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Halo: New Blood Audiobook

Halo: New Blood

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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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    Matthew Brown 03/11/2015
    Matthew Brown 03/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A wandering trip through Halo's extended universe"

    Overall a solid but unspectacular story set in the Halo universe, offering a degree of interesting backstory to one of Halo's most identifiable characters and the Spartan programme. However the story wanders at times almost aimlessly through Buck's backstory in a scattershot way that falls just short of being infuriating and the performance from Scott Brick sounds at times insipid and uninterested.

    I came close to giving the story 4 stars overall because I do think that it is better than its component pieces. I just can't quite justify the extra point.

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    James 28/10/2015
    James 28/10/2015
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    "a bit boring"

    I liked the input regarding the new spartan but thought the story was slow and dull. buck is a good character but not quite a masterchief. I preferred some of the older installments

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BranstoneBoy 08/08/2015
    BranstoneBoy 08/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Performance was lack luster but still a great read"

    I love the Halo books and my favourite game is Halo ODST so how could I avoid this book? Especially since this is apparently the only way to hear/read it in the UK.

    The story was great, gave so much information and had me on the edge a few times. It sounds like it will hold relevant to the next game Halo Guardians too which is always a bonus.

    But despite all of that the experience was somewhat ruined by the narrator. I suppose it's because this is a book where every main character has already appeared in one game or another so all of their voices are well known. But every voice was so far from the actual character it was off putting.

    I'd still definitely recommend this to a friend. Or preferably, if it was even possible, the actual book/e book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr A S Dean 04/07/2015
    Mr A S Dean 04/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as good as I was hoping"

    The overall story was good but for about an hour or more the writer just gives you the Halo ODST game story, almost word for word. I would think most people reading this book would have played the game so don't need the story retold as in depth as it was. I would have like more of alpha 9's activities from before ODST showing how they become such a close team to begin with.
    I also thought that the voice actor was the wrong choice, he just didn't sound right to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shane 19/06/2015
    Shane 19/06/2015
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    "backstory"

    finally gave me some peace of mind and an intro how he became a spartan :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    scott northampton, United Kingdom 06/06/2015
    scott northampton, United Kingdom 06/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "The writing didn't go with his voice"

    The story is interesting and entertaining but taking all the non Spartan characters from previous games and making them Spartan 4's seemed lazy, And there was no explanation for mikeys story.

    The story would have worked without the Spartan 4 tie in.

    As for performance, the reader was good but completely wrong for the part. Not just because I was expecting fillion, the reading seemed flat as if the performer was trying to play the emotionless Spartan even though Gunny was far more expressive in the past.
    Ok but not great.

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    Dan Walker 04/06/2015
    Dan Walker 04/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narration, interesting story."

    Scott Brick superbly narrates this interesting tale from Matt Forbeck, filling in some of the gaps from the Halo universe.
    Following the exploits of a daring ODST's career and how so much can change so very quickly.
    The story sets the stage perfectly for the next Chapter in the Saga of the Master Chief

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    Luke Rea 30/05/2015
    Luke Rea 30/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Was an ODST now a spartan iv"

    Gunnery Edward Buck is back with few other familiar odst's now spartan iv's and Jun from the battle on reach with an interesting story. I only rated this overall book at 3 stars as I found myself loosing focus on what was going on and had to back track.. still a decent read and look forward to see what's next in store for the Spartan iv's

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    H 30/05/2015
    H 30/05/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Matt needs to write more halo books"

    Excellent balance of the human phsyc and lore, one of the best halo books imo, really enjoyed it and the narrator was just perfect. 343 I want more halo books from this author please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Owain Idris Logan London, UK 23/05/2015
    Owain Idris Logan London, UK 23/05/2015 Member Since 2015

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    "Enjoyable to the end."

    Enjoyable to the end. Interesting to learn about Alpha Nine after the war. However this book often seemed quite repetitive at times. But newer instances quickly unveil to succeed such moments.
    All in all entertaining and a great escape from the realm of the now.

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  • Rusty
    13/06/15
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    "Great story, grating narrator"

    Story was fantastic, but the narrator's cadence made it quite difficult to layer Nathan Fillion's voice over it in my head. Still, overall quite good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • james
    05/06/15
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    "Would have been better if Nathan Fillian narrated it"

    But overall it wasn't bad at all, a fine edition to the halo novel series for sure!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    20/05/15
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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kyle
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    29/04/15
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    "Another perfect entry in the series"

    Awesome, top notch halo story. Must read. Pick it up and enjoy it mucho mucho mucho mucho caliente gjallarhorn for everyone

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Clinton, TN, United States
    18/04/15
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    "Awesome"

    Connects Halo ODST to the Halovers even better than the game. Narrator is very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blake Dahl
    Indianapolis, IN
    06/04/15
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    "Awesome Story"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Keragus
    02/04/15
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    "Right on target"

    This story really expanded the Halo canon. It took a character from one game and really fleshed out other characters, plots, and backstory of other games. It was told in a way that is unique compared the other Halo books. It also did a good job of dealing with some heavy issues of loyalty, death, relationships and honor. I enjoyed this story very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Karam
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    17/03/15
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    "Somewhat Lazy"

    Almost a quarter of the story was retelling Halo : ODST's storyline. If I wanted to hear that I would just play the game again. The rookie's plight was bull added to bring some ill faded depth to a mediocre addition to the Halo universe. Not to mention the creators of this audiobook should have had Nathan Fallon "Buck" from the game narrate the freaking boo seeing as it Is written entirely from his point of view!!!!!

    You may think my critique to harsh, but Eric Nylund has some large shoes to fill and these new writers are disappointing me left and right. Magazines are called clips more than 20 times I a freaking chapter, and there is barley and mention of the advanced technology we crave to hear details about.

    If this is the direction the Halo universe is being taken in I may have to take to writing my own fan fiction. It will hold more closely to the universe and feature more fantasy detail about the Spartan equipment and training we all love to read about.

    Get it together people, we love this universe and these poor additions are not going to fly for long.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    02/03/15
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    "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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy Breaud
    30/04/15
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    "Yea! For Buck!"

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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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