I just finished The Flood recently. Was anyone else disappointed with this one? Especially having just finished Fall of Reach.
First of all, during the parts of the book that are in Combat Evolved, it feels like the author is just trying to rush through them and uses “dropped a frag, gore happened, finished them off with 7.62mm rounds, etc” … just to move the story along. Parts were okay, but it felt forced and lacked any sort of literary flow.
I know at the time, there wasn’t much to Chief’s personality, and that was on purpose for reasons of immersive gaming. But Chief seems way out of character, the author adds dialog that makes him seem like an apathetic sarcastic wise-a**. What with all the “Let’s just get this over with.”
The Chief I know blindly does whatever Cortana asks of him, crazy or not, but in this book, well, here’s an excerpt regarding the 1st Pulse Generator in “Two Betrayals”:
> “I have to walk into that thing?” the Chief inquired
> doubtfully. “Isn’t there some easier way to commit suicide?”
> “You’ll be fine,” Cortana replied soothingly. “I’m almost sure of it.”
And could you picture Chief saying this:
> “I didn’t know you, Sarge, but I sure as hell
> wish I had. You must have been one hard-core son of a b*tch.”
> Spark:“Oh, hello! I’m a genius.”
> Chief:“Right. And I’m a Vice Admiral.”
Chief to me is cautious, patient, curious, considerate, and quiet. He’s not a loudmouth like me who blurts out everything on his mind half the time. He listens and learns. He’s a man of few words and he’s certainly not judgmental.
During Cortana’s “breakdowns” in Halo 4, the way he spoke to her was pretty much to the book how one deals with people going through episodic schizophrenia. Calm, patient, and understanding.
I guess what I’m saying is, in The Flood, Master Chief’s behavior and dialog was something I’d expect more from a Sarah Palmer or Emile character.
I’m about to start First Strike and I can only hope it’s as good Fall of Reach.
I did enjoy the non-Combat Evolved story about the ODSTs and McKay and Silva and Keye’s flood-mind; that was the book’s redeeming factor.