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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Traviss Narrator: Euan Morton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Halo Series Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781427213556
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The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting’s stopped, the war is far from over: it’s just gone underground.

The UNSC’s feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection. Meanwhile, the Arbiter, the defector turned leader of a broken Covenant, struggles to stave off civil war among his divided people.

Across the galaxy, a woman thought to have died on Reach is actually very much alive. Chief scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey broke every law in the book to create the Spartans, and now she’s broken some more to save them. Marooned with Chief Mendez and a Spartan team in a Forerunner slipspace bubble hidden in the destroyed planet Onyx, she finds that the shield world has been guarding an ancient secret - a treasure trove of Forerunner technology that will change everything for the UNSC and mankind.

As Kilo-Five joins the hunt for Halsey, humanity’s violent past begins to catch up with all of them as disgruntled colony Venezia has been biding its time to strike at Earth, and its most dangerous terrorist has an old, painful link with both Halsey and Kilo-Five that will test everyone’s loyalty to the limit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Halo: Glasslands is a fantastic addition to the Halo universe, and is a stand-out military science fiction novel in and of itself. SF Signal

  • Karen Traviss does an excellent job writing for the Halo universe, she creates believable human and alien characters. Jay Cormier, Examiner.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack Boyd | 2/15/2014

    " More than simply a science fiction novel this really does set the stage for serious questions about the future of the human species. If faced with near annihilation and brought back from the brink of the abyss, what are the new objectives of our security agencies? Do we abandon our morals of decency and goodwill and replace them with pragmatic subversion against our former executioners? Are our decisions of whittling down the capabilities of this old foe embittered vengeance? Or is it based on the security directors' maxim "It is not your adversary's intention you should trust, but their capability?" A good cloak and dagger tale; the first of three in this trilogy by Karen Traviss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/12/2014

    " Overall a pretty good story. Although for being the last in the original Halo series it still left us hanging and raised new questions. I hope Microsoft gets around to answering them with the newest Halo Books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Smith | 2/3/2014

    " Had a bit of trouble following this at first since it moves through a few stories at the same time but if you are a fan of Halo it is a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 1/18/2014

    " Started out slow but then got very interesting very quickly. It could work as a "espionage" thriller without even being inside the Halo universe as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quan | 1/16/2014

    " Ultimately I really enjoyed this book. Is it as action-packed as the last few books? No, but it has some good character development especially when it came to Spartans. They felt more deep and real person than just superhuman killing machine. You get learned a lot more about them and other characters. I can not wait to read the next book in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mantas DomaÅ¡evičius | 1/9/2014

    " 70% boring 30% interesting. It is supposedly some key piece of story for those who follow "Spartan Ops" CGI series on Halo Waypoint and those who want to know what the hell happened with team blue and Doc. C. E. Halsey but everyone is so out of character that it would made some sense converting this book into after action report and you would still get the same level of drama and satisfaction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marco | 1/6/2014

    " Not bad, but not great - different. Different from the previous Halo books. Read it if you're a fan of Halo because getting through this book preps you for the next one which I liked a lot, Halo: Thursday War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Picker | 12/18/2013

    " A very good introduction to the Kilo-Five trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luis Fernandez | 12/13/2013

    " A decent addition too the halo series. Light on fighting and long on exposition but what do you expect for a novel that takes place after the war is over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Huggins | 11/30/2013

    " Four super soldiers trapped on a dyson sphere search for a way out. Suprisingly entergetic, and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bart Welch | 11/23/2013

    " One of the best books in the series I have ever read. Ms. Traviss does wonderful things with the setting she was left. I love a huge touch of realism in my fantasy, and she does this well. I also recommend her Republic Commando books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Lawler | 7/21/2013

    " A good read during jury duty waiting time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coushatta | 6/29/2013

    " I enjoyed this audio book very much! it was very fun to listen to! the ending came out of the blue though!! but, I liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie McFarlane | 6/14/2013

    " A bit dull and not much happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 5/21/2013

    " I was not by fond of this book, there did not seem to be enough action going on compared to previous Halo novels. I did not get a sense of liking to any of the characters or the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kuroi | 2/28/2013

    " It's great to see how the story continues after the end of Halo 3. I can't wait to see where the next book in the series goes after this. The fractured politics following the post-war years are even more tense than the human/covenant war. Great book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean | 12/21/2012

    " Glasslands was a low point in the series of books inspired by the Halo games. Everything the author was trying to do seemed a little too deliberate and it felt like too much time was spent tossing around English puns rather than developing the enthralling plot I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 10/1/2012

    " It was difficult for me to read the parts of the book that I believe were from a more antagonist character in the series but as part of the book I think it improved it. It is hard to wait for the next book in this series by Karen Traviss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 5/26/2012

    " really good book. solid characterization. the Halsey stuff did get a but tiring but it didn't bother me as much as most. it didn't seem out of place either since I'm sure it was always on everyone's mind just thy never had time to think about it until the war was over "

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About the Author
Author Karen Traviss

Karen Traviss is a New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and comic book author. She 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 the lead writer on the blockbuster Gears of War 3 video game from Epic Games. A former defense correspondent and television and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.

About the Narrator

Euan Morton is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. As an actor and singer, he is best known for his role as Boy George in the musical Taboo. His performance earned him many accolades, including nominations for a Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award. Other theater credits include The Silent Treatment at London’s Finborough Theatre, Brundibar at the New Victory Theater, and Measure for Pleasure at the Public Theater.