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Bloodlines

Warhammer Crime
Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
Series: Warhammer Crime, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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A Warhammer Crime novel.

An investigation into a missing member of a wealthy family leads Probator Agusto Zidarov into a web of lies and danger amidst the criminal cartels of Varangantua. As the net closes in, Zidarov falls further into darkness from which he may never return.... 

Listen to it because: take a step into the murky underworld of the 41st Millennium through the eyes of a lawman in a gargantuan city whose investigation leads him into darkness and danger.  

The story: in the immense city of Varangantua, life is cheap, but mistakes are expensive. When Probator Agusto Zidarov of the city’s enforcers is charged with locating the missing scion of a wealthy family, he knows full well that the chances of finding him alive are slight. The people demanding answers, though, are powerful and ruthless, and he is soon immersed in a world of criminal cartels and corporate warfare where even an enforcer’s survival is far from guaranteed. As he follows the evidence deeper into the city’s dark underbelly, he discovers secrets that have been kept hidden by powerful hands. As the net closes in on both him and his quarry, he is forced to confront just what measures some people are willing to take in order to stay alive.... 

Written by Chris Wraight. Narrated by Charles Armstrong.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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Noir 40K detective

Cliched, but still brilliant. A great look into the civilian world of Warhammer 40,000. We get the setting lives it's tagline of, There is Only War, but in an Empire of over a million world's, not every world in embroiled in the fires of humanities eternal conflict. The author manages to be incredibly descriptive with the setting. A joy to listen too.

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Great insight into the life of a Hive-city

Surprisingly, a crime novel placed in the Galaxy M42 was not a bad idea. The tension, the characters, the intrigue - everything works well both as a 40k novel and as a stand-alone book. The protagonist is complex. He is not perfect both as an officer and as a person, but he is believable, flawed enough to be a human. The overall plot is quite interesting and some twists might make you whisper: “Holy Throne of Terra!” I like how the novel asks very interesting questions both from in-universe and IRL perspectives: faith, children, corruption, inequality, even a midlife crisis! And the author doesn’t give you definitive answer letting you to choose where you stand. The weakest point is performance. It is not bad, but also nothing to write home about either. Still, this is a great novel, and if you like an old good fashioned detective read you won’t be disappointed.

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Just really good.

I want more of this. The look into the common people of the 40k universe is very full of potential stories and could just keep going and going. I could listen to this kind of stuff on and on. Please give us more!

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charles armstrong might be BLs best new narrator!

a great start to a new take on warhammer 40k planetlife thanks chris wraight! p

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-2020

Wonderful start to Warhammer Crime, but....

I very much so enjoyed a look into the life of not only one of the Arbitrators of a Hive world, but more so a look at the life of an Imperial citizen. However, the one issue I had with the book was not from the actual story or even the narrator, but rather Games Workshop's horrific editing, or rather lack there of. 3-4 distinct times the bloopers/first readings of a line were left in. This happened in the 3rd installment of Ciaphis Cain, and now here. It is rather unexcusable from a publisher like The Black Library, especially with a catalog as vast as theirs. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoy this story, and would be quite pleased even for a follow up that features some of the same characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-2020

Awesome writing yet again from Chris Wraight

But someone needs to proof listen to black library’s audiobooks better than they currently are! Everything else was fantastic

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  • joshua
  • 17-08-2020

Blade runner meets 40k

A very enjoyable mix between the universe of 40k, trade dynasties with solid undertones of blade runner. The main character is a good mix of light and dark and although the book could have been a little more edgy the theme of illegal youth harvesting was very nasty indeed

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  • Tim Miller
  • 12-08-2020

Noirhammer

You don't need to know much about Warhammer 40k to enjoy this book. If you're a 40k fan, then some of the things that are happening in the background will give you a reference for when this takes place and what the galaxy is going through, but it's not required. It's a well written crime drama/mystery with a down to earth (so to speak) protagonist. The narrator does a great job, not much more to say, but given warhammer's usual narrators, he had a high standard to live up to. I had occasion to listen to this in one long session and did not once feel the urge to stop and listen to something else. I could easily see myself going "just one more chapter" with a hard copy version until what do you know, I finished it and it's 3am.

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  • David Dennett
  • 27-08-2020

Absolutely inspired!

The word dystopian is often over used in this genre. However, Chris Wraight’s treatment of the subject matter is entirely relatable and therefore entirely dark and gritty In a way that hits home. Dr. Wraight has recently become one of my favorite Black Library authors. His treatment of the cosmos is always deep, provocative, and more often than not serves as an analog to the world we live in.

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  • Steven Baldwin II
  • 16-09-2020

40k & Crime fiction

great book! refreshing to see the 40k universe used in a different way. crime fiction fits right in.

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  • Joshua
  • 14-09-2020

Pretty Good

Standard cop story in SPAAAACE! Not bad, I liked it and will read the sequel. Chris Wraight always delivers even if the genre isn't your thing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-10-2020

Detective story from 40k universe

Very nicely writen I really enjoyed the story. Performance is great...I just do not know about any downside of this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-2020

Great Showing For Warhammer Crime

I must report to my fellow WH 40K addicts that this is a GREAT story. I got to give it to CW that I was genuinely captive the whole time. The setting of " crime" is perfectly shown and you get some seriously dark moments being a cop in the far future if the grim darkness. All of the characters are deep and well set in the lore. I hope there is more from this character on the horizon!

