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Publisher's Summary

The second novel of the Forerunner Saga trilogy by science-fiction legend Greg Bear - set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

One hundred thousand years ago. In the wake of the apparent self-destruction of the alien Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Forerunner known as the Master Builder and then misplaced during a furious battle in space, Chakas and Riser now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky and humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. They have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end - a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of Responsibility to all living things.

In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo ringworld in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and the reason for the Forerunner Librarian’s tampering with human destiny. Their travels will take them into the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence - known as “the Captive” by Forerunners and “the Primordial” by ancient human warriors, this being may not only control the fate of Chakas, Riser, and the rest of humanity, but of all sentient life across the galaxy....

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good book, looking forward to silentium

the ending though... gave me chills. awesome cameo and I hope it continues in ailentium

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Chakas :)

343 Guilty Spark Monitor of Installation 04 has always been one of my favorite characters since CE even though he did kill Johnson. ;/ The performance of this book was amazing! And the ending with Tim doing his 343 voice made me cry this saga is amazing! And it's a joy relieving it again in audio form.

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yet another series I love

love the forerunner stories, wish there were more than just three.
favorite part was when chakas is hearing the story of forthencho.
it was a while since I listened but from what I remember the narrator was awesome, not like reach where the guy mispronounced Mjolnir

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  • Gannon Prather
  • 2020-08-05

Can't stand the characters.

The characters were bearable as side characters in Cryptum, but an entire book about them got old, and uninteresting very quickly. I made it about halfway, and can't bring myself to finish.

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  • DEMOND WASHINGTON
  • 2019-02-08

mind blown again!!!!

once again my questions are answered but now I have more questions which I'm sure will be answered in the next book!!!

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  • Bryson Robbins
  • 2019-07-13

get back to master chief please!

lots of confusing, boring moments with no real sense put into them. few but some moments of greatness. overall wish I could have skipped this book, or at least read an overview of key points needing to understand for next books.

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  • Sean Murphy
  • 2022-01-20

second book syndrome

Like I said, nothing really happens. it's all exposition with very little in terms of real story. it's similar to reading an encyclopedia except Halo. If you're into that then go for it. If you care about just Master Chief then this ain't it fam.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-01-14

Very Engaging Book!

Full of excitement, mystery, and answered questions! The second book in the Forerunner Saga!

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  • Marix Stickdorn
  • 2021-11-17

Amazing back story to zeta halo

This book being great backstory to many characters and the halo universe. A must listen/read to get into halo infinite.

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  • Michael
  • 2021-11-02

A Thrilling, Enlightening Ride.

This audiobook is a must for the busy HALO fan looking forward to the upcoming HALO Infinite release.
SO MUCH HYPE.

From the Forerunner saga, this book highlights the story of one of the Didacts in the time before the activation of the HALO array. Without giving away spoilers, this book not only sets the record straight, but gives much clarity and understanding on the actions of the forunners and how some well known characters and situations came to pass.

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  • Jacob Beaver
  • 2021-08-30

Maddeningly morning until the actual plot starts

What story occurs is good and adds to the world immensely. The problem is that all that actual story occurs in the last quarter of the book. I’m all for slow burn exposition heavy novels. I love inferring story on my own and very detailed drawn out world building. This however is taking it to the extreme. For well over half the book nothing plot productive happens. Actually nothing much happens at all. I feel like the author knew what he wanted to establish for the third book but let this one fall to the way side.

The plot that does happen is good. The narration is well done by a series veteran.

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  • J. Higgs
  • 2021-08-27

Great! But….

I felt that parts of the story were a bit slow, unnecessary and even bland. It felt like it took a long time to wrap up things and understand what was going on. However all of that aside, the story is still very good with the ending once again mind blowing and leaving you wanting the third book. Narration while different than the first book was excellent and so well done.

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  • austin
  • 2021-07-07

I wish every Halo book had this narrator

Overall better than the first forerunner book, but that wasn't a high bar to clear. Litte bits of interesting lore sprinkled into the story and the awesome narration saved it honestly.