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<DIV><DIV>"[HALO: THE COLE PROTOCOL] is one of the best-made audio books in my fairly extensive collection. Jonathan Davis is a very good reader, using accents well, easily distinguishing even closely related characters, and making the pronunciation of all the Covenant vocabulary seem effortless."--Bruce Baugh,<DIV> <DIV>"The eleven hours of this audio book seemed to whizz by, such is its pace and excitement. Enthusiastically narrated, the listener is taken straight to the action and is immersed in it totally.... be aware that in listening to this you will probably want to listen to others in the series. Make sure you have plenty of shelf space." --Rod MacDonald, SFCrowsnest


About the Author

Tobias S. Buckell is the author of Halo: Evolutions, Sly Mongoose, Ragamuffin and Crystal Rain. His books have been finalists for the Nebula Award, the Prometheus Award, and the Romantic Times Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. He hails from the Caribbean, where as a child he lived on boats in Grenada and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Ohio after a series of hurricanes destroyed the boat they were living on, and he attended Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, where he still lives today. Buckell fell in love with science fiction at a young age, reading Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov novels when he was seven years old. He is now a full-time author and freelancer.

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Product Details

  • Series: Halo (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076531570X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765315700
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born speculative fiction writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He now lives in Ohio.

He has published stories in various magazines and anthologies. He is a Clarion graduate, Writers of The Future winner, and Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer Finalist. His work has appeared in the Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies. His novel Ragamuffin was nominated for the Nebula and Prometheus awards.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Willett on November 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book, taking place 9 years after the book Contact Harvest (also in the halo series) tells of Capt. Keyes and the designated Grey team of Spartans protecting the Cole Protocol to keep the location of Earth safe from the Covenant. I do have to hand it to The Cole Protocol for not tethering off new problems or destroying some of the fabrication in place in the Halo Universe, but overall the writing just isn't as good as Nylund's works in the series (Fall of Reach, First Strike, Ghosts of Onyx). Buckell knows the series and knows what he wants to do in this book while keeping sure not to add more bumps in the series with misplaced (cronologically) monikers, weapons, or the sort.

In short, if you are following the series, get this book. It is a good read. Much better than Contact Harvest, but not on the same level as some others, though still enjoyable.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Lakewood on January 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I looked forward to this book with great interest from the moment I found out that it would be handling a major Elite character's backstory. Sadly, I find myself underwhelmed with it. Writing-wise, it's about the level one would expect from a spinoff book of a video game. Essentially, it's not well written, not terribly well-characterized, and extremely poorly proofread ("cyrogenic" jumps out at you right on the first page-- not only should a proofreader have caught that, but a spellchecker should too). Needless to say, you need to be quite well-read in the Halo mythos for this book to make a whole lot of sense, as The Cole Protocol assumes an array of prior knowledge. What matters, then, is what it does for the canon as a whole.

I mainly read Halo novels for the worldbuilding, and the back history of characters we've come to know and love through the game. I don't expect each author to do equally well with all aspects of the Halo world, and this book is no exception. Captain (here, Lieutenant) Keyes gets a turn in the spotlight, and he's kept in-character, with a properly Keyesian, out-of-the-box maneuver at the end. There's a part played by Spartan Grey Team, and while I (only a mild fan of the Spartans) was satisfied with it, people who are focused on them will likely come away disappointed. Still, their interaction with other characters (ordinary humans and the Elites (Sangheili)) is interesting more for what it says about the other characters than what it illumines about the Spartans.

Where Cole Protocol shines is its depiction of ordinary humans.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Simply put, quite a good book. Although I will admit, this book is not for everyone. Essentially, if you like Halo, and the Halo book series, then you will like this book. I've also read Contact Harvest, the other three, and Ghosts of Onyx. For the uninitiated, this is not a book for you. The book makes references and allusions to other parts of the Halo mythos; so unless you are up to speed, the book would probably be ponderous, lacking in information, and probably not all that fun to read. For other people that have followed Halo, and liked the other books, go out and by this. Its not a difficult read, but a fun one. It reads like the books that came before it, and puts a human face on humanities struggle against The Covenant.
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Jacob Keyes is a Navy Lieutenant who is put back into action. He was being used as an instructor at the Academy after injuries took him off of active duty. He is given a secret mission that will take him back into deep space. He is to use a stealth spacecraft and enforce the Cole Protocol in the deep space colonies to make sure that the covenant does not learn the location of Earth.

The Covenant forces are attacking human ships and colonies trying to capture navigation equipment. They want the data that will lead the Covenant back to earth, the home world of all humans. A human asteroid base is attacked by Jackals who are trying to steal the navigation equipment that they want. Ignatio Delgado, a human, is saved by a Spartan of the Gray Team who swears him to secrecy not to expose the Spartans presence in the sector. He surmises that the Spartans are deep in enemy territory trying to protect the same navigation data that he was just fighting to protect.

Delgado, the man who was saved suspects someone in the leadership of the Insurrectionists is trying to sell the covenant the navigation data they want....

The book to me was OK. I love Sci-Fi and read the book after reading the books written by Eric Nylund. That is my problem since the books written by Eric were so first class and engaging I found this one to just average or a little above. I don't play the video game so I can only judge the books as to whether I enjoy them or not. Nylund was such a good author that he should have been selected to write all of the Halo books. This book is somewhere between a 3 to a 4 when compared to the other Nylund books which are all 5 star ratings.
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