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The second novel of the Kilo-Five Trilogy by number-one New York Times best-selling author Karen Traviss - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

It's 2553. Welcome to humanity’s new war: silent, high-stakes, and unseen. This is a life-or-death mission for the Office of Naval Intelligence’s black-ops team, Kilo-Five, which is tasked with preventing the ruthless Sangheili, once the military leaders of the alien alliance known as the Covenant, from regrouping and threatening humankind again. What began as a routine dirty-tricks operation - keeping the Sangheili occupied with their own insurrection - turns into a desperate bid to extract one member of Kilo-Five from the seething heart of a brutal civil war. 

But troubles never come singly for Kilo-Five. Colonial terrorism is once again surfacing on one of the human worlds that survived the war against the Covenant, and the man behind it is much more than just a name to Spartan Naomi-010. 

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

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  • Michelle M Grubey
  • 19-10-2020

Amazing narrator

I really wish this guy would do more halo books. Don’t get me wrong Scott Briggs is great! But Euan Morton did an amazing job with different accents for the characters giving them a realistic feel! Props on this series! Loved it!

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  • Chase V
  • 22-09-2020

Must Read

This is by far the best Halo book I have ever read. The story and voice acting is perfection.

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  • Andrés Pérez Camarasa
  • 10-09-2020

A great continuation

The first one on the trilogy was a welcome surprise, and this second book does a great job too. it's more of a "second half" of the first book, because the actions resumes almost instantly between both books, but that's not a bad thing, if you are binge listening as I do right now. The story is solid, the characters very well written and charismatic. A little bit of "deus-ex-machinery" but it's almost on theme. The narrator does a better job here, but at times it's hard to know how is how in a conversation. I will buy the next one for sure.

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  • Alex Mercier
  • 03-08-2020

Just as good as the first

For a Halo story without much action, the Kilo Five series is still surprisingly in depth and enjoyable. There is a massive amount of information about the universe to absorb in these books, and it is all interesting and doesn't feel like a slog whatsoever. I'm enjoying the series and I am excited to continue to the third book.

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  • Mitch
  • 21-05-2020

Halo is a suprisingly adult sci-fi series

I'm greatly enjoying this Kilo 5 trilogy. It fills in some gaps in the story line, and Thursday War in particular gives the Forerunners a new mysterious flare. I've always been unsatisfied with the plot jump between Halo 3 and 4. Great audio performance too, and definitely leaves you ready to dive into the next book.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-03-2020

Karen Travis single handedly ruins years halo lore

I have read all the books by Eric Nylund and Karen traviss completely ruins the hard work of the previous authors. The book is filled with constant useless dialogue and the obvious hate for Halsey shows Karen's inability to separate her personal feelings from the story as a writer. I really hope her rights to the Halo series is revoked soon and we can get some better stories .

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  • Jared Schafer
  • 11-11-2019

amazing

this is my first time listening through the Kilo-Five Trilogy after reading it twice. it took me a while to get used to the Scottish narrator, but ive come to prefer him over Johnathan Davis and Scott Brick. Thursday War was my favorite book out of the trilogy but the trilogy, as a whole, is so brilliantly written that my brain ends up being fatigued from listening or reading long before i lose interest. there just never seems to be a good stopping point, solely because all three books are constant excitement.

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  • Anthony
  • 23-07-2019

makes my top 5

good back story for current and previous characters, they tie well together, im excited to continue the kilo five trilogy.

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  • Michaeloso
  • 21-11-2020

Lore porn

This is so well constructed and meaty and asks such complex questions of morality and military and it does it all so well, holy heck

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  • Matt Gupta
  • 26-08-2020

love it cant wait for next one

loved it cant wait for the next one its a shame its only 3 books

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