Halo by Greg Bear
Primordium: Book Two of the Forerunner Saga (The Forerunner Saga, Book 2)


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The second in a new series of three HALO novels, Greg Bear's Halo: Primordium dives back into the Forerunner saga.

A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.

Since then, I've traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies--a greater reach than any human before me.

You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the last true Reclaimer, I must obey. Are you recording? Good. Because my memory is failing rapidly. I doubt I'll be able to finish the story.

Once, on my birth-world, a world I knew as Erde-Tyrene, and which now is called Earth, my name was Chakas...

In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans--Chakas and Riser--are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed.

Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end--a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life, and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of duty to all living things.

In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian's tampering with human destiny.

This journey will take them into the Palace of Pain, the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence who claims to be the Last Precursor, and who now has control of both this Halo and the fate of Forerunners and Humans alike.

Called the Captive by Forerunners, and the Primordial by ancient human warriors, this intelligence has taken charge of, and retasked, the Master Builder's cruel researches into the Flood--which it may have itself unleashed on the galaxy more than ten thousand years before.

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About Greg Bear

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Greg Bear, author of over 25 books, which have been translated into 17 languages, has won science fiction's highest honors and is considered the natural heir to Arthur C. Clarke. The recipient of two Hugos and four Nebulas for his fiction, he has been called "the best working writer of hard science fiction" by THE SCIENCE FICTION ENCYCLOPEDIA. Many of his novels, such as DARWIN'S RADIO, are considered to be this generations' classics. He is married to Astrid Anderson, daughter of science fiction great Poul Anderson, and they are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandria. His recent thriller novel, QUANTICO, was published in 2007 and the sequel, MARIPOSA, followed in 2009. He has since published a new, epic SF novel, CITY AT THE END OF TIME and a generation starship novel, HULL ZERO THREE..
Published January 3, 2012 by Tor Books. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction
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on Jan 09 2012

Once you start reading this book, it’s hard to put it down, and is a worthwhile read...

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Above average
on Mar 23 2011

...it's relatively long at 342 pages, but it reads smoothly, I finished in in 3 days. I could not put this book down.

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on Jul 26 2011

This book is a must-have for all Halo fans to add to their collection and a must-read for all sci-fi fan...once you get in it you’ll never want to come out.

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Geeks of Doom

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on May 13 2012

You’re into it and that’s cool. Me, not so much.

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Greg Bear wrote on his website that lots of revelations would occur in this book and he fulfills his promise.

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