HALO: The Thursday War

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Halo: The Thursday War is the riveting new sequel in the New York Times bestselling Kilo-Five trilogy, based on the popular gaming franchise.

Welcome to humanity?s new war: silent, high stakes, and unseen. This is a life-or-death mission for ONI?s black-ops team, Kilo-Five, which is tasked with preventing the ruthless Elites, once the military leaders of the Covenant, from regrouping and threatening humankind again. What began as a routine dirty-tricks operation?keeping the ...

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Overview

Halo: The Thursday War is the riveting new sequel in the New York Times bestselling Kilo-Five trilogy, based on the popular gaming franchise.

Welcome to humanity’s new war: silent, high stakes, and unseen. This is a life-or-death mission for ONI’s black-ops team, Kilo-Five, which is tasked with preventing the ruthless Elites, once the military leaders of the Covenant, from regrouping and threatening humankind again. What began as a routine dirty-tricks operation―keeping the Elites busy with their own insurrection―turns into a desperate bid to extract one member of Kilo-Five from the seething heart of an alien civil war. But troubles never come singly for Kilo-Five. Colonial terrorism is once again surfacing on one of the worlds that survived the war against the Covenant, and the man behind it is much more than just a name to Spartan-010. Meanwhile, the treasure trove of Forerunner technology recovered from the shield world of Onyx is being put to work while a kidnapped Elite plots vengeance on the humans he fears will bring his people to the brink of destruction.

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This full bodied, 448-page HALO space thriller is Karen Traviss' standalone sequel to her Glasslands novel. The lynchpin volume of the Kilo-Five explores events of the Halo 4 game and beyond; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765370396
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Series: Halo Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 417
  • Sales rank: 159,450
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, screenwriter and comics author KAREN TRAVISS has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her Star Wars, Gears of War, and Halo work. She was also lead writer on the 2011 blockbuster game Gears of War 3.  A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Halo fans: avoid this book

    First off, let me say that the ending is a terrible attempt at a cliffhanger, and attempts to leave room for a sequel. Anyway, throughout the book, the auther harasses you about how horrible the spartan program was, without giving any kind of reasoning beyond "god, they took children!..." and makes every character in the book revolted by the spartan program. The Arbiter becomes the bad guy, people who supported the spartans the whole way suddenly want to court-marshall halsey, and the spartans hate halsey, whom they love as a mother. I seriously doubt the auther has played any of the halo games and read more than a sparknotes of maybe one book. The bok apears to have been written for the purpose of creating a morally correct name for the auther, but really just shows her to be a self-rightous bigot. If you will not accept the halo universe for what it is, get out of it.
    I highly doubt any auther who considers themselves to be a halo fan will include any part of this storyline in their book. It would be a further disgrace to halo.

    12 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    Eehhhhhh, I've read better.

    Stick with what you know Karen. This is an okay book that is missing huge blocks of information that are desperately needed to fill in holes that are left after Ghosts of Onyx. And it gets a little preachy after a while and you start to mumble that age old phrase "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones". I hope she is not writing the next two books.

    10 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Good post halo 3 story,

    Pros: Does a good job of continuing the story of the Halo universe and sets the stage for things to come in Halo 4. Actually develops some interesting characters.

    Cons: The last third of the book morally brow-beats you with how *awful* it was to make the Spartan II's. The book goes on and on about how *immoral* it was to make the very thing that ended up saving the human race...never mind the Spartan II's are the only reason anyone survived to be morally outraged...

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Game

    I like the game not the book

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Ech.

    From the beginning, I wasn't going to like it. All of a sudden, Thel is the bad guy, and spatans are monsters. Good read for some, but die hard Halo fan will hate it.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Great

    This book, although filled with a multitude if plot holes relating to Ghosts of Onyx, was still a good read. And for those asking where the Chief is, you'll have to wait until they release Halo 4 this coming holiday season.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Very Disappointed-Author Trashed the Halo Universe for Me

    In my opinion, we are mislead as soon as we look at the books cover. I thought I would be enjoying more confrontation between humans and the Arbiter or covenant or even with the prophits. Instead I felt like I was reading about the US Marines or Special Forces in Iraq and Afganistan. Its not that shes a poor writer, rather its her overemphasis of the increasing internal conflicts within the Human forces. Like having that living mummy, Admiral Peringoski throw Dr.Halsey under the bus and trash the reputation of the Spartan program. Isn't the book series supposed to suppliment the video games? Lets go back to Gary Nyland or Greg Bear.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Nice

    Good book gl on new 1

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Should be a must read for any Halo fan.

    Read some of the previous Halo books. Can't wait for this to arrive soon.

    3 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I am a fan of the Halo games and books and this was a great read and I would recommend it to all my friends!

    Eliot Waters

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    ?????

    This was a ok book but the author really doesnt know much about halo first why is the arbiter the bad guy second why is suddenly everyone hatin the spartans they saved your butts fir.cryin outloud!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Good book but is missing a great character.

    This was an good book as far as adding to the halo story. The book has a different feel to it that personaly made it a little less interesting due to the fact the book seemed to lack a character that someone would really want to follow such as the master chief or even kurt. Other than that i didn't have any big issues with they book they did leave some questions to be awnsered but that may be because they are making another book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Good book

    Very well written. It does a good job of showing what happened after halo 3. I look forward to the next book.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Really good

    Excellent book, great continuation to the main storyline

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Highly recamended for guys, si-fi and war lovers. Epic book.

    I really liked this book for many reasons. It combined many things I like about the halo universe. spartans, O.D.S.T.'s, and special op kind of warfare. It answered lots of questions and also made more. The first and formost question I have is where is John S-117? He went missing on the second Halo. this book takes place during the making of the ceasefire agreement btween Humanity and the Sanghelli. It also takes place with the creator of the spartan program while she and some spartans recover alien technology. The author did a fine job in filling Eric Nyland's shoes. Nyland created the novel series.this book was very good and I highly recomend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Well worth the wait

    While this story does not give away what happened to the Master Chief, it does folllow up on several of the other events in the halo universe that left us with questions unanswered. However, the most important thing that this story does is setup the state that the halo universe will be in when the Chief resumes his adventures. This is a must read for any halo fan and the story it tells has been beautifully written. My only complaint is that I cant wait for the next one!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    The Flood

    Question for all: which is better to fight, zombies or flood? I loke the flood, cause im not a dismemberd zombie kindof guy. Plus they carry guns, which makes it more dangerous. P.s flood with bazzoka equal bad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Great read

    I gotta say eric nylund is one of my favorite authors in the halo universe.... but at this rate i might have to hand the crown over to karen traviss

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Rebirth, Reinvention, and Continuation

    As a longtime fan of the complex storyline of the Halo universe, I was skeptical in beginning this novel. I had a view of this universe as it was painted before the end of Bungie's reign, and was worried the new era stewarded by 343 would see the downfall of that established familiarity.

    I am pleased to say those concerns were improperly held.

    Traviss paints a wonderfully descriptive picture if the world around the reader, and is quite the accomplished storyteller. This book, and its successor, will provode the reader with a lot of backstory in the run up to Halo 4. I highly suggest reading through both, regardless of whether you have already played Halo 4, and especially if you have not yet done so.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Very storyline driven

    Great book. This storyline explains a lot about Halo 4 if you pay attention to the details. This book explained why Catherine Halsey was in custody and who Jul M'Dama is. Definitely a good read for any Halo fan

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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