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Summary

The final novel of the Kilo-Five Trilogy by number-one New York Times best-selling author Karen Traviss - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

It's 2553. With the 30-year-long Covenant War finally over, the Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. Angry and bitter colonists - still wanting to settle scores from an insurrection put on hold for three decades - crave justice...as does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his young daughter was abducted for the SPARTAN-II program. Black-ops squad Kilo-Five now find its collective loyalty tested beyond the breaking point when the father of their Spartan comrade, still searching for the truth about her disappearance, prepares to glass Earth’s cities to get an answer. 

How far will Kilo-Five go to stop him? And will he be able to live with the truth when he finds it? 

The painful answer lies with someone long dead and a conscience that still survives in the most unlikely, undiscovered place....

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Superb!

absolutely excellent writing and performance, highly recommended, 5 stars!probably the best of Halo literature out there

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epic

very deep and thought provocative, with humour and wit. the main theme was more around the concept of humanity and secrets.

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One of the Best Audiobooks I've ever listened to!

Where to start..?

This book is packed with displays of honour, adversity, love, positivity, camaraderie, and 'bad guys' getting their just comeuppance. All without being saccharine.
Karen Traviss weaves a tale of intrigue and adventure that is masterfully delivered by Euan Morton.

Traviss is now my new 'Best Author" and Morton happily gets my "Voice Of Them All" award.

I was truly blown-away by Euan Morton's character voicing and pronunciations.
Not only has he a huge range of dialects and speech patterns in his repertoire, they are masterfully and believably delivered.
There are very few slip-ups in the way technical and military terminology are pronounced. I only noticed one overt fault:- "LiDAR" is not pronounced "Lee-DAR," it is "Lie-DAR."

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Best Halo trilogy so far

This was the 13th audiobook I listened to from the Halo univers, and I can safely say that this trilogy was the most well written, tense and had most reflected characters so far. I came into the Halo books wanting only to deepen my understanding of the lore and have bad ass action, like Eric Nylund delivers superbly every single time, but these three books makes a whole another approach to the series, and is touching, exciting and enjoyable to a whole another level. I take my hat off to you, Mrs Traviss.

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Karen Traviss sucks

The authors bias is too obvious to ignore and pains the story making it hard to keep going as she goes in loops and every character shares the same views and no one ever questions anyone else's

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A fitting ending

It’s not the gunslinging, battle filled story some people want but it absolutely and resolutely is a fitting ending to the trilogy.

What it lacks in action it more than makes up for in depth and emotion.

Absolutely loved it.

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it great, I recommend it.

I loved the narration and I live the kilo 5 story and arc, I reccomend it

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Very well written and performed

Very well written and performed by the voice actor. not a black and white story and alot of morally grey which i like.

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Wow

By far my favourite of all the halo novels
A true masterpiece
Wished had never ended

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Truly epic

Kilo five trilogy was outstanding and gives completely different approach to the master cheif.. So. Impressed and I was emerged immediately. I listened to all 3 back to back.

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  • 17-03-19

Absolutely brilliant.

The Kilo-5 trilogy is the best of the best when it comes to Halo. The story is gripping, the characters are believable and enjoyable and Euan Morton brings it all together brilliantly. I wish that he would Narrate more books because 343's decision to use Scott Brick as their main narrator has utterly killed any of the books he narrated for me. Bring back Euan!

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  • Nicolas Favela
  • 21-02-19

Wow!!

Amazing Karen Traviss need to get on this again and write more about kilo 5!! Amazing story!!

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  • Kevin
  • 10-09-20

If you love halo don't read this one

I feel that the author hated halo. contradicts own words. does not make any sense.

