Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe's Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.
I rarely, write reviews, but I was very surprised by the star rating on this audiobook that I had to say something;
This audiobook is by ..Show More »far one of the best audio books I've listened too.
It's been a while since I read other greg bear classics (forge of God, anvil of the stars) but Halo: Cryptum is something else.
Even if you don't care for the XBox games, this story is incredible.
Just the thought of a space faring human civilisation pushed to the brink of extinction tens of thousands of years ago resonates excitement within.
The reader is exquisite, very good at emoting the alien narrator.
If you are on a monthly credit scheme, jump in, just be aware it's shorter than you might like.
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In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end....
it took a while to get into the story, it is the only reason I dropped it a star but it's so worth it when it finally does.
In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood - a horrifying shape-changing parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses. Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens.
But I wanted to know more about what happened to the characters towards the end