Centuries before the Human-Covenant War would rage across the galaxy, a similar conflict erupted between the Prophets and the Elites-two alien races at odds over the sacred artifacts left by the powerful Forerunners, who disappeared eons ago. Although they would eventually form a stable alliance called the Covenant, there are those on both sides who question this fateful union. From an Elite Sprinter group rebelling against the Covenant during the time of its founding...to a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new leadership...to the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant many years later, this is the untold chapter of the most unexpected heroes emerging from a realm filled with shocking treachery and ceaseless wonder. While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier-not even the legendary Master Chief-wins a war on his own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Trooper (ODSTs) played a mjor role in saving Earth from all-out invasion at the end of the Covenant War-acts of bravery and ingenuity that did not got unnoticed by the United Nations Space Command. Now, after many Spartans have been killed in battle and the Master Chief is listed as MIA, the UNSC decides to create a new generation of Spartans to defend humanity from threats both outside-and within. When they come to Buck with an extraordinary proposition, he is forced to make a life-altering decision. With the Covenant War finally over, is it time for him to retire to the sidelines for a life he could only dream about...or is he prepared to step up and become part of the military's new blood? Find. Claim. Profit. In a post-war galaxy littered with scrap, it's the salvager's motto. And with a fast ship and a lust for adventure, Rion Forge has certainly made her mark on the trade. When the discovery of a wrecked UNSC crusier brings Rion's past back to haunt her, stirring fresh hope into a decades-old wound, she's hell-bent on finding answers: What really happened to her father and his ship, the Spirit of Fire?
December 2553. Less than a year after the end of the Covenant War, a string of violent incidents continues to threaten the tenuous peace in human-held space...culminating in the assassination of UNSC fleet admiral Graselyn Tuwa and the abduction of her family. It is a provocation so outrageous that the Office of Naval Intelligence must retaliate swiftly and feriously-but only only after its operatives identify her killer and rescue the hostages. This mission will be the first for homicide-detective-turned- ONI-operative Veta Lopis and her young team of Spartan-IIIs, and something feels wrong from the start. The obvious suspect is an infamous Brute who leads the Keeper of the One Freedom, an ex-Covenant splinter group in fierce opposition to the UNSC. But Lopis and her team soon realize that the truth is much more insidious than they could have ever imagined. Molly Patel was only seven years old when the alien alliance known as the Covenant destroyed her homeworld and killed her family. As one of the few to escape the glassing of Paris IV, and despite the United Nations Space Command winning the war on behalf of humanity, Molly never forgot how much she had lost.
It is 2555, more than two years after the Master Chief went missing-in-action following a decisive conflict on Installation 00-the massive, extragalactic Forerunner construct known as the Ark-as part of the final chapter in humanity's bloddy thirty-year struggle against the overhelming forces of the Covenant. Now, as a tenuous peace exists between the humans and the Elites, a startling discover is made...and the riddle behind its Forerunnner origins could very well unravel these dangerous secrets. Just hours following their climactic battle on the Forerunner planet Genesis, the Spartans of Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris find themselves running for their lives from the malevolent machinations of the now-renegade artifical intelligence Cortana. But even as the attempt to stay one step ahead, new trouble seems to find find Spartan Edward Buck no matter where he turns. A secret mission planned by the Office of Naval Intelligence could possibly help turn the tide, and has Buck reluctantly agreeing to reform his old team, Alpha-Nine. But if the band is really getting back together for this one, that means everybody-including the Spartan who Buck never wants to see again, the one who commited the ultimate betrayal of trust...
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