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The best-selling adaptation of the iconic video game Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series!

It's 2552. Having barely escaped the final battle for Reach against the vast alien alliance known as the Covenant, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn, including Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief - and his AI companion Cortana, is forced to make a desperate escape into slipspace. But their destination brings them to an ancient mystery and an even greater struggle. In this far-flung corner of the universe floats a magnificently massive, artificial ringworld. The crew’s only hope of survival is to crash-land on its surface and take the battle opposing the Covenant to the ground.

But they soon discover that this enigmatic ringworld is much more than it seems. Built 100,00 years ago by a long-lost civilization known as the Forerunners, this “Halo” is worshiped by the Covenant - a sacred artifact they hope will complete their religious quest for supposed transcendence, and they will stop at nothing to control it. 

Engaging in fierce combat, Master Chief and Cortana will go deep into the Halo construct and uncover its dark secret and true purpose - even as a monstrous and far more vicious enemy than the Covenant emerges to threaten all sentient life on Halo and the galaxy beyond....

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smashing novel

absolutely love this book, flushed out the story of combat evolved, might definitely going to listen again

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Brilliant

Must read if you're a fan, voice work was great too. Gives some extra context on the story from the first game with the perspective of a Covent character, and some of the UNSC personnel fighting alongside chief.

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Adds more to the adventure on Halo, but not the best written

The book really helps build upon the chief’s adventure on the halo by adding more information as to the covenant and what went wrong (for them), telling us about the elite that was secretly hunting the chief, but most importantly by actually providing insight as to what the humans were doing at alpha base while the chief was out seemingly doing all the work. They were heroes too - just in different missions - and this book really helped me grow fondness for them. It’s a bit like rogue one showing that the rebels were both willing and capable before Luke showed up and you finally understand how they survived all that time without him. Similarly, This book shows how the humans managed to fight without the chief, whilst still giving most of the focus to the 7ft Spartan we all know.

If you’re a halo fan you’ll enjoy the book but it’s not perfect. The voice actor had a lot of characters to voice and some of the voices can be politely described as interesting choices. However, overall he does a good job. The story is good but at times lacks sense. I cannot say much without spoiling but at one stage the humans do something to ‘take the fight o the enemy’ and the something they do is quite simply spectacularly stupid in a circumstance where you are outnumbered 500-1 because even if the plan was guaranteed to succeed you don’t actually achieve anything. And if you lose that number could become 800-1. Particularly disappointing because the plan is by my favourite character and that somewhat lowered that opinion. (To be clear to avoid spoilers I’m not saying plan goes well or badly; I’m saying it’s a really stupid plan regardless).

Anyway, worth a read for halo fans - you’ll enjoy it.

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Amazing

Played the game originally before I read the book many years ago, I'm a big fan of the halo series.
This is true to the game in every way and more, such a good listen if you're interested in Halo: Combat evolved

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love it as always the books and the games
good narrator and good storry love it

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Great but

loved it but can someone please tell the narrator the j is silent in mjolnir

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Surprisingly enjoyable

I've never been into books, but after seeing an audible sponsorship, I decided to try it out. I figured I'd listen to this seeing as it's based on my favourite video game, but I wasn't expecting to enjoy it this much - since it's a retelling of a story I already knew. It was a mot more than what the game explores, however. Highly recommend for halo fans

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A timeless classic

Halo: The Flood is eseentially the book version of the story of the game Halo Combat Evolved. It follows multiple stories on the Halo Ring both human and Covenant. If you have played Halo Combat Evolved and always wondered what happens between the levels, this book should help you fill in those gaps!

The Narration performance by Todd McLaren is fantastic, he captures the atmosphere and characters perfectly.

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superb that adds depth to halo

A fantastic book that adds depth to and already great story, brilliantly performed and clearly read, a must for any halo fan

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Halo: CE in a book!

obviously for a Halo fan, this book will be very familiar, it's the events of Halo: CE from the OG Xbox, except it gives you way more information and tells the tales of other battles etc from around the ring. loved this book, The Flood really are a formidable foe

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  • 09-03-20

Great book, narration is unnecessarily bad

I love this book. I listen to it non-stop for as long as I can. The issue I have is with the narration. Todd McLaren has a great voice, but some of the things he does incorrectly are such easy fixes that it screams laziness. This guy mispronounces EVERYTHING. How has no one told him how to pronounce words? It’s so infuriating to hear him butcher words that are so important like Mjolnir. Stuff that he should know like how it’s spartan ONE ONE SEVEN instead of one seventeen. If anyone who has played the game listened to his narration before it was released, every single problem could be fixed. That’s all it would have taken, one slightly competent reviewer to give some feedback.

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  • Max
  • 21-05-20

dude can't pronounce mjolnir

the sorry it's great. my only issue is that the reader can't pronounce mjolnir

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  • Skylar
  • 12-03-19

I found this book to be an amazing story

I loved the story. The narration of it was great and had me cought to every word. I personally enjoyed this story very much and would gladly sit and listen to it again

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  • marcos andrade
  • 08-04-20

The worst in the original Novels

This book fails to capture the imagination. It tries to be a direct copy of the events of the game while interjecting it’s own narratives to fill in the gap. The book does both of these things poorly in my opinion. Most of the original novels were Eric Nylund. This one was not. The writing was very sub par. It felt very scripted and didn’t explore very interesting Paths at any point. The fall of reach, first strike, contact harvest, and even the cole protocol were better than this book. Simply put, it’s wasted potential and boring. I would not recommend.

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  • 06-11-20

Repetitive and poor portrayal of characters

I didn’t like the dialogue of Master Chief. Swearing and chatty. Very uncharacteristic of the Chief.

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  • Curtis S.
  • 10-02-20

meh

while not as good as it's predecessor, it's entertaining enough I guess. certain plot points from the game are just completely boring, whereas the innovative narratives, such as that of the alien perspectives that go on their own missions, or the surviving humans fight to control their base, are much more enthralling. overall, the performance by the narrator is on par with the same as last time, although I wish he would pronounce 'rations' and 'Mjolnir' correctly.

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  • Arsene Dragon
  • 17-12-19

never thought I would feel bad for the flood

rest in peace Jenkins. for your extreme valour in character and will, you will be remembered

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  • Nicholas
  • 23-10-19

magnificent! !

I love this whole series! I have always loved the games but now I can gladly say the books are great as well!

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  • Stephen
  • 11-06-19

battle battle battle battle

captain keys watching game then hearing story is fulfilling but so much battle no food sleep poop breaks

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  • Robert
  • 22-02-21

solid book

mostly just a recap of halo one but still a solid book that delves a little deeper into the things we didn't see in the events of delta halo