The Flood (Halo, Book 2) by William C. Dietz

By William C. Dietz

The Human-Covenant warfare, a determined fight for humankind’s very survival, has reached its boiling element at the mysterious, ring global referred to as Halo. however the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien army strength recognized, aren't the single peril mendacity in wait.

As the fort international of achieve and its courageous defenders have been bombarded to rubble, a unmarried cruiser fled the carnage with the battle’s purely human survivors—Captain Keyes, his staff of some hundred Marines, and the final final SPARTAN super-soldier, the grasp Chief.

With the cruiser’s man made intelligence, Cortana, hid in his conflict armor, the grasp leader crash lands on Halo in the middle of an immense Covenant career. interestingly, the alien infantrymen seem to be looking for anything hidden at the ring. equipped by way of a long-dead race, Halo harbors many lethal secrets and techniques, yet one overshadows all of them. Now the grasp leader needs to lead the scattered troops in a brutal race to resolve Halo’s darkest mystery—and unharness its maximum resource of strength. . . .

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

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The bridge personnel continued their climb. In spite of efforts to keep the HEVs together, the Helljumpers came down in a landing zone that stretched approximately three kilometers in diameter. Some of the landings were classic two-point affairs in which the more fortunate Marines were able to jettison their crash cages about fifty meters off the ground, and land like sim soldiers in a training vid. Others were a good deal less graceful, as the skeletal remains of their drop pods smashed against cliffs, dropped into lakes, and in one unfortunate case rolled into a deep ravine.

Rawley looked, saw a Covenant landing craft coming straight toward the bay, braving the heat generated by theAutumn ’s reentry velocity. There was a limited window of opportunity to get off this sinking ship, and the Covenant bastard was right in the way. She swore and released the safety on the Pelican’s 70mm chin gun. The weapon shook the entire ship, punched holes through alien armor, and hit something vital. The enemy vessel shuddered, lost control, and spun into theAutumn ’s hull. “All right,” the wing leader said over the ship-to-ship frequency, “Let’s go down and meet our hosts.

A second alien carried an ignited plasma grenade—the little bastards meant to drop the explosive into his armor. He flexed his shoulders, and shook himself like a dog. Grunts flew in every direction as the Master Chief used short controlled bursts to put them down. He turned toward the lifeboats. ” Cortana urged. ” The Spartan ran, just as the door started to close. A nearby Marine fell while running for the escape craft, and the Chief paused long enough to scoop the soldier up and hurl him into the boat.

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