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Halo: Mortal Dictata


Karen Traviss


Tor Books


January 21, 2014


496 pages[1]

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Halo: Mortal Dictata is the third novel in the Kilo-Five trilogy and the sequel to Halo: The Thursday War. It was released on January 21, 2014.


Wars end. But hatred, guilt, and devotion can endure beyond the grave.

With the Covenant War over, the Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. The angry, bitter colonies, still with scores to settle from the insurrection put on hold for thirty years, now want justice -- and so does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his daughter was abducted for the SPARTAN-II program. Black ops squad Kilo-Five find their loyalties tested beyond breaking point when the father of their Spartan comrade, still searching for the truth about her disappearance, prepares to glass Earth's cities to get an answer. How far will Kilo-Five go to stop him? And will he be able to live with the truth when he finds it? The painful answer lies with a man long dead, and a conscience that still survives in the most unlikely, undiscovered place.[2]


In 2517 Naomi Sentzke is allowed for the first time to come home on her own. Meanwhile Staffan Sentzke prepares a dollhouse in anticipation of his daughters birthday.



  • "Mortal dictata" in Latin means "serious lesson."
  • The UN Colonial Mortal Dictata is a human code of ethics put into effect in 2549 that prohibited the flash cloning of human beings.
  • The Helmet on the Cover appears to be a Grey MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor/Mark V[B] Helmet with UA attachment and a Silver Visor. Such armor was only ever manufactured for and used by Members of Special Warfare Group Three.


  • Dr. Alban's suicide note in the epilogue is dated on March of 2523, yet it refers to the Covenant's campaign of genocide. The Covenant's existence was unknown until 2525. Karen Traviss has confirmed that his year of death is supposed to be 2532.


Books of Halo
Main series The Fall of ReachThe FloodFirst StrikeGhosts of OnyxContact HarvestThe Cole Protocol
The Forerunner Saga CryptumPrimordiumSilentium (Rebirth)
Kilo-Five trilogy GlasslandsThe Thursday WarMortal Dictata
Collections/Anthologies Evolutions
Reference The Art of HaloThe Art of Halo 3Encyclopedia (2009)The Essential Visual GuideThe Art of Building WorldsThe Art of Halo 4Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide
Official Guides Halo: Combat EvolvedHalo 2Halo 3Halo WarsHalo 3: ODSTHalo: ReachHalo 4
Miscellaneous Black Art of Halo Mods
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