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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling series based on the blockbuster Xbox® games!

While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier - not even the legendary Master Chief - wins a war on his own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs) played a major role in saving the Earth from all-out invasion at the end of the Covenant War - acts of bravery and ingenuity that did not go unnoticed by the United Nations Space Command.

Now, after many Spartans have been killed in battle, and the Master Chief is listed as MIA, the UNSC decides to create a new generation of Spartans to defend humanity from threats both outside and within. When they come to Buck with an extraordinary proposition, he is forced to make a life-altering decision. With the Covenant War finally over, is it time for him finally to retire to the sidelines for a life he could only dream about...or is he prepared to step up and become part of the military's new blood?

©2015 Microsoft Corporation (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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Halo New Blood

this is a great book if you like the ODSTs I recommend you read it

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an okay ODST book that spits on its legacy

Narrator was fantastic
Story kind of spits on the legacy of alpha nine
it was alright

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Well

A good portion of the book was just a drawn out recap of the video game ODST and the narrator was very dull but over all was pretty good

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Changed my view on buck

I used to like buck then realized….god he’s such a simp like I know In the ODST game that him and Veronica had a thing but this book my god talk about just doing anything for a girl no matter how she treats you. Plus there isn’t much of what I like of halo this is mostly a romance during half the chapters

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Perhaps the best Halo novel?

A shorter story for sure, but top notch writing and impeccable voice performance make this easily one my top Halo novels. Really enjoyed it. The story most of all was consise and and extremely well written.

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damn good story

this is without a doubt the best of the 25 plus halo books I've read , so much so that I actually listened to it a second time

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  • exiled66
  • 2017-11-29

no more Scott Brick!

a good story that was tarnished by a monotone narrator. Please stop with this narrator!

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  • Stephen
  • 2015-05-20

Decent story, let down by a few factors.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator - overall (once things got moving) he was good, but there's something about his tone of voice, the way he finishes sentences etc. that didn't excite the text like other narrators do.

Then there's the amount of metaphors and similes that colour the book - at some times it felt like the author was trying to squeeze too many 'descriptors' into one paragraph, and was more like a collection of metaphors and similes strung together by other text. It wasn't horrible, but made it feel more teenage than young adult / adult in audience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: New Blood?

It was great to go on such a journey across the Halo timeline and tie in so many things - the twist near the end was good, showing some raw emotion which up until then had just been bottled up into characters that were constantly "on mission". Dont want to spoil anything though.

Did Halo: New Blood inspire you to do anything?

Not particularly - was happy to go onto the next audiobook, where the difference in Narrator is like chalk and cheese (currently listening to No Country for Old Men).

I'll still be listening to future Halo books, even if narrated by Scott Brick.

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  • Suros Six
  • 2019-03-05

Good book, poorly chosen narrator

Scott Brick doesn't change pitch ever which makes all the character personality suffer. Wish Holter Graham had narrated this, or even Johnathan Davis. They've both proven to be able to add flavor to the Halo audiobook experience whereas Scott Brick doesn't even try.

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  • Jason
  • 2020-12-17

Fantastic book. Not my favorite reader tho

Fantastic book. Amazing story. Reader doesn’t grab my attention super well however. Very easy to space out and miss parts. Doesn’t sound much like Nathan fillian either

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  • S. Gould
  • 2018-07-31

Scott BrickzzzzZZZZzz

If you want to fall asleep to his narration then go for it. zZz zZz.

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  • Dax
  • 2018-07-23

Story was good, but ...

The performance was monotone and boring. I listen while driving to help keep me focused and the narrattor's voice kept making me tired.

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  • Blake Dahl
  • 2015-04-06

Awesome Story

Definitely sheds light on the Spartan 4 program and events after the covenant war had ended.

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  • J. Breaud
  • 2015-04-30

Yea! For Buck!

It was nice to hear the afterstory for Alpha 9! Was only disappointed that Nathan Fillion didn't narrate it himself!

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  • chris
  • 2015-03-02

Halo New Blood was gorgeous.

This euphoric experience is a must for any fan of halo 3: ODST, or halo in general.
I was compelled the whole time, this was the story telling I've been dying to hear. I was skeptical about the pacing at first, but then it all flawlessly full circled. The way Buck explained his way of story telling really was amazing, I could relate, being a somewhat controlled scatter brain when it comes to telling long tales of the past times.
Matt Forbeck really pulled on my heart strings, making me hate yet love his plot choices. it never felt like certain characters were made just to be a plot device. All the new and old characters were given a breath of fresh air, delving deep into the psychology of just why they're, the way they're. Expanding onto Buck, showing a side that couldn't be portrayed in the video game. It let you feel the weight he carried around, the loss, the longing for veronica, the helplessness and betrayal.
Finally giving Dutch what he truly wanted, made me tear up. After following all his journeys through the years, it felt like a well deserved reward, not only for him but the fans.
with out spoiling anymore, I will say, I truly loved this novel and hope matt can make more in the future. thank you so much for putting so much heart into the ODSTs that I've grown to love and admire through the years. A big shout out to Scott Brick, you did an amazing job narrating.

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  • 2018-04-03

Great bridge between Halo ODST and Halo 5

Explains how Buck joined the Spartans in Halo 5. Jumps around a bit much but gives just enough plot in each arc to keep things interesting.

I could only improve on it by adding sound effects and background music a La the Star Wars Audiobooks.

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