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  • Fabius Bile: Clonelord

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Josh Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Once a loyal son of the Emperor's Children, Fabius Bile now loathes those he once called brother. But when a former comrade requests his aid on a mission he cannot refuse, Bile is drawn once more into the sinister machinations of his former Legion. Now, accompanied by new allies and old enemies alike, Fabius Bile must travel deep into the wilds of the Eastern Fringe, in search of a world unlike any other. A world which might hold the key to his very survival. A world called Solemnace....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bile's Back: bitter, twisted & tragic as ever!

  • By Joe on 08-06-2019

Bile's Back: bitter, twisted & tragic as ever!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-2019

Fabius Bile is one of the most curious, original and compelling characters of the 40k universe. yes, he's a total monster. But he's also totally relatable. a villain you can't help but cheer on.
Suberb writing and a complex, twisting storyline packed with imaginative characters, Clonelord is one of the best 40k boom I've heard in a while, and a perfect example of why Bile remains such an interesting antihero to explore.

  • Shadowbreaker

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Steve Parker
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The Deathwatch are the elite of the elite - small teams of Space Marines handpicked for special missions that require the utmost courage and cunning. Now recovered from the injuries sustained on his previous mission, Codicier Karras must lead Talon Squad in the hunt for a missing inquisitor. Their only clue is the name of an Imperial planet that has been taken over by the T’au. Is the missing inquisitor alive or dead? Worse still, has she gone rogue, jeopardising one of the Inquisition’s most secret projects? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story in the end, with a few flaws

  • By Joe on 01-06-2019

Great story in the end, with a few flaws

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-2019

Warhammer 40K audio books are my guilty pleasure. The performance of these gonzo-epics of unending 'law vs order' military space operas is exquisite.

Steve Parker tells a good story here, and overall hits the mark with lasgun precision.

However, there are passages during the first two-thirds of the novel that feel repetitive and fall into the 'tell, don't show' sin of writing: the author commenting on just how important the mission is or how unlikely it is to succeed. Yes. The reader already knows this from the weirdly-horrific machinations of the Ordos at the start of the book (which is a great opening set of chapters!)

The latter third of the story picks avoids this problematic storytelling, diving into the action with the vivid violence of the final mission and minor characters coming to life (and often dying horribly in short order.)

All up, this audiobook left me very satisfied. No spoilers, but the end is exactly what it should be, but not what exactly what the reader expects.

Enjoy the grim dark future!


  • Anarch

  • Gaunt's Ghosts, Book 15
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

Men of Tanith...do you want to live forever? On the forge world of Urdesh, the massed forces of the Imperial Crusade engage in a final bloody battle with the Archenemy commander known as the Anarch and his elite warriors - the barbaric Sons of Sek. A victory for either side will decide more than just the fate of Urdesh...it will determine the outcome of the entire Sabbat Worlds Crusade. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Abnett's best 40k novels to date.

  • By Joe on 08-04-2019

One of Abnett's best 40k novels to date.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-2019

Abnett is a brilliant writer of military sci-fi and has set the standard for the 40k universe. The Gaunt's Ghosts series has been consistently excellent. But this novel, coupled with its predecessor, are without a doubt the most gripping and exciting novels to date. Abnett's treats us with cast of beautifully realised characters, throwing them into not only the horror of war, but the horrors that lie beneath the human soul. There were times when I literally winced as the Ghosts faced "vergotten" terrors.
I rarely grant star reviews. This novel deserves the it.