Halo: New Blood, a digital first short novel from Matt Forbeck, will launch on March 2, 343 Industries has announced.

The novel focuses on ODST Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck.

"While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier - not even the legendary Master Chief - wins a war on his or her own," explains the novel's blurb. "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?"

The novel is told from Buck's perspective and promises to reveal where he's been and what he's been doing.

"I absolutely loved Halo 3: ODST myself, and I always wanted to know more about Buck and his teammates too," said Forbeck. "When you finish the game, there are so many unanswered questions about who Buck is and what's going to happen to him.

"This became my chance to fill in a lot of the blanks in his past and even help chart out his future, and I could not have been more honored."

Source: Halo Waypoint