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Halo: The Cole Protocol (Halo #6)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  3,686 ratings  ·  117 reviews
In the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War, the UNSC hasenacted the Cole Protocol to safeguard Earth and its Inner Colonies from discovery by a merciless alien foe. Many are called upon to rid the universe of lingering navigation data that would reveal the location ofEarth. Among them is Navy Lieutenant Jacob Keyes. Thrust back into action after being sidelined ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Tor Books
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Perhaps if I hadn’t just finished reading Halo: Contact Harvest I wouldn’t be rating Cole Protocol so harshly, but the latter dulls in comparison with the former. The pacing, the characters, the plot… there are several things I had an issue with while reading, though I’ll talk about what I liked first.

The setting was kind of cool – asteroids all linked together.

I also liked that the focus on the Covenant was consistent as with the previous novel – the races acted similarly as to how they did in
Aug 15, 2012 Dave rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one!
"The Cole Protocol" is simply...Bad. Bucknell is a terrible, terrible writer. This book reads like a screenplay to a D-grade action movie; something even Segal and Norris would pass up. Characters are cliche' and without depth; I never came close to caring about any of them. Countless times Bucknell would repeat nouns or verbs within a sentance or two of each other, like he couldn't come up with any other way to convey meaning. "Keyes watched his people being herded toward gates...From the cargo ...more
Travis Knight
For some fairly obvious reasons, there has been a taboo about videogame-inspired literature that is in essence the same as the taboo about videogame-inspired cinema. The short of it is, in general, the quality is quite low. I don't think that this has to do with the writers hired (usually), or with the transfer of the medium itself, but more to do with the fact that in general, the tasks and logic assigned to the player during an interactive play experience are essentially different to those ass ...more
Jared Shilts
Plot: In the book Halo: The Cole Protocol, Jacob Keyes of the UNSC is assigned to combat space rebels in the wake of recent attacks. He is given a ship, a small force of commandoes, and a choice to stay or go. The alien warrior known as Thel Vadamee has been tasked with tracking down the source of black market alien technology. The notorious assassin is grouped with a team of zealots, the deadliest of his kin. Unbeknownst to both factions is the Rubble, a collection of asteroids harboring the su ...more
Pam Vass
This book is about a lieutenant in the Navy, Jacob Keyes who has been functioning as an instructor because of injuries and he has spent time in a cryogenic pod and is now to be tested to see if he is fit for another mission. He is a part of a group who has received intense body enhancements that make them considerably stronger and he is sent on a secret mission. This book is based on the Halo video game and fits into the science fiction category of fantasy. Jacob Keyes is the protagonist and he ...more
Raymond Hu
I think this book was really intersting because it was the 2nd book of the halo series which i love. This book is mailny about betray and sacfice and decisions that could affect a million lives. It talks about how the human rebels are working toghter with the aliens that seek to destory humans which is irocic because why work with something that caused u the misery in the first place. The book was really action pack too and contained a lot of moments with like omg is he going to die? It was also ...more
