Halo: The Flood (Halo, Book 2)

By William C. Dietz

Achieve HAS FALLEN.

THE COVENANT warfare computing device RAGES ON.

HUMANITY’S final wish LIES WITH THE group OF THE PILLAR OF AUTUMN—THE INDOMITABLE CAPTAIN JACOB KEYES, employees SERGEANT AVERY JOHNSON, THE AI CORTANA, 1000's OF FEARLESS MARINES . . . AND SPARTAN 117, THE grasp CHIEF.

Having slightly escaped the conflict for succeed in, the staff of the Pillar of Autumn is pressured to make a bounce into Slipspace in hopes of evading the big alien alliance hell-bent on wiping out humanity. yet their vacation spot brings them to an historical secret and a good larger struggle.

In this far-flung nook of the universe floats a magnificently large man made ring international . . . a build from a protracted misplaced race. The humans’ in simple terms wish of survival is to crash land on its floor and take the conflict opposed to the Covenant to the ground.

But they quickly notice that this enigmatic ring global is way greater than it sort of feels. outfitted 100,000 years in the past via a civilization often called the Forerunners, this “Halo” is worshipped by way of the Covenant---a sacred artifact that they desire will entire their spiritual quest for meant transcendence. they'll cease at not anything to manage it.

Engaged in a fierce flooring conflict, grasp leader and Cortana pass deep into the Halo build to discover a gloomy mystery; this enigmatic ring global can also be the universe’s most threatening weapon. Its function: the destruction of all sentient existence. For the Forerunners outfitted the Halo to conflict the universe’s so much vicious enemy---a almost unstoppable and unexpectedly reawakened strength often called The Flood.

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The wound used to be ragged, and blood flowed freely. the executive may forget about the discomfort, however the blood loss could take its toll and jeopardize the venture. He made certain the movement sensor used to be nonetheless energetic, then slung his weapon. He dug into his apparatus pack and drew out his med package. The Spartan were wounded sooner than, and had on a number of events played first relief on injured comrades and himself. He fast wiped clean the wound, sprayed a stinging puff of bio-foam into the wound, then utilized a quick-adhesive dressing. In mins, he had appropriate up, popped a wake-up stim, and moved on. “Foehammer to flooring group: You’ve bought Covenant dropships coming quickly! ” The grasp leader stood on the fringe of an incredible chasm and monitored his allies’ radio chatter. within the distance, he might slightly see the twinkling of the luminescent panels that Halo’s creators had left at the back of to light up those subterranean warrens. less than him, the abyss yawned and bottomless. He famous the subsequent voice as belonging to Gunnery Sergeant Waller, the Helljumper accountable for their LZ. “Okay, people,” Waller drawled, “we obtained corporation coming. have interaction enemy forces on sight. ” “It’ll be more straightforward to carry them off from contained in the structure,” Cortana installed. “Can you get within? ” “Negative! ” Waller responded. “They’re last in too quick. We’ll hold ’em busy so long as we will be able to. ” “Give ’em hell, Marine,” the AI stated grimly, and broke the relationship. “We’ll all be in a decent spot if we don’t get out of the following ahead of enemy reinforcements arrive. ” “Roger that,” the grasp leader spoke back, as he driven his manner down a ramp, via a couple of hatches, and into the gloomy areas past. He marched over a few obvious decking, crossed a footbridge and killed a couple of Grunts he came upon there, one other ramp to the ground lower than, tossed a grenade right into a staff of enemies that patrolled the world, and moved quickly via a possible having a look starting. there has been a roar of concern as an Elite fired up at him from the platform less than whereas a few Grunts barked and gibbered. The Spartan used a grenade to oil the total crew and moved quickly right down to see what they'd been guarding. He well-known the Map Room the instant he observed the hole, and had simply stepped within whilst one other Elite spread out on him from around the approach. A sustained burst from his attack weapon used to be adequate to drop the alien’s own shields, and he placed the alien down with a stroke of his rifle butt. “There! ” Cortana acknowledged. “That holo panel should still turn on the map. ” “Any proposal the way to turn on it? ” “No,” she responded, her tone arch. “You’re the single with the magic contact. ” The grasp leader took a few steps ahead and reached a hand towards the reveal. He appeared to understand instinctively the best way to turn on the panel—it nearly appeared hard-wired, like his fight-or-flight reaction. He banished the random notion and again to the challenge. He slid his armored hand around the panel and a gleaming wire-frame map seemed and looked as if it would glide in entrance of him. “Analyzing,” the AI acknowledged.

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