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An original full-length novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

Just hours following their climactic battle on the Forerunner planet Genesis, the Spartans of Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris find themselves running for their lives from the malevolent machinations of the now-renegade artificial intelligence Cortana. But even as they attempt to stay one step ahead, trouble seems to find Spartan Edward Buck no matter where he turns.

A secret mission enacted by the Office of Naval Intelligence could possibly help turn the tide, and has Buck reluctantly agreeing to reform his old team, Alpha-Nine. Because if the band is really getting back together for this one, that means everybody - including the Spartan who Buck never wants to see again, the one who committed the ultimate betrayal of trust....

©2018 Matt Forbeck (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Fantastic

Forbeck at his best with a fantastic cast of characters and a journey that kept me engaged to the very last sentence. Scott Bricks narration is a perfect match for Forbecks intense dialogue and action. People call video game novels trash fiction, Bad Blood proves them wrong. Please get Matt writing more Halo Universe stories. He gets it. I could listen to Mr Brick narrate a cool book. Bravo!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-06-2018

A MUST READ for Alpha-9 fans!!!

If you read New Blood this is a must read. While New Blood was a great story I would say this is even better, though you MUST reed New Blood to fully enjoy this book. It kept me interested all the way through and had a great ending. After listening to both Alpha-Nine books It would be awesome to have them all together along with blue team in the next game instead of osiris. This is one of the best if not THE BEST Halo novels so far!

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  • CaptureShoper
  • 17-09-2018

Good way to get the band back together.

With the fight against Cortana .Getting Alpha Nine back in action is a must if you want to win this war. Can't wait for the next book to come out.

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  • C.T.
  • 15-09-2018

An okay sequel marred by ties to Halo 5: Guardians

An enjoyable novel that returns us to the adventures of Buck and his crew of misfits. Unfortunately, the story is mired down with its ties to the execrable Halo 5: Guardians. No one liked that game and its villain weighs heavily over the book as its impossible to root for ONI fascists against a beloved video game support character. On the plus side, the narrator does an amazing job as always. He remains the voice of Halo for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-2018

Fantastic Stoy, a bit too much dwelling

There is one story arc in this book that simply gets old after a while. I understand the angst one must feel when being betrayed, but to hear it countless times throughout the book is a bit much. Other than that the story was fantastic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-2018

A good follow up to Halo 5 Guardians

This book is a treat it's told from the perspective of Spartan Buck, and with it comes all of his sense of humor and understanding of events around him. Scott Brick is also nice to listen too even if you're associating every Buck action with Nathan Fillion's voice.

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  • KWB
  • 08-09-2018

Greatness long overdue

I am a long time fan. I will continue to follow this universe in print. So keep them coming. Alpha 9, Blue Team, Team Osiris, Red Team...hell, any team! Just keep it coming.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-2018

Completely Outstanding

Except for the narrators pronunciation of the word Ballaho, everything is amazing, it along with New Blood are some of the best books I've ever read

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  • Colton Wallace
  • 04-09-2018

Good(!) Halo

Just as good if not better than the first. This series just keeps on given.

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  • John D McKee II
  • 02-09-2018

great book

love the story and how it was written would recommend to any of my friends

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  • Martin Herbert
  • 29-08-2018

Wow this may redeem the Cortana storyline

Really great to have some additional exposition to go with the “Crazy Cortana” story we are seeing in the game.