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Halo: The Flood (Halo #2)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,480 Ratings  ·  399 Reviews
The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind's very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait.

As the fortress world of Reach and its brave defenders were bombarded to rubble, a single cruiser fled the carnag
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Published July 15th 2008 by Tantor Media (first published 2003)
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TempOcean
Jan 11, 2008 TempOcean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Halo fans
Shelves: halo
In order to understand this book, you have to read the first book in the series and play the Xbox game Halo: Combat Evolved. Even if you don't get it half the time, it's a good read!

This book is set in 2552, in the middle of a great war between humanity and a collective of alien races calling themselves the Covenant. This war reaches its peak intensity when a human ship discovers an ancient ring-world named Halo (hence the name of the book). The ship crashes there, and among the survivors is SP
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Jason
This book was such a let down and unworthy of the sequel to "The Fall of Reach". This book was a novelization of the first Halo game (Combat Evolved). That said, it reads like the author played the Xbox game and wrote play-by-play what happened, where he goes, what he shoots, etc. You're not reading a story, just a re-telling of what happens in the video game. If you play the video game, it's fine, because you're playing the video game, not reading a page of words of what someone did in the vide ...more
Liam
I never really liked The Flood very much, but I feel obligated to read it regardless. Maybe it's just because I've played through the story in a game and so trying to transfer it into text falls flat for me, but I think there are several problems with the book because of its direct game-to-book heritage that the other Halo novels avoid.

Firstly, the author feels compelled to at least note every other encounter with enemies in the game and after a while it gets pretty dull. The combat in the other
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Pika
Jan 15, 2008 Pika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halo
The second book in the Halo series was not written by Eric Nylund, but by William c. Dietz. In my opinion, I think Eric Nylund is a better author, but since its a Halo book, that automatically makes it good. What was cool about this novel is that it's based on the actual game, so it was fun to say "Oh, I love that level." or "Haha, I always die there." The book answers the question "I wonder what Master Chief would do." because you can play exactly what happens in the book. One other thing is th ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay I suppose you can only get "really involved" in a story based on a video game for so long. This isn't really a bad book. For what it is it can be fun. The fight for Halo has begun...and the search to find out what Halo is of course.

Lots of explosions, some human drama (sort of) even some prejudice involved in the story. As I said, not bad but not one I think I'll follow up. If you're looking for action and science fiction combat this may be your cup of tea. I love action books, but I like a
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Melisa Ramonda
Apr 15, 2015 Melisa Ramonda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 40% percent.
If I ever get this over, I might come back and tell you why I couldn't take it anymore.

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Ok. I'm back. I will review this book with a single, definitive and utterly accurate phrase:

OUT OF CHARACTER.

That's it.

John is portrayed like your ordinary Terminator: a trigger-happy douchebag focused only in engrossing his kill-count. Cortana? So forgotten that whenever she talks, nobody cares, not even the Chief. Her best lines are the ones transcripted f
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Thankfully I read The Fall of Reach before I attempted this, otherwise I would have been hard pressed to understand how Master Chief could survive the sheer amount of carnage in this novel. The background provided on the Spartan project and, probably more importantly, the MJOLNIR armour, goes a long way in justifying some of the madness in this book. Those of you who have read Dietz before this will know that he is no slouch when it comes to writing military science fiction. I refer, especially, ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 16, 2015 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was ok
Shelves: space-opera
Okay I suppose you can only get "really involved" in a story based on a video game for so long. This isn't really a bad book. For what it is it can be fun. The fight for Halo has begun...and the search to find out what Halo is of course.

Lots of explosions, some human drama (sort of) even some prejudice involved in the story. As I said, not bad but not one I think I'll follow up. If you're looking for action and science fiction combat this may be your cup of tea. I love action books, but I like a
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Damir
Apr 06, 2015 Damir rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are curious about HALO but will not or cannot play the game.
Summary: The only human warship to survive the Covenant attack on Reach, the UNSC cruiser Pillar of Autumn, escaped certain destruction when Captain Jacob Keyes ordered the ship to jump away from the system on a random vector. Upon exiting slipspace into an unexplored system, the cruiser quickly discovered a massive ringworld orbiting a gas giant and, unfortunately for the crew, a large Covenant force investigating the construct.

