At one time, HALO books were some of the finest works in new military science fiction literature. Seriously. HALO: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund was one hell of a novel...HALO or not. However, that is not the case today. The Forerunner trilogy was boring and suffered from not related to the central HALO stories that we fans cared about...The ThursdayWar was just okay. News breaking today may change that. It seems that for the next HALO entry into the world of literature will be centered around Orbital Shocktrooper Buck from the 2009 game. Gunnery Sgt Edward Buck, as we all remember, was voiced by uber-cool Nathan Fillion and modeled somewhat after Mr. Fillion's Firefly character of Captain Malcolm Reynolds. HALO: New Blood is being penned by Matt Forbeck and fills in elements of Buck's past and his future in the HALO 4 world. Yes, this does not take place in the Covenant War years. Pity. According to the publisher, HALO: New Blood is having Buck make a choice between retirement or helping in the SPARTAN-IV project. Of course, this news is on the heels of an upcoming remaster release of HALO 3: ODST as an apology to the fans for the fuck up with The Master Chief Edition. Author Matt Forbeck, who is known for penning an Guild War series book, has played through ODST twice and attempting to get the dialog correct for Buck...wonder if Matt is watching Firefly as well? I might read this because I've also loved the game, the character, and the ODSTs. Okay, back to work on the Our Enemies blogpost.