Review: "Halo: The Flood"

Updated on October 31, 2017
Larry Slawson profile image

Larry Slawson received his Masters Degree in History at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He specializes in Russian history.

Synopsis

Halo: The Flood by William Dietz, follows the storyline of the hit Xbox title, Halo: Combat Evolved. Set immediately after the Fall of Reach, we find our protagonist – the quiet, introverted, and mild-mannered super-soldier known as the Master Chief – being awakened from cryo-sleep to help repel Covenant forces who are attempting to board and destroy the Pillar of Autumn.

In their haste to escape the planet Reach, the Pillar of Autumn, led by Captain Jacob Keyes, is forced to make a blind jump to light speed in order to elude capture and prevent the Covenant from locating humanity’s most prized possession of all – Earth. As the Pillar of Autumn exits slipspace, however, Captain Keyes and his crew unwittingly stumble across a giant, ring-like structure orbiting in space; a structure known only as “Halo.”

With Covenant forces hot on their trail, Keyes and his crew are forced to make a crash-landing on the structure as they find themselves quickly outgunned and outmaneuvered by the large contingent of alien forces pursuing them. Upon landing on the surface, the Master Chief and the remaining crew of the Pillar of Autumn quickly find themselves faced with numerous questions: Who built Halo? Why was it made? What secrets does the structure hold? Why does the Covenant seem so anxious to learn of its ancient secrets? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, how will the human crew survive and escape?

Concluding Thoughts

In following the storyline of the video game, Halo: The Flood offers a more detailed narrative and account of Master Chief and the UNSC Marines’ open rebellion against Covenant forces on the ring-world of Halo. Whereas the video game focuses solely on the adventures of Cortana and the Master Chief, the book offers a rare glimpse into the world of Captain Keyes, his subordinates, as well as individual Marines as they attempt to stage an effective resistance to the Covenant and their sinister plans for Halo.

William’s Dietz’s rendition of Halo is both well-written and engaging with its overall storyline and plot. Gamers who are familiar with the Halo series will enjoy the background facts and information provided in this book, as the author details many of the plot-holes and mysteries not present in the storyline of the games. For fiction and science-fiction lovers, alike, this book is a true page-turner that will grip your attention for its entirety. I was particularly impressed with how each chapter flows seamlessly with one another in this book, and Dietz's ability to "paint" a colorful and vivid picture into the minds of his readers.

All in all, I give this book 5/5 Stars and highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the Halo series, or anyone who is interested in a good science-fiction read in their spare time. You will not be disappointed with this book. Definitely check it out if you get the opportunity!

Book Length: 432 Pages

Original Release Date: 2003

Re-Release Date: February 12th, 2012

Series #: Book #2 (Part of a three-part trilogy)

About the Author: William Dietz

William C. Dietz is an American science-fiction writer, and a New York Times bestselling author. He is the author of more than fifty books that have been translated into multiple languages around the globe. He currently resides in the Washington state area.

Suggestions for Further Reading

Halo: The Fall of Reach -- By: Eric Nylund

Halo: First Strike -- By: Eric Nylund

Halo: Ghosts of Onyx -- By: Eric Nylund

Halo: Contact Harvest -- By: Joseph Staten

Halo: The Cole Protocol -- By: Tobias S. Buckell

Halo: Evolutions -- By: Various Authors

Are you familiar with the Halo series?

See results

Works Cited:

William C. Dietz. Halo: The Flood. New York: Tor Books, 2012.

Questions & Answers

    © 2017 Larry Slawson

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • Larry Slawson profile image
        Author

        Larry Slawson 7 months ago from North Carolina

        @Angel: The book is pretty amazing. This one is part of a three-book series too.

        @Kari: I believe that William Dietz has wrote several science-fiction books, along with an "America Rising" series. From everything I've heard, all of his books are supposedly really good. Your son would probably love this book though. It has a great storyline and plot. Plus its really neat to see the Master Chief and marines from a different angle/perspective with this book.

      • Angel Guzman profile image

        Angel Guzman 7 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

        Halo is a big franchise and I haven't played the game. I bet the book is awesome!

      • k@ri profile image

        Kari Poulsen 7 months ago from Ohio

        Is there a series by William C. Dietz? My son is a big fan of Halo. He loves to read and would most likely find the book enjoyable.

      • Jay C OBrien profile image

        Jay C OBrien 7 months ago from Houston, TX USA

        Interesting. Does the script make it clear that one person is not to harm another or themselves?

        Does the script make it clear there is No covenant with a Deity if violence is involved?

        Does the script address mental illness?

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hobbylark.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hobbylark.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)