Halo: The Flood (Halo, Book 2)
William C. Dietz
succeed in HAS FALLEN.
THE COVENANT struggle computer RAGES ON.
HUMANITY’S final desire LIES WITH THE team OF THE PILLAR OF AUTUMN—THE INDOMITABLE CAPTAIN JACOB KEYES, employees SERGEANT AVERY JOHNSON, THE AI CORTANA, countless numbers 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 compelled to make a leap into Slipspace in hopes of evading the giant alien alliance hell-bent on wiping out humanity. yet their vacation spot brings them to an historical secret and a fair better struggle.
In this far-flung nook of the universe floats a magnificently mammoth synthetic ring global . . . a build from a protracted misplaced race. The humans’ simply desire of survival is to crash land on its floor and take the conflict opposed to the Covenant to the ground.
But they quickly detect that this enigmatic ring global is far greater than it sort of feels. outfitted 100,000 years in the past through a civilization often called the Forerunners, this “Halo” is worshipped by means of the Covenant---a sacred artifact that they desire will entire their non secular quest for meant transcendence. they'll cease at not anything to regulate it.
Engaged in a fierce flooring conflict, grasp leader and Cortana pass deep into the Halo build to discover a dismal mystery; this enigmatic ring global is additionally the universe’s most deadly weapon. Its objective: the destruction of all sentient lifestyles. For the Forerunners outfitted the Halo to conflict the universe’s such a lot vicious enemy---a almost unstoppable and without notice reawakened strength often called The Flood.
Rifle’s booming record alerted the Covenant they usually again fireplace. He moved ahead alongside the low ridge and took a brand new firing place at the back of the scaly bark of a tree. The rifle barked two times extra, and 2 Jackals fell. He reloaded with practiced ease, and persevered sniping. with out the colours to aid them, the enemy fell in ones, twos, and threes. The grasp leader reloaded back, fired till there have been not more objectives of chance, and made the change to his attack rifle. He jumped.
moment rocket streaked forward on a column of smoke and fireplace. The Hunter had reached complete pace and couldn’t evade in time. The creature’s sizeable ft dug into the delicate flooring because it attempted to change direction to prevent the rocket—to no avail. The 102mm formed cost exploded opposed to the very middle of the Hunter’s chest armor, blew via his torso, and severed his backbone. there has been a amazing splash because the alien creature fell face first into the water. A pool of brilliant orange blood stained the surf.
round the fallen Hunter. The grasp leader took a second to reload the launcher then slogged again up onto the seashore. howl of affliction issued from the opposite alien’s throat. Serves you correct, he suggestion. you simply misplaced one brother. I misplaced all of mine. He felt a pang of sorrow for the 2 lifeless Marines. He must have expected the long-range assault, must have briefed the leathernecks concerning the danger of Hunters, must have reacted extra quick. All of which intended that it was once his.
The patrol consisted of 2 captured Ghosts, or “Gees” as the various Marines known as them, plus of the Warthogs that had survived the lengthy, hard trip again from the Pillar of Autumn. a variety of mixtures have been attempted, yet McKay loved the two-plus-two configuration most sensible, combining because it did the easiest positive factors of either designs. The alien assault craft have been quicker than the LRVs, which intended they can hide loads of floor in a brief time period, thereby decreasing the damage on.
From Shephard seemed in Sam’s message queue. “Receiving the feed, Chief,” he referred to as out to the intercom pickup. He opened the dossier. A frown creased his drained gains as a brand new message scrolled throughout his reveal. >FILE ENCRYPTED/EYES ONLY/MARCUS, SAMUEL N./SN:18827318209-M. >DECRYPTION KEY: [PERSONALIZED: “ELLEN’S ANNIVERSARY”] He glanced again on the photo of his spouse. He hadn’t noticeable Ellen in virtually 3 years—since his final shore go away on the earth, in reality. He didn’t be aware of an individual on.