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New Blood

(Halo #15)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,542 ratings  ·  115 reviews
The New York Times bestselling 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 their 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
Kindle Edition, 171 pages
Published March 2nd 2015 by Gallery Books
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Ben Brown
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halo
As a story, “Halo: New Blood” is – admittedly – a pretty middle-of-the-road offering: the writing by Matt Forbeck is solid, if unspectacular, the characters are compelling, if a bit thinly sketched (okay – a LOT thinly sketched), and the narrative itself is less a “narrative” as it is a series of tangentially connected events, strung together by a loose “Here-is-my-life-so-far” recollection from Halo 3: ODST hero Edward Buck. So yeah - as a piece of fiction, there’s truthfully not a lot to “New ...more
Peter Okeafor
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was going to go with 4 stars but I loved the ending too much. I have not read a whole lot of military sci fi but this is some of the best I have read. As a former marine, I must say that Matt Forbeck has done his research.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-con-2017
The plot itself is fine: fast paced, full of action and good enough characters. The problem stems from the narrator’s voice for me—it was far too “I’m a jaded military man drawling to you my life story while I smoke a cigar.” Ever seen the movie Tropic Thunder? Nick Nolte’s character, the guy the movie is supposedly based on? Our narrator is that guy.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm truly surprised by the depth in this, really awesome writing too. I picked it up purely because I liked halo ODST. I would definitely read further instalments written by Forbeck. ...more
Hans P Melius
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fast, but great read for the Halo junkie.

Am I the only one who read this with Nathan Fillion's voice in their head? LOL, I Loved Buck from Halo: ODST and I really enjoyed finding out how he came to be there, and eventually become a Spartan IV.
C.T. Phipps
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: space-opera, halo
It is a rare book which kills you, the reader. I don't recall any book where I've been killed before, actually. However, I die in HALO: NEW BLOOD. It's a rather interesting experience. Specifically, my character, "Rookie", is killed within the pages of this novel about halfway through. I played Rookie extensively in HALO: ODST which I really enjoyed. I bonded with the characters and was briefly a part of the HALO universe. This is technically the second time I've died in the Halo universe but I ...more
Overall? Entertaining, but flawed. As I always pretentiously say when I review these novels, I'm assessing it under the lens of what it is - a video game spin-off novel (so I cut it some slack). What I appreciated about the Forerunner saga, in contrast, was how it was less about the action and more about the prose. This novel was the complete opposite, as it was definitely about the action and the prose was just there to tell the story. Now, it wasn't a bad novel at all. In fact, in a fight it w ...more
Robert Thompson
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best Halo novel since Ghosts of Onyx. It might just be the best one overall.

What makes New Blood so special, you ask? Humanity. It's got so much human flaw in it. Flaws that don't come of as preachy as in so many Halo novels before.

It's been a while since I have written up a review, so bear with me if you will.

Buck our main protagonist is a ODST, if you have no clue what that means you really need to start the Halo series from scratch and catch up. Though now that I think about it, New Blood
Andrew Bulthaupt
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halo, audible
I listened to this book on Audible.

If Halo 3: ODST was a day in the life of Buck and his Alpha-Nine fireteam, New Blood is their life story. We get to learn all the details from what came before the Invasion of Earth and what came after, including how Buck made it into the Spartan 4 program and what happened to the Rookie.

As a framed narrative, the story jumps around a bit, telling bits and pieces from several key encounters from over the course of Buck's career and his relationship with the UNS
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Spartan Buck!

Was super excited to find they'd written a book detailing what became of the characters from ODST. I loved that game and the characters a lot, so to read about their adventures after said game and as Spartan IVs was extremely entertaining. It also gives a good glimpse of what makes up the new breed of Spartans in a way that hasn't really been given in either Spartan Ops or the comics. The jumping timeline was a bit odd at times, and it would be nice to know exactly who Buck is addre
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Halo: New Blood by Matt Forbeck is an interesting novel following the life of Ex-ODST, now SPARTAN IV Edward Buck. The story is narrated from Buck's perspective, and covers in small moments the soldier's life from childhood to enlistment to the mission he was currently on. The different events in the book lead into the video game Halo 5:Guardians well, explaining as to why Buck was only a member of his team in the game, despite previous appearances as a commanding officer. Halo: New Blood is a g ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Humanity has been at war with aliens for decades and now that the war has ended are fighting among themselves. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck gives a debrief of his career as he is given the opportunity to become an enhanced elite warrior. The work is based on the Halo game series.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Really liked it! It's completely different from a narrative point of view then the other Halo books, but tells a very good story the whole time! ...more
It's been a while since I read any book in Halo universe!

New Blood told you about an interesting story about the (then-ODST) Alpha Nine SPARTAN IV Team under Spartan Edward Buck. The events told in this book are spanning from before Halo 3 ODST and just before Halo 5 timeline. You could say that this book is both the novelization prequel and sequel of Halo 3 ODST featuring Spartan Edward Buck as the main characters.

