Halo: The Flood (Halo, #2)
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Halo: The Flood (Halo #2)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  6,643 ratings  ·  304 reviews
REACH HAS FALLEN.

THE COVENANT WAR MACHINE RAGES ON.

HUMANITY’S LAST HOPE LIES WITH THE CREW OF THE PILLAR OF AUTUMN—THE INDOMITABLE CAPTAIN JACOB KEYES, STAFF SERGEANT AVERY JOHNSON, THE AI CORTANA, HUNDREDS OF FEARLESS MARINES . . . AND SPARTAN 117, THE MASTER CHIEF.

Having barely escaped the battle for Reach, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn is forced to make a jump into...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC (first published 2003)
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TempOcean
Jan 11, 2008 TempOcean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Pika
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
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
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 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
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...more
Steven
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...more
Nathen
Jun 25, 2008 Nathen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Wanguswangusyea
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
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Steven D
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...more
Lisa MH
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...more
Jerome
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...more
Nick To
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...more
Ebenezer Arvigenius
Boy this was a stinker.

After the very good last book in the series that surprised me with above average characterization this was a severe disappointment. Apparently both books have been written at the same time for there are a multitude of continuity errors regarding both story and characters. From Master Chief starting to crack bad army jokes over Cortana forgetting that she already saw Halo both books don't mesh very well.

Even more damning - and I'm aware that this is not the writers fault -...more
04juliusr
My childhood game, Halo: Combat Evolved, was what I would spend hundreds of virtual hours into because the fun in the Multiplayer was far too addicting than anything you could possibly imagine a child to cling on to. For an eight year old, I'd say I was a pretty good player, and when you're good at something, you tend to give into your curiosity and explore the deeper crevices. That happened to be the campaign. The Campaign, for all of those confused, is the story mode of the game, where all the...more
Darell Trianni
A disappointment really. Your basically reading the first game. Master chief basically runs around shooting the shit out of everything which is brilliant in the game but writen within a novel it starts to get a little tedious! It was full of "The Spartan loaded and fired the 102mm rocket killing an elite, he turned fired his x2 after loading his x10 scope" trust me it gets pretty boring! There was no build on the relationship between Cortana and Master Chief, I mean by Halo 4 when Contana uses h...more
Todd Mitchell
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Pam
A little like comparing apples to oranges since I read the last Halo book in print & I listened to this one on audiobook, but I would say that I preferred the style of the first better, and attribute to different author styles perhaps?

This one does have a bit of a play by play feel, and I found that on occasion I'd halfway tune it out - 'yeah, yeah, aliens dying, blah, blah'. Lol, I know tsk tsk.

I think I really enjoyed getting the background of the Chief in the first book, and though that c...more
Yankeeas12
The Flood by William C.Dietz was not as good as the first book in this series The Fall Of Reach, but was still a four star book in my opinion. Answering questions from the first book and still having plenty of action and suspense that I would expect from this series. Halo The Flood introduces a new enemy to the ilustrious Spartan 117 or John. Even stronger than anything that both he or the covenant has seen. John must learn to fight them differently than the covenant because when he fights them...more
Jon
The book i read this week was HALO: The Flood, by William C. Dietz. Halo is an epic series the flood is the 3rd book in the series. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars because i didn't start at the begining of the series i jumped right into the 3rd book. This book takes place in the year 2552. When humanity has taken controll of many galaxies. By surprise the Covenant army decided to ambush the humans. Thus begins the epic battle in the galaxies. Also this book brings back the a very special and...more
Ruben Ortiz
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Taylorpe
To understand the whole story in this book you would had to of read The Fall of reach. Or have played and have a good understanding of the Halo games. I gave this book a lower rating mainly because of the way it was written, I disliked the transition of characters randomly from paragraph to paragraph though i liked the different view points that were not present in halo 1. I became extremely confused on what was happening or who I was reading about until I read deeper into the paragraph to find...more
Katie
This was definitely a fun read for a fan of the games, and having spent the most time with the first game (both playing and watching my Dad and brothers play) it still felt fresh and like I was getting new information and insights. It was a little bit jarring to read immediately after The Fall of Reach because the end of that seemed to be off from the beginning of this in the part where they overlapped, mainly in the timeline of when the Pillar of Autumn came out of slipspace, when they noticed...more
Avo
I really enjoyed reading this book. Although it was kind of ruined since I "accidentally" read the next book before this. It had flashbacks to this so I kind of guessed what will happen very easily. Even though I sort of knew what was going to happen, I had a peasant time reading the different battles and firefights the ODST, Marines and the Chief Spartan went through. I'd recommend this book to every single person out there older than 13 and people who played the award-winning X-Box game "Halo:...more
Heather
This book is the only one in the Halo series based on one of the games (the first game). As such, it is a decent read. However, in the larger view of the Halo fiction universe, it is sorely lacking. I personally do not like this author. The few books I have read by him have dry characters, plodding pace, and a certain disregard for series canon. I read this before actually playing the first game, and found the game much better at relating the story of Master Chief and his companions. I recommend...more
Geoffrey
The book itself wasn't good, but the author wasn't really allowed any real creative freedom since the book strictly followed the storyline of the game and the game had come first.

The storyline in the book was flat and though the author tried to spice it up a bit with little side stories (those were rather well done) it wasn't enough to out weight the rather boring main story.

If you haven't ever played Halo, then by all means read the book. I played the game before I read the book and it just did...more
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William C. 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 Relation...more
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