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Halo: The Flood [Paperback]

William C. Dietz
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Oct. 12 2010 Halo (Tor Paperback) (Book 2)

REACH HAS FALLEN.

THE COVENANT WAR MACHINE RAGES ON.

HUMANITY’S LAST HOPE LIES WITH THE CREW OF THE PILLAR OF AUTUMN—THE INDOMITABLE CAPTAIN JACOB KEYES, STAFF SERGEANT AVERY JOHNSON, THE AI CORTANA, HUNDREDS OF FEARLESS MARINES . . . AND SPARTAN 117, THE MASTER CHIEF.

Having barely escaped the battle for Reach, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn is forced to make a jump into Slipspace in hopes of evading the vast alien alliance hell-bent on wiping out humanity.  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 ring world . . . a construct from a long lost race. The humans’ only hope of survival is to crash land on its surface and take the battle against the Covenant to the ground.

But they soon discover that this enigmatic ring world is much more than it seems. Built 100,000 years ago by a civilization known as the Forerunners, this “Halo” is worshipped by the Covenant---a sacred artifact that they hope will complete their religious quest for supposed transcendence. They will stop at nothing to control it.

Engaged in a fierce ground battle, Master Chief and Cortana go deep into the Halo Construct to uncover a dark secret; this enigmatic ring world is also the universe’s most dangerous weapon. Its purpose: the destruction of all sentient life. For the Forerunners built the Halo to battle the universe’s most vicious enemy---a virtually unstoppable and suddenly reawakened force known as The Flood. 


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"The narration by multitalented Todd McLaren...is flexible and intense." ---Library Journal Audio Review --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

William C. Dietz is the best-selling author of more than thirty novels some of which have been translated into German, Russian, and Japanese.  He grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a medic, graduated from the University of Washington, lived in Africa for half a year, and has traveled to six continents.  Dietz has been variously employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, news writer, television producer, and director of public relations and marketing for an international telephone company.  He and his wife live in Washington State where they enjoy traveling, kayaking, snorkeling, and not too surprisingly, reading books. 