The story is quite good with a good surprise toward the end. I have to say that i
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly great science fiction book, written as if the primary character, Buck, was talking directly to you. This is definitely a novella and a quick read at just under 200 pages, but it's still thoroughly engaging. The only thing I can criticize is that during his narration, Buck tends to jump around the timeline quite a bit, going from current events to past at the drop of a hat. Easy to get a little lost. ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: matt-forbeck
Halo New Blood was exciting and action packed. I think, since I played the game a little bit, a while back, I was able to visualize things better. Forbeck does a decent job of trying to describe the Halo world to his audience but for a new recruit to the UNSC or The Spartans, I'd say play the video games or look up some Halo stuff online, then attack this title. ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
e book I am reading is called New Blood. The book is about a man named Sregeant Edward Buck and is leading a team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODST). In the book they are done fighting the covenant and now are tring to get territory and trying to find the Master Chief. Along the way they find out that they are being spied on and are trying to find out who it is and take them out. In the begening of the book Edward is talking about how Spartan are better than marines and how the humans bet the ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halo: New Blood, Matt Forbeck, 2015, ISBN 9781501128080

Set approximately 500 years from now, this novel, part of a series, is about humanity in the middle of an interplanetary war. Their opponent is a large group of species and factions collectively called the Covenant.

Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck is an average soldier in that war. He and his Strike Team are part of the Orbital Deep Shock Troopers, or ODST. The relationship between Strike Team members is much more than just trusting each other.
Jeremy Szal
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Halo: New Blood is a frustrating read, but not because of it's writing quality or down to the skill of the author. Quite the opposite. It ends the first chapter with a cliff-hanger, only to take the entire novel (roughly 95%) to get back around to where we were left off, filling the chasm between with what is essentially one long info-dump, masked by some surprisingly sharp writing and a authoritive voice that lends itself to some brilliant moments of characterisation.

Filtered through the first
Ricky Beckett
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All Halo fans are familiar with Gunnery Sergeant Buck from Halo 3: ODST as well as Halo 5. Yet in Halo 5, it was a shock to us all to see Buck as a SPARTAN-IV. How did he get recruited into the new SPARTAN programme? Well, Buck tells us that story in this new book. The book takes place just before the Halo 5 timeline starts, beginning with a life-changing mission on Talitsa. As the mission starts to go wrong, Buck takes us back in time several years before the Human-Covenant War ends, the excurs ...more
Cole M
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I believe, "Halo New Blood," by Matt Forbeck, had a good story telling arc throughout the journal entry format that it was told in. Some events however I felt were not necessarily needed, but those plot points did serve a purpose to them later in the book. I found certain characters' personalities were somewhat easy to relate to.
Throughout this book Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck, the squad leader for Alpha-Nine, suffers the loss of three members. Death, betrayal, and resignment are the causes an
Joe Pranaitis
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Author Matt Forbeck bring us the tale of an ODST who became a Spartan. But his road wasn't easy, he commanded the fireteam Alpha-Nine and along the way fell in love with an ONI agent named Veronica. Buck had signed onto the UNSC after the Covenant glassed the colony world of Harvest. Over the years his Alpha-Nine team dwindled down to a handful of ODST's but they got the job done and that's what counts when your in the field. Buck also was noticed by the next generation of the spartan program an
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I decide to take a break from this series for a bit after finishing off Kilo-5 and Greg Bear's trilogy a year or two ago. Then I look round and see the series has practically doubled in size since I last checked!

Looks like I've got some reading to do.
Needed a break from Heartstrikers for a bit. Decided that as I managed to leave Pride and Prejudice at home (only have my kindle on me along with some Le Guin books), I'd swap out fantasy for a little while and contin
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fleshes out Edward bucks character a lot more by providing more back story whilst exploring his mind during the hellish Human-Covenant war leading to his reasons for being recruited into the spartan IV program. Forbeck has achieved realism in this story whilst also forcing emotion out of the reader throughout some of the books events, whilst short this book provides some much needed back story for what I believe to be one of the most under appreciated characters within the halo universe, would d ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok

It's a Halo book, so I wasn't expecting Shakespeare, and I certainly didn't get that. Weirdly paced, jumpy timeline yet from a single point of view. Lots of telling and very title showing. It didn't "feel" like Buck, either.

You'd be okay skipping it, but it wasn't terrible, just forgettable.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read but the first person perspective makes it hard to immerse into the setting. A lot of the story is like a confusing Russian nesting doll, and it jumps all over which makes it hard to follow and understand what part goes where.
Josh Trahan
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's a good book for the Halo series. If you like the games from Halo, you will definitely like this. ...more
Danny Daniel
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great novel for fans of the the Halo video games and series.

Finished reading this novel in 5 days. It was a real page turner for me. Really loved the story. I will admit I’m a long time fan of the video games and recently played through the Remastered games called “Halo: The Master Chief Collection”. There was also a special on it where I got Halo 3: ODST as a free add on.

Halo 3: ODST happens to have the characters that are the main characters in this novel. I also read the comics from Dark Hors
Damion Miller
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book is a great book. It goes into detail with Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck or Spartan Buck's adult life. From the deadly and bloody battle on Sargasso (A planet in the book) to the saving of planet Earth in the city of New Mombasa (A city in the country of Africa) to him become this super powered elite Bad A** of a man, a Spartan. Then the book gets dark towards the end, during Bucks healing/Training process a Spartan was killed and a traitor Spartan blows a hole in the station n Mars killi ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Choice book #2 Quarter 3

Halo new blood by Matt Forbeck is a fiction book that takes place in the Halo franchise as a Halo ODST member turned spartan

Edward Buck main character ODST solder fights for UNSC and is in alpha team 9

the problem is the fight with the covinint solders

1:I enjoyed the book allot and I think Matt Forbeck did an outstanding job with this book.
2:This book felt pretty complete with the story and all the key aspects
3:this book was comparable with the book I read about master che
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