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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (7 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841494216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841494210
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The official novel of the award-winning Xbox game, one of the bestselling computer games of recent years.

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William C. Dietz has written over 20 science fiction novels and has had jobs including: Navy and Marine Corps medic, college instructor, news writer and television producer. He is now Director of PR and Marketing for an international telephone company. He and his wife live near Seattle.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the best books that I have ever read along with Halo: The Fall of Reach. It really sets the scene, with much more detail in it about Halo and the Flood from all perspectives including human, covenant and the creatures unfortunate enough to be possessed by the Flood. The book tells the story of the game but with an almost 'behind the scenes' style of presentation. If you enjoyed the game, you will definitely love Halo: The Flood.
All in all, buy this book and it'll make you eager to play the game again just to find out more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "knucker" on 24 Aug. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book is the direct story line from the game, and suffers a little because of it.
The other two books in the series are by a different writer and I can't decide if the lower mark is because of differing writing styles, or just familiarity of the subject matter.
One thing I did find difficult, is the lack of suspense, as I knew where each encounter was to occur. In it's defense however, one thing the book does well is to convey the characters reaction and feelings about the events in the game, which doesn't come across in the console version (probably because most of them are just cannon fodder!).
Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot, but the best bit was knowing, there was another book at the end of it with completely original material. A good game tie-in, and a good link between the 1st and 3rd books, which are superb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SamuraiMatt on 27 July 2006
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Like Eric Nylund's Books, Halo: The Fall Of Reach and Halo: First Strike this book is very well done, all the details are correct about charactors and I've learnt a few things that Bungie didn't put into the actual game.

This Book is perfect for all the Halo fans out there and for anyone who's not actually played the XBox game.

5 out of 5 (Enjoyed every page of it)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Halo: The Flood is one of the best books that I have ever read, it links in perfectly with both the game and the first book Halo: The Fall of Reach. The story is based around Master Chief Spartan 117 (less commonly known as John) after he is abruptly woken up on the Pillar of Autumn and is told to evacuate onto the ringworld. The book tells the story in much more detail than you can find actually in the game. If, however, you are more interested in the game it also gives you some useful tactics in combating different areas of the game by describing in detail how John deals with the situation himself. Throughout the book to the very last page you can familiarise youself with the characters in it. Also, as an added extra, it also tells the story from the point of view of different characters and their own various missions ranging from a covenant Spec. ops Elite searching out the Spartan to a Marine that is possessed by the Flood.
Overall, I would highly recommend Halo: The Flood even if you dont usually read books or if indeed you havent played the game Throughout the book to the very last page you can familiarise youself with the characters in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CJ VINE VOICE on 21 Aug. 2007
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The Flood is a novelisation of the events and expanded plot of the hit Xbox and PC game `Halo: Combat Evolved'. It tells the tale of the Master Chief and UNSC Marines who crash land on the mysterious halo construct and their fight with the Covenant to gain control of the ring.

Books based on games are a difficult thing to get right, but here William Deitz pretty much pulls it off. The Flood is a surprisingly gritty and well-written re-telling of the game's key events, spiced up with plenty of extra backstory. We get to hear about the battles being fought by the Marines as the Master Chief is off on his own missions, plus we see the tale told from the Covenant side.

Most, if not all, of the human forces portrayed in the book are supposed to be the elite Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs), or "Helljumpers". This is OK but doesn't really fit with the Marines portrayed in the game, who seem much more like regular grunts.

New characters are introduced well and you care for the people involved. I was very disappointed with the fate of the majority of the humans at the end however. In the game there is virtually no mention (you assume they blew up on Halo, perhaps) but the book gives an explanation which I guess works but seems a bit over the top, plus removes all of the interesting new characters Deitz had created.

Worth a read if you want to find out more about the Halo universe, especially if read in conjunction with the other novels in the series.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sept. 2003
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This book, along with 'Halo - The fall of Reach' is a great read for Halo fans. This book is the story of the game, but much more. not only does it follow the Master Chief, but it tells us about Captain Keys and what him and the rest of the Marines are doing during the Master Chiefs missions. It also follows the story from the covenant point of veiw! A great read and will give you a whole new veiw of Halo. If you get this book, I STRONGLY reccommend buying the other book in the series. This two is a great read about the Master Chief, why and how he was trained and how there used to be a whole team of Spartans, and how they came to Halo. Read this second book and you will understand the starting movie of the game a lot better. Brilliant books.
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