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Official Halo: Silent Storm Discussion [Spoilers]

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WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!
THIS IS A SPOILER ZONE
https://www.amazon.com/Halo-Silent-Storm-Master-Chief/dp/1501138383

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2526. It has been almost a year since humanity engaged in its destructive first contact with a theocratic military alliance of alien races known as the Covenant. Now the hostilities have led to open war, and the United Nations Space Command understands virtually nothing about its new enemy. There are only two certainties—the Covenant is determined to eradicate humanity, and they have the superior technology to do just that. The UNSC’s only hope lies with the Spartans: enhanced super-soldiers trained from childhood via a clandestine black-ops project to be living weapons. Their designated commander, Petty Officer John-117, has been assigned to lead the Spartans on a desperate counterattack designed to rock the Covenant back on its heels, and to buy humanity the time it needs to gather intelligence and prepare its defenses.

But not everyone wants the Spartans to succeed. A coalition of human rebel leaders believes an alliance with the Covenant to be its best hope of finally winning independence from the Unified Earth Government. To further their plans, the insurrectionists have dispatched a sleeper agent to sabotage the UNSC counterattack—and ensure that John-117 and the Spartans never return from battle....
BY TROY DENNING

DISCUSS AHEAD
Finished reading. Really good book and insight on personalities of blue team and really building block on John and all of that.
Good night
erickyboo wrote:
Finished reading. Really good book and insight on personalities of blue team and really building block on John and all of that.
Good night
Most likely won't read it,could you maybe message me some spoilers?
Are there any prerequisites for books or other media to understand Silent Storm fully? I’ve read about a third of all the books released so far, but I want to read Silent Storm sooner rather than later.
tuhin94 wrote:
Are there any prerequisites for books or other media to understand Silent Storm fully? I’ve read about a third of all the books released so far, but I want to read Silent Storm sooner rather than later.
No this is very much a stand alone book. You can read this and be fine.
I ordered a paperback from Amazon so it'd go on the bookshelf with my others but I've had no shipping notice and all the releases only ever mention the hardback. Is it actually available in paperback?
tuhin94 wrote:
Are there any prerequisites for books or other media to understand Silent Storm fully? I’ve read about a third of all the books released so far, but I want to read Silent Storm sooner rather than later.
No this is very much a stand alone book. You can read this and be fine.
Awesome, thanks for the info :-) Gonna get on it soon!
I ordered a paperback from Amazon so it'd go on the bookshelf with my others but I've had no shipping notice and all the releases only ever mention the hardback. Is it actually available in paperback?
As of right now no, it's only in hardcover.
tuhin94 wrote:
Are there any prerequisites for books or other media to understand Silent Storm fully? I’ve read about a third of all the books released so far, but I want to read Silent Storm sooner rather than later.
No this is very much a stand alone book. You can read this and be fine.
Isn't Collateral Damage connected to this? No spoilers please.
tuhin94 wrote:
Are there any prerequisites for books or other media to understand Silent Storm fully? I’ve read about a third of all the books released so far, but I want to read Silent Storm sooner rather than later.
No this is very much a stand alone book. You can read this and be fine.
Isn't Collateral Damage connected to this? No spoilers please.
Nope, it isn't. You don't have to read CD to understand SS.
I finished it in one day, I only took breaks to work, sleep, and spend time with the significant other. It's that good. A harrowing plot, solid character development, tons of cool cameos and lore details, and some of the most intense action sequences in all of Halo. I love all sorts of Halo stories, but this is the kind of grounded military sci-fi tale that is the real meat of Halo. Troy Denning and the staff at 343 have done a fantastic job with this one. It works as a stand-alone story and a gateway to all kinds of Halo fiction. I can't recommend it enough.
It is quite good. I disagree with Denning's descripitives on a few occasions. As an example I wouldn't describe John as a "schoolyard bully" when he was a child. Driven? Yes. Self assured, maybe even cocky? Yes. But not a schoolyard bully.
It is quite good. I disagree with Denning's descripitives on a few occasions. As an example I wouldn't describe John as a "schoolyard bully" when he was a child. Driven? Yes. Self assured, maybe even cocky? yes. But not a schoolyard bully.
John kind of was a schoolyard bully if you think about it. I think the reference was there solely to explain John's growth since his introduction into the Spartan II program.

It is kind if a compliment if you think hunk about it.
It is quite good. I disagree with Denning's descripitives on a few occasions. As an example I wouldn't describe John as a "schoolyard bully" when he was a child. Driven? Yes. Self assured, maybe even cocky? yes. But not a schoolyard bully.
John kind of was a schoolyard bully if you think about it. I think the reference was there solely to explain John's growth since his introduction into the Spartan II program.

It is kind if a compliment if you think hunk about it.
I thought about it...and I still disagree. The worst thing John did was try to win without thought to the team. That was simply a misunderstanding of the rules and consequences. What happened when John understood what Mendez was seeking? He put the Team first. That isn't being a bully. He also teased a fellow candidate about eating leftovers. That also doesn't amount to being a bully. Go back and read Nylund's initial description of John as Halsey encountered him. You see a kid that physically was capable of being a bully, but he wasn't. Winning at King of the Hill constantly and not wanting to lose made John a winner. Apparently participation trophies thankfully went away in the future or else the human race would have only been able to hurl pansies at the Covenant.
I ordered a paperback from Amazon so it'd go on the bookshelf with my others but I've had no shipping notice and all the releases only ever mention the hardback. Is it actually available in paperback?
As of right now no, it's only in hardcover.
I actually received the softback copy last week so it's out - at least in the UK. I'm about 250 pages into it so far and am enjoying.
I ordered a paperback from Amazon so it'd go on the bookshelf with my others but I've had no shipping notice and all the releases only ever mention the hardback. Is it actually available in paperback?
As of right now no, it's only in hardcover.
I actually received the softback copy last week so it's out - at least in the UK. I'm about 250 pages into it so far and am enjoying.
I agree, it's amazing. Denning has done a great job, especially writing John.
erickyboo wrote:
Finished reading. Really good book and insight on personalities of blue team and really building block on John and all of that.
Good night
Most likely won't read it,could you maybe message me some spoilers?
Same here,spoil me please,message me what happens in the book🙂
I've read all the previous novels and comics (apart from Legacy of Onxy, not gotten around to that one yet) but I don't have as good memory of them all as I wish I did, so I'm wondering how well Silent Storm is jiving for the more knowledgeable readers. Particularly in concern to the Sarge's involvement. Does that sit within the established continuity quite nicely?
erickyboo wrote:
Finished reading. Really good book and insight on personalities of blue team and really building block on John and all of that.
Good night
Could you personal message me some spoilers on here?
I've read all the previous novels and comics (apart from Legacy of Onxy, not gotten around to that one yet) but I don't have as good memory of them all as I wish I did, so I'm wondering how well Silent Storm is jiving for the more knowledgeable readers. Particularly in concern to the Sarge's involvement. Does that sit within the established continuity quite nicely?
There's no strict continuity problem with Johnson being in the story. His persona has always been "badass Sargeant with loads of combat experience." The only nitpick I have is that Halo: First Strike obviously makes no mention of the Chief and Johnson having worked together before. On the other hand, it never says that they hadn't. Of course by Halo 2 and 3 Johnson is as close a friend that John has left besides Cortana, so it's a retcon that ultimately works well.
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