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Halo: The Flood Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2012
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William C. Dietz is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels some of which have been translated into German, Russian, and Japanese. He grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a medic, graduated from the University of Washington, lived in Africa for half a year, and has traveled to six continents. Dietz has been variously employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, news writer, television producer, and director of public relations and marketing for an international telephone company. He and his wife live in Washington State where they enjoy traveling, kayaking, snorkeling, and not too surprisingly, reading books.
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Bill Dietz is perhaps the best sci-fi military genre writer on the planet. Besides a mind altering purveyor of high action future war, Dietz reveals the style of the craft refined, professional author. His novel writing skill is a pure application of talent to paper. Not a page, not a paragraph, not sentence is rendered without aggressive forward moving action.
I've never seen Halo played. I've read no other books that readers may be enjoying in saga. Dietz as the author was all that attracted me to the book. I had no idea what to expect.
If Dietz hadn't written this installment I'd have no desire to read an imagined narrative around a first-person shooter video game. But, to my pleasant surprise, Dietz possess the Master Chief in this story. I assume the Master Chief is the player controlled `shooter' in the video game. Perhaps it is the video game link that Dietz uses to reveal the merciless, real world, show stopping, reality of `running out of stuff' that makes this combat sci-fi compellingly `realistic'.
Great story. Great writing. Great Author. "The Flood" is a fully self-contained story.
However, if you've read Fall of Reach, you'll definitely want to read The Flood. What makes The Flood slightly more unique than even the game itself is the fact that it tells the story of Halo from the Covenant's point of view and their opinion on the war with the flood, Halo, and the humans. While that might not seem like much it definitely makes the book a little more two-dimensional than the story told in the video game. Overall, the real reason I could not give this book 5 stars is simply because there was not a lot that was new except the Covenant's point of view. The side battles with the Marines were also pretty cool as it let you know what they thought about the war. Even if you have read Fall of Reach and played Halo, this is still a great pickup. Just not as exciting as the first if you've played Halo already.
While I've enjoyed the first two, it's not enough to cause me to buy any more at what seems to me to be the full paperback price for a Kindle book. I will check the local library though.
However - just as the game - it's very action-oriented with a majority of the book being about how he tosses a grenade and sidesteps. Focusing on the action instead of the story or characterization gets a little boring. The first book really lets you get to know the characters AND lets you get in on the action.
Also, the other difference from the first book is that in "The Fall of Reach", the Covenant are tough and mysterious, making them interesting. "The Flood", the Covenenant are pretty dumb and easy to kill, which... well, which makes them dumb (regular marines puts them down with a bullet). Master Chief is inexplicably a lot less strong here also. It's like "The Fall of Reach" was played on HEROIC or LEGENDARY level, while the setting for "The Flood" was EASY level.
This is still a good read (unlike other series such as the STARCRAFT line), and you'll love it as long as you don't get your hopes up.
It bugs me. I like it. i don't love it.
On to the good:
"the flood" has a MUCH deeper storyline than the game. You learn things that weren't in it, and it make you want to play the game through parts that you already have beaten, just to hear "that one crucial line". The Master Chief is shown as an emotionless person, good or bad? You're choice. The ending about the marines is simply breathtaking. Cap'n Keyes is strict, and Cortana is funny. The flood are...well, they're the flood. Freaky creatures that need phsyciotrists. And food. The twists in this book are nothing new if you have beaten the game, but it makes you gasp if you haven't. A great companion with the "Fall of Reach", a completely awesome 5 star official prequel to the book and the game.Although "the flood" is slightly dissapointing, it's an awesome read. Buy it.
William Dietz was a fine choice for creating this novelization. Already an excellent military sci-fi author, he does great work here in turning a potentially lackluster novelization into something interesting and special.