By Joseph Staten
This is often the way it began...
It is the yr 2524. Harvest is a calm, wealthy farming colony at the very fringe of human-controlled area. yet we now have trespassed on holy ground--strayed into the trail of an competitive alien empire referred to as the Covenant. What starts as an opportunity stumble upon among an alien privateer and a human freighter catapults mankind right into a fight for its very existence.
But humanity is additionally locked in a sour civil conflict often called the rebellion. So the survival of Harvest's voters falls to a squad of battle-weary UNSC Marines and their green colonial defense force trainees. during this not going staff of heroes, one stands above the rest...a younger Marine employees sergeant named Avery Johnson.
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What might my Shipmistress have me do? " Dadab requested. Chur'R-Yar's tooth glittered within the Luminary's weakened mild. "I want you to lie. " The Deacon nodded. And the Shipmistress set path for the relic-laden send. Henry "Hank" Gibson enjoyed his freighter—loved her significant, grotesque strains and the quiet rumble of her Shaw-Fujikawa force. such a lot of all he enjoyed to sail her, which most folk proposal was once a bit strange whilst a NAV machine may well just do to boot. yet that was once tremendous by way of Hank simply because, much more than his send, he enjoyed now not giving a rattling what humans considered him, anything to which both of his ex-wives might gladly attest. Human send captains were not unusual within the UNSC advertisement fleet; they only in general sailed cruise ships and different passenger vessels. Hank had labored for one of many mammoth cruise companies—served at the luxurious liner Drink minimal nonstop from Earth to Arcadia for the higher a part of fifteen years, the final 5 as first mate. however the liner had wanted all types of computing device counsel to get from A to B whereas holding its 1000's of passengers good fed and rested. Hank used to be a self-avowed loner, and it did not topic if the voices speaking to him have been human or simulated—he beloved a quiet bridge. And Drink Minimum's definitely wasn't that. If the pay hadn't been so reliable, and the time clear of his other halves so healing, Hank could have hand over an awful lot . except astrogation (the coordination of Slipspace jumps that required a NAV computer), a freighter captain might deal with as a lot of his ship's basic house operations as he loved. Hank enjoyed having his palms at the controls—blasting away together with his hydrazine rockets as he bullied millions of a whole lot shipment out and in of a planet's gravity good. the truth that he owned his send, This turn out, made crusing her even sweeter. It had taken all his reductions, painful renegotiations of his alimonies, and a mortgage so huge he did not wish to give it some thought, yet now he used to be his personal boss. He acquired to select what he hauled and through the years he outfitted up a listing of consumers who have been keen to pay a bit additional for custom-made provider. certainly one of his most advantageous shoppers used to be JOTUN Heavy Industries, a Mars-based enterprise focusing on the development of semi-autonomous farm equipment. His freighter's carry was once presently packed with a prototype in their subsequent sequence of plows—massive machines designed to until eventually huge swaths of earth. The issues have been awfully dear, and Hank assumed a prototype will be much more so. Which used to be why, gazing a console packed with flashing caution lighting, he was once extra offended than afraid. This finish Up's unknown attacker had hit whereas the send used to be hurtling towards Harvest on a high-speed intercept vector. Hank survived the assault unhurt. however the opposed hearth had ruined his Shaw-Fujikawa force, fried his maneuvering rockets and maser—caused extra harm to This turn out than he may possibly manage to pay for to fix. Piracy used to be remarkable at the routes Hank ran, and he had by no means even thought of including the non-compulsory, super pricey insurance to his coverage.