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Halo: New Blood is a novel set in the Halo Universe and written by Matt Forbeck. The plot follows Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck, the protagonist of Halo 3: ODST, as he is offered to join the SPARTAN-IV program. The novel will be initially released digitally and in physical form at a later date. Writing began in Spring 2014.
- “While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier―not even the legendary Master Chief―wins a war on his or her own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers 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 to finally 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?”— Official summary
- Avery Johnson
- Edward Buck
- Catherine Halsey (Mentioned only)
- Taylor H. Miles
- Gretchen Ketola
- Baruti Komen
- Michael Crespo
- SPARTAN-B312 (Mentioned only)
- Kojo Agu
- The Rookie
- Sarah Palmer
- Sadie Endesha