HALO NEW BLOOD by Matt Forbeck

Here’s my standard disclaimer. I am a fan of the HALO games on XBOX.  I’ve played every one of the games since the first one was released.  I decided to look up novels associated with the HALO universe, and I purchased this title as on my own accord. The Author did not send me a copy to review, and did not request that I review this book. A rating will follow this review on Goodreads and Amazon.

I review books based on the story itself. I’m not an editor and I’m not reading these books to proof them for Authors. I’ve read classics or best sellers with mistakes in them. The only time I will let mistakes effect my review is if the mistakes made reading the book cumbersome. At that point, I will just give it a lower number rating while reviewing the actual story itself.

I don’t like reading a review that is basically the back cover blurb, or something that gives away too much of the story. Personally, I like suspense. I like to discover the details of the story as I read them. So, please enjoy this spoiler free book review!

I’m happy to announce that the seventeenth book I’m reviewing on my blog is a book called HALO NEW BLOOD by Matt Forbeck.

HALO NEW BLOOD is a military adventure, science fiction.  It’s a novel that takes place in the HALO universe, based on the series of games released on XBOX.  This story takes places after the Human-Covenant War is over.  It focused on a new group of Spartans, which aren’t as modified as the last bunch that includes the famed Master Chief John-117.

The story centers on an ODST Marine named Edward Buck and his team.  The story is told through his eyes.  He is picked for the program and gets his team into it.  They go through the rigorous process of becoming a new type of Spartan, but there’s intrigue.  Someone is trying to sabotage the program, and no one is safe from suspicion.  After that, the newly minted Spartans hit the galaxy for the UNSC.  Even though the Human-Alien war is over, new conflicts have arisen.  Dissatisfied Aliens are still around, but an old problem that existed before the war, arises anew.  The far flung Human Colonies are rife with rebellion again.  Spartan Buck and his team need to fight insurrections, while needing to keep an eye on each other…

Overall, I liked this book.  It’s a great addition to the HALO universe, and another vessel in which to enjoy the HALO universe through.  The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was how the old program and Master Chief’s series of Spartans are seen.  They are often seen as glory hunting bullet stoppers by the rank of file, even though the old Spartans were put into the program against their will at the age of six.  By the end of the book, only the new Spartans see the truth about what the old Spartans did to keep humanity safe.  Which is a shame, because the rank and file won’t ever see the classified exploits of the class of Spartans who almost all died to stop Humanity’s onslaught.

With that being said, it’s a good read.  You’ll like Buck and his team.  You’ll want to see them in future novels, and I hope there will be many more!  I recommend this book. I rate this book 4 out of 5!

-PRP3 The Author. January 14, 2017

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