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