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The Thursday War (Halo (Tor Hardcover)) Hardcover – 2 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 Reprint edition (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765333636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765333636
  • ASIN: 0765333635
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,059,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The second novel in this New York Times bestselling series -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

About the Author

No. 1 "New York Times" bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her Star Wars," " Gears of War," "and" "Halo" "work. She was also lead writer on the "Gears of War 3 "game. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Traviss lives in Wiltshire, England.


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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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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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A good but laborious read teaching more about the convoluted web of where characters from the games come from. Jul M'Dama is fleshed out more and yet further information is given regarding the UNSC Infinity. If you are a big Halo fan wanting full knowledge of the many plot points in the Halo Universe this - Along with the previous book, Glasslands- is essential reading. Just dont expect to be blown away by the book based on its own merits.
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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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The last book. Halo:Glasslands wasn't the best book in the Halo book series but I liked it more than most. However this one is even better. I wont go into details but the plot, is very good and has a bit of Foreshadowing to the events of Halo 4.
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None of my reviews contain spoilers or discuss the actual story line as I have no wish to spoil or reduce any pleasure one would derive from reading the actual book.

I truly hoped that the author would up her game compared to her first Halo book, whilst definitely an improvement it still falls short of achieving a 4 star rating for the following reasons:

* Whilst this book goes a long way towards addressing the major complaint of her previous book, namely her inappropriate character assassinations, it just
does not go far enough and still detracts from the main story line.
* The plot is just too transparent for my liking.
* One item in the book is very out of place in the Halo story (probably more at home in a story about "Crysis 2 or 3")
* Book cover is just awful, seems the publisher has assumed that the majority of the readers are children.

On a positive note this book does have links to the Forerunner trilogy and is beginning to set the back drop to the Halo 4 game.

Personally I think the author is yet to achieve the same status as Eric S. Nylund or Greg Bear with respect to Halo. It would be nice to welcome the author into the fold but it will require further marked improvement. However, true Halo fans will read the book regardless of any review and will form their own impression.
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