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Halo: Silent Storm

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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An original full-length novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series. 

It's 2526. It has been almost a year since humanity engaged in its destructive first contact with a theocratic military alliance of alien races known as the Covenant. Now, the hostilities have led to open war, and the United Nations Space Command understands virtually nothing about its new enemy. There are only two certainties - the Covenant is determined to eradicate humanity, and they have the superior technology to do just that. The UNSC’s only hope lies with the Spartans: enhanced super-soldiers trained from childhood via a clandestine black-ops project to be living weapons. Their designated commander, Petty Officer John-117, has been assigned to lead the Spartans on a desperate counterattack designed to rock the Covenant back on its heels and to buy humanity the time it needs to gather intelligence and prepare its defenses. 

But not everyone wants the Spartans to succeed. A coalition of human rebel leaders believes an alliance with the Covenant to be its best hope of finally winning independence from the Unified Earth Government. To further their plans, the insurrectionists have dispatched a sleeper agent to sabotage the UNSC counterattack - and ensure that John-117 and the Spartans never return from battle....

©2018 Troy Denning (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • Takudza
  • Point Cook, Australia
  • 14-10-2018

Exactly what I came looking for

This is why I am after when I buy a Halo book. Lots of action and sciencey space stuff. This book was perfect.

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Exceptional

So good, I want to buy the printed version of this book now too and re-read it!

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A story that takes Halo back to it's roots!

Tl, dr: Story = good. Narration = bad

While most of the more recent books focus on the forerunners and prometheans, Silent Storm goes back to what made halo great! The early days of the covinant war! While not quite as "epic" as some of the earlier novels it still manages to present you with a fun and exciting adventure ... That is ultimately held back by the narrator.

Brick's narration comes across as mostly bland and uninterested. He fails to give the characters any form of inflection or tone which makes keeping up with some conversations difficult. This pissed me off so much because there are times in the story where Brick seems to lower his guard and his performance gave me chills! (in the good way). He has the ability to be an epic narrator! Yet for some reason he chooses to give us the same bland narration time after time. I am keen to see if Brick's narration style changes over time however until then I dont think I will be getting any more of his works.

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Very Impressive!

I love this book. It has the Halo lore wanted by Halo fans and the action and drama wanted by others. Read very well. A very good book!

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A Worthwhile addition

A great story explaining or glossing over a lot within a very short period. In all honesty, it seems it should have been longer given the relevance to the games and the potential for interesting lore and morality questions.
I hope there is an addition from this point in time showing more of the insurgencies interactions with covenant, the activities of silent shadow blades (Basically covenant's Spartans) and hopefully Admiral Cole. They were all in this book, but left more questions than answers, once again.

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  • Ryan
  • 07-09-2018

A return to form

I have been disappointed with the recent direction of the Halo novels. Silent Storm is a return to what made me fall in love with the series. Complex characters, and good old military sci-fi. Great read.

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  • Tacitus
  • 06-09-2018

A rare gem

Halo is back.

Those are weighty words coming from me, after over ten years frustration, disappointment and occasional anger with the quality of Halo fiction since the departure of Eric Nylund and Joseph Staten. Despite the occasional decent entry every now and then, the Halo franchise has been overtaken more and more by mediocrity, laziness and half measures.

What I enjoy most with this novel, and Troy Denning's writing in general, is the sheer respect, care and enthusiasm shown for the source material. It never feels like he is writing just to cash in a paycheck, but that he actually respects this universe and characters, a respect that can really be felt all the way down in the "bones" of the story and how grounded it is in the mythology of Halo going all the way back to The Fall of Reach. Never does it feel like plot points are handwaved away; everything is given appropriate thought and a logical reason.

The characters have real motivations and drives and play of each other believably. Smart characters are actually written as smart. Military personnel actually act like military personnel. We took these things for granted in the early days of Halo, but over the years they've fallen to the wayside with a much more cartoonish, "anything goes" mentality becoming the norm.

The Master Chief is characterized perfectly as a still-inexperienced teenager, as he rightly should be. It's refreshing to see this character who's become almost as unto a god to some people both in-universe and out as one who still needs to learn and grow into his role. I especially appreciate the emphasis on teamwork, which calls back to Nylund, and how he really isn't this lone-wolf juggernaut many people see him as.