Covenant attacks and boarding parties inflict severe damage to the
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Jared Shilts
Dec 23, 2015 Jared Shilts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mike Smith
This book is the second in the series and not nearly as good as the first. This is not unexpected. This book, The Flood, is the novelization of the award-winning first-person-shooter (FPS) video game Halo. The first book was a prequel that gave the backstory and events leading up to the video game. It was able to cover a range of events such as the creation and training of the SPARTAN soldiers, ground battles, space battles, and character development. The Flood, however, has no choice but to fol ...more
Dakota
Feb 06, 2013 Dakota rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halo The Flood by William C. Dietz is a science fiction novel that has more background stories than the X-box game Halo combat evolved that it is based on. It is much more detailed and explains in much detail the story of the Flood.

This story starts in the year 2552 so it is about 500 years in the future. The Covenant a collection of alien races has taken the plant of Reach while the Pillar of Autumn their ship travels through slip space to a unknown location due to the Cole protocol. They soon
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Steven
Jul 16, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems to be a novelization of the first Halo game (Halo - Combat Evolved), the only one I'd ever played. The plot involves an Earth-military spacecraft engaging an alien enemy known as the Covenant. The story flows much in the way as events in the game. Discussions about the science project that made Master Chief are explored, and a good deal of detailed warfare against the Covenant. The Halo ring in space contains a biological weapon known as the Flood and its presence in combat can tip the ...more
Ken
I felt that the Master Chief character deviated too much to the one created by Eric Nylund. Eric's Master Chief was more of a silent leader type but William's is more of a cocky gun-ho type.

The story is full of actions and plenty of supporting characters but seemed to be jumping around too much when telling the story from multiple points of view. I've never played the Halo game but I can imagine how the scenes play out on TV screen.

On the whole I thought this was a worthy read. On other rating s
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Brandon J.
Mar 24, 2015 Brandon J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He is stuck on an alien superstructure being pursued religiously by zealous hunters and an all destroying parasitic life form. Master-chief is at where the game series began and on a suicide mission to stop the zealous aliens from finding earth. Along with all of the classic details in the video game this book includes what a more curious gamer might be wondering about. "How did Sgt. Johnson get back to earth from the halo?" Well guess what, it is an absolutely outstanding series of events that ...more
Charles
May 10, 2016 Charles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terribly banal MIL-Pr0n set in the Halo game universe. Copyright is owned by the Microsoft Corp.

Frankly, I expected more of Dietz. This is terribly cliched and unoriginal. Its martial aspects are actually cartoonish.

The author clearly has only a TV-notion of firearms. I cringed when I read, A steady stream of brass arced away from the Chief's assault weapon as he worked the mob over. Really? I came to be really bothered by how The Master Chief had a seemingly inexhaustible supply of grenades (
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Nathen
Jun 25, 2008 Nathen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Halo Gamers
supposedly this is the second book in the series. (The Fall Of Reach was the first one). It and the other books in this series are full of action and don't have a dull sentance in them. Ok maby one or two dull sentances but they are exciting books. These books are great for reading when you are stuck at home and board out of your mind. Or when you have a strong craving to play the game but can't.
Harry007
Apr 17, 2016 Harry007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a mind-numbingly bad sci-fi book, and that was not something I was expecting. Having enjoyed the previous book 'Fall of Reach', I wanted something similar, but the book this time fell short severely. The story, if you can call it that, is based on the first video game in the series 'Halo: Combat Evolved', and almost straightaway you realise the storytelling is not very good. You understand that the book follows the video game plot-for-plot in a hopelessly lazy way. It's just constant gun ...more
Zan
Dec 15, 2011 Zan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: That which dies inside a man while he still lives
Recommended to Zan by: My Smelly Roommate
I hate myself for reading this book.

I needed something to distract myself from the joys of labor history, but choosing this was a terrible mistake. I think I read the sentence, "Master Chief threw a grenade" approximately 100000 times. I am so disgusted with myself.
Alex
Nov 30, 2015 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Cut/Paste Review

"it reads like the author played the Xbox game and wrote play-by-play what happened, where he goes, what he shoots, etc. You're not reading a story, just a re-telling of what happens in the video game", by Jason

"It's all here, from 'reloading' to 'weapon swapping'", by Dirk Grobbelaar

"Even the author admits this when, in later battles, he writes something to the effect that all the killing became rather mind-numbing", byMike Smith

"If you're looking for action and science fictio
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Ben
Apr 15, 2015 Ben rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jake Salcedo
Oct 03, 2014 Jake Salcedo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halo The Flood by William C. Dietz is a science fiction novel that has more background stories than the X-box game Halo combat evolved that it is based on. It is much more detailed and explains in much detail the story of the Flood.

