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A Halogaf Community Thread: The Old Becomes New

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Okay I finished The Cole Protocol and dang that was a good book. I don't know why, but I just assumed it focused on Admiral Cole and didn't follow the more well-known characters in halo lore. I also figured it wouldn't have much in the way of any spartans in it. So, I put off reading it for the longest time lol. Welp I was wrong. Way wrong! Some of the main characters in the book are Keyes, Thel 'Vadam and Gray Team. I've enjoyed so many of the halo books recently, but The Cole Protocol would definitely be in the top 5. A very nice surprise when I had super low expectations.

I love all the books, excluding the Kilo-5 trilogy (eww barf!), but some of the most intriguing books for me have been Broken Circle, The Cole Protocol, Contact Harvest, The Fall of Reach, First Strike, and maybe Ghosts of Onyx. I actually enjoyed the Forerunner Saga as well, but those books were a little more demanding to get through. Currently, I'm still wanting to see what happens to Inspector Lopez and Blue Team having gone through and finished Last Light and Halo Retribution. Now I wait and see if my local library will pick up any more. I've recently recommended Evolutions, Fractures, and Hunters in the Dark. So we'll see if any of them pop up as available soon. Yay!
 
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If you haven’t read it, New Blood is a great read and compliments Halo 3 ODST really well. It follows Buck between the events of Halo 3 ODST and Halo 5. You find out more about Buck, The Rookie and Buck’s love interest, Oni Capt. Cynthia Dare from H3 ODST. Sara Palmer also makes an appearance.

I’m about half way through Silent Storm. 🤣 I need to get on it! The sequel comes out in a month or two.
 
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Okay I finished The Cole Protocol and dang that was a good book. I don't know why, but I just assumed it focused on Admiral Cole and didn't follow the more well-known characters in halo lore. I also figured it wouldn't have much in the way of any spartans in it. So, I put off reading it for the longest time lol. Welp I was wrong. Way wrong! Some of the main characters in the book are Keyes, Thel 'Vadam and Gray Team. I've enjoyed so many of the halo books recently, but The Cole Protocol would definitely be in the top 5. A very nice surprise when I had super low expectations.

I love all the books, excluding the Kilo-5 trilogy (eww barf!), but some of the most intriguing books for me have been Broken Circle, The Cole Protocol, Contact Harvest, The Fall of Reach, First Strike, and maybe Ghosts of Onyx. I actually enjoyed the Forerunner Saga as well, but those books were a little more demanding to get through. Currently, I'm still wanting to see what happens to Inspector Lopez and Blue Team having gone through and finished Last Light and Halo Retribution. Now I wait and see if my local library will pick up any more. I've recently recommended Evolutions, Fractures, and Hunters in the Dark. So we'll see if any of them pop up as available soon. Yay!
As somone who has never read any of the Halo fiction... if I were to dip my toe in the water, what novel/series would you personally recommend, mate?
 
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As somone who has never read any of the Halo fiction... if I were to dip my toe in the water, what novel/series would you personally recommend, mate?
Contact Harvest wouldnt be a bad place to start. You will learn more about Sargeant Johnson and it covers how humanity first encountered the covenant. It is also written by Joe Staten who I think is a good writer. Or you could start with The Fall of Reach to learn about the beginning of the spartan program. I think both are good starting places to jump into the halo universe. There is also the Forerunner books by Greg Bear. Those books go even further back and tell the story of Bornstellar and a lot of back story about the history of the forerunners. However the books can be a lot to Wade through. Depends on what you want to learn about.
If you want to go If you haven’t read it, New Blood is a great read and compliments Halo 3 ODST really well. It follows Buck between the events of Halo 3 ODST and Halo 5. You find out more about Buck, The Rookie and Buck’s love interest, Oni Capt. Cynthia Dare from H3 ODST. Sara Palmer also makes an appearance.

I’m about half way through Silent Storm. 🤣 I need to get on it! The sequel comes out in a month or two.
I enjoyed silent storm. If I remember correctly it follows a young master chief after he has become a Spartan but before the events of combat evolved and before he has really gained the noteriety and respect of the UNSC. I could be wrong. I get them mixed up in my head. I'm working my way to new blood.
 
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Contact Harvest wouldnt be a bad place to start. You will learn more about Sargeant Johnson and it covers how humanity first encountered the covenant. It is also written by Joe Staten who I think is a good writer. Or you could start with The Fall of Reach to learn about the beginning of the spartan program. I think both are good starting places to jump into the halo universe. There is also the Forerunner books by Greg Bear. Those books go even further back and tell the story of Bornstellar and a lot of back story about the history of the forerunners. However the books can be a lot to Wade through. Depends on what you want to learn about.

I enjoyed silent storm. If I remember correctly it follows a young master chief after he has become a Spartan but before the events of combat evolved and before he has really gained the noteriety and respect of the UNSC. I could be wrong. I get them mixed up in my head. I'm working my way to new blood.
Legendary. Thanks, mate :messenger_beermugs: . I really like Joseph Staten so I'll start at Contact Harvest.
 
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Haha we were missing them :messenger_grinning_squinting: How have you been?
not bad at all!

I was just drudging through the depths of everything Halo related on my computer, moving tons of files around and thankfully I legit saved a picture of my log-in details lol

I used my college email 7-8 years ago when I signed up for this place and havent been able to get a password reset forever. Now for me to hit the way back machine and reminisce on the way we were...
 
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I played a bunch of games last night and the night before on TMCC. It was a brutal night. I got my butt kicked pretty good, but, still, it was fun overall. Here are a couple of shameless clips.

Nothing crazy, but i realized i like to hop a lot.


Does anyone else have trouble making decisions when it is time to reload? I couldn't make up my mind on whether to switch weapons, reload, or throw grenades, and it probably cost me an extra kill or two.

not bad at all!

I was just drudging through the depths of everything Halo related on my computer, moving tons of files around and thankfully I legit saved a picture of my log-in details lol

I used my college email 7-8 years ago when I signed up for this place and havent been able to get a password reset forever. Now for me to hit the way back machine and reminisce on the way we were...
Yeah a lot has changed. Things are quieter here, but that doesn't stop me from double and triple posting.
 

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They should bring back backpack reloading for Halo Infinite. It may be an unintended mechanic, but I love it.

Halo CE <3
 
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In Halo CE, unless you have a power weapon, just stick with the pistol 90% of the time and reload in cover. :messenger_winking_tongue:
Yeah this is true. The pistol is so good that switching to the AR feels like handicapping yourself.

On a side note, i wanted to ask if it bothers people when I post game clips. I love doing it but can also stop if it gets annoying.

Why you ask? Because I got moar!

Nice way to finish the game but I think I could have had more.
 
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So my local library has the Hunters in the Dark ebook now. I have to wait until someone else finishes reading it and then I'll start my reading campaign again. I don't know if they will ever get Fractures or Evolutions so I might just man up and buy the books lol.

Have some more clips as well. Trying to do my part while my team is stuck at the bottom of Derelict.

Unfortunate spawns for the other team on Damnation made for an easy extermination.

Some clean-up duty on Hang'em High with the other team completely oblivious that I'm behind them.
 
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