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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?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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!
"Decent story, let down by a few factors."
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.
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.
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.
"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
Connects Halo ODST to the Halovers even better than the game. Narrator is very good.
Definitely sheds light on the Spartan 4 program and events after the covenant war had ended.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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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