This story starts in the year 2552 so it is about 500 years in the future. The Covenant a collection of alien races has taken the plant of Reach while the Pillar of Autumn their ship travels through slip space to a unknown location due to the Cole protocol. They soon
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Wanguswangusyea
Oct 01, 2009 Wanguswangusyea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I walked into reading this room , i assumed it would be like the video game its based off of, long, boring, and overrated. However it turned out to way more than I expected. This epic Sci Fi tell the story of the Spartan Super Soldier John/Spartan 117/Master Chief, as he awakes from cryosleep in the midst of a massive battle upon the ship The Pillar Of Autumn. Immediately John is placed with a massive amount of problems, as the ship's captain Captain Jacob Keyes, and the ships A.I. unit Co ...more
Tyler
Dec 09, 2008 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halo The Flood is a sci-fi thriller based on the Halo series of video games. I particularly enjoyed this book because im a fan of the games, and this book basicly covers the events of the first game, Halo: Combat Evolved. My favorite character in the book is the main protagonist, John, AKA Master Chief. This is the character you play in the game, and hearing the actions that I played out from someone elses perspective really gave me a new sense of depth for the Halo Universe. My least favorite c ...more
Tina
May 23, 2012 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Matt, Hunt
This one wasn't nearly as enthralling (or well written) as the previous novel. Now, I'm not saying Dietz is a bad writer, just that he didn't have a lot to work with with this book. Why? Because it's the goddamn game in written format! It's like a freakin' walkthrough! Hell, I played the game YEARS ago and I still remembered most of the plot, so while reading this I had these moments where I actually remembered a certain scene in the book from the game. That's why I didn't really like the book - ...more
Matthew Woitaszek
Dietz's The Flood describes the adventures of Spartan super-soldier "Master Chief" on the mysterious ring world known as Halo. Even without any familiarity with the game, I found the book enjoyable and entertaining as a science fiction novel in its own right.

Perhaps my only criticism of this otherwise completely enjoyable book is that at times it reads like it is a play-by-play re-enactment of a video game, but given that this is a Halo book, this is not altogether unsurprising. At times, the bo
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Steven D
Feb 23, 2012 Steven D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
In Halo:the Flood, the human race is at war with an army called the Covenant,and we're losing. The Pillar of Autumn a huge spaceship crashes into a ring shaped world called Halo. A super soldier named Master Chief fights off the Covenant when he soon finds out that the Covenant had unleashed monsters called the Flood. He fights the infectious fighting his way to the crashed Pillar of Autumn to blow up Halo,will he be able to survive?


Master Chief and Captain Keyes are both soldiers of the UNSC, t
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Lisa MH
Mar 10, 2011 Lisa MH rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I'm really torn with this book. Some parts I'd like to give only 2 stars, but others were better and deserve at least 3 stars. The basic issue with this one is it's based on a first person shooter, and the author tried to keep it true to the game. I loved the Halo storyline, but the constant enter a room, shoot everyone/thing in sight, then move on, became very tiring. On the other hand, fans probably would have raised hell if it had not stayed true.

The best parts of this book came from scenes n
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Jerome
Apr 21, 2011 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Second in the initial series of Halo novels, Dietz picks up where Nylund left off. More so than its predecessor, this book reads like straight-up military sci-fi without all the speculative philosophizing of a Joe Haldeman novel or the psycho-drama of a John Steakley book. Dietz's narrative and wordcraft are not as good as Nylund's, which is okay, since he has less drama to write about.

The main story line involves the gamer's avatar of the first-person shooter, John-117, aka Master Chief, follo
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Nick To
May 26, 2011 Nick To rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halo: The Flood is a story that takes place during the the first video game, so in retrospect its the first game, but explained in greater detail. The genre is the standard sci-fi mystery, as well as some drama, but not a lot. The reason i picked this book was because the Halo universe has always intrigued me. And they have a lot of extra details that can only be found in the novels.
In the beginning of the book Master Chief (John) a spartan super-soldier is in cryogenic sleep, and is awaken to
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William Corey Dietz grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a corpsman, graduated from the University of Washington and worked as a surgical technician, college instructor, and news writer. Later he worked for US West in a number of different marketing communications and public relations related positions, before leaving to accept a job as Director of Public Relat ...more
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