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An original novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

It is 2553, and the three-decade long Covenant War that defined a generation has suddenly drawn to a close. Yet in the remotest parts of human space, tensions remain that threaten to overflow into another full-scale conflict. Beneath the surface of the planet Gao lies a vast cavern system renowned for its therapeutic effects and rumored miraculous cures. But now Gao natives are turning up brutally murdered down there - violent acts that happen to coincide with the recent arrival of a UNSC research battalion protected by Spartan Blue Team, led by the renowned Spartan-II Fred-104.

Maverick detective Veta Lopis of the Gao Ministry of Protection is only trying to do her job as the Special Inspector assigned to catch a serial killer - one who is possibly hiding within the Spartan ranks - but she never anticipates the situation spiraling out of control into an all-out crisis. When Gao is revealed to harbor ancient Forerunner technology that could solidify the UNSC's military supremacy for centuries to come, Insurrection loyalists within the planetary government will do anything - even align with a vicious faction of what remains of the Covenant - to ensure that never happens.

©2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • J. Bryant
  • 29-09-2015

Another Amazing Halo Book

Not a disappointment. Some old characters and new ones.... excited for the next! Good Job 343i

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  • KRIS
  • 16-09-2015

9.0 out of 10. I really like this book.

I will be listening to this again soon. Answer alot of questions about the Spartans III like Tom and Lucy. Very cool.

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  • Ryan
  • 19-10-2015

awesome book

great book that really goes into Freds story and the spartan 3s. if you liked any of those stories you'll love this one.

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  • tekone
  • 12-10-2015

Halo is becoming refined...

Finally we get to hear more about the Spartan III's, but I want more Spartan II stories, we need to hear more about John, Fred, Kelly, Linda, Naomi etc...

I want to also read about Halsey, I want to see her regain her status and find John.

Regardless the universe is getting good and the stories are becoming more and more mature. Hopefully they won't do to this what they did to the Star Wars EU.

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  • KnifemakingPrepper
  • 03-08-2020

Spartans don't bow to "strong female characters."

One of the better Halo novels over all, very well narrated, and a refreshing take on the universe. Also, seeing the gammas, the betas, and blue team from Ghosts of Onyx was endearing. With that said, the investigator was grating after a while, and while that's my subjective opinion, what isn't up for debate is that Spartan IIs don't submit to civilians. The only time any Spartan put her in her place, it was a female. The feminism is dripping off the pages and a female written like a pissed off male character is pretty tiring considering how well femininity and lethality were balanced in the Kilo 5 trilogy, the Cole Protocol, Ghosts of Onyx, and anything else with Linda & Kelly. It really breaks my suspension of disbelief when a Spartan isn't a Spartan bc muh strong female character and I had to put the book down twice in laughter, so two stars docked from the story.

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  • Adrian
  • 10-10-2015

Excellent story

Very well written story and rivals the early genius of nylunds fall of reach, the investigation and murder mystery side of the story was sadly not really explored and a bit of a missed opportunity. The audiobook was well read though I have to admit to wanting multiple voice actors but that is probably because I have been spoilt by the superb hunt the truth series.

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Hope to hear more from Vader Mom) and her new team of gamma Spartan 3's officially listed deceased.

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  • Corey Cantrell
  • 22-10-2015

Disappointing Outer-Colony Tale

Struggled to finish. The story couldn't keep my attention. It was less "engaging mystery" and more "set up for Halo 5 characters." Scott Brick's voice would be better - suited for stories meant to put children to sleep.

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  • Bryan
  • 12-11-2020

unique halo story

I had zero expectations when I started this book. I did not expect Fred to be the main spartan 2 we would follow and I did not expect it to be a murderer mystery. I finished this book fresh after the kilo5 trilogy and I enjoyed that audio book reader more, but this story had a better climax than any of those books.

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  • W. Stern
  • 07-10-2020

premise was meh, but had decent parts

the murder investigating part was meh, the rest of the story was for the most part entertaining. I was hoping for more or if the AI, and huragok

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  • Jeremy Meadows
  • 23-06-2020

sadly average.

Story wise, Its unremarkable in almost every way. Even though it has multiple Spartans, ex covenant, and forerunner tech, they are only there to make the action scenes feel like halo. but in reality, all of this story could have been filled with just UNSC and insurgent humans and nothing would have really changed. There is also lore problems with how the A.I operate. audio wise, I'm disappointed that this uses the same music as Mortal Dictada. which is a tiny nitpick I know. Also Scott Brick is not bad narrator, hes quite good in singular protagonist stories (like crime novels). He can make you feel like this the character speaking to you. But I think hes a bad fit for Multiple character books like halo. There isnt enough change for different characters, espcially for the aliens. which is a real shame coming off the great work by Euan Mortan in the Kilo Five trilogy. Just average and not very memorable. but not terrible by any means.

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