Halo: Retribution

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Halo: Retribution
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Troy Denning[1]


Simon & Schuster[1]

Publication date:

August 29, 2017[1]

Media type:

Digital and print[1]


368 pages[1]




Halo: Retribution is a novel by Troy Denning.[2] Having first appeared on Amazon's website,[1] Retribution was officially announced on June 23, 2017, and was released on August 29, 2017. Set in late 2553, the novel follows up on Denning's Halo: Fractures short story A Necessary Truth, although many of the central characters from the preceding novel Halo: Last Light also make a return.[3]

Official summary[edit]

December 2553. Less than a year after the end of the Covenant War, a string of violent incidents continues to threaten the tenuous peace in human-held space, culminating in the assassination of UNSC fleet admiral Graselyn Tuwa and the abduction of her family. It is a provocation so outrageous that the Office of Naval Intelligence must retaliate swiftly and ferociously—but only after its operatives identify her killer and rescue the hostages.

This mission will be the first for homicide-detective-turned-ONI-operative Veta Lopis and her young team of Spartan-IIIs, and something feels wrong from the start. The obvious suspect is an infamous Brute who leads the Keepers of the One Freedom, an ex-Covenant splinter group in fierce opposition to the UNSC. But Lopis and her team soon realize that the truth is much more insidious than they could ever have imagined, and with Fred-104, Kelly-087, and Linda-058 of Blue Team for combat support, they must stop a plan hatched in the bowels of the secret research station Argent Moon — a plan so sinister it could destroy all those still reeling from thirty years of intergalactic [sic] conflict…[3]

Plot synopsis[edit]

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  • The novel's cover is illustrated by artist Benjamin Carré, who also provided artwork for Halo Mythos.
  • Retribution's official summary describes the Human-Covenant War as "thirty years of 'intergalactic' conflict". This is an incorrect usage of the term, as the war was never fought in more than one galaxy; a more appropriate word would have been "interstellar", which is defined as occurring between stars. The Battle of Installation 00 was the only battle of the war to be fought outside the galaxy, though not in another galaxy altogether, and the wording in the summary regardless implies the war was waged on an intergalactic scale consistently for its thirty-year duration.