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Dark Imperium: Plague War

Warhammer 40,000
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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A Warhammer 40,000 novel

Intent on rebuilding Ultramar, the returned primarch Roboute Guilliman wages war on the treacherous Death Guard - but as he battles his corrupted brother, the intervention of a greater power threatens all he works for.

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The story of the resurrected Ultramarines primarch continues and brings him face to face - and sword to scythe - with Mortarion....

The story:

In the void and upon the worlds of Greater Ultramar, the battle for the Imperium continues. Intent on rebuilding his home realm and using it as base to reconstruct the ravaged stellar empire of mankind, the returned primarch Roboute Guilliman proceeds with his war to drive Mortarion and his Death Guard Traitor Legion from the domain of the Ultramarines. But when Guilliman brings his brother to battle upon the diseased plains of Parmenio, the intervention of a greater power in their fraternal struggle threatens to upend the Imperial Regent’s understanding of the galaxy and his place within it. Primarchs and ideologies clash in this second, thrilling part of the Dark Imperium trilogy.

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by John Banks.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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about time they released it for this app. 10/10

would recommend for anyone who plays 40K. . . . . . . . .

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Honestly this one is a little confused.

I found that the author was trying to do just much in this book a pity really. Should have been two books.

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  • Joe
  • 01-08-2019

A little weak...

I'm a fan of gonzo stories and pulp adventurism, and generally Black Library books scratch that itch perfectly.

However, I found myself really struggling to pay attention to this story. It could be its odd choice of construction: a story inside a story. Also, I could not find any character engaging or inspiration.
On the plus side, the performance was - as with most Black Library books - first class. And Guy Haley knows how to turn a phrase and set up interesting atmosphere.
If you are a die-hard 40k fan, then this book is worth a listen. But it's no Hell's Reach.

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New conflict ahead

I found this book a great story and ver useful addition to the development of the current 40K storyline. There are a few tidbits of information that indicate there’s more to come in both the game and storyline.

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Good and bad

Rather slow start but gets interesting around midway. The finale is kind of annoying to me after reading the virus heresy books (won't give spoilers but you'll probably see what I mean when you get to it).

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  • Markus
  • 27-08-2019

Inconsistent volume

Volume inconsistent. Especially Nurgle demon's talk was extremely loud. Some parts like the child saint was extremely quiet.

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  • snozek
  • 14-05-2019

important, good but not great

the reader, John Banks, it's not my favorite reader of the black Library set of options. he misses the tone often when the author specifically States that the character spoke in a particular fashion, thanks will not represent that in the line which he is delivering. Sometimes I just work some, most of the time it works out all right anyway.

Haley is one of the better commonly employed writers for black Library. this book does a good job of bringing the Stories full circle within the overarching novel, but certain threads were clearly teased out a little bit too long.

some of the threads dealing with the plague God and his minions just could not end soon enough, they became tedious.

I have noticed some authors showing a difficulty to represent the opposite sex as fully a character has their own sex. Unfortunately, I think this sometimes takes place with Haley. Not often, but on some occasions it does.

now that I have said everything negative, let's get to the positives.

I said that the book was essential, and the total course of events that the novel includes is certainly essential course of events. if a reader were to skip this novel, there would be a very significant hole in the understanding of the lore of the 42nd millennium.

Haley's flaws that I mentioned above are outnumbered by his merits. Haley makes characters able to be felt through their descriptions and their words.

it seems as though black library has not held guy Haley to a specific chapter, or topic, or character, but they appear to allow him to apply his skills to novels that move the story forward. This is good because Haley does a good job of making the Warhammer 40K world stay consistent and come to life between the table top and the pages of fiction.

not every black Library author accomplishes this. Some authors, even some that seem to be lauded, like Aaron dembski-bowden, manage to work their lack of life experience and ignorance of the Canon of the lore of Warhammer 40K into fiction novels in such a way as to make the novels marginalized in the eyes of fans that actually pay attention.