I generally enjoyed Blue Team and their mix of friendly banter and stone-cold professionalism, but I do wish the other members had gotten more to do in terms of their specialties and character traits; Kelly in particular seemed particularly underused in that regard, and I felt Fred came off as too "jokey" at times especially now that we didn't get to see his own POV. I did like how established Spartans from different media, like Daisy and Malcolm, were featured instead of creating new S-IIs to swell up their already bloated numbers.

The supporting cast was also excellent, and like Last Light and Retribution, Denning gives a lot of page time for non-Spartans as well. There's a considerable emphasis on Special Warfare politicking and the chain of command, which was enjoyable. Sergeant Johnson also has a surprise role, which is something I'm a bit conflicted about. I think he was characterized excellently, and making him into a mentor of sorts to John at this point in his life gives more weight to their relationship in Halo 2 and 3, but on the other hand it doesn't quite gel with how their relationship is depicted in The Fall of Reach and First Strike.

Some familiar faces from Last Light and Retribution also make appearances, which I think did get a bit excessive at times; while in general, references and callbacks are to be expected in a shared universe, having too many of the same characters in one place or one story can make the universe feel smaller. Fortunately, as in Retribution, this was somewhat offset by the number of new things and characters.

The Covenant antagonists, while not exactly revolutionary in terms of characterization, are still reasonably competent and distinct in their own right, and the little glimpses into the Covenant side of things added, for the most part, an interesting element to the book especially in comparison to the classic Nylund novels. The human insurrectionists' motivation, however, did seem more questionable in light of the context, and if there's one other complaint I have about the antagonists, the Covenant in general didn't feel quite as threatening as they probably should've at this point in the war, especially in regards to the conclusion.

I'm a worldbuilding freak myself, so you can imagine my delight with the fully-realized, well-textured universe-crafting of this book. The setting isn't just there for background flavor, it actually influences how the characters think and act, and how the events progress, which is the way it should be in a grounded science fiction narrative. The sense of scale is excellent; planets, for example, actually feel like big places, and even star systems and sectors of space seem to exist in clear relation to one another, which adds to the sense of place.

Furthermore, getting details on things like orbital mechanics, communication or deployment protocols, chains of command, or FTL travel may be dismissed as fluff by some but it really means a lot to fans like me who were originally drawn into Halo because of that attention to detail. I could go on and on about the subtleties I wouldn't have even thought of, which is what I always appreciate in a book, especially a Halo book in an era where bland non-specificity has become the norm.

Overall, Silent Storm is the kind of war-era story I've been expecting for the better part of ten years now: No lazy conflict over contrived Forerunner MacGuffins, using established S-II characters instead of making up new ones just to be killed, just a story about one mission in a war. I was at first wary with how this story retread old ground with its characters and setting, but having read the book it only serves to complement The Fall of Reach and actually adds a lot to the universe and characters. The cover promises a Master Chief story and this is pretty much at the peak of what you can do with that setup. Denning even manages to give John an arc here, despite the confines of the prequel setting (which I thought would make it impossible to do anything interesting with his character).

Are there some areas that could've been improved on? Definitely. However, Silent Storm is still leagues ahead of most other Halo material released these days, and fits right in with the classic novels.

As always, Scott Brick's narration is serviceable. His articulation is clear and his voice is pleasant enough to listen to. However, having had a taste of Steve Downes' narration in a promotional excerpt, I can only imagine how much the book would've benefited from his voice all the way through.

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  • Joseph D OLeary
  • 01-11-2018

Decent story rough performance

Scott Brick really needs to stop being the go-to for Halo books. You either get him and a monotone drone (new blood) or sounding like he is on the verge of crying for an entire book (hunters in the dark). That being said of all of the Halo books he has done this one is probably the best. It seems like he is trying a little for once. Please, if anyone from the publishing company is reading this, give some new folks a chance to get involved with the franchise and bring some variety to the people that enjoy listening to these books... That or bring back some of the folks that have given really good performances in the past like Todd McLaren, Jonathan Davis, Euan Mortan, Timothy Dadabo, Jennifer Taylor, Holter Graham, etc.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-2018

Another fantastic entry to the series

Spoiler free....If you liked any of the chief centric books you'll like this. Great narration by scott brick. Gives some background to the chiefs past without being boring as it is a prequel. Great action, multiple points of view from human and covenant. My only regret is that they dont make games or DLCs out of these stories as they would be a hoot! I am a legacy halo fan having read every single book. With book 2 of the forerunner saga being my least favorite and of course fall of reach being my favorite. Hopefully we will get more snippets into the chiefs past with future books.

