Halo: The Cole Protocol

By Tobias S. Buckell

In the 1st, determined days of the Human-Covenant struggle, the UNSC has enacted the Cole Protocol to guard Earth and its internal Colonies from discovery via a cruel alien foe. Many are known as upon to rid the universe of lingering navigation information that might show the positioning of Earth. between them is military Lieutenant Jacob Keyes. push back into motion after being sidelined, Keyes is saddled with a most sensible mystery venture by way of ONI. one who will take him deep at the back of enemy strains, to a nook of the universe the place not anything is because it seems.

Out past the Outer Colonies lies the planet Hesiod, a gasoline immense surrounded via an enormous asteroid belt. because the Covenant maintains to glass the human occupied planets close to Hesiod, the various survivors, helped by means of a stronghold of human Insurrectionists, are fleeing to the asteroid belt for safe haven. they've got reworked the tumbling satellites right into a tenuous, but creative, cost referred to as the Rubble--and have come face-to-face with a Covenant payment of Kig-Yar . . . but in some way survived.

News of this not likely treaty has unfold to the warring aspects. fortunately for the UNSC, this uneasy alliance is within the direction of the Spartan grey staff, a three-man renegade squad whose sure bet is to wreak havoc from at the back of enemy traces in anyway they see healthy. however the Prophets have additionally despatched their best---an bold and ruthless Elite, whose quest for the Aristocracy and rank is matched merely via his brutality . . . and who will do something to safe his Ascendancy and stroll the Path.

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Can the chatter," Jai acknowledged. they might had a brutal release from the send and a coarse trip down choked with Covenant antiaircraft hearth making a choice on them off. or even Jai were somewhat rattled through the entire adventure. yet they have been in enemy territory straight away. They had to get sharp, and speedy. they'd 4 hours of air strapped to their backs with rebreathers and tanks. They had to get this project wrapped up as quick as attainable. The air was once thick and crimson, and an identical eerie purple fog lined every thing round them. Jai persevered taking a look round. they might landed inside of a mile in their aim: the spirelike construction alongside the banks of the methane river that housed the sensor gear able to recognizing the Rubble. On Juliana's map it hadn't seemed so enforcing, Jai proposal. "We introduced with 3 Shivas," Jai radioed. "Tell me not less than one among them controlled to make it down. " He glanced at their identification pips in brief to get their names. Mutuku was once yanking at the entrance of an SOEIV. front popped unfastened, and a fully-suited ODST fell out. "Jones ate it. " the opposite Helljumper, Adams, yanked the opposite pod open. "Your bomb, sir. " Jai ran over. solid. He glanced round. the opposite SOEIV pods should have landed everywhere in the rattling position. They have been the single ones out of fifteen presupposed to hit the following. they might need to do. Jai dragged the Shiva unfastened from the pod. A foldable body with wheels got here unfastened as he yanked on it. "Form up. " Jai grunted from the stress of shoving the body below the massive missile. as soon as beneath it, he pressed a button, and the wheels deployed. With the 2 marines overlaying his flanks, Jai began pulling the nuclear warhead towards the construction. Mutuku opened fireplace. Jai appeared over to his correct to work out Unggoy tumble to the floor, lifeless. forward, extra materialized. Jai gunned them down, figuring out that they have been simply calmly armed. "We stuck them off guard," Mutuku saw. "They're sporting pistols. " "Good for us, then," Jai stated. "Keep relocating. " extra Unggoy Grunts got here, a quick frontal attack in waves of ten. Jai picked them off as Mutuku and Adams held off assaults from the edges. They sprinted for the building's door, which Jai kicked down. He threw a grenade inside of and ducked as a cloud of particles flew out over him. 3 Kig-Yar concealed at the back of strength shields within the a ways nook of the room. Jai left the Shiva in the back of and took disguise round the nearest nook. Mutuku and Adams received the Jackals' cognizance with a burst of rifle hearth; Jai threw a grenade in the back of them. As they rotated to defend themselves from the blast Jai picked them off. "We have to transparent the building," Jai stated. "We'll carry the door," Adams stated. Jai ran down the hallway that the Jackals had come from. He grew to become a nook, and located himself face-to-face with one other. He swept the butt of his rifle up with no moment suggestion and stuck it within the chin. The alien flew backward in a twig of pink blood. Jai slightly bogged down his run. He bought up a suite of ramps with no something going in his manner, yet as he begun relocating from room to room he discovered lots of Grunts within.

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