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The first novel of the Kilo-Five Trilogy by number-one New York Times best-selling author Karen Traviss - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

It's 2553. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war with humanity that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and its colonies. For the first time in 30 years, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting has stopped, the war is far from over: It’s just gone underground. The United Nations Space Command’s feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five - a clandestine team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, a Spartan supersoldier, and a diabolical AI - to accelerate the insurrection within the Covenant’s warrior species, the Sangheili, even as their notable defector turned leader, Thel ‘Vadam - the Arbiter - struggles to stave off civil war among his divided people.

Across the galaxy, a woman thought to have died in the Covenant attack on the planet Reach is actually very much alive. Chief scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey broke every law in the book to create the Spartan program, and now, she’s broken some more rules to save them. Marooned with Senior Chief Petty Officer Franklin Mendez and a Spartan team in a Forerunner slipspace bubble hidden in the destroyed planet Onyx, Halsey finds that this place has been guarding an ancient secret - a treasure trove of Forerunner technology that will change everything for the UNSC and mankind. As Kilo-Five joins the hunt for Halsey, humanity’s violent past begins to catch up with all of them as the disgruntled colony Venezia has been biding its time to strike at Earth...and its most dangerous terrorist has an old, painful link with both Halsey and Kilo-Five that will test everyone’s loyalty to the limit.

©2011 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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so bored

was hard to get through this. if your hoping for a classic halo nook with fight and keeping you on the edge, try something else. in 18 hour long chapters. there is maybe 1 paragraph of action. but if you wanna talk about feelings this may be for you. one of the worst Halo books so far

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  • Campbell the Halo Fan
  • 2019-07-31

how do you ruin a good story? get this narrator

story was just fine. I have read it on my own before. get a narrator with a speech impediment that lacks emotion in voice and you have a recipe for disaster. I was able to slowly get use to him, but not a good experience did it make.

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  • Nathan
  • 2019-10-02

2/5 overall, 1/5 performance.

I felt like Euan Morton’s voice made it hard for me to differentiate between a character just being dull & unexciting or having any other human emotion. I often found myself wondering when dialog between characters stopped & normal storytelling started. Seems as though he had just been reading the story to himself as monotone as possible and Audible just said, “Sure, that’ll do”. Far stretch from The Fall of Reach & The Flood where characters had some emotion to them & the voice actor seemed to care that he was reading aloud to an audience. It’s a shame because you can tell Karen Traviss wants to tell a gripping story or espionage, civil war, & Elite strife but the delivery falls flat on its face. Would not recommend this book via audio, buy it & bring your own characters to life.

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  • collin
  • 2020-01-17

Accents...wow!

The reader switches accents like a genius. Great book, even better voice acting!!!! I was stunned

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-17

Worst voice actor ever totally ruined it

the voice actor is the worst. all the characters have some stupid accent. I couldn't even finish the second chapter. you suck man

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-09

this book is phenomenal

only downside is that the reader doesn't give vaz a Russian accent and everyone else is Scottish or American/English.

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  • Logan
  • 2020-12-04

Follow up to Ghost of Onyx

I really enjoy Karen Travis as a writers she does a fantastic job with making characters more relatable and understandable. really enjoyed this follow up book with more detail leading to Halo 4 and following books.

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  • Kyle Fisher
  • 2020-11-20

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The kilo5 trilogy is in my top list of fave sci fi books mainly because of how much I enjoyed the narrator! I really liked his accents that he gave the crew and the elites. I really wish he did more narrations of halo books

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  • John Kovacs
  • 2020-11-09

Great story but weird opened ending

The whole book was good. Everything ran along smoothly. Events and characters didn’t seem to be placed to further some story plot. But the end just came out of no where and the book ends open for like the cliffhanger ending of halo 2. Like there was so post to be more but just wasn’t put in here for whatever reason. The person reading a lot of people said was a little hating at first but you can get use to it. I ended the little things he pronounced weirdly. Because no one in the world can pronounce everything correctly all the time. But I do love the halo books so I just try to look past how people pronounce things like the name of the Spartans armor. That’s a big one in the entire series. But I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next kilo 5 book sometime soon.

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  • Chris Pinczuk
  • 2020-10-30

Horrible choice of narrator

Most the humans are f**king British or a crappy attempt at something close to British. Osman sounds Aussie for some reason. Vaz is a WWII Russian. Naomi is a 12 year old. all the elites sound like Arabic except one random elite is french??? Like who ever chose this narrator needs to be seriously evaluated for their choice. I am very glad he has never narrated any book of halo besides the K-5 trilogy. Thank the Forerunners.

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  • Julio
  • 2020-10-09

the halo book I've been waiting for

I've been a halo nerd since middle school. I read all the books up to ghost of onyx back then, and though I liked them, I always felt they could have been better. More nuanced. This is what the halo books should have been. Let me explain. This book finally tackles the elephant in the room of this series, something that's always disturbed me. The fact that the spartan 2 program stole children from their families, experimented on them, and turned them into super soldiers. not as a last resort weapon against the covenant, but as a strike force to quell rebellion in outer colonies. Who gets the blame for these atrocities? How do the grown up children who are now super soldiers cope with these revelations? what about the washouts of the program, left scarred and disfigured from the failed augmentations, what about the families left behind dealing with the loss of a child? Do the ends justify the means? And it's well written. Believable, relatable characters navigating cold war espionage situations and government conspiracies. Also, the narrator is fantastic. Spot on accents and a smooth voice. If you're new to Halo, this may be dropping you a bit far in the deep end. but if you've played the games I think you'll have enough info to suss out what's going on. 10/10, I can't wait for my next dive into the kilo-5 trilogy