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
"This book has alot of similarites to the game." my 10 yr old gandson said when he finished but he said it was the best book hes read in the Halo seris next to The First Strike. He always loved every page he said he read it on the bus,in class,at home,in bed and anywhere else!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who needs an Xbox? March 7 2005
By Bryan
Format:Audio CD
Halo: The Flood is the second Halo book, and its events take place during the time of the game itself. While this gives an interesting opportunity for the reader to read about the adventures of the Terran Marines on Halo that were not seen at all during a large stretch of the game, and a subplot about a Covenent Elite's quest for honor and vengeance against our dear friend Master Chief, the book suffers somewhat compared to the other 2 in the series simply because of the timeframe it's set in.
Most people who read this book have already played through the single-player portion of Halo on the Xbox or PC, and having to read through a section that they've already experienced was slightly tedious for me. Sections such as The Library, which was considered by many to be one of the more monotonous areas of the game, became almost a chore to read through; I slogged through it once, I don't want to slog through it again in print!
Still, the battle scenes are well written and showed a familiarity with the Halo universe; all the major characters such as the Master Chief, Cortana, and Captain Keyes are consistent with what we've come to expect from the game and Nylund's novels in the series, and I was hard-pressed to find any technical discrepancies with the established canon. The Terran Marine contingent's fight for survival with the Covenent is also quite riveting, filling in some of the blanks that were left in the game. Halo: The Flood is a wonderful way for people who may not be into gaming to continue with the sci-fi story that Bungie wrote for the game, and is a solid read for those who finished it.
So, as a book on its own, Halo: The Flood gets 4 stars in my opinion. If you've already completed the game, then I'll downgrade my rating to 3.5 stars. While the other two books in the Halo series are better, this is still a solid sci-fi read!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but slow June 15 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first Book is better then the second book becuse the second book is slower and William C. Dietz could of don better on it. I think this Book would of ben the best if Eric Nelond Did it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good adaption, but not as good as The Fall of Reach... April 9 2003
By errorfound482 - Published on Amazon.com
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The author does a good job bringing the game into the book -- complete with most of the dialogue and quotes you hear with the game and the book adds a great dimension to the events happening on Halo.
However - just as the game - it's very action-oriented with a majority of the book being about how he tosses a grenade and sidesteps. Focusing on the action instead of the story or characterization gets a little boring. The first book really lets you get to know the characters AND lets you get in on the action.
Also, the other difference from the first book is that in "The Fall of Reach", the Covenant are tough and mysterious, making them interesting. "The Flood", the Covenenant are pretty dumb and easy to kill, which... well, which makes them dumb (regular marines puts them down with a bullet). Master Chief is inexplicably a lot less strong here also. It's like "The Fall of Reach" was played on HEROIC or LEGENDARY level, while the setting for "The Flood" was EASY level.
This is still a good read (unlike other series such as the STARCRAFT line), and you'll love it as long as you don't get your hopes up.
49 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Bad Book May 28 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was excited to read The Flood because I really enjoyed the Fall of Reach (the first Halo book) and was looking forward to a new installment in the Master Chief's adventures. The great thing about the Fall of Reach was the creative license taken by that author to create a new universe and to explain the origins of the Master Chief as well as the war with the Covenant. Unfortunately, The Flood is more of a walk-through of Halo, the video game, then a good story. In my opinion, the author abandoned artistic license in his attempt to reproduce a level by level description of the game. At many points while reading the book I found myself wondering if the author wrote the story based on notes he took while watching someone play the video game.
The story-line in the book suffers from several major defects, including, but not limited to: (1) stilted adherence to the many missions and sub-missions found in the video game, including the necessity in many cases that each wave be separated by a door which the Chief must open, (2) the inclusion of automated non-player dialog found in the video game, (3) repetitious battle scenes between the Chief and the unending waves of enemies attacking the Master Chief (even the author starts describing these as "all too familiar"), (4) repetitious descriptions of weapon selection (switching from shotgun to rifle and back again) and reloading, (5) the Master Chief's unexplained inability to carry more than two weapons at time, even for short distances (even though the armor provides him with enough strength to flip over a jeep laying on its side), and (6) the ever present availability of reloads and replacement weapons. These aspects may make for great game play, but they make for a lousy book.
A better story would have been one which follows the essential elements of the game's story line but which provided a more detailed account of the actions taken by the Master Chief, the Marines and the Covenant.
When a movie is made into a video game, the video game must make certain sacrifices from the original story so as to improve game play. The opposite is also true: an action oriented video-game does not contain the level of character development necessary to support a written story line. In the case of The Flood, the author should have eliminated most of the game-play scenes (which provide minimal detail and maximum action) and created a more detail oriented story with better story and character development. I would recommend another of the author's books "Legion of the Damned" as a good example (think: The French Foreign Legion in space).
Do we really need chapter after chapter of the Master Chief shooting up wave after wave of the Flood, then Covenant, then Protectors, then all three combined? Much of this could have been eliminated in favor of a few strong chapters of story development. The story is so stilted in remaining loyal to the game that an observant reader can almost detect where level changes and cut scenes would have occurred in the video game.
I strongly recommend against this buying The Flood and I do not consider it to be a true sequel to the Fall of Reach. Play the game instead, you'll get the same exact story either way. Buyer beware.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Oct. 29 2003
By P. P Preston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being a fan of Science fiction/Fantasy, I am always on the prowl for a crackling yarn and I believe that "THE FLOOD" kept my attention for the 2 weeks I went exploring outside the country. Yes I must admit that it follows the game exactly (when it focuses on the Master Chief). But you must consider this: Does the game let you explore the minds of other characters in the story? No. Therefore, the book helps you explore the HALO universe and not only that, it is a very well written story. In conclusion, "THE FLOOD" is a solid piece of writing that deserves more attention than it is getting.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine book, just not what i was expecting April 20 2003
By Sir Poom A Lot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've beaten Halo multiple times. No, i don't own the game. Yes, i've read the "Fall of Reach", yes, "The Flood" isn't perfect. I like this book, but it doesn't deserve a 5. The Master Chief seems...weak. The battles aren't written "right". IT skips thru verrrrrrrrrry important levels in diologue like "he ran through many corridors filled with covenant and flood. He took them out. After the 20th corridor..."
It bugs me. I like it. i don't love it.
On to the good:
"the flood" has a MUCH deeper storyline than the game. You learn things that weren't in it, and it make you want to play the game through parts that you already have beaten, just to hear "that one crucial line". The Master Chief is shown as an emotionless person, good or bad? You're choice. The ending about the marines is simply breathtaking. Cap'n Keyes is strict, and Cortana is funny. The flood are...well, they're the flood. Freaky creatures that need phsyciotrists. And food. The twists in this book are nothing new if you have beaten the game, but it makes you gasp if you haven't. A great companion with the "Fall of Reach", a completely awesome 5 star official prequel to the book and the game.Although "the flood" is slightly dissapointing, it's an awesome read. Buy it.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A novel for the game? Oct. 4 2003
By Johannes P. Supan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was overexcited when I first saw this book being a huge fan of Halo. I bought it for $11.79 and finished half the book in less than a day. This book is an okay book for Sci-fi readers or Halo fans. If you beat the game, you might not want to read the book because it's like a walkthrough. But... Halo: The Flood also brings in the Human Covenant War through the eyes of other characters. You'll read about Sam Marcus, Capt. Keyes' killed and unknown comrades, and even about a Grunt called Yayap (Yayap makes you feel sorry for the Grunts and despise the Elites). I would recommend this book for young adults, there's a little too much of profanity (unless you're not sensitive).
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