While the premise of the book was an interesting one and the story worked hard to maintain the same breakneck pace that the games hold, the constant jumping back and forth between three or four different groups all doing their own, but related, things every couple pages for the latter half was rather jarring and at times tiresome to keep up with. That said, the book does follow the normal formula for entries in the Halo universe, with Spartans, ODSTs and AIs on the verge of rampancy galore, as w ...more
If you love sci-fi futuristic space stories, this could possibly grab your attention. Knowing and reading the past books from this universe will greatly help you understand what is going on.
Being a future space sci-fi book it comes along with the usual things such as: suspense, action and adventure. In this book what is know as the Cole Protocol is issued: all navigation leading to Earth must be destroyed. It's a last resort in which if the human ship is captured, they must self-destruct. The
I am typically leery about books or movies that are tied to video games. There are a few good ones but the majority are not so good. I have not read any of the other Halo novels and I have only played the original Halo game on the PC. I do not remember much about the game except it was an above average run-n-gun shooter. But, I am big a fan of Tobias Buckell. His three other novels, Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin and Sly Mongoose, were excellent and I thought that his writing style would blend seamles ...more
This book is very difficult to review as there was something I like and somethings I didn't. I guess I will start with the plot of the story. The plot is quite simple. There is a war between an alien alliance called the Covenant and the humanity. In order to protect Earth, the military orders the delete any record and navigation charts that will lead the Covenant to Earth. However not everyone willing to follow that order which leads to there being one of navigation data. Everyone wants it! This ...more
Michael T Bradley
I'm really starting to enjoy the fact that Halo novels spoonfeed you their raison d'etre. I find it charming, in a way. As with "Harvest Contact" telling us straight up Avery Johnson has to "earn back his humanity," in this one we're told that (Jacob?) Keyes "wasn't the commander they needed yet, but was being made into it by the circumstances." 'Thank you, Halo novel,' I said at that point. 'Thank you for pointing that out in case I hadn't picked up on that.' It's less condescending and more he ...more
Halo: The Cole Protocol expanded the Halo universe a bit. The writing style and quality, the characters, the dialogue, and the settings are below average. This is a quick and easy read that has some decent action scenes but not much else. The basic premise could have been the starting point for a very exciting, well developed science fiction novel, yet somewhere the author fumbled the ball.
Matthew Carlson
As a Halo fan I have read most of the other volumes in the series and this has to be by far the worst. It was dead boring and took me far longer to get through merely because I could not stay interested. But, I battled through and as it is Halo it got one more star than it was worth. Endurable, but not noteworthy.
I love the HALO series. And I particularly liked Buckell's writing style. He limits his use of all of the confusing military acronyms that slow me down. This is another one like yesterday- don't pick it up until you're ready to read the whole thing. Looking forward to (waiting on) the next in the series.
5 Star ratings can be tricky, I would have pegged this at 2.5 if I could have. Re-iterating my thoughts halfway through, I enjoyed the parts of this book that expanded the Halo universe. This book did so in a standalone way, it's events don't really impact the greater story. That's not a bad thing, I say it because if ever you are looking to more speedily get Halo universe backstory, but don't want to invest time in absorbing *everything*, you can skip this book.

