Halo: The Cole Protocol

By Tobias S. Buckell

In the 1st, determined days of the Human-Covenant conflict, the UNSC has enacted the Cole Protocol to shield Earth and its internal Colonies from discovery by way of a cruel alien foe. Many are known as upon to rid the universe of lingering navigation information that may show the site of Earth. between them is military Lieutenant Jacob Keyes. chase away into motion after being sidelined, Keyes is saddled with a most sensible mystery venture by means of ONI. one who will take him deep in the back of enemy strains, to a nook of the universe the place not anything is because it seems.

Out past the Outer Colonies lies the planet Hesiod, a fuel colossal surrounded via an enormous asteroid belt. because the Covenant maintains to glass the human occupied planets close to Hesiod, a number of the survivors, helped by way of a stronghold of human Insurrectionists, are fleeing to the asteroid belt for safe haven. they've got remodeled the tumbling satellites right into a tenuous, but inventive, cost referred to as the Rubble--and have come face-to-face with a Covenant cost of Kig-Yar . . . but one way or the other survived.

News of this not likely treaty has unfold to the warring facets. fortunately for the UNSC, this uneasy alliance is within the direction of the Spartan grey staff, a three-man renegade squad whose walk in the park is to wreak havoc from at the back of enemy strains by any means they see healthy. however the Prophets have additionally despatched their best---an bold and ruthless Elite, whose quest for the Aristocracy and rank is matched purely via his brutality . . . and who will do something to safe his Ascendancy and stroll the Path.

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