unsolved plot threads that could have been woven in but were left out entirely, instead focusing almost entirely on a barren planet that did not advance the overall story of the series in any meaningful way. The majority of the book was dialogue with little action to supplement it. With the next book to take place 33 years later, I doubt any of the plot threads will be solved, making this book a huge missed opportunity to wrap up the duology while making meaningful connections to the universe.

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  • Joshua Harrison-Crawford
  • 22-10-2019

7/10

Definitely worth a read if you're already an avid Halo fan, but I would reccomend Eric Nylund's original trilogy if you are looking to enter the world of Halo.

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  • Robert Murphy
  • 21-10-2019

very boring slow story

the story was no where near as good as the rest of the halo books

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  • Callum
  • 01-07-2020

Good story. Hard to follow at times.

I'll say the same as I did for the last in the series. The Story was pretty interesting with a pretty well fleshed out character line up which made me want to keep listening. My only real problem with this is that it can be difficult to follow what’s going on at times, this is mainly due to the fast pace of the battle scenes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-2020

Exceptional

Thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and it's great to hear stories from earlier in the covenant war Scott brick is on eof the best out there that really engaged you in the book

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  • Mr. R. Merrydew
  • 30-11-2019

Good listen

It was a good story, I was happy to listen to it for hours at a time. I will have to go through it again as I probably missed some bits. But overall its a good listen.

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  • christoph
  • 23-10-2019

God story, slightly convaluted

good story, nice follow on from silent storm but a little all over the place on the story arc front.

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  • HerySean
  • 02-10-2019

I like it

It's a dark story, not a big happy ending but it's close enough, hope the cast off will be of use in halo story or maybe in game.

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  • Star01
  • 02-10-2019

An excellent addition to the Halo universe

Troy Denning's understanding of the Halo universe and Scott Brick's ability to deliver a compelling performance make them my absolute favourites when it comes to a Halo novel.

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