Mostly because it is not that we
The Cole Protocol is a great addition to the Halo franchise. Even though the Master Chief is nowhere in sight, we still get to see some Spartans in the form of Grey Team as well as Jacob Keyes, newly reassigned back to the front lines.

On the other side, there's a few familiar faces from the Covenant as well, and some light is shed on the internal politics of their organization, setting the stage for the Halo games. The book takes place in 2535, after first contact but before the Fall of Reach se
Jedd L.
The Cole Protocol was an amazing book about a commander, named Jacob Keyes, leading a team of three powerful, special operations officers known as the Hell Jumpers. They are technically called ODSTs, their mission is to clean up a crashed UNSC ship and salvage a lost AI. Their mission is interrupted by outside forces. An elite alien armada, known as the Covenant, are attempting to reach the AI before the ODSTs. The Covenant are an elite army of an alien breed, who are trying to kill all of Lt. ...more
The book Halo: The Cole Protocol is about Lieutenant Jacob Keyes' mission aboard the Midsummer Night to investigate Insurrectionist activity. Keyes has been training cadets though, due to a terrible injury sustained aboard another ship he commanded, which was destroyed by the Covenant. However, when he is healed enough to be put back into active duty, his mission quickly changes.

Originally, he was sent to Charbdus 9 to investigate Insurrectionist activity in the area and to try a
Nate Kimpler
The Cole protocol is another epic novel written in the Halo fiction, story line, and lore. The book takes place in the time period in which the human covenant war had just begun. The planet harvest being the first planet to fall to covenant forces and many more planets to come as the covenant continues through human colonized space. The stage is set on the asteroid belt around the planet Hesiod. A safe haven called the rubble is the only thing fleeing humans can go to after watching their planet ...more
Delray Beach Public Library Public Library
In this edition to the Halo novels, a strange thing has occurred near the gas giant called Hesiod. After a covenant armada gasses all the humans settlements, the survivors band together with local insurrectionists to create a settlement in some local asteroids. There they meet the kig-yar, and somehow were not destroyed. Now, Navy Lt. Jacob Keyes must take a small UNSC taskforce to destroy what could potentially lead to the extermination of humanity. However, the rebels and kig-yar have formed a ...more
Callum Shephard
The real problem with the Halo universe is that so little of it was ever explored in the games. With the emphasis upon the Covenant War few background details were ever given focus. Everything from humanity’s origins, the reaction of the colonies to the UNSC, the UNSC’s policies to reasons for the SPARTAN project; all were rarely explored. While fans might have learned about them through secondary sources, they were rarely ever gone into in full. Even the few times they did look into them such a ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Christian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Halo and sci fi lovers
Recommended to Christian by: no one
The setting was in the 2500s, mostly on a refugee base behind enemy lines called the Rubble.

The conflict is between the insurrection leaders and the UNSC commanders and Spartans that come into conflict after the Cole Protocol is enforced. The sides clash with each other over a small microchip that holds information to Earth that in enemy hands could cause the destruction of Earth.

Its characters are dynamic as they change views on things and become harsher or sympathetic.

There are several char
Kaleb Phillips
This one is quite a bit different from the other ones I've read. It's done in multiple perspectives, including the covenant. A fun read nonetheless, with some fantastic characters.

This is probably not something for the average science fiction fan, but might be something to look at for Halo fans. While the book is good, and has a fairly entertaining story, it also feels less exciting compared to others in the series. However, a welcome change of pace is the characters that it follows, including t
Jason Hamilton
This book, when compared to some of the other Halo novels, has a few advantages and a few disadvantages. Unfortunately, it is not a novel that can stand alone without the support of the franchise. There were things that I enjoyed about it, but it still took me an abnormally long time to finish it.

The best thing about this book is the fact that it spends more time on characters than many of the other books. It takes an approach similar to many “Armageddon” type stories with many characters that s
This book is a book based on the popular video game. It follows a moddle aged captian (only lieutenants at that time)Keys as he and the crew of Midsummers Night follows up on violations of the Cole Protocol, outside of United Natios Space Core (UNSC) controlled space, in what used to be the outer `colonys.
It also follows Ignatin Delgado, a susivior of the glassing (the process in which the covenant cleanse a planet by destroying it with superheated plasmal)of Madtigal. He and many others were sa
What a crazy action packed adventure that was! A fantastic read that kept me holding on tight. Military strategy ,uncertain loyalties, corrupt hierarchy, and even a lovable AI. A real "edge of my seat" experience. I love stories that involve Spacefaring, and was happy to find myself reading this one.
The book "Cole Protocol" by Tobias S. Buckell does an amazing job portraying the lives of all three sides of the Human-Covenant war. The book is centered on a group of Spartans who infiltrate an Insurrectionist asteroid-habitat. Their primary goal is to enact he Cole Protocol, which mandates that in the case of Covenant presence, all navigational data must be destroyed so the Covenant cannot find Earth. During the Spartans infiltration, a young man from the Covenant-glassed planet Madrigal stumb ...more
Menoly Cates-mountain
I found this story in a book of many stories and I really enjoyed all of them but this one I usually go back to read. It may be because I've always been a Halo fangirl.
The sixth HALO book, and the fifth that I've read. This, like the majority of the others, is well-written for a series based on a video game. What was also enjoyable about it was its prequel status - a prequel that takes place quite a few years before the first game.
What is interesting about the books are that it has an undertone (though strong and obvious) that considers the morality of a do-whatever-it-takes government in the face of an outside threat: a theme never addressed in the games. Yet
Jesse Booth
In all honesty, this is probably the worst book out of the series. I would hope that anyone willing to try to read a little bit about the Halo Universe would not try this one. As I have said in previous reviews, the Fall of Reach and First Strike are the best out of the series.

The Cole Protocol had a lot of potential, but it didn't live up to what it could have been. That being said, the ending was quite exciting. It was a lot better than the rest of the book, that's for sure.

I would recommend
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Born in the Caribbean, Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author. His novels and over 50 short stories have been translated into 17 languages and he has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Ohio.
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