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The best-selling adaptation of the iconic video game Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series!

It's 2552. Having barely escaped the final battle for Reach against the vast alien alliance known as the Covenant, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn, including Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief - and his AI companion Cortana, is forced to make a desperate escape into slipspace. But their destination brings them to an ancient mystery and an even greater struggle. In this far-flung corner of the universe floats a magnificently massive, artificial ringworld. The crew’s only hope of survival is to crash-land on its surface and take the battle opposing the Covenant to the ground.

But they soon discover that this enigmatic ringworld is much more than it seems. Built 100,00 years ago by a long-lost civilization known as the Forerunners, this “Halo” is worshiped by the Covenant - a sacred artifact they hope will complete their religious quest for supposed transcendence, and they will stop at nothing to control it. 

Engaging in fierce combat, Master Chief and Cortana will go deep into the Halo construct and uncover its dark secret and true purpose - even as a monstrous and far more vicious enemy than the Covenant emerges to threaten all sentient life on Halo and the galaxy beyond....

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Fantastic Story, But disappointing narration

Halo The Flood is a fantastic Story that fleshes out the story of the first game. Whilst the story and content is fantastic, the narration is incredibly disappointing... It is overacted and full of mispronunciations that make it so hard to keep listening to this. It's a shame as this was one of my favourite books I have read and wanted a great audiobook.

Whilst I can recommend reading Halo The Flood, I can't recommend this audiobook due to the narrator

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  • Rod
  • 21-03-2021

disappointing, the later books are MUCH better

Meh, loved the later books but this was like having someone narrate the 1st game.. Halo : combat evolved.. and I mean that quite literally.. the dialogue was WORD FOR WORD

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What a doozy.

A solid entry into the franchise. loved it, I look forward to reading the rest of the books.

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poorly written master chief pornography

lame analogies, repetitive combat and the human soldiers are all the yeehaw do you want to live forever soldier trope. Other similar titles have the restraint to have 1 or 2 of these individuals but in the story every human is that trope. It's exhausting this book is a struggle to finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-2020

Great book, narration is unnecessarily bad

I love this book. I listen to it non-stop for as long as I can. The issue I have is with the narration. Todd McLaren has a great voice, but some of the things he does incorrectly are such easy fixes that it screams laziness. This guy mispronounces EVERYTHING. How has no one told him how to pronounce words? It’s so infuriating to hear him butcher words that are so important like Mjolnir. Stuff that he should know like how it’s spartan ONE ONE SEVEN instead of one seventeen. If anyone who has played the game listened to his narration before it was released, every single problem could be fixed. That’s all it would have taken, one slightly competent reviewer to give some feedback.

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  • Max
  • 21-05-2020

dude can't pronounce mjolnir

the sorry it's great. my only issue is that the reader can't pronounce mjolnir

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  • marcos andrade
  • 08-04-2020

The worst in the original Novels

This book fails to capture the imagination. It tries to be a direct copy of the events of the game while interjecting it’s own narratives to fill in the gap. The book does both of these things poorly in my opinion. Most of the original novels were Eric Nylund. This one was not. The writing was very sub par. It felt very scripted and didn’t explore very interesting Paths at any point. The fall of reach, first strike, contact harvest, and even the cole protocol were better than this book. Simply put, it’s wasted potential and boring. I would not recommend.

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  • Skylar
  • 12-03-2019

I found this book to be an amazing story

I loved the story. The narration of it was great and had me cought to every word. I personally enjoyed this story very much and would gladly sit and listen to it again

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  • Stephen
  • 11-06-2019

battle battle battle battle

captain keys watching game then hearing story is fulfilling but so much battle no food sleep poop breaks

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  • Joe Howard
  • 21-03-2021

Literallyvisualize the entire Halo CE campaign

Overall very good, slightly annoying that the reader still doesn't pronounce Mjolnir correctly but outside of that, very good read and very good acting with the voices. Definitely a must read for any Halo fan looking to see where the game started. also recommend listening to the first book for lore on Master Chief.

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  • Jacob Showers
  • 07-01-2021

a fantastic book, but the voice actor sold it

The voice actor in this book was single-handedly brilliant. Each character could be told apart, he added proper inflection and sounded genuine. Absolutely fantastic, 10/10 give it a listen mate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-2020

Repetitive and poor portrayal of characters

I didn’t like the dialogue of Master Chief. Swearing and chatty. Very uncharacteristic of the Chief.