Guy Haley rights in accordance with Canon. He writes well. He writes in such a way that you can follow his understanding of what is taking place.

although Guy Haley's writing should not be considered formulaic, it is sometimes certainly predictable. to be fair however, in the "grim darkness of the far future", the lowered anxiety of a little predictability is appreciated on occasion.

guy Haley writes the primarch roboute guilliman well. He also has a good handle on mortarion and his internal struggles. having read recently novels which focused on mortarion, the translation from a different author to Haley has been seamless. Haley took the tone and feeling of the characters and brought them through in a true fashion.

a final compliment is that guy Haley does a marvelous job providing a sensory experience for the reader, one which the character is in his story are placed. you can taste the actinic quality in the air. the foul sweetness of Decay fills your nostrils. the uncomforting slosh and give of the earth beneath your feet in the mud seems to be felt as you are reading or listening.

I look forward to his next book.

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  • Joe H.
  • 18-11-2019

Amazing finale! A must listen!

This was a stunningly great book, action packed filled with great stories and an amazing performance.

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  • nate
  • 25-10-2019

Good book

I really liked this one. But I grew a little tired of the description of every nurgling and plague anything description. After dark imperium, I understand. They're disgusting. Other than that, fantastic work, though.

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  • tyler wyser
  • 10-10-2019

worth a listen for one secene

so I am not gonna spoil anything but this book I feel does an amazing job of giving Guilliman a real sense of humanity.

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  • Blazej Krakowiak
  • 21-09-2019

Great book and acting, terrible sound mix

This is a fantastic book full of important insights and events. It's also well acted. The huge downside is the difference in volume, especially battle cries and the musings of Nurgle's legions.

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  • Andrew C Weber
  • 13-09-2019

"Sometimes I wish I had faith" -Roboute Guilliman

when Guy Haley writes characters they are amazing . when he writes combat I fall asleep I hated the ultramarines before this book the character scenes are amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-2019

a must have.

wasn't a thing in this story that i didn't like.
just get it, totally amazing.

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  • gabriel s.
  • 10-09-2019

incredible start to finish

absolutely loved this book from start to finish. John Banks is quickly becoming my favorite narrator. haven't heard anyone else voice the minions of nurgle like he has.

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  • Todd Windman
  • 08-09-2019

Book 1 Questions Answered Here

Great listen, and the implications of what was left unresolved in Dark Imperium is overcast by what is yet to come. I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this saga.

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  • BenjScott
  • 05-06-2019

The story continues...

Following straight on from Dark Imperium, Plague War ups the action and storytelling. Character development gives us more insight and the battle scenes are well done and, in parts, genuinely exciting. The narrator brings some fabulous vocal talent to a wealth of characters from plague demons, battle sisters and Guilliman himself. Cannot wait for the next instalment!

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  • John
  • 01-06-2019

wow

was never a fan of the ultramarines of their leader. but these books have changed my mine. cant wait for more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-2019

sweet emperor this is good

such a great follow on from dark imperium and the voice actor was on point, will deffinately listen again

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  • Martin M.
  • 13-08-2019

Plague War... what a story!

What a fantastic story and performance! This is a must for any Warhammer 40000 fan.

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  • J. G. A. Mascardo
  • 13-08-2019

Couldn't put it down

Yet another enthralling story told by a great narrator. One of the few who can do a none cringey female voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-2019

Another Awesome 40k Novel

Absolutely wonderful insight into Guliman's views on the modern Imperium, the imperial cult and his brothers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2019

Amazing

Great lore and storytelling. just amazing universe loved this story. cannot wait for more from warhammer 40k.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-2019

Once you start listening, you can't stop.

Couldn't stop listening to it. Great audiobook. Great writing and a brilliant voice actor.

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  • Gareth Agnew
  • 25-09-2019

Great book

Very good book. Lots of battles, some really cool moments and really fleshed out the battle between the primarks

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  • Clare S.
  • 07-09-2019

Don't bother

I found this a dull book to listen to, it felt like it took ages to get to the action and then that didn't last long.
Not one to recomend