Halo: Glasslands Paperback – Oct 25 2011
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“Halo: Glasslands is a fantastic addition to the Halo universe, and is a stand-out military science fiction novel in and of itself.” ―SF Signal
“Karen Traviss does an excellent job writing for the Halo universe, she creates believable human and alien characters.” ―Jay Cormier, Examiner.comSee all Product description
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In the first story we find Doctor Halsey, creator of the Spartan (augmented human soldiers) program and some of her Spartans and some Spartan II's (newer version) hiding from the end of the world. They have found themselves inside a large Dyson Sphere. The sphere has a breathable atmosphere, buildings which are all abandoned, and flora and fauna unlike anything seen on Earth.
While investigating their surroundings they are reminded that they only have provisions for 15 days and beyond that time they are going to have to find something to drink and eat. When they discover a tall tower, all in black, the mysteries of the Dyson Sphere just compounds. Who built the sphere ? where are they now ? why isn't there any furniture in any of the buildings ? and particularly why is everything so clean, not a spec of dust anywhere, ?
When one of the Spartans disappears in the black tower their fellow Spartans and Doctor Halsey work to discover the secrets of the world they have found themselves in.
In the second story; with the defeat of the Covenant (our mortal enemy) the war appears over however there are just too many radical factions still out there. In particular the warriors used in the battle by the Convenant called the Sangheili are definitely a potential future hazard.
So Admiral Parangosky has hired Captain Osman to create tension with the various Sengheili clans to incite an internal conflict. The classic thinking being that if the Sangheili are involved in a civil war they are less likely to get organized and attack mankind. So outfitted with a stealth ship, and a top notch crew, Osman goes out to Sangheili to see what trouble she can stir up.
The third story is about Shipmaster Jul who is a Sangheili. He is still bitter about the defeat of his people by mankind and believes that mankind will not just let everyone get back to peace but in fact will eventually attack them.
So you can imagine what happens when one of the high ranking Sengheili, called the Arbiter, calls for a peace treaty with Earth. Jul will have none of it and plots with other Sengheili with like thinking to assassinate the Arbiter and if possible also the high ranking Earth officer sent to negotiate the peace treaty.
As you can imagine story 2 and 3 are closely linked.
Karen Traviss does an incredible job of continuing the action and wide ranging thinking that has been the Halo series. There are wonders inside the Dyson Sphere to discover and they are eventually. Truly a great read that stands on its own.
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