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  • Curtis S.
  • 10-02-2020

meh

while not as good as it's predecessor, it's entertaining enough I guess. certain plot points from the game are just completely boring, whereas the innovative narratives, such as that of the alien perspectives that go on their own missions, or the surviving humans fight to control their base, are much more enthralling. overall, the performance by the narrator is on par with the same as last time, although I wish he would pronounce 'rations' and 'Mjolnir' correctly.

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  • Arsene Dragon
  • 17-12-2019

never thought I would feel bad for the flood

rest in peace Jenkins. for your extreme valour in character and will, you will be remembered

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  • Freddietheone
  • 20-06-2021

Shallow storyline & very boring

The first story in the HALO series, gave character, background and some level of interpersonal relationships, making for a lightweight but enjoyable listen.

This second story is 1 dimensional at best, where you have no engagement or care about any of the ‘people’ or even the previously witty and snarky Cortana - the ship or suit AI. I know the ‘story-line’ probably needs to follow the computer game sequence, but this needed to have a level of complexity and story depth. Comic book shallow, sorry.

Halo itself is described as a gigantic ring-world, or Orbital as Iain M Banks would have described it. It is spinning to give artificial gravity, so why gravity plates? It seemingly also has a moon? How?

The main protagonist Spartan C117 ‘John’ is now not limited by anything really, he never has ammunition lacking, has multiple weapons always in grip and everywhere he goes he just ‘blasts his way out, and avoids all the falling meat’. Never a real combat moment where skill could be used…. It’s all just blood-soaked plasma cannons.

As American gung-ho as it could possibly get (and nothing wrong with that - but moderation please) verging from cliché to parody, to boring derivative.

I hope the next one is better, this was bad. I wanted it to end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-06-2021

very goed story

it is a very goed story wel told goed to hear i recomend it to everyone

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  • Joshua Read
  • 25-04-2021

Brings 117 to life

I loved the game and its great to get the covenant perspective. It also fills in the gaps brilliantly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-2021

very good book.

overall amazing. pronounced some things wrong. I recommend to any halo fan. or someone new to halo lore.

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  • Liam Glass
  • 26-03-2021

Combat evolved

Struggled to get along with some of the extra story that isnt mentioned in the game but it does develop into something interesting.
Great performance too

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  • Owain R.
  • 10-03-2021

phenomenal

The story, the narration and action are all in good order in this novel. as a fan of the games I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of additional content there was to explore while remaining extremely faithful to the story of halo CE. aust for any fan of the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2021

smashing novel

absolutely love this book, flushed out the story of combat evolved, might definitely going to listen again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-2020

Brilliant

Must read if you're a fan, voice work was great too. Gives some extra context on the story from the first game with the perspective of a Covent character, and some of the UNSC personnel fighting alongside chief.

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  • Jamie M.
  • 27-09-2020

Adds more to the adventure on Halo, but not the best written

The book really helps build upon the chief’s adventure on the halo by adding more information as to the covenant and what went wrong (for them), telling us about the elite that was secretly hunting the chief, but most importantly by actually providing insight as to what the humans were doing at alpha base while the chief was out seemingly doing all the work. They were heroes too - just in different missions - and this book really helped me grow fondness for them. It’s a bit like rogue one showing that the rebels were both willing and capable before Luke showed up and you finally understand how they survived all that time without him. Similarly, This book shows how the humans managed to fight without the chief, whilst still giving most of the focus to the 7ft Spartan we all know.

If you’re a halo fan you’ll enjoy the book but it’s not perfect. The voice actor had a lot of characters to voice and some of the voices can be politely described as interesting choices. However, overall he does a good job. The story is good but at times lacks sense. I cannot say much without spoiling but at one stage the humans do something to ‘take the fight o the enemy’ and the something they do is quite simply spectacularly stupid in a circumstance where you are outnumbered 500-1 because even if the plan was guaranteed to succeed you don’t actually achieve anything. And if you lose that number could become 800-1. Particularly disappointing because the plan is by my favourite character and that somewhat lowered that opinion. (To be clear to avoid spoilers I’m not saying plan goes well or badly; I’m saying it’s a really stupid plan regardless).

Anyway, worth a read for halo fans - you’ll enjoy it.

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  • TheTallDwarf
  • 21-09-2020

Amazing

Played the game originally before I read the book many years ago, I'm a big fan of the halo series.
This is true to the game in every way and more, such a good listen if you're interested in Halo: Combat evolved

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