Download Halo: Primordium: Book Two of the Forerunner Saga Audiobook

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Author: Greg Bear Narrator: Timothy Dadabo Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Forerunner Saga Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781427214683
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The second in a new series of three HALO novels, Greg Bear's Halo: Primordium dives back into the Forerunner saga.

A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.

Since then, I've traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies--a greater reach than any human before me.

You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the last true Reclaimer, I must obey. Are you recording? Good. Because my memory is failing rapidly. I doubt I'll be able to finish the story.

Once, on my birth-world, a world I knew as Erde-Tyrene, and which now is called Earth, my name was Chakas...

In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans--Chakas and Riser--are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed.

Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end--a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life, and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of duty to all living things.

In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian's tampering with human destiny.

This journey will take them into the Palace of Pain, the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence who claims to be the Last Precursor, and who now has control of both this Halo and the fate of Forerunners and Humans alike.

Called the Captive by Forerunners, and the Primordial by ancient human warriors, this intelligence has taken charge of, and retasked, the Master Builder's cruel researches into the Flood--which it may have itself unleashed on the galaxy more than ten thousand years before.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric | 2/17/2014

    " Got 50 pages into it and put it aside. Did not grab me at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 2/11/2014

    " Took forever to get started but came good in end.It finally started to male sense and link with events past and present in the Halo Universe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 1/16/2014

    " Just an OK book. Fairly fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 PsypherPunk | 1/14/2014

    " And so the universe continues its slow, meandering move towards oblivion. Very slow. And very meandering. There's a lot of walking herein; much to-ing and fro-ing around one of the titular Halos, admiring the scenery and following some remarkably uninteresting characters. Although Chakas and his retinue, being (for the most part) human, should be a little easier to relate to, their generally monolithic blandness does them few favours. Only the infrequent breaks as the narrative switches to the current franchise timeframe and the final few chapters really break up the monotony. The remainder is largely vague and conflicting teasing about more interesing topics. And walking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raymond | 1/1/2014

    " first off let me say that this review is on book two of the saga. so i cant say much with out spoiling the first book. This book takes place after the human an forerunner war and before the events of the Halo games. the story is about "343 Guilty Sparks" adventure when he was a human. the story takes place on Halo installation 07, that has been taken over by a rogue forerunner AI. it is a good filler of info on the flod and Forerunners too. read the first one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaun | 12/28/2013

    " I don't know what to think, or what to say. All I know is that I'm done with this and I'm glad to be done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 12/14/2013

    " Very slow to start, but great ending with an awesome twist! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 12/6/2013

    " I enjoyed this novel much more than the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yi | 10/27/2013

    " For Halo readers, meh book, okay look into how the primitives would see people with higher technology. kthxbai intern's making me sleepy. Next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 7/29/2013

    " Great story, I love how it fills in a great chunk of the back ground for the first game. Greg Bear did a great job blending the history with the current state of the UNSC. There wasn't much action nor suspense but still a valuable part of the Halo story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/13/2013

    " .....what? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 3/5/2013

    " The reviewers said this installment would be slow. It was, but carried on the character's story & thematic arc. I'm a patient reader. I care about a cohesive and complete story line. Now we're waiting for Silentium, the grande finale to the saga. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jared | 10/30/2012

    " I'm a huge halo fan, and I could barely read this. An extremely boring and weird book. It did have some interesting Halo information sprinkled in which barely kept me going.. For the next book in the series I might just read the wiki to learn the information and save myself the trouble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 El | 6/15/2012

    " Nice sequel, but it reads like Hull-zero three meets Ringworld. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graydon | 4/16/2012

    " The book seemed very slow for the first 3/4's of the book and I wasn't impressed at all. But when I got to the last 100 pages the book answered a lot of questions I wanted answered. I probably wont read the book again but I got tons of juicy info about the origins of the flood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 2/12/2012

    " I loved it but unless you've read Cryptum and follow the Halo universe then you will be completely lost. "

About the Author

Author Greg Bear

Greg Bear is an American author of more than forty books spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. His science fiction works have covered themes of galactic conflict, artificial universes, consciousness and cultural practice, and accelerated evolution. His fiction has garnered five Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, the Monty Award, and the Heinlein Award. He has also been an illustrator of science fiction works in both hardcover and paperback. He has written articles on film for the Los Angeles Times and book reviews for the San Diego Union. He is a founding member of the Association of Science Fiction Artists and of the San Diego Comic-Con. and has served as president and vice president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has also served as a consultant for NASA, the US Army, the State Department, and other organizations on such matters as crime and criminal justice, virology and evolution, and bio security.