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HALO: The Thursday War [Kindle Edition]

Karen Traviss
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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About the Author

No. 1 New York Times bestselling 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 Gears of War 3 game. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Traviss lives in Wiltshire, England.

Product Details

  • File Size: 758 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 076532394X
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009AEM0G4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,739 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great improvement from glasslands October 2, 2012
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Glasslands wasn't my favorite book in the Halo book series and i think a lot of people would agree and i wasn't expecting much from this book but boy was i wrong. The writing was well done of course easy to read and smart, the plot was also very interesting this time around a lot more action is always a plus. i think what got me really excited though was the little clues and foreshadowing of the events that will come to light in Halo 4. being a HUGE Halo fan that got my hairs sticking up especially the last few pages. Now this wasn't the best halo book of all time but nonetheless this was a great halo book and a great bridge to fill the gap between Halo 3 and Halo 4. I recommend every Halo fan give this a read especially to those who keep asking why the covenent is still attacking humans, this book answers all that. AN ANCIENT EVIL AWAKENS
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised. October 3, 2012
By Seenoht
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Being an avid Halo fan, I would've been pleased with reading the general outline given to Traviss by 343 Industries. I was more excited to hear about the tidbits sprinkled throughout that give hints to Halo 4 than for any continuation of the Kilo-Five storyline.

My personal opinion is that Karen Traviss' insistence on not being a fan of the IP's that she writes for steps on a lot of toes and rankles too many fans of those series. There are many capable authors out there who would show more respect for the prior foundations and not throw such obvious inconsistencies into the fray. I'm also a biased Eric Nylund fan and while Traviss is an able and at times a very clever writer, she does not possess the technical knowledge and background that I ask from a sci-fi novelist. Especially one writing for a sci-fi universe that I thoroughly enjoy.

All that being out in the open...this was a good read. My main problem with Traviss' characterization in Glasslands centered upon her take on established characters and her disregard for previously fleshed out relationships. Yet even in that first novel, she managed to create a mostly charming cast for Kilo-Five with BB being one of my favorite characters introduced to Halo in recent years. With The Thursday War following this team more closely and avoiding the areas I felt she struggled with on the last attempt, it's no surprise to me that I felt this story fit into its place in the lore much more smoothly. Though I was uncontrollably rolling my eyes by the THIRD time she explicitly called Dr. Halsey a "bitch" in this novel. I'm truly puzzled as to why she continues to beat this drum and it's beyond exhausting already. I do not look forward to its inevitable continuation in the third act of this trilogy.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing save 1 thread October 4, 2012
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I must say that I love the storyline in this book; it combines action with a great story. The reason I did not give it 5 stars is that one thread that started in glasslands and continues in this book really bugs me whenever it comes up; persecuting Dr. Hasley does not make any sense. The basic premise for persecuting her is that she stole kids from their parents and replaced them with clones, which I agree is terrible, however seeing as how Spartans turned out to be amazing weapons that kept humanity from being destroyed, I am sure people would overlook the fact that she had a dark smudge in her past. Furthermore, seeing as how ONI likes to get their hands dirty and thinks of things in a massive scale where individual lives do not matter, it makes even less sense for them to dislike Dr. Hasley.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Bad Characters. October 7, 2012
By Spoofy
Having read glasslands, I can definitely say the story is better. There is more action, more twists, and more tangible links to Halo 4. But what kept me from really enjoying this book were the characters aboard kilo-five. The crew is tasked with creating a civil war between factions of Sangeilli, an enemy alien race, ideally so that the aliens will wipe themselves out. But as the crew further interacts with the Sangeilli, they discover that they have more in common with the aliens than they originally thought.

The problem is that while the reader is meant to empathize with the Sangeilli, the characters aboard kilo-five yield no sympathy for the aliens nor do they ever harbor remorse for killing them. What makes this worse is that many of the crew, like Vaz and Osman, seem to follow very strict moral codes, often persecuting Dr. Halsey and the Elites for their morally ambiguous actions. Stunningly, the hypocrisy between the crews judgements and their actions is never brought up. Not only does this make the characters hard to empathize with, it makes it hard not to hate them. These are meant to be the protagonists, and while their jobs cannot be done without doing bad things, if Karen Traviss wanted us to like them, she should have made them learn remorse. This story would have been better told from Admiral Hood or the Arbiter's perspective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars it aint halo February 19, 2013
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long in content and short in tooth. if you expect halo artifact teasing, this is it. if you expect halo combat and concise action, don't hold your breath.
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2.0 out of 5 stars On par for Traviss October 21, 2012
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Thursday War is a "typical" Karen Traviss novel from what I've read of her books. I believe she has a problem placing her major plot points and her pacing of the story is often bad. She'll spend way too much time focused on the characters sitting around doing nothing, which neither progresses the story, nor adds to their development. I think she continues to get jobs writing for popular sic-fi/fantasy/video games titles because there is a fan base that is going to purchase the book no matter what because of the Star Wars or Halo title, not because of the author.

When I purchased Glasslands I wasn't paying attention to the author. I was very pleased with the character development and general pacing of that story; lots of sneaky spy stuff, but a decent amount of action. I was surprised to learn that Traviss was the author because of her "track record." The Thursday War is back to the regular Traviss. She'll start by finishing the climax she left in the previous book, lull the reader along to another mini-climax, lull along even more until she gets right up to the major climax of the book and end it, leaving the reader wanting more, but frustrated the have to wait for the next book to lull through more garbage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great storyline to tie halo 3 and halo 4 together fills in a lot of missing information
Published 11 days ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book filling in the events before Halo 4 don't ...
Very good book filling in the events before Halo 4 don't think that Halsey is as bad as they make her out to be as she did what her Gia seed was programmed to do by Librarian?
Published 1 month ago by Tekkamanzero
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first!
The first book in the series was great, but I felt it was too short. The Thursday War was fantastic in that it took (at least me) a lot longer to get through, and at no point was I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sev 108
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs more action!
Too much dialog, not enough action
Published 2 months ago by Austin H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed everything in this book even the down falls
Published 2 months ago by Franklin
2.0 out of 5 stars Thats fine if you're into politics I guess
The only reason I gave 2 stars is that this book gives a connection between Halo 3 and 4. But it barely holds onto the story as it drifts far into politics inside of Halo's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nhut H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand
Riveting. This book featured a grand showcase of events and plot-twisters. If this Book was a person, I would marry it without question.
Published 2 months ago by Shadow
5.0 out of 5 stars and humor is was fun to read
This book was full of action, suspense, and humor is was fun to read.
Published 2 months ago by Hannah Bowers
1.0 out of 5 stars This spin off is just terrible writing, character development
This spin off is just terrible writing, character development, and hard to focus on.. The other sub series for Halo are much better reads.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Kidder
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the story for the most part except for a ...
I liked the story for the most part except for a little overkill on the hate of a certain character...
Published 3 months ago by Kyle Bertil Berggren
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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, and other major franchises has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY, the first of her new techno-thriller series, is set in the real world of today. A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England. She's currently writing the new G.I. Joe flagship comic series, and working on BLACK RUN, the sequel to GOING GREY.

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