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  • HALO: The Cole Protocol

  • HALO, Book 6
  • Written by: Tobias S. Buckell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)
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HALO: The Cole Protocol

Written by: Tobias S. Buckell
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-seller - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

It's 2535. It is the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War, and the United Nations Space Command has enacted “the Cole Protocol” to safeguard Earth and its inner colonies from discovery by its merciless alien foe. Many are called upon to rid the galaxy of lingering navigation data that could potentially reveal the location of Earth and ensure the destruction of humanity. Among those tasked with eliminating any trace of such dangerous information is Navy Lieutenant Jacob Keyes - now saddled with a top-secret mission by the Office of Naval Intelligence...one that will take him to a corner of the galaxy where nothing is as it seems.

Out beyond the Outer Colonies lies the planet Hesiod, a gas giant surrounded by a vast asteroid belt. As the Covenant continues to glass the human-occupied planets near Hesiod, many of the survivors, aided by a stronghold of human insurrectionists, are fleeing to the asteroids for refuge. They have transformed the tumbling satellites into a tenuous yet ingenious settlement known as the Rubble - and have come face-to-face with a Covenant settlement of Kig-Yar...yet somehow survived. News of this unlikely treaty has spread to the warring factions. 

Luckily for the UNSC, this uneasy alliance is in the path of the Spartan Gray Team, a three-person renegade squad whose simple task is to wreak havoc from behind enemy lines in any way they see fit. But the Prophets have also sent their very best - an ambitious and ruthless Elite whose quest for nobility and rank is matched only by his brutality....

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Good Book, Weak Character Dialogue

The overall story was enjoyable, especially if you are keen to learn more about the lore within the Halo Expanded Universe. But, the book falls short on some noticable fronts, namely the dialogue between characters. There are certainly other Halo books that I would recommend over this.

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Great story & narrator

Wish they used this narrator for all of the stories. CN do so many different characters.

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Annoying music in the background

I enjoyed the book, I just found the intense music in the background lame and unnecessary

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Great Halo Novel

Sgt. Johnson : "Dear humanity, we regret being alien bastards, we regret coming to Earth, and we most definitely regret that the Corps just blew up our raggedy-ass fleet!"

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distracting music

I believe the performance is quite good. I enjoy the story. I liked the addition of sound effects. The nice subtle hum of space craft etc. I found the music to be too sudden and too loud. It felt comical at times and undercut the action instead of supporting it.

overall enjoyed the book.

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  • 2021-02-23

Worst Halo book so far

Been listening to the halo books in order of release. This is the worst by far. Difficult to get through, extremely boring. Yikes.

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Awesome Read

This was an awesome story paired with Mr. Davis' amazing voice acting. The story captivates and provides the reader with vivid ideas of what is happening.

My only critique is that the audio had a few points where it skipped out. this maybe an issue from when I downloaded the audio. luckily, the missing sections we're about a second or two long so it was easy to connect the points that were being conveyed.

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  • jake
  • 2019-01-23

Issues in the recording

Sometimes the audio is broken and skips and doesn’t function correctly in this reading. It happens 2-3 times and isn’t a huge deal, but fair to warn of

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  • Alex Wheeler
  • 2021-05-06

Don't let negative reviews turn you off.

I honestly don't understand what other people were complaining about with this book. Learning more about Jacob Keyes and Thel Vadame's backgrounds was great. The introduction of Grey team was very interesting as well and added a different flavor to the Spartans as a whole. Just because they don't act like Master Chief, doesn't mean they're not potentially realist portrayals of Spartans. Everyone and every unit is different and has their own personality. I feel like the viewpoint of most of the insurrectionists is well done as well. They're just people trying to do what they see as right with the limited information available to them and the interpretation of that information that their experience has left them with. Finally, why the **** do none of the other reviews mention that this book contains Thel Vadame's backstory as well?? That may have been my favorite part of the book, maybe with the exception of the Spartan throwing a Mongoose ATV around on the battlefield and smashing covenant soldiers with it.

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  • Ervin Jeffries
  • 2019-06-06

Crappy Arcade Shooter Music

Everything was great, story and reading, BUT I cannot stress enough how much the terrible arcade action music ruined the feel of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-07

I want a refund, poor quality, okay story

Great look into Keyes' background and has some high points but it is far from my favorite. Spartan lore doesn't fit the Halo Culture but its not too far removed. The fight scenes were poor in story and in performance..with weird music... the recording skips out in places.. easily 4 times as other reviews state. Honestly the only redeeming qualities were Keyes and some cool ambient scene noise for the pelican scenes

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  • FOXSK91
  • 2019-08-26

not worth it

only painfully listened to it so I didn't miss any bit of the halo lore. brook was written poorly and the audio book was read terrible. and what was with the music during all the fight scenes.???

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  • WFAB
  • 2019-07-28

Extraneous sounds

The book is riveting enough without annoying ambient noises representing aircraft or dramatic fighting music.

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  • NuclearZeus
  • 2024-02-11

The music

The music I felt at times was largely unnecessary and detracts from the performance overall. Also, how the Author divided up chapters into so many smaller nuggets made it slightly unnerving. Halo Glasslands I felt did a much better job of it.

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  • Hailey MArtin
  • 2024-01-14

There are a couple of skips. Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2024-01-09

Good story!

Good story. Voice performance was good, Background music helped story! A good listen & addition to series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2024-01-06

One of the biggest must read/listen out of all Halo books

So many things to enjoy about this story. Don’t listen to people who say that the fight music moments are terrible, they work just fine. Things like Grey Team, Keyes, Thel, and ONI get plenty of attention and time to flesh them out.

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