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It is the 41st millennium, and an upstart alien empire has emerged on the Eastern Fringe. After a few skirmishes to retake human worlds from these blue-skinned invaders, the time has come to strike against the so-called Tau Empire.

At the forefront of the Damocles Crusade stand the Ultramarines, commanded by Captain Atheus, the Chapter's Lord Executioner. With his loyal sergeants Numitor and Sicarius by his side, Atheus vows to exterminate the aliens...but the cunning xenos commanders, Farsight and Shadowsun, have other plans.

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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omg. enough of the space marines dudes

the whole world doesnt revolve around space marines my dudes.... i got this book for the tau. more tau stories please.

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Epic in Scale, Precise in Detail

This Audiobook was so immensely large in scale I am impressed at the detail and finness in many situations in which scenarios were handled. Not only were the characters largely fleshed out, but so were the arenas of battle and weapons of war.

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more Phil Kelly and tau pls

absolutely fantastic adventure. fans of farsight/tau lore should pick it up. sicarius is as ridiculous (and awe inspiring) as ever.

farsights legacy is a great story for an anti-hero of the tau'va and this book leads well into the first farsight novel (not on audible...yet hint hint).

narration is the among the best of the tau audio. a lot of other stuff leans too heavily on older lore inspiration, instead of the the more recent established lexicography

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good place to start for tau stories

enjoyed the story. John banks is always a good narrator.

just wish the stories weren't so scattered. little piece of a tau story here, little bit of eldar there. But can never sink you teeth into the full story like the beast arises.

also DO THE FARSIGHT SERIES FOR AUDIBLE!!!!!

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  • Mike Sherwood
  • 17-01-2020

Grim Dark

As a traveling sales rep i spend a lot of time in my car and I listen to a lot of books on Audible to pass the time. That is to say I’ve noticed my tastes of late have gotten more “refined”, not in the snobby sense but more that I know what I like and what I don’t like. Sadly I didn’t like this book. I love the Warhammer 40,000 universe and am always looking for more Xenos lore, but this book suffered from too much Grim Dark. Phil Kelly did a commendable job portraying the Tau and John Banks is a great narrator, but the Space Marines lack depth and are almost comically stereotypical. For a lot of the fans that is exactly what they are looking for, but sadly it wasn’t my cup of tea.
If you’re looking for Tau lore or are really liked other Space Marine novels then definitely pick up this book, but if you’re like me and can’t stand to hear another “For the Emperor!!!!” then give this one a pass.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-2021

Fantastic introduction to the Ta'u empire.

I loved seeing the Empire of man through the eyes of theTa'u empire. Although man is old we are still primitive And although the Ta'u advanced they are very young. Good Book 👍

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  • Kreniz
  • 23-08-2021

Enjoying every moment from both sides of the war

I'm still fairly new to Warhammer 40k lore. As a Tau player, I enjoyed the combat between the imperium and the various forces of the Tau. The battlesuit combat was described in an excellent manner. Hats off to John Banks for the excellent narration and to Phil Kelly for the material itself.

On to the next book, For the Greater Good!

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  • M. Elliott
  • 19-09-2020

great

xeno woman: would you harm an unarmed person?
Sicarius: Yessss!
lmao literally
loved this story

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  • Hector SepulvedaIII
  • 11-02-2020

pretty good

Barely getting into 40k and the Tau are the only faction that really interested me so this book was the perfect thing to start me off on my 40k journey :)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-04-2018

Amazing reading but the plot shield

The voice acting for this book was awesome a performance that was clean and on point from start to finish.
The main weakness was the plot shield for tge main characters. Now you know that main characters live through the impossible but when this point is made pointed out time after time it stops veing impossible and just annoying, the characters are saved by a thousand last second saves, miracles, and random one shots. This can be done well but in this case it seems just lazy on the writters part.
The rest of the story was fun though seeing each sude adapt to the other. The advanced tech of thr Tau put against the ancient Tech of Mankind makes for some really great battles.

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  • Salvas
  • 11-08-2022

Typical Cato Sicarius

I came for the Farsight lore and was disappointed in how the T'au are constantly depicted. This was my first book with Cato in it and I can see why not many like his unrealistic skills. I still enjoyed the book enough to finish it.

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  • Eric Scrogham
  • 13-07-2022

Enjoyable sci-fi

Always enjoyed a story about my man Farsight, Well narrated and well constructed story telling.

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  • N. Lobato
  • 25-02-2022

Great for Tau newcomers

I really don’t know much about Tau since I’m very much an Imperial/Astartes player myself, but I LOVED this book and the character of Farsight.

Looking forward for the next one.

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  • Daniel M.
  • 14-01-2022

Farsight and the Ultramarines 8th Company

A well written book showing the perspectives of the Tau Empire and the Imperium of Man that takes place during the final months of the Damocles Crusade with interesting characters and heroes that develop well during the course of the story. This is a good audiobook to listen to. Overall I give this a 4.9 out of 5 if I could. Sometimes the accents / character voices do not stay consistent. The only complaint I have.

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  • josh
  • 13-11-2017

Pure action

Loving both ultramarines and the farsight enclaves I found myself struggling on who to root for.
Packed with action between battles suits and assault marines, however, often the same phrases are used throughout and seemed almost repetitive.
Although a logical ending I felt it was a bit lackluster and definitely found the tau side more interesting
Saying this I enjoyed it thoroughly and John Banks narration was superb

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  • Scott R
  • 05-05-2020

Really Enjoyed this book

Good to hear about the Tau from their perspective rather than just being purged or killed by the ultra smurfs

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-2020

great listen

nice insight into the tau and also shkwing how the astartes are not as perfect as we all believe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-2019

Loved it from start to finish

I found it gripping, it's my first grimdark novel of any kind. A space marine fan at heart I found myself rooting for each side. An interesting insight into the tau way of life along with vivid and intense battles. I will be relisting to this in the future. A great narrator who brings the characters to life.

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  • Michael L.
  • 23-07-2019

Surprisingly good for a Warhammer book

I find most warhammer books tend to just go through the motions, essentially do very similar stories with minute differences and usually containing multiple fights with an enemy that doesn't really have any effect on the story.

This one however was a big surprise, its a Spacemarine book hut it could also be a Tau book, both sides have say in the story and neither is purely good or bad.

The meeting of these two races who play off each other makes for interesting dynamics in both fights and conversations, and the internal struggles of each side also show that these are relatable characters not just copy paste archetypes.

So yes I would recommend this book :)

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  • Eddie McDonald
  • 25-01-2020

Ultramarine v Tau

Well written account of Tau v Imperium of man. well read, enjoyable and told from both sides. ultramarines come across as intransigent brutes, unlike other novels.

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  • Iggy S.
  • 30-04-2019

Brilliant intro to Tau and Farsight

I love most 40k books that I listen to, but may cringe when a story is pro-Imperium. This book is not - it’s great how it tell the story from both sides of the conflict - and I found it quite revealing about Tau civilisation and Farsight especially.

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  • Samuel D.
  • 04-05-2018

fantastic book

great book, well written and read. with a good story. highly recommend will read again!

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  • James
  • 10-06-2021

Space Marine Battles, For The Emperor !!

I've listened to a few of these battle books now, all of which are pretty good without being awful or mind blowing......found the ending a little anti climatic - overall a pretty solid listen

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  • michael sykes
  • 09-06-2021

Enthralling

Great insight into the tau mindset and the differences in space marine, guard and tau operations and ideals

Well paced story and great reading

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