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HALO: Bad Blood

Written by: Matt Forbeck
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Halo, Book 23
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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An original full-length novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

Just hours following their climactic battle on the Forerunner planet Genesis, the Spartans of Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris find themselves running for their lives from the malevolent machinations of the now-renegade artificial intelligence Cortana. But even as they attempt to stay one step ahead, trouble seems to find Spartan Edward Buck no matter where he turns.

A secret mission enacted by the Office of Naval Intelligence could possibly help turn the tide, and has Buck reluctantly agreeing to reform his old team, Alpha-Nine. Because if the band is really getting back together for this one, that means everybody - including the Spartan who Buck never wants to see again, the one who committed the ultimate betrayal of trust....

©2018 Matt Forbeck (P)2018 Simon & Schuster
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Awesome if your a fan of the lore

This story takes place pretty much right after halo 5, also following spartan Buck, anyways it’s an awesome listen.

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Alpha 9 is back

loved it, neat continuity for Halo 5 and the Halo 3: ODST group, great story #audible1

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GREAT! Must-read!

If you've read New Blood, GET YOUR BUTT ON THIS BOOK! Enjoyed ever moment of it.

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  • Joseph D OLeary
  • 2018-11-07

Needs Nathan Fillion (Voice of Buck in Halo)

Decent story, needs better narration.

Would have been a really neat opportunity to have the actual voice of Buck narrate, making the experience more immersive and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-11

Nathan Fillion is missing

I love the story but it should be narrated by Nathan Fillion Because its being told form the view point of Edward Buck. Would pay extra for that.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-29

A MUST READ for Alpha-9 fans!!!

If you read New Blood this is a must read. While New Blood was a great story I would say this is even better, though you MUST reed New Blood to fully enjoy this book. It kept me interested all the way through and had a great ending. After listening to both Alpha-Nine books It would be awesome to have them all together along with blue team in the next game instead of osiris. This is one of the best if not THE BEST Halo novels so far!

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  • Steve & Mary
  • 2018-10-23

Monotone Narration, by Scott Brick

If you enjoy monotone narration, this is the audio book for you! Be amazed as you listen to multiple characters while trying to determine which one is speaking! If you like your females to sound like slightly effeminate men, oh man, this is your cup of tea right here! Yes ladies and gentlemen, Scott Brick is back, the same narrator that brought you Monotone Arbiter, Monotone Master Chief, Monotone Cortana, Monotone Keyes (both of them) and Monotone Sgt Johnson! And this time, he's back, better than ever! Listen as Scott Brick narrates one of the most iconic voices in the UNSC, Sgt Edward Buck. You thought Nathan Fillion was charismatic? Scott Brick brings Buck to life, practically leaping from the speakers with the enthusiasm of an auto-mechanic that just finished a double shift at the local Jiffy Lube. Fillion who? Exactly!

I should note, for those of you with trouble sleeping, Scott Brick makes for a fantastic sleep aid. After only a few minutes, you'll be falling gently into dream land as Scott's monotone delivery soothes you inner ear like the white noise from raindrops on your rooftop. Even during the most action packed moments, Scott's dull and humdrum performance will be sure to keep you sound asleep like a baby!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-17

Great for content while waiting for infinite

I finished this in a day but I absolutely loved it! I guess it wasnt exactly meant for quarantine, like most books since I finish many in a day haha.

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  • wannabejoey
  • 2020-04-26

Disappointing

The whole story was disappointing due to the fact it was nothing but Buck complaining over and over again and nothing like the actual character from the game and just an angry bitter character not like the character from the game at all.

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  • Steven Bergeson
  • 2020-03-26

Nice

Like all the halo books, The only bad thing about it is that it ends eventually.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-07

This was very good

I love this dude. It's very nostalgic to see my favorite character in a book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-24

Great story. Can't wait for what's next.

I can't get enough from the halo universe. Buck is quite the character and his story is a great one.

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  • Chris Valdez
  • 2019-10-23

Great Read about the Crew from Halo 3: ODST

In total I liked it. I defiantly recommend this book if you enjoyed playing Halo 3: ODST and wanting more story about that crew. There were a few parts that were slow and a little repetitive but the story does do an amazing job describing the intensity of the action and showing the reader the weight of certain situations. Its a great halo book to read!