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Halo: The Thursday War (Halo 2)
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on 10 February 2013
Sometimes it can be long winded and sure knows how to drag at times however it certainly picks up in terms of action when compared to the preceding book. In the first book nothing that happened seemed to have any large implications until the end. This book however involves matters that will actually grasp your interest, as the events that transpire are on a far larger scale without losing track of the narrative. Both this book and it's predecessor cannot even dream of competing with the masterpiece "Ghosts of Onyx" which is starting book but this is a great addition to the Halo universe. However there are some problems as many characters from Glasslands simply vanish which is strange after the same writer just spent a whole book developing them. I was also disappointed as to the resolution of what happens to Catherine Halsey who is, perhaps the most intricate and complex character within the series she represents the conflict between doing what must be done and what is right. To have her simply squished out with very little mention was a major loss to the book, the fact that all the characters seemed to bear a mutual hatred towards her was somewhat surprising.
Instead all the one dimensional characters remain, but the writer attempts to add more depth to these characters and to a degree succeeds although certain drastic changes in characters personalities is still odd, Phillips the prime example.
Despite this though the book somehow managed to keep my attention with ease and I was not left disappointed at the end.
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on 3 April 2013
I have read every Halo novel and must say that this novel was one of the better ones (perhaps because it is the one that is fresh in my memory). The parallel stories are nice additions to the universe and are a great introduction to the story of Halo 4 and Spartan Ops. One story is about the Sangheili and their civil war while another story follows a UNSC team that is working 'under cover'. The Sangheili story gives you more info about Humanity's enemy and the UNSC story tells you about the plan that feeds the civil war on Sanghelios. There are also many references to the Forerunners which I like very much.

It's simple: if you like the Halo Universe and you want to fill in the dark pieces you should read it.
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This book is fantastic and adds lots to the Halo canon. However, I must say Traviss' writing style does not match that of Eric Nylund on earlier novels, and her continuation of his story feels a bit bland at times, so I hope that he will return. Nevertheless, the novel adds a great deal to the canon and this, Ghosts Of Onyx (Nylund) and Glasslands add a huge amount to the gap between Halo 3 and Halo 4 and fully explain why we are back at war with the covenant. I think everyone should read this book if they have played Halo 4 - I have friends who play Halo 4 who haven't read it, and I end up explaining the events of this book to them so that they will understand - so go ahead and read it now!
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on 16 July 2015
Starts a bit slow, interest generated as story line progresses.Sub stories generated within main story and developed into strong story line in their own right. I find with all Halo books there is no progressive way of following on developed story from one book to another; eg next book is thursday and forward.Effectively the main developed line progresses from one book to another,more akin to a highway and if the previous book generates interest so interest will pass forward to the next book in the line.An example being the "Foundation series" one developes from the previous and is easy to follow the story line.
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on 13 November 2012
Here goes with my first review.....

I'll try to keep spoilers out as best I can too.

I recommend this book to anyone, even those who aren't Halo fans. Karen Traviss is one of my favourite authors and she brings a gritty reality to the Halo Universe with a firm grounding of real military thinking.

I highly recommend everyone to read this book before playing Halo 4 as there are a lot of questions answered.

The way she makes the characters feel so real is wonderful alongside the epic science fiction elements.
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on 21 January 2013
Halo is like a drug to him, he's constantly talking about it so I figured i'd buy him another book (like I do whenever theres a new one) in order to stop him pestering me.
Funnily enough it work and I actually started to get bored of the silence under our roof!
He loved it and had his head firmly between the pages until he finished it.
Not that I mind too much as I managed to watch the end of my programs without someone chatting away in my ears!
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on 30 November 2012
Its better than Glasslands but it still has issues. The highlight of the book was Phillips's story, but Kilo-Fives mission is really annoying especially near the end. I liked it better than Glasslands but for people that know Halo lore well will notice Travis's mistakes; she made an attempt to repair certain characters that she totally destroyed in the first book, but it really isn't that apparent.
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on 19 February 2013
Although I have not played the game this is a book that once you understand what has happened in the past with the 'Flood' the Halo's and how the inhabitants of Sanghelios have been left without the help that they desperately need to survive. The war they waged upon Earth and the revenge that the Spartan's took out on the 'Hinge heads', it starts to pull you in so that you want to read more.
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on 28 January 2013
I bought this book because I was looking for the second in the series however I ended up reading this massive juggernaut of a book. I describe it as a juggernaut because it blows other halo books out of the water, with a storyline more exiting than the game it is definitely worth five stars. P.s best to read if you have played halo 4 Spartan ops.
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on 7 January 2013
Book arrived no probs, started getting into it and must say....I dont know what everyone else is on about!

It has the same level of "personal warfare" as in Glasslands and the character development is even better.

Get Glasslands or even better, get Ghosts of onyx....then continue!
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