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  • Devin Lacombe
  • 23-03-2019

wow

Adds an insane amount of character development to 117 and his relationship to those around him. All while being set in a pretty good narrative.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-2019

pretty good for a halo book

it was an interesting touch to see MC 117 at 15 years old and how much he had to grow mentally to become the leader of the Spartans we all know him as. the story arc wasn't too surprising, as I kind of put together who the antagonist was after his first encounter with chief before a debriefing. but I guess that wasn't really the point of the story, so I think it was a pretty good listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-2019

Great to hear from Johnson again.

I chose just under five because although the writing was great, the energy of it felt misplaced in some aspects. I feel seldom the authors of Halo novels truly depict just how much greater feats the Spartans can accomplish by using contrast. Show the contrast and use relativity to do so more often. I loved the intrigue with the innies and Johns experience in learning politics and human behavior when it comes to loyalty and trust. Learning from Johnson was brilliant just wish Johnson had more to say!

All in all a great story. I didn’t feel like it had an ending really so can’t wait to hear the next of this series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-2019

Great book!

I love this book!
The narrator was great and the story 10 out of 10 .
One of the best halo books in my opinion.

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  • Avid reader
  • 27-02-2019

Excellent story

A very welcome addition to the Halo universe. We need more Master Chief, Fred, Linda & Kelly (and Sergeant Johnson too).

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  • mylordaustin
  • 20-02-2019

Back to the good old days!

Loved where the story took place in the timeline and that it has to do with 117. Love the story that involves a lot of those original characters. Also always love Scott Bricks reading. He's read a few of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-2019

Brilliant

Brilliant story which many halo fans will love and want to know.

recommend this book to all halo fans, old and new

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  • Mr. A. Edwards
  • 14-03-2019

one of the best sci fi novels I've listened to

great story prequel to the halo games and one of the best sci fi novels in recent years.

nice to see focus on master chef and blue teams early years.

standouts are the traitor won't name for spoiler reasons and of course Sgt Avery Johnson..... send me out with a bang.

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  • Mr. Flemming
  • 28-11-2018

Brilliant first Fauré

As a long-time player of the games I have never read any of the additional media before this book but rest of shored I will consume everything out and get my hands on if it’s at the same quality is this!
This book was brilliantly written giving insights into all the characters and explaining a rich world of characters and motivations in its intricate plot. More than just a way of passing the time this book had me itching for the next installation whenever I had to take a break my only criticism is that it is too short as I can seem to hold work for Settings.

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  • Jamie
  • 23-11-2018

Brilliant

Great book. Narrated Beautifully and kept me hooked throughout. Absolutely amazing book. Would listen again.

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  • CorpRoberts
  • 04-11-2018

Another great halo book

Interesting book, nice to see Master chief return to the forefront of the lore, similar to Fall of Reach.

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  • Robert Murphy
  • 19-10-2018

very good

it was a very good book wish there was more blue team and master chef books

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  • Gregor McFarlane
  • 26-09-2018

A must read for any halo fan

The master chief is a fantastic character a hero.
the depth of the halo universe is incredible and each character is rich with detail and backstory. Just read it .

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  • Kaz 1862
  • 17-09-2018

Amazing

I hate finishing Halo books, I want them to go on forever and ever. Awesome and brilliant couldn't ask for more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-2018

If you love Halo you'll love this book!

Being a lover of the Halo Series this book is full of action and the great character interactions I have become famiar with throughout the Halo franchise. Exciting and humorous in all the right places!

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  • F M Browne
  • 13-09-2018

halo

I love this book yep yep yep yep yep yep yep yep yep yep yep he'll yes