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|Halo: Mortal Dictata|
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.
In 2517 Naomi Sentzke, the daughter of Staffan Sentzke, a man living on Sansar fails to return home on the first day he allowed his daughter to return home alone. Naomi has been abducted by a team of ONI recovery agents for the SPARTAN-II Program. She wakes up and escapes for a brief few hours until being recaptured and replaced with a flash clone. After several hours of searching with the help of friends and neighbors Naomi is found in New Stockholm, a nearby town. However Staffan begins to doubt whether or not this Naomi is really his daughter, noting the differences from his child before she went missing. Not long after the clone dies and his wife commits suicide, Staffan dedicates his life to finding the whereabouts of his daughter.
Back in present time Malcolm Geffen and Vaz of Kilo-Five are deployed to Venezia as deserters to join the militia and the find out the whereabouts of the Pious Inquisitor, a former Covenant CCS-class battlecruiser that Sentzke wishes to acquire.
- John-117 (Mentioned only)
- Staffan Sentzke
- Edvin Sentzke
- Hedda Sentzke
- Laura Sentzke
- Kerstin Sentzke
- Black Box
- Andrew Reno
- Vasily Beloi
- Malcolm Geffen
- Sav Fel
- Avu Med 'Telcam
- Catherine Elizabeth Halsey (Mentioned only)
- Sometimes Sinks
- Serin Osman
- Lian Devereaux
- Evan Phillips
- Mike Spenser
- Margaret O. Parangosky
- Chol Von
- Arthur-079 (Mentioned only)
- Graham Alban
- Jul 'Mdama (Mentioned only)
- "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 Reach • The Flood • First Strike • Ghosts of Onyx • Contact Harvest • The Cole Protocol|
|The Forerunner Saga||Cryptum • Primordium • Silentium (Rebirth)|
|Kilo-Five trilogy||Glasslands • The Thursday War • Mortal Dictata|
|Upcoming||Halo: Broken Circle|
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