Halo: Contact Harvest (Halo, Book 5)

By Joseph Staten

This is often the way it began...

It is the yr 2524. Harvest is a calm, filthy rich farming colony at the very fringe of human-controlled area. yet we have now trespassed on holy ground--strayed into the trail of an competitive alien empire often called the Covenant. What starts as an opportunity come upon among an alien privateer and a human freighter catapults mankind right into a fight for its very existence.

But humanity is additionally locked in a sour civil warfare referred to as the rebel. So the survival of Harvest's voters falls to a squad of battle-weary UNSC Marines and their green colonial armed forces trainees. during this not likely workforce of heroes, one stands above the rest...a younger Marine employees sergeant named Avery Johnson.

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For whereas he may face negative punishments sooner or later, the Huragok used to be in torment now—and solely for the Deacon's sake. Dadab took a deep breath and held it—let the chilliness of his friend's selfless attempt sink deep into his chest. He became to the pod's regulate panel, brushed the alien containers apart, and hit the holo-switch that will restoration strength to the pod's restricted sen­sor apparatus. we are going to either continue to exist this, he vowed, hearing the creak of the Huragok's exhausted sacs. And no matter what occurs after. As bored with sleep as any of the pod's scarce distractions, Dadab saved his station prior to the panel—monitored the sensors, trying to find any trace of an drawing close send. He attempted to respire as low as attainable, and merely broke his watch to assist the Huragok feed. Many extra cycles handed. all of the whereas, the alien packing containers hummed their petty blasphemies and Lighter Than Some's sacs swelled and reduced in size until—without warning—the pod detected a leap signature shut handy and Dadab eventually allowed himself the indulgence of aid. "Castaway vessel, this can be the cruiser fast Conversion. " The hail boomed during the pod. Lighter Than a few published a pained whistle as Dadab fumbled for the change that may decrease the transmission's quantity. "Respond while you're able," the voice endured at a extra average point. "We reside, speedy Conversion! " Dadab responded, voice cracking from loss of use. "But our state of affairs is dire! " within the previous couple of cycles, the Huragok's urge for food had fallen off. Its anaerobic sac was once now generating at a fragment of its prior means, and lots of of Lighter Than Some's dorsal sacs had close down fullyyt as their membranes dried out and folded in upon themselves. "I beg you," Dadab gasped. He reached for his masks, and took a halting drag from his virtually empty moment tank. "Please hurry! " "Remain calm," the voice growled. "You will quickly be caused board. " Dadab did his most sensible to conform. He inhaled the pod's thinning methane in quickly, shallow gulps, in basic terms resorting to his masks whilst the burning in his lungs turned insufferable. yet sooner or later he should have abstained too lengthy simply because his international went black and he collapsed. whilst he woke up, he was once belly-down at the flooring, and he may well pay attention the hiss of clean methane bleeding into the pod. Dadab's nostrils flared. The gasoline had a sour tang, yet he inspiration he'd by no means tasted something sweeter. With a contented grunt, he twisted his neck to appear up at Lighter Than a few … and was once stunned to work out the creature crumpled at the flooring beside him. They have been contained in the cruiser, Dadab discovered, and its man made gravity had permeated the pod! by surprise, there has been a furtive scratching on the pod's hatch. whatever was once attempting to strength its manner within. "Stop! " Dadab screamed. He leapt to his toes simply to have them cave in underneath him. Floating in zero-gee, his muscular tissues had atrophied, and the Deacon was once compelled to claw his manner alongside the ground to the keep watch over panel. "Don't open the hatch! " he shouted, hitting the change to let the pod's stasis-field.

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