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HALO: The Cole Protocol

(Halo #6)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  5,858 ratings  ·  167 reviews
The New York Times bestseller—part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

2535. It is the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War, and the United Nations Space Command has enacted “the Cole Protocol” to safeguard Earth and its inner colonies from discovery by its merciless alien foe. Many are called upon to rid the galaxy of ling
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Gallery Books (first published November 25th 2008)
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Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ben Brown
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halo
I’m now 5 books deep into my “Halo” deep-dive. Of the 5 novels I’ve read thus far, 3 of them were written by Eric Nylund, while the other 2 were not…and I think I’m at the point now that I can pretty safely admit that I WAY prefer Nylund’s approach to this universe over pretty much anyone else. Neither Joseph Staten’s “Contact Harvest” nor Tobias S. Buckell’s “The Cole Protocol” worked 100% for me – both books, although well-written, feel less like fully formed stories and more novel-length pitc ...more
Travis O.
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
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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.
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a great book with a lot of adventure I recommend this book for halo fans who don't like to read and kids its amazing
Rania Attafi
to say this book is action packed is an understatement. i enjoyed every bit of it mostly the whole cast of characters and their wittiness.
Melisa Ramonda
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kenny T
I have always been a big fan of the Halo franchise. I used to play the games growing up all of the time. Halo to me always had some of the best stories out of all the games I played. After recent changes to developers making games for the franchise the story seemed to have gone somewhat flat. They lacked the style that the originals games had, but the novels somewhat filled that void. This book is the third Halo novel I have read and I really enjoyed it.
This book is about a group of Spartans. Fo
Sep 27, 2016 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Halo:The Cole Protocol
The name of the book I read is called Halo:The Cole Protocol, written by Tobias S. Buckell. This book has 358 pages and was published by Tom Doherty Associates. I decided to read this book because it is based off of a video game called Halo, plus I like science fiction. It was the New York Times bestselling series based on the XboxTM game.
The main characters for this book are called Jacob Keyes and Ignatio Delgado. Keyes is a officer in the UNSC navy and he's helping with
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
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
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
Aug 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cole Protocol
Any fan of halo knows there are gaps throughout the main storyline of the videogames, with characters being introduced and killed faster than a mission can be completed. Leaving the player to wonder if they are truly getting the full experience, these gaps can be filled the book series which was shortly released after the videogames, these books provide the depth and storyline that would otherwise be missing.
There are many short series derived from the Halo timeline that can g
Riley Feldmann
Two weeks, two "Halo" novels down with quite a bit of variation in quality, and 2.5 stars for Buckell's work.

Eric Nylund, a mainstay author in a number of the series' early successes has shown a propensity for generating novel ideas that allow for plenty of the "bang bang" action inherent without making it the front-and-center feature of his books.

Tobias Buckell does his level best to follow in that mold, and while some aspects of The Cole Protocol are enjoyable my misgivings prevent me from giv
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
Stephen Holtman
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this entry into the series, the story centers on Sargent Keyes as he tries to do his part in the war. At the same time, he has to keep the peace treaty between the Kig Yar and humans from turning bad. I thought that it did a great job of living up to the expectations. The action in this one was a little bit less constant then in other entries.That’s neither a good nor bad thing. On the one hand it lets the politics behind the war take center stage. But on the other hand it leaves a giant hole ...more
David Pappas
Alas, relegated to the rare but dreaded (because no one reads them) 3 star category. We have here a relatively tame, semi- fast paced, shallow space opera. With marginal character and plot development. Better than expected. Worse than it should have been. Probably suffered from the reader not being familiar with either the series or the game. Purportedly derivative as it is from a game known for bloodshed and action this was tame fare indeed with action scenes rarely filled out or detailed. At t ...more
Dieter Horvat
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of all the books to come from the original Halo trilogy, this, in my eyes, is the strangest.
While the others show us the beginning of the conflict, or the events immediately following Halo: combat evolved; This story takes place somewhere in between; in a Random Adventure of Captian Keyes, a key character in the original Game.

It is written well enough, yet, without spoiling anything, I found the plot to suffer slightly from some unnecessary add-ons around the Midsection; such as dedicated ch
Sep 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading the three Halo books by Eric Nylund, this one was a bit of a letdown. The characters were good and the plot was fairly interesting, but I found the writing subpar. It took awhile for me to get into the plot due to the book's love of jumping around, and even once I was engaged in the story I found the writing often jarred me out of it. I wouldn't say the book is bad, just not up to par compared to previous installations.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one starts off slowly with (seemingly) unrelated storylines. Once they start coming together the book got better. Overall, the Keyes storyline is the best. It’s supplemented by the Insurrectionist and Covenant politics.
Domenic Johnston
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dirt-reads
I thought it was a pretty good book to read. It had a lot of action and also a lot of switching between the enemies. The thing that i didn't like about it was that it was kind of slow through out the whole book, but otherwise it was a fun book to read.
Conor Cook
The Cole Protocol definitely didn't keep up with Contact Harvest. But still was a solid read. It was cool to follow Keyes this time around and the action did pick up. But there were just too many slow spots and it was hard to stay focused and not get bored at times.
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not entirely engaging. Vague story lines that jump all over the place, leaving it largely incoherent and does not add much to the overlying plot for the series
Jordan Pennington
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like both the Halo games and the book is really good. I actually plan on reading more books like this. I like how at the end that one of the characters went home to see there family in the end.
Bill Rush
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I probably say this about quite a few series... but I LOVE THE HALO SERIES...😀 Wonderful SCI-FI.. space, aliens and the military... with AI to boot...
Psychotic Chipmunk
It is an okay review of what has already happened. I am not a fan of the jumping around or the lack of planning to the books.
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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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