Hunters in the Dark (HALO) review

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It is 2555, more than two years after the Master Chief went missing-in-action following a decisive conflict on Installation 00—the massive, extragalactic Forerunner construct known as the Ark—as part of the final chapter in humanity’s bloody thirty-year struggle against the overwhelming forces of the Covenant. Now, as a tenuous peace exists between the humans and the Elites, a startling scientific discovery is made…and the riddle behind its Forerunner origins could very well seal the fate of the entire galaxy within a matter of weeks. In order to unravel these dangerous secrets, a heroic, hastily formed coalition of humans and Elites must attempt to overcome their differences as they embark on a covert mission back to the Ark—an astonishing, enigmatic place beyond comprehension from which few have returned and where mortal danger awaits them all…

Source: Amazon.com

Author: Peter David

I unfortunately read this after playing through Halo 5’s campaign, which I should have known better.  343 has decided for some inexplicable reason to have critical parts of their game’s campaign story included in the books with no indication that “hey you idiot, you should read this book before playing that game”. That’s not to say that the story here was bad in any way at all, I don’t think Peter David could ever write a bad story, it’s the corporate task masters that are at fault here.

The story is set primarily on the Ark that was last seen in Halo 3.  There’s some pretty crazy stuff that goes down, but David does a great job at fleshing out how difficult it was to shift focus for the ex-covenant and human soldiers from being mortal enemies to being wary compatriots.  I’m happy with it’s resolution, as it wraps up all the threads that anyone may care about, but at the same time, leaves it open for David to come back to the Halo universe, which I would welcome greatly.

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