Halo: The Cole Protocol

Halo: The Cole Protocol

Tobias S. Buckell

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 0765354721

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War, the UNSC has enacted the Cole Protocol to safeguard Earth and its Inner Colonies from discovery by a merciless alien foe. Many are called upon to rid the universe of lingering navigation data that would reveal the location of Earth. Among them is Navy Lieutenant Jacob Keyes. Thrust back into action after being sidelined, Keyes is saddled with a top secret mission by ONI. One that will take him deep behind enemy lines, to a corner of the universe where nothing is as it seems.

Out beyond the Outer Colonies lies the planet Hesiod, a gas giant surrounded by a vast asteroid belt. As the Covenant continues to glass the human occupied planets near Hesiod, many of the survivors, helped by a stronghold of human Insurrectionists, are fleeing to the asteroid belt for refuge. They have transformed the tumbling satellites into a tenuous, yet ingenious, settlement known as the Rubble--and have come face-to-face with a Covenant settlement of Kig-Yar . . . yet somehow survived.

News of this unlikely treaty has spread to the warring sides. Luckily for the UNSC, this uneasy alliance is in the path of the Spartan Gray Team, a three-man renegade squad whose simple task is to wreak havoc from behind enemy lines in any way they see fit. But the Prophets have also sent their best---an ambitious and ruthless Elite, whose quest for nobility and rank is matched only by his brutality . . . and who will do anything to secure his Ascendancy and walk the Path.

Spirit's End (Legend of Eli Monpress, Book 5)

Madness, Betrayal and the Lash: The Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver

Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters

BENEATH

The Fire King (The Invisible Order, Book 2)

The Adventurous Four Again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The entire ship's steady background hum slowly trickled back. Artificial gravity returned. Adriana and Mike twisted like cats and landed on their feet. "All right, let's see what we've got." Mike moved back to the controls and Petya shuddered as he adjusted their trajectory with thrusters. They passed by one of the flexible, clear docking tubes stretching half a mile between two asteroids. Inside people hustled from point to point on their business, hardly even noticing that the freighter had

The entire ship's steady background hum slowly trickled back. Artificial gravity returned. Adriana and Mike twisted like cats and landed on their feet. "All right, let's see what we've got." Mike moved back to the controls and Petya shuddered as he adjusted their trajectory with thrusters. They passed by one of the flexible, clear docking tubes stretching half a mile between two asteroids. Inside people hustled from point to point on their business, hardly even noticing that the freighter had

Encrypted signal from Infinite Sacrifice!" Thel walked with him to a communications niche. A holographic image turned, startling the Sangheili zealot. Speak of the Prophets! Here one was. One of the Hierarchs themselves. The image was of a tired, ochre-skinned, and hunchbacked creature slouched over a floating antigravity chair, its head bowed with the weight of an enormous gold crown its long neck could barely support. "Thel 'Vadamee," it hissed. "You are to report to me aboard the ship

into the Covenant. We here in the Rubble are looking for ways humanity can join their ranks. As a junior race, perhaps. But we're adept, Lieutenant Keyes, we'll work our way up." Keyes shook his head. "You conspire with the enemy." Esquival sighed. "Take him and his bridge crew to the jails. Get them out of here." They zip-tied his hands, and then led him off. Several junior officers started applauding, but it died out nervously after a few seconds. CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE SOMEWHERE NEAR

triumph now. The future will come soon enough; there is no reason to dwell too much on it. Then you will end up an old creature who has spent far too much time worrying." Thel followed Lak down the stairs into the warmth, where the elders of the Vadam waited to congratulate him on his success and promotion. There was living to do, Thel thought happily. And the warmth of a productive and virile keep to enjoy. CHAPTER SEVENTY-THREE UNSC LOCAL HQ, FALAKNUMA, 18 SCORPII Keyes saluted

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