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But as the orks' numbers grow and the Space Marines' numbers dwindle, Grimaldus faces a desperate last stand in an Imperial temple. Determined to sell their lives dearly, will the Black Templars hold on long enough to be reinforced, or will their sacrifice ultimately be in vain?
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By Jason Enderle on 10-30-17
First Foray into Warhammer 40k
This book was suggested to me by a friend when I asked which Audible Warhammer book I should begin with.
It did not disappoint. I was vaguely familiar with Warhammer 40k before beginning this story (I had primarily seen pictures of Space Marines etc.) and I was quickly drawn into the Universe with little trouble imagining the different characters, species, and machinery. The backdrop of this Universe is one of War on such an immense scale that it is difficult to understand, however this story takes the big picture and slowly focuses in from a planetary system scale to a single planet, to a continent on said planet and finally focusing on the defense of a single city. In doing that, the reader receives the feeling of both the grand scale of a star systems at war all the way down to individuals in hand to hand combat trying to survive and claim victory over seemingly insurmountable odds. While listening, I as the reader was unsure as to which characters were going to survive and indeed if ANY would survive. The character development was nuanced but well done and with enough humor to release the tension when needed.
The voice acting was well done and added to the war type atmosphere that was ever present throughout the story.
All being said this was a great introduction to Warhammer 40k and I plan on listening to more in the future.
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By Carl Hall on 10-25-17
New to Warhammer books, but I enjoyed it a lot.
I bought this Audible title when it was the Daily Deal, and I'm glad I did. I was apprehensive buying it as I've not read any Warhammer books before had know knowledge of the universe and themes across the series. There were a lot of terms and references used that I didn't know, but they didn't make the book any less enjoyable.
I enjoyed the story a lot more than I was expecting, and it certainly doesn't follow a typical or predictable plot line you'd expect with a small outnumbered army defending a city against a huge invading army.
The performance from Jonathan Keeble is superb- I would probably say one of the best I've heard so far. He is perfectly suited to the story that he reads and does a fantastic job of it.
I would recommend this book.
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By Chris Dann on 10-31-17
Wow. Just wow.
Aaron Dembski-Bowden is an amazing author. His writing carries the perfect balance of action, suspense, character building and humour. The characters feel real, and are brought to life brilliantly by Jonathan Keeble, who performs each of them as the unique individuals they are. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
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