Halo: Last Light (Halo, Book 17)
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An original novel set in the Halo Universe and based on the New York Times bestselling video game series!
It is 2553, and the three-decade long Covenant War that defined a generation has suddenly drawn to a close. Yet, in the remotest parts of human space, tensions remain that threaten to overflow into another full-scale conflict. Beneath the surface of the planet Gao lies a vast cavern system renowned for its therapeutic effects and rumored miraculous cures. But now Gao natives are turning up brutally murdered down there—violent acts that happen to coincide with the recent arrival of a UNSC research battalion protected by Spartan Blue Team, led by the renowned Spartan-II Fred-104.
Maverick detective Veta Lopis of the Gao Ministry of Protection is only trying to do her job as the Special Inspector assigned to catch a serial killer—one who is possibly hiding within the Spartan ranks—but she never anticipates the situation spiraling out of control into an all-out crisis. When Gao is revealed to harbor ancient Forerunner technology that could solidify the UNSC’s military supremacy for centuries to come, Insurrection loyalists within the planetary government will do anything—even align with a vicious faction of what remains of the Covenant—to ensure that never happens…
moment, Nelson nodded—more to himself than Fred—then said, “Okay then. We’ll go ahead and tell the inspector about the Sentinels.” Fred was aghast. “Commander, that’s key intelligence,” he said. “Anyone who knows anything about Sentinels will know we’re investigating Forerunner ruins.” “And you don’t think this is something they’re considering?” Nelson demanded. “When was the last time you heard of the UNSC sending the 717th to investigate something not connected to the Forerunners?” “Sir, I’m
tones. “For the heretics to take one is—” “I doubt they’ve actually captured it,” Linberk interrupted. “It seems to me that a Forerunner ancilla would be the objective of an operation like this. If the UNSC had it already, wouldn’t they be gone by now?” “I agree,” Arlo said. He was not surprised by how quickly Linberk was picking up on his plan. She was the smartest person he knew, and the only opponent who regularly beat him at both backgammon and go. “The research battalion wouldn’t be here
not even sure Kelly made physical contact with Fred. Her report might be based on something she saw through a scope.” “It doesn’t matter, Captain.” Murtag’s stomach was fluttering with excitement. “Fred and those two artifacts are mission critical. You will secure them ASAP. Clear?” When the only reply to Murtag’s order was a din-filled pause, Wingate asked, “Captain Breit, is it possible to fulfill Commander Nelson’s request?” “Unclear, sir,” Breit replied. “Like I said, it’s pretty wild
Behind the major, the aide had flung her headset aside and was holding her ear, her face contorted in pain. “It’s nothing to be afraid of, Commander!” Wingate had to yell to make himself heard above the din. “Our communications are just being jammed.” Murtag wasn’t so sure. As he grew accustomed to the noise, he began to recognize its pulsing rhythm—and the repetitive pattern of its quivering pitch. Heart pounding harder than ever, he jumped to his feet and looked up at the projection unit.
“Classified, I know.” Nelson waved a dismissive hand. “But Inspector Lopis deserves some kind of explanation.” “I get the picture,” Veta said. “You’re going to evacuate, hopefully before Arlo becomes president and tries to stop you. What about my investigation?” Nelson looked confused. “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you,” he said. “You don’t have an investigative team anymore, and your evidence has been corrupted. All you really have is what’s on that datapad. It’s over. Even if you