• Halo: The Rubicon Protocol

  • By: Kelly Gay
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (556 ratings)

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An original novel set in the Halo universe—based on the New York Times bestselling video game series!

A HALO INFINITE STORY

December 2559. Humanity has its back against the wall after the United Nations Space Command flagship Infinity drops out of slipspace into a devastating ambush launched by the Banished. As this fierce enemy alliance seeks to claim a mysterious object hidden within the ancient Forerunner construct known as Zeta Halo, the surviving UNSC corps finds itself compromised and its leadership out of reach—with remaining personnel forced to abandon ship and take their chances on the fractured, unpredictable surface of the Halo ring.

Now survival in this strange, alien environment—whether for Spartan super-soldiers or those who never thought they would see the battle up close—is measured day to day against a relentless and brutal adversary that always has the upper hand. Desperation grows, but the will to keep on fighting and enduring no matter the odds is never in doubt…even as the Banished seek to unleash a frightening new enemy that could doom them all…

©2021 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Halo, the Halo logo, Xbox, the Xbox logo, and 343 Industries are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Really hard hitting story.

Doesn't really continue the story of Infinite, but provides some details on the events happening in the 6 months unseen in the game. The suffering and anguish felt by those that survive is beautifully written and sheds light to the mentality of those that really push themselves through loss and hardship to find hope along with a better future. Another Kelly Gay great imho.

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Great book

Kelly gay has done it again great read, filled in all that happened, from the banished attack on infinity leading up to the start of infinite

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great story

kelly gay always does an amazing job writing these books. and Scott brick is a literally perfect narrator

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Scott Brick once again delivers

The overall concept of survival against hopeless odds will keep you on the edge of your seat as you listen. Scott Brick easily delivers the best narration for any story he reads and he does not disappoint with Halo: Rubicon Protocol.

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A surprisingly strong story.

This book excels at drawing the reader in by focusing on the emotions and strains of being on the run.

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Fantastic lead-in for Infinite

This book did a phenomenal job at building the (much needed) back story for Infinite. It elicits strong emotions and responses - anger, grief, hope. Very well done!

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Filler between Infinity ambush and chief waking

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good story, amazing voice performance, none of the answers your looking for...

If your wondering what happened between the opening cinimatic of Halo Infinity and when you wake up as Chief several Months later, this book submits a story in that time period. It gives the listener at least a partial look into what happened to a large chunk of the other Spartans IV Teams, Marines, and Infinity Personel post ambush.

Its a good story of grit and survival. So if your looking for another great story based in the Halo universe, pick this up for sure.

But if your like me and hoping for more information or answers to what happened to Blue Team or Captian Lasky, or how the F*** things with Cortana got to this point post Halo 5... it doesn't submit any answers to questions lingering from the games cannon lore.

STILL I would recommend this to Halo fans and say it's worth the listen.

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Open ended

Gives backstory to some mentioned characters in Halo Infinites campaign. Rubicon Protocol depicts an honest story of survival on Zeta Halo, showing the limits of both super soldier and soldier alike.

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Can’t Stand Narrator

The story could be awesome, but the narration is so bad that it’s unbearable to listen to.

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Amazing.

This as pushed me to search eve kore for details on the games. And to revenge Bonita Stone.

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  • Mr. Scg Brookes
  • 10-04-22

solid prequel to halo infinte

A good listen, solid storyline and builds characters you come across in the game its self

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  • Bonkerzbraderz
  • 09-28-22

An excellent prequel to halo infinite

A brilliant primer for the event so if the Halo Infinite game telling the story of what happened to the crew of Infinity after their ambush above Zeta Halo. This melancholy story shows the true horror of the banished and gives us more insight into the Spartans we see murdered in Infinites campaign as well as more insight into the inner workings of Zeta Halo and the awakening of The Harbinger and in time The Endless.

The story is well paced at 1.5x speed and often hops between the perspectives of many split up parties keeping the story engaging and fresh.

Well worth a read whether planning to play Infinite or if it’s story left you wanting.

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  • caspina
  • 09-01-22

Directionless and shallow

Rubicon protocol was advertised as an answer to the missing six months of halo infinite: did it do it? Kind of, honestly there is little more substance here than from the audiologs in the game. Ultimately it felt as if the author had very little creative freedom resulting in characters and a narrative that felt forced, rushed and honestly not very interesting or enlightening. In terms of characters: the majority of character development takes place between time skips so we basically only see the beginning and aftermath of their change. In terms of questions answered: I can remember two ( the Reverie and stone) which were unsatisfactory and still left many more questions unanswered. The original narrative can be described simply as inconsequential: why should I care about these characters? Who is the harbinger and why should I care? What was Escherum's plan? Characters such as Jega and Gorian felt like cardboard cut outs, this was an opportunity to give more depth to the Blood stars and the Banished and it was missed. There is a trend among new halo content that I find extremely annoying: the Spartans are treated like gods among humans: yes they are humanity's best hope and yes they are very much superhuman but through out previous installments the Master Chief was only very Rarely treated in such a way and typically by civillans and those without hope whereas most other interactions were professional and grounded: this successfully illustrated the lack of hope humanity had as well as their determination to fight on. However this God card has become so overplayed that it has become annoying and makes it seem like humanity is tripping over itself to bow down to the Spartans making both the Spartans and normal humans unbearable, especially when new spartan characters have done nothing to earn such a reputation in the eyes of characters or readers: this can be seen with the Spartans in Rubicon protocol and the interactions between them and normal humans. Ultimately Rubicon Protocol left more questions than answers which seemed to be the opposite of its purpose.

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  • mike
  • 08-30-22

great book...but.

this book is good and a strong story about the survival of the remaining UNSC forces on zeta halo....however it does not shine any light of the endless and their purpose. I hope 343i will add new storys explaining the gaps soon.

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 08-20-22

best thing with a halo title for years

the best thing to come out of halo for a while, it's exhilarating, real, eye opening and heart pounding a truly brilliant story and perfectly narrated to bring ot to life, could not recomend more

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  • Ryan G.
  • 08-18-22

Exceedingly average.

This story defiantly had its perks and toughs and fills the time between games nicely. However I felt most f the character to be Irrelevant in larger scope of the halo universe. Since the relative future is already played out in halo infinite. It all feels…
Inconsequential. Unless the character re spear in later books/games. Which is probably what there going for

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  • JP
  • 08-17-22

Déjà vu

This book brinks back the feel and memories of HALO THE FLOOD and several of the original books KELLY GAY is definitely the top halo book authors in Recent years and is on par with Eric in Ireland another thing I love about books is her inclusion of halo Law from expanded halo media and is a active halo hard core fan

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  • Joseph Harvey
  • 08-17-22

Absolutely incredible

This is my first Halo book and it was brilliant. I highly recommend it.

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  • Joel Sariola
  • 08-16-22

Good, but short

Ok story, a bit too long start before got interested in it and the good stuff ended too soon.

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  • Khafre Perez
  • 08-12-22

Disservice to the history of halo

I have been a long time halo fan and typically loved most expanded lore entries,however this book is the least preferred.

The story for humanity and the UNSC might as well have been out of a masochist fan fiction. It completely disregards established lore on almost every level for the sake of trying to remember berry the reader into thinking when the UNSC was fighting a losing fight during the war.

To list all my issues would make this a very long review. The only reason I would suggest reading this book is to say that you have read all books.

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  • Johnathon
  • 10-04-22

A small insight into the events before Infinity

Enjoyable to listen to with Simon Brick at the helm, characters were relatable and as a listener felt invested in. Would have liked to hear more about other survivors but overall a good book

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