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A Warhammer Crime audio.

Murder in the neutral zone between Imperial and Adeptus Mechanicus territory sets Probator Symeon Noctis on a dangerous investigation.

Listen to it because: discover tensions between Imperial servants on Varangantua as an extremely odd pair of detectives seeks to solve a murder.

The story: born into riches, Probator Symeon Noctis attempts to atone for his past sins by championing the powerless of Nearsteel district. But the sprawling city of Varangantua is uncaring of its masses, and when a bisected corpse is discovered in the neutral zone between Nearsteel and the Adeptus Mechanicus enclave of Steelmound, Noctis finds himself cast into his most dangerous case yet.

Partnering with the tech-priest Rho-1 Lux of the Collegiate Extremis, Noctis is drawn into a murky world of tech-heresy, illegal servitors and exploitation that could end his career or his life.

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by James Mcnaughton.

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

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Guy Haley in his best and the worst

The book is... curious. As a detective story it fails on almost every aspect. There are little tension, little clues gathering or mystery. The investigation feels rushed and abrupt. However, Guy Haley is still Guy Haley. The main characters - Noctis and Lux (not very subtle) both are complex and interesting. Noctis in particular is a restless soul: tortured by guilt and regrets, but longing for justice, redemption and desire to make things right. It may sound like a cliche that we had seen hundreds of times but it works. You almost instantly like him. The only complaint I have is that he is too similar to another Guy Haley’s character: Honoured Lieutenant Bannick from Baneblade/Shadowsword novels. Disgraced scion of a noble house, driven by guilt and seeking for redemption. However, unlike Bannick, Noctis has more grit, personal charisma and determination. And to be frank, Noctis’ backstory is much more tragic and can give you a punch in the guts. The second main character - Lux is a bit of a mystery. You only know a few things about her history, but as the story progresses she is shown as compassionate as Mechanicus could be. The dynamic between her and Noctis is a bit awkward but also cute and sweet with a lot of hints for further development. Those two are what make this story work. You want to know what will happen with them. I was supposed to ran 6km, instead I ran 12km because I didn’t want to stop listening the book. Once you started you are on the hook. Not everything is fun and sun though. First, Haley overuses phrases “he said/she said/I said”. It can be really really irritating when you constantly hear it over and over and over again: “I said, then he said, then she said, then I said, then they said, then I said again, and said, and said, and said”. The second biggest drawback: lack of proper detective story. Everything just... happens. Not through clever investigation or wit and mind games, but through luck and other characters who suddenly appear to spill the bins for our detectives. Deus Ex Machina in its worst. Third thing and it is really subjective but Haley used that trick so many times in his previous books that I really sick of it already. The plot-lines that are obvious and shameless sequel baits! From Noctis and Lux backstories to stupid subplot about the officials going through Noctis personal journal. I’ve never regretted buying this book, but the strong feeling of irritation won’t let me until I finally get my grabby hands on the second book and find out what will happen next. And in my book (no pun intended) it worths something. The performance is superb. The narrator kinda sounds tired and depressed capturing the mood and the atmosphere. Great job! Overall, I quite enjoyed it but if Guy Haley won’t release the second part soon I will be reeealy really mad.

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the noir detective genre fits the Warhammer 40K universe like a glove. add to that a self loathing protagonist and a cast of varangantuas worst, we get a very enjoyable book

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A great story with great characters.

Really great story that gives us a look into the lives of people that make up hive cities. these characters aren't super soldiers, they won't change the galaxy or even their own world, but it's intreseting to see how they interact with it. It was also nice to see blacklibrary focusing more on character relationships.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-2020

MORE!

Honestly really loved this, I would love for them to continue this storyline with noctis

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  • brooks n.
  • 03-11-2020

40k crime?

At first is was suspicious, but as the book went on, I fell into it's embrace.

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  • Don McKeon
  • 29-11-2020

I sad when I finished because now I need to wait

I am really enjoying the 40K crime novels so far. This book was really entrancing and had me wanting to listen all day. Why listen to my family argue over dumb stuff during thanksgiving, when I can listen to the description of how a crashed battleship was turned into a casino or how a servitor is made. The narration was great and I hope to hear James McNaughton again soon.

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  • Jacob
  • 22-11-2020

Eager for more

this is such a great insight of the life in the Imperium sides the view of the astartes an I am eager for a continuation of this story of Noctis an Lux

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  • Charles E Valdyke
  • 17-11-2020

Warhammer Crime flashes out the universe

Really loving the Warhammer Crime novels. they really add alot of detail to the universe of Warhammer 40000 by giving you the perspective of what life is like on an Imperial World in a city that's not quite a hive, but more akin to New York in the movie "the Warriors". The characters all feel real, and the stories are not too outlandish. the Narrator in this one did a great job with the voices, and they occasionally bring in a female to narrate as well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-11-2020

A great read!

Another great look into the tough job facing a Probator in the 40k universe. The author's writing of the books setting adds to the enjoyment and Simeon's background in one of the noble houses gives us a look into an area of society that doesn't get a lot of coverage... Had to be one of my favorite 40k books.

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  • Michael Jones Jr
  • 01-11-2020

a good story for a long drive

I think overall the story was really good the only part that kind of hung out a bit. The performance was Stellar from the voice actors and the overall Ambience of it. It did dragon some locations but I would definitely say it's worth having in your collection of audiobook. Guy Haley as usual always brings out a great story and I see he's trying to few new element along the way. James McNaughton has a nice voice for a young character and seems to be a strong point with flexibility between different characters that are male and female.

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  • ClothingMonster
  • 22-10-2020

ok or good not great

I didn't like the detective much or the story. The book could have all happened on present day earth with a few tweaks. Some cool descriptions of mechanicus but I may pass on the next crime novel.

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  • Josh
  • 14-10-2020

Simply great and I can't wait for more!!!

Put simply, I love this book. The narrators did excellent job of bring the story to life. And I can relate with the main character, he and I own practically the same cat lol The author did a good job on this story, setting up the location and did a particularly excellent job on describing the Mechanicus outpost. (That Servitor processing scene... speechless). I genuinely cannot wait for more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-2020

great showing

This book was another surprise for me. I thought WH crime would be too focused... no I was wrong. GH delivers a facinating story and we get to look into the policing of Mechanicus populations and the rich people of the imperium. chapters 13 and 14 show the inside of a servator factory and i will be shocked for life by it. pick this story up its excellent.

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  • paul sparks
  • 05-10-2020

Entertaining

This is a familiar trope used in many crime books the main difference here that it is set in the Warhammer universe, it’s an entertaining listen and I enjoyed it but the use of the first person narration meant far too many “I said, he said” which after a while became annoying, personally I prefer Chris Wraights telling of life in this world, i had not heard this narrator before and he did a really good job and kept the interest alive

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  • Steven
  • 12-10-2020

Brilliant listen well done Guy Hayley

Fantastic audio book well written and narrated exceeded all my expectations totally recommend this audio book enjoy

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  • Jessica Townshend
  • 08-10-2020

Meh, the real crime is the writing.

Dry writing, dull characters, uninspiring twist, half resolved plot, overused tropes. Thankfully it was well narrated.

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  • Alexander Brown
  • 29-10-2020

A great listen!

Interesting characters, good use of perspective and an exciting and intriguing look into underhive life and the hypocrisy of the ruling hive elite. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-2020

interesting start to a series

will have to see if they do anything with the setup they have created so far.

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