Halo: Hunters In The Dark book review

New York Times bestselling author Peter David and is well known for his work across comic books, novels, televisions, movies and video games. Peter was the writer behind The Incredible Hulk comics for nearly 12 years and TV shows like Babylon 5 and Young Justice. This isn’t his first novel set within a game universe however. In 2010 Peter wrote The Balverine Order, a novel set between the events of the Fable II and Fable III video games for Xbox 360.


Synopsis / Summary

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 bloody thirty-year struggle against the overwhelming forces of the Covenant. Now, as a tenuous peace exists between the humans and the Elites, a startling scientific discovery is made… and the riddle behind its Forerunner origins could very well seal the fate of the entire galaxy within a matter of weeks. In order to unravel these dangerous secrets, a heroic, hastily formed coalition of humans and Elites must attempt to overcome their differences as they embark on a covert mission back to the Ark—an astonishing, enigmatic place beyond comprehension from which few have returned and where mortal danger awaits them all.

Halo: Hunters in the Dark is the 15th novel-length book in the Halo franchise and the second to be released in 2015. Set in 2555 (two years after the end of Halo 3, the novel follows a joint UNSC/Sangheili expedition to the remains of the Ark to solve a mystery that threatens everyone in the galaxy.

Hunters in the Dark is a solid piece of fiction and an awesome addition to the Halo universe. The story and characters were great and the story was paced pretty well. There are a few minor things that crept up and were slightly annoying. For instance Peter David seems to constantly compare the sounds of the Arks wildlife to purrs and everything consistently seems to be centimetres from characters faces. There are times that the writing seems a little simple in style, but then this occurred rarely and didn’t detract from the story. Another annoyance was the use of flashbacks and extended backstory to explain a character’s actions. Normally this can help add to the overall character and story development, but in this case they are so randomly scattered throughout the novel, many tense and dramatic scenes suddenly come to a halt for a paragraph or two of exposition.

All in all, I recommend Hunters In The Dark to any Halo fan as a worthwhile read. Peter David has made a solid entry in the Halo franchise with this, his first Halo book. If you’ve no interest in the Halo franchise however, I suggest you stay clear.

Halo: Hunters In The Dark was released on the 16th June and is available from Titan Books for £7.99

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