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  • Nick lindsay
  • 14-04-22

ehh

it was okish def know why Naomi isn't on blue team n why osman is a washout despite the fact that the augmentation almost killed her too weak minded bet none of the other Spartan 2s even thought about reading there files n didn't care for how this series made Halsey into a monster shes saved everyone lol

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  • Kelsey
  • 04-04-22

Really well done

A Spartan 2 is reunited with her father that she was kidnapped from many years ago. Besides the forerunner Sauga, this book and it’s prequel‘s are my favorite of the series. The book isn’t jampacked with high action and combat but it does give you a very real look into the impacts of ONI and the wake of destruction they leave behind on everyone and everything thing they come in contact with. We learn with the kilo-five the very intimate details of some of the atrocities that occurred and led to the creation of Spartans like John and Naomi. I do wonder what happened to Jul and Telcam though.

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  • Charles Christiansen
  • 01-04-22

Great conclusion to a sharp sci-fi trilogy

Loved this book and loved the whole Kilo-Five trilogy! Karen Traviss does a phenomenal job of bringing the Halo universe and its conflicts to life through a very human lens.

The convergence of threads capping off the story of Kilo-Five and their mission to ensure the safety of Earth -by any means necessary- plays out like a gangster film. Fans of the Sangheili might be disappointed at the lack of focus on the four-jaws in this book, but I feel like the deep insight we get into the cultures of both the Insurrectionist Outer Colonies AND some absolutely hilarious showings from the Kig-yar Jackals more than make up for it. This is possibly the grittiest of the three books, with some of the more outright action replaced with some very dirty and brutal showdowns between three different factions who don't like to fight fair, and have no honorable rules of engagement.

Some really satisfying payoffs for all the characters involved. Payoffs that feel earned. Though I will say, while I liked the sombre conclusions to these character arcs, there was an almost comical level of Halsey-bashing towards the end. Not that she doesn't deserve it, but it was almost excessive at a certain point, in a way I felt lacked the nuance that a lot of the other insights into morality and moral conflict that the book had. While she was the "face" of the Spartan program, and oversaw its worst atrocities, surely you gotta give the old witch some credit for actually creating - I don't know - the main characters of the franchise? Just funny to me.

Great narration. Really respect Euan Morton's ability.

If you're reading this review, you've probably already read the other two Kilo-Five books and don't need much motivation to finish the trilogy. But on the off chance you're still looking for a recommendation, I say this is some of the best tie-in fiction I've read.

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  • Aron Gilbert
  • 30-03-22

Wow, just wow

As a fan from the beginning, knowing the weight of the story this one's heaviest.

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  • James D.
  • 29-03-22

Best of the worst..

Only giving this one 3 starts overall because it's the better of the three books. The Kilo 5 series was by far the WORST of all Halo novels. The author writes as if they have a personal grudge against Dr. Halsey and makes the Spartan-IIs sound weak. There was so much potential in the series, the characters and the plot. Basically it was three 15 hour long books of just:
"HALSEY BAD, (like literally the devil)!! SPARTAN-IIs WEAK!!" It was just one big discredit to the original books and lore.
Also, it's obvious the writer doesn't know much when it comes to Special Forces units. In the first book, Naomi and Serrin don't recognize each other at first but if you do research, those who go through SF selection processes never forget who they train with because of the tight bond. Spartans trained from age 6 to 14 then operated in the field for around 30+ years, even though Serrin was a washout, her and Naomi would've recognized each other instantly regardless of how long it had been, their advanced minds on top of 8 years of training would've set that in stone.
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I do not recommend the Kilo-5 trilogy. It's a whine fest with a little action thrown in.

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  • michelle
  • 19-03-22

The simplicity of complexity in the ignorance all

Make ya think about how simple our complex relationships are and how far you would go for the ones you love. The irelivence of the rules, secrets cept, and the willingness to turn a blind eye to the evil we make our self's in it's persut. Then try to square ones self with it at then of the day. Reminds me that one man's rebel is another's freedom fighter, and that one's freedom can be just another cage.

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  • Alex
  • 10-03-22

Naomi

i came here for halo, i didnt come here to feel. oof why tho