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Halo: The Flood

by William C. Dietz

Series: Halo Novels (Original Quadrilogy 2), Halo Universe (Original Quadrilogy 2)

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The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind's very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait. As the fortress world of Reach and its brave defenders were bombarded to rubble, a single cruiser fled the carnage with the battle's only human survivors—Captain Keyes, his crew of a few hundred marines, and the last remaining SPARTAN super-soldier, the Master Chief. With the cruiser's artificial intelligence, Cortana, concealed in his battle armor, the Master Chief crash-lands on Halo in the midst of a massive Covenant occupation. Curiously, the alien soldiers appear to be searching for something hidden on the ring. Built by a long-dead race, Halo harbors many deadly secrets, but one overshadows them all. Now the Master Chief must lead the scattered troops in a brutal race to unravel Halo's darkest mystery—and unleash its greatest source of power.… (more)
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While it’s nice to have a novelisation of the first Halo game, this action packed adventure translates poorly into the written format. It might be fun to shoot countless aliens and space parasites from behind a controller, but it isn’t fun to read about someone else doing it paragraph after paragraph.

That said, the novel provides some neat character insight and helps emphasis how creepy the Flood is. However, this could’ve been achieved better through a series of short stories.

I don’t recommend reading this unless you’re a massive Halo fan. Play the game instead. ( )
  Thulan | Mar 4, 2024 |
I've heard mentioned many times this is the 'way of the future' - Video games spawning books and movies rather than the other way around. This book is a perfect example of how not to do it.

After reading [b:The Fall of Reach|60229|The Fall of Reach (Halo, #1)|Eric S. Nylund|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170538877s/60229.jpg|1881174] I had decent expectations for this one, and ended up pretty disappointed. The Fall Of Reach is an OK novel with elements of the game folded into it. The authour worked hard to make a storyline and plot that hung together and fleshed out what we knew from the game.

This book on the other hand is mostly vast swathes of extra descriptive game walk-thru. And trust me, while I really enjoy playing Halo, a first person shooter game walk thru is not gripping reading material.
Turn left, shoot three Grunts, go up stairs, use grenade on group of Elites on walkway, turn right, shoot Grunt...
you get the picture.

I'm guessing the authour had zero lattitude to play with the story line. There are some original touches here or there, expanding on things from the game or adding bits not there at all. Those parts are actually pretty decent, and the only parts that read like a story. As for the rest of it, Master Chief and Cortana show more character in the game than they do here.

If you're a Halo fanatic and haven't read the book, then maybe there's something here for you, but otherwise try something else. ( )
  furicle | Aug 5, 2023 |
Too many combat scenes not enough plot or lore. 4/10 ( )
  arashout | Dec 13, 2020 |
I read this book several times: despite to what most people think, most of the story is not covered by the first Halo game. That said, a large percent of this book is simply a transcript of the first game, so many people skip it. My opinion is that it's worth the read for the extra content, although none of it is really vital to the story. There are chapters with Zuka Zamamee the elite and Yayap the Grunt that make the entire thing worthwhile. There is a ton of backstory given to all the minor characters of the Pillar of Autumn that makes it all the more tragic when all of them die. ( )
  ryvaut | Jul 12, 2020 |
The Fall of Reach and First Strike by Eric Nylund were superior works, this novelization of the game just is not as good. ( )
  trile1000 | Jul 1, 2018 |
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Prologue - 0103 HOURS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2552 (MILITARY CALENDAR) / UNSC CRUISER PILLAR OF AUTUMN, LOCATION UNKNOWN - Tech Officer (3rd Class) Sam Marcus swore as the intercom roused him from fitful sleep.
Chapter One - 0127 HOURS (SHIP'S TIME), SEPTEMBER 19, 2552 (MILITARY CALENDAR) / UNSC CRUISER PILLAR OF AUTUMN, LOCATION UNKNOWN. - The Pillar of Autumn shuddered as her Titanium-A armor took a direct hit.
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The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind's very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait. As the fortress world of Reach and its brave defenders were bombarded to rubble, a single cruiser fled the carnage with the battle's only human survivors—Captain Keyes, his crew of a few hundred marines, and the last remaining SPARTAN super-soldier, the Master Chief. With the cruiser's artificial intelligence, Cortana, concealed in his battle armor, the Master Chief crash-lands on Halo in the midst of a massive Covenant occupation. Curiously, the alien soldiers appear to be searching for something hidden on the ring. Built by a long-dead race, Halo harbors many deadly secrets, but one overshadows them all. Now the Master Chief must lead the scattered troops in a brutal race to unravel Halo's darkest mystery—and unleash its greatest source of power.

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