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Halo: Primordium: Book Two of the Forerunner Saga [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Greg Bear , Timothy Dadabo
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Feb. 14 2012 Halo (Unnumbered Audio) (Book 2)

The second in a new series of three HALO novels, Greg Bear's Halo: Primordium dives back into the Forerunner saga.

A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.

Since then, I’ve traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies--a greater reach than any human before me.

You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the last true Reclaimer, I must obey. Are you recording? Good. Because my memory is failing rapidly. I doubt I’ll be able to finish the story.

Once, on my birth-world, a world I knew as Erde-Tyrene, and which now is called Earth, my name was Chakas...

In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans--Chakas and Riser--are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed.

Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For 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 duty 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 in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian’s tampering with human destiny.

This journey will take them into the Palace of Pain, the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence who claims to be the Last Precursor, and who now has control of both this Halo and the fate of Forerunners and Humans alike.

Called the Captive by Forerunners, and the Primordial by ancient human warriors, this intelligence has taken charge of, and retasked, the Master Builder’s cruel researches into the Flood--which it may have itself unleashed on the galaxy more than ten thousand years before.

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About the Author

Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including Hull Zero Three, City at the End of Time, Eon, Moving Mars, Mariposa, and Quantico.  He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear and is the father of Erik and Alexandra. Awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction, one of two authors to win a Nebula in every category, Bear has been called the “Best working writer of hard science fiction” by “The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.” His stories have been collected into an omnibus volume by Tor Books. Bear has served on political and scientific action committees and has advised both government agencies and corporations on issues ranging from national security to private aerospace ventures to new media and video game development. His most recent endeavor is a long-term collaboration with Neal Stephenson and the Subutai Corporation on The Mongoliad, an interactive serial novel available on multiple platforms, including iPhone, iPad, and Kindle.

Narrator Timothy Dadabo is the voice of Forerunner Monitor 343 Guilty Spark in the Halo video games.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great backstory Dec 7 2012
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This is great backstory to the HALO saga. It really gets into the essence of the whole story. Fantastic read.
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Having met, in the first book of this series called "Cryptum", the Didact: who is a Forerunner warrier frozen in the Cryptum, Bornstelllar: the inquisitive young Forerunner who releases him, and Chakas and Riser: two human variations on the planet Erde-Tyrene this book carries on with the discovery of an Autonomous Mechanical Intelligence (Forerunner Monitor) device by a science team.

The monitor contains Chakas' memories and proceeds to describe Chakas memories of his life and what happened to him after the battle at the end of book one.

Along the way the device tells a story that at times the science team finds hard to believe except that some key pieces of information match that from other sources

Chakas story starts with his regaining consciousness on a planet. He was ejected from the Forerunner ship and landed in a protective pod. What he thought was a planet turns out to be a HALO over 30,000 miles in diameter. The people are barely surviving on the HALO and there are experiments being done on them in a place called the Palace of Pain.

Chakas meets Vinnevra and her grandfather called Gamelpar. They had rescued him from his life pod. They are soon exploring the Halo as it not safe where they are and Chakas wants to find Riser. Vinnevra's inner gaes give her guidance where to go, and their journey begins.

It also becomes evident that a planet is heading straight for the HALO which starts to affect the HALO and makes the journey undertaken by Chakras even more tennous.

Greg Bear weaves an intriguing tale as Chakras tells his story of exploring the HALO and of actually meeting a Precursor. The story starts to clarify the Precursor / Forerunner conflict and the Floods connection to it all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good seller, book and delivery service Aug. 10 2014
Good seller,book and delivery service. Thanks.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Letdown to the Halo franchise March 25 2012
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I own all the previous Halo novels and love them all. Having read Cryptum there was no way I would pass this one up. But having read it, I feel like I would have been better off just reading the synopsis on Wikipedia because for 95% of the book nothing happens. And I mean NOTHING.

There are probably 3 or 4 incidents of note to take away from this book but they only comprise a couple dozen or so pages. The rest is just a few humans walking around aimlessly on a Halo. With every passing chapter you have that feeling of some impending excitement but you finish the book and it never comes.

I've just started reading Glasslands and there is more worthwhile story in the first chapter than there was in this whole book. In the end, the biggest waste of money and time since the disaster that was the Halo Encyclopedia. I sincerely hope the 3rd book is better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great . . . just a little too "alien" Feb. 15 2012
Halo Primordium is a really good novel, for those who are so neck deep into the halo universe to have read Cryptum. It continues the story of a secondary character from Cryptum, who has a very different view on the world.

All in all its a good book, but just like cryptum, it feels a little too "alien", with too little visual reference for the readers. For most of us, all we know about the forerunners comes from their architecture and the short glimpse at them in the halo legends anime, and I found that to be quite off setting.
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