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Halo: The Flood (Halo (del Ray Paperback)) [Mass Market Paperback]

William C. Dietz
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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1 April 2003 Halo (del Ray Paperback) (Book 2)
The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind’s very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious, ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait.

As the fortress world of Reach and its brave defenders were bombarded to rubble, a single cruiser fled the carnage with the battle’s only human survivors—Captain Keyes, his crew of a few hundred Marines, and the last remaining SPARTAN super-soldier, the Master Chief.

With the cruiser’s artificial intelligence, Cortana, concealed in his battle armor, the Master Chief crash lands on Halo in the midst of a massive Covenant occupation. Curiously, the alien soldiers appear to be searching for something hidden on the ring. Built by a long-dead race, Halo harbors many deadly secrets, but one overshadows them all. Now the Master Chief must lead the scattered troops in a brutal race to unravel Halo’s darkest mystery—and unleash its greatest source of power. . . .

This novel is based on a Mature-rated video game.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; Reprint edition (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345459210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345459213
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,151 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Jack Hackett (Ads) 17 April 2003
By A Customer
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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Halo: The Flood 12 May 2003
By A Customer
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Halo story continues 2 April 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first Halo book was really great, full of suspense and a very good introduction to the Halo universe and the Halo game. This second book follows the story of the game so for players of the game there are not a lot of surprises or new content. The writing style is not as good as the first one, probably because a lot of situations were literally based on the game. For fans of the series there is some interesting info though. We get more information about the Covenant and are introduced to some new characters and races that will play a more important role in Halo 2. The book also tries to fill in some holes that were left by the first book and the game. If you have never played the game before and are just looking for a good SF book, I recommend you read the first book (Halo : Fall of Reach). Of course if you are curious to know what happens to Master Chief after the first book this book will keep you happy. If you need your Halo fix because you cannot wait for the new game then this book is perfect. The all out action and Master Chief guarantee a quick and interesting read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 27 July 2006
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book of the Game - exactly 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got the Game? This is a MUST!! 20 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This can only get better 2 April 2003
By Marc
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story would be best read after reading the first of the series Halo: The fall of Reach as it wouldnt make much sense and would probably be confusing.
I had a lot of anticipation for this title and i wasnt let down one bit. Having read the first book which sets the story and character profiles this continues the story of Sparten 117 Mastercheif and his fight to survive an alien force of immense size and power.
Its truly engaging once you pick it up you wont wanna put it down as every page is full of action and an amazing story that twists with a truly superb ending that leaves you wanting more which hopefully should be on its way.
This book should appeal to fans of Halo and fans of science fiction as the technology of the two forces is truly imaginative and possible without going over the top in short this book is great i cant reccomend it enough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars half good
Mixed feelings about this book, it's poorly written and tries to follow the game too closely, but at the same time explains alot of what was happening whilst you where running... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ESPhoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Very much like the first game in the series it reads as its played. Its explains more about sergeant Johnson's squads encounter with the flood which was interesting to read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cpt Duchebagg
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy books and the halo game you will love the Halo series
If you enjoy books and the halo game you will love the Halo series.

William C Dietz is a well established author who raised the standards and the bar within the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by bart
5.0 out of 5 stars present
this was a present for my brother who loves any thing to do with x box so pleased to have got it so thank you
Published 9 months ago by collettecox
3.0 out of 5 stars Ever wondered what else was going on during Halo 1?
The novelisation of Halo: Combat Evolved. But whereas the game focused soley on the what the Masterchief was doing, in Halo: The Flood we get see what else was happening from the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by M Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but not as good
This book isn't as good as the fall of reach, the start of it is very slow and I personally just wasn't as drawn in until about half way in to the book. I would still recommend !
Published 12 months ago by Renny
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
This book is at times a little too in depth on the technical aspects and not quite enough on the characters. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Martin M
4.0 out of 5 stars Halo- The Flood
Had read first part of the story, of which this is the second book in the series.
Very good story
Published 20 months ago by PAULINE EVERSFIELD
3.0 out of 5 stars For halo fans
I read this because I played the game but to be honest I wasn't that enthralled. Although I know a few massive fans of game who loved it. Read more
Published on 31 May 2012 by Animefan
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I loved the game, and this follows it really closesly, but at times the action is too repetative, with the same descriptions of Master Cheif shooting enemy after enemy after enemy. Read more
Published on 30 May 2012 by Badger
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