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  • 01-10-2020

great intro to warhammer crime

Great story, solid characters. Very good intro to warhammer crime, the writer is very good at reveals and using clues to give the reader some ideas of what's going to happen or who is a suspect.

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  • Sprgsmal
  • 15-08-2020

Great Debut - CyberNoir in 40k setting

tldr; Bloodlines is a very believable marriage between a traditional detective story in a cyberpunk setting where the 40k universe serves as a backdrop.

Bloodlines has been much anticipated as the first title of the new Warhammer Crime series and is penned by none other than the great talent that Wraight is. For most, Bloodlines achieves the heavy expectations. Bloodlines in some ways is a very light 40k novel in that it could work well outside the universe, or if it did not have Warhammer in its name, perhaps most readers would have never even guessed the connection.

This is both good and bad. The good is that it offers a fresh and an extremely down to earth approach to the universe. Bloodlines is enjoyable reading in how casual it is but it also offers important lore-insights into the life of regular Imperials in one of its better worlds. Varangantua is a civilized world but in truth more like a paradise world compared as to how masterfully horrible Terra is depicted in Wraight's masterpiece, The Carrion Throne (much recommended). Still, the novel is fairly grim in few parts. Many times the atmosphere of the book reminds me somewhat of Blade Runner. A rather traditional detective story with women, alcohol and corporations that are clad in 40k universe. The bad part is that I feel the book is a bit of a lost opportunity. It could have involved more enriching of 40k lore in many ways. As it is, Bloodlines is a perhaps a bit too detached from the universe, while it certainly also offers many insights into it. I hope this doesn't come trend for Black Library and that they don't try to fish too hard for new audiences but overall, everything works. I do commend that for change the focus is a believable story involving non-superhuman people.

I was initially going to give the narrator three stars but eventually began to like Armstrong better over the course of time. He is generally solid and at times excels in dialogue but for me he was not on equal footing with an narrator like John Banks, who is certainly a full five star reader. The narration, nonetheless, is good and very fitting for the character. There were a few audio glitches in the recording, for example one sentence can be repeated twice. There are not many such blatant mistakes but these are unforgivable to be left in a released professional recording.

Chris Wraight's writing is as solid as ever. Bloodlines is not as brilliantly lyrical as The Carrion Throne is for example but is nonetheless more vibrant than Watchers of the Throne. The writing is overall a bit more comical in its extremely elegant and witty form. Dialogue, in particular, is well crafted.

Overall, Bloodlines is a success and if its description spiked your interest, you probably won't be disappointed!

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  • charon
  • 30-08-2020

One of the best 40K books!

This is such a refreshing perspective, and I really hope Chris Wraight comes back to it again soon! Yeah, like others have mentioned it comes across as more Cyberpunk/40K lite than most books in the setting. At least, ostensibly. All the 40K Grimdark is still there, it just isn't rammed down your throat by a power fist! It's all there, but on a range of varying subtly (sometimes you'll miss it if you blink!) I would love for BL to have this type of perspective as niche they really commit to!

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  • paul sparks
  • 28-08-2020

Grim Dark Grimy and Seedy

A superb first book in the WH40k crime series the characters are so believable and the fatigue both mental and physical they suffer in this world is palpable, I want more na I want it soon! The narration is perfect

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  • Alexander Brown
  • 10-08-2020

A great adventure!

I really enjoyed this, made me think of other policemen of fiction like Vimes and Frost and gave a great insight into the lives of hive citizens. Highly recommended.

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  • Oeyvind
  • 26-08-2020

Great narrator

It's a good crime story in the WH 40k universe. Charles Armstrong does an excellent job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-2020

It's 40k but with a real twist.

A very grass roots look at the 40k universe from the perspective of some amongst the vast downtrodden masses. It's gritty, grim, and has a feel of the old noir pulp novels to it. If you're a fan of the Enforcers in Necromunda this is probably the book for you. If I have one almost-gripe it's that I feel Chris Wraight missed a trick in not having everything after the first chapter written in the first person perspective, although that may be almost stepping to close to Raymond Chandler's literary toes. There are no superhuman warriors blazing away with full-auto rocket launchers in this tale, and in this case that's for the better.

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  • Iain Johnstone
  • 22-08-2020

5 Stars is not enough Stars

If this is how Warhammer Crime series is going to continue sign me up. Really hope Chris does some more Agusto stories.

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  • Pricy
  • 20-08-2020

Outstanding

Amazing debut for the WH Crime franchise. A refreshing look at the 40k universe, thoroughly recommend! Chris Wraight is fast becoming one of Black Library's best writers.

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  • David Cardiff
  • 16-08-2020

A different kind of Warhammer story

I liked the difference between this and a lot of other 40k stories I've listed to. It's not more of the same with this but dares to step outside of the standard tropes of the 40k universe. Definitely worth a blast!

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  • Marco Lai
  • 21-10-2020

Really great thriller.

A classic detective style story with plenty of twists and turns in the 40K universe. What’s not to like?

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