Halo: The Flood (Halo, Book 2)

By William C. Dietz

Succeed in HAS FALLEN.

THE COVENANT battle computer RAGES ON.

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

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

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

But they quickly realize that this enigmatic ring global is way greater than it kind of feels. outfitted 100,000 years in the past by way of a civilization referred to as the Forerunners, this “Halo” is worshipped by means of the Covenant---a sacred artifact that they wish will entire their spiritual quest for meant transcendence. they're going to cease at not anything to regulate it.

Engaged in a fierce floor conflict, grasp leader and Cortana cross deep into the Halo build to discover a gloomy mystery; this enigmatic ring international can be the universe’s most threatening weapon. Its objective: the destruction of all sentient lifestyles. For the Forerunners equipped the Halo to conflict the universe’s such a lot vicious enemy---a almost unstoppable and unexpectedly reawakened strength often called The Flood.

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No longer the Covenant. Them! ” That was once all of the Spartan may get from the crazed Marine. “The floor is again that way,” the grasp leader stated, pointing towards the door. “I recommend that you simply reload this weapon, give up losing ammo, and head topside. when you get there hunker down and look forward to support. There’ll be a dust-off in a while. Do you learn me? ” the personal authorized the weapon, yet persisted to blather. A second later he curled right into a fetal ball, whimpered, then fell silent. the guy may by no means make it out by myself. something used to be transparent from the Marine’s ramblings. Assuming that Keyes and his troops have been nonetheless alive, they have been in a heap of hassle. That left the executive with little selection; he needed to placed the best variety of lives first. The younger soldier had truly been during the wringer—but he’d need to look forward to aid until eventually the grasp leader accomplished his challenge. Slowly, reluctantly, he became to enquire the remainder of the room. The is still of a badly shattered ramp led up over a small fireplace towards the walkway at the point above. He felt warmth wash round him as he stepped over a useless Elite, took convenience from the truth that the physique were riddled with bullets, and made his means up onto a round gallery. From there, the grasp leader proceeded via a chain of doors and mysteriously empty rooms, until eventually he arrived on the best of a ramp the place a lifeless Marine and a wide pool of blood brought on him to pause. He had some time past realized to belief his instincts—and they nagged at him now. anything felt flawed. It was once quiet, with just a hole booming sound to disturb the differently ideal silence. He used to be as regards to anything, he may think it, yet what? the manager descended the ramp. He arrived at the point spot on the backside, and observed the hatch to his left. Weapon on the prepared, he carefully approached the steel barrier. The door sensed his presence, slid open, and dumped a useless Marine into his fingers. The Spartan felt his pulse quicken, as he bent a little to trap the physique sooner than it crashed into the floor. He held the MA5B one-handed and coated the room past as most sensible he may perhaps, trying to find a objective. not anything. He progressed, then spun on his heel and pointed the gun again the best way he’d come. rattling it, it felt like eyes bored into the again of his head. anyone was once observing him. He subsidized into the room, and the door slid close. He decreased the physique to the floor, then stepped away. The toe of his boot hit a few empty shell casings which rolled away. That’s while he discovered that there have been hundreds of thousands of empties—so many who they pretty much carpeted the ground. He spotted a Marine helmet, and bent to choose it up. a reputation were stenciled around the aspect. JENKINS. A vid cam was once hooked up, the type worn by way of the common wrestle crew so that they may possibly critique the undertaking after they again to base, feed info to the ghouls in Intelligence, and on events like this one, offer investigators with information about the situations surrounding their deaths. The Spartan got rid of the camera’s reminiscence chip, slotted the gadget into one of many receptacles on his personal helmet, and watched the playback through a window on his HUD.

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