Review: "Halo: The Flood"

Updated on October 31, 2017
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Larry Slawson is a graduate student who specializes in the field of Russian and Ukrainian history.


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

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Works Cited:

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

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      Larry Slawson 3 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.

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      Angel Guzman 3 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

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

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      Kari Poulsen 3 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.

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      Jay C OBrien 3 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?