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A Warhammer 40,000 novel.

Drawn to a stricken world, the Ultramarines of Crusade Fleet Quintus, believed by many to be cursed, face a stark choice - fight a desperate last stand or doom a sector to warn the Imperium of the rise of a new Necron empire in the Pariah Nexus.  

Listen to it because: this is the first Warhammer 40,000 novel based on the new edition of the game, and it's packed with amazing action, fantastic characters and tons of intrigue - everything you want in a novel of the Indomitus Crusade.  

The story: for nearly 10 years, the Indomitus Crusade has waged a war of defiance and reconquest in the war-torn Imperium. 

Attached to Crusade Fleet Quintus - dubbed the Cursed Fleet by many - the Ultramarines of the Ithraca’s Vengeance are drawn to a stricken world. 

With millions enslaved, a malign necron technology siphons the souls of the innocent and heralds the Silent Kingdom’s expansion. The Ultramarines face an impossible decision: mount a desperate last stand to destroy the Pariah Nexus, or break away and damn the entire sector to bring word of this ancient foe’s resurgence to the only being capable of halting it - the Lord Primarch Roboute Guilliman.  

Written by Gav Thorpe. Approx running time 9 hours 51 minutes. Narrated by Robin Bowerman.

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

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bad narrator

the narrator was really bad. no different voices for characters, lack of inflection. really killed the story for me.

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unmemorable

The problem with 40k novels is how little individual characters matter. We just spent 10 hours getting an insight into a whole host of characters who in the end, might as well have remained nameless. The story worked insofar as we knew who the combatants were and we knew what the motivation was, but ultimately a story of sacrifice is only as meaningful as the event itself. In the grand story of the warhammer 40k universe, this will be remembered as largely irrelevant.

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great to get things from the necron perspective

more from the necron pls. . . . . . . . . . . . . .!

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Hardly gripping stuff.

The overall plot is good, writing gives an insight into necron culture and structure.

Some good characters delivered with depth and scope and some good plot twists along the way but like a disabled cruiser, it tends to drift along banging into events rather than storm along a clear path.

Sadly narration makes amost everyone feel like feeble and whiny old men, combine with a predictable focus on personal politics and I found myself wishing this would hurry and be done. Not what I was hoping to supplement my experience of the indomitus model set.

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naturally space marine centric

naturally space marine centric.. ok for necron readers but don't be fooled into thinking our part in the story is anything other than the stage for the SM to perform on

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really good

really nice loved it 10 out of 10. maybe if there was to voice actors make female it would be nicer

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just a snoozer. Ultramarines probably not at fault here. Just too slow into having a point

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A great Warhammer Book

Almost 60 Warhammer Audible books in, while I can say this isn't the best it was enjoyable, and I wouldn't hate listening to it again one day. a bit slow in parts, but I was invested right to the end. the *redacted* transmissions scared the Emperor out of me when I was half asleep though. loved it.

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good background stuff for painting minis.

it's a fine space marine novel. It's pretty straight forward and good to listen to if you need some "BROTHER" while painting minis.

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Okay

A good enough story, however the reading was somewhat marred by one or two re-reads that were not edited out, which seems to be happening more and more with each 40k release...

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  • Gabriel de Villafane
  • 29-07-2020

Brother

brother lieutenant captain brother praxameteus pondered the brotherly words of Guillimans Bolter brother doctrines of the codex Astartes, as brother lieutenant captain brother naxomotineseus tactfully indoctrinated the Bolter brother stratagem allowing the brother assault Intercessor Judiciar brother

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  • Red, White and Crue
  • 28-07-2020

Not Super Impressed

I generally find Gav Thorpe's writing pretty entertaining if not particularly inspired. Even the most mediocre writing can be lifted up by a good performance, as far as these audiobooks go. John Banks, Toby Longworth, Jonathan Keeble - these guys can totally elevate decent writing by their excellent voice acting and range of voices that they employ. Unfortunately for this audiobook, Robin Bowerman's performance leaves much to be desired in terms of distinction between characters. Most of the audiobook was disjointed and confusing and I had a hard time figuring out what character I was meant to be hearing, and the only thing distinguishing one character from another was the nature of the dialogue. It's also clear that Robin doesn't do a whole lot of reading Warhammer material as his pronunciations and familiarity with some of the things native to 40k didn't seem very consistent. I don't normally say things like this, but I would probably give this one back if I could and just buy the novel, because I'll never give it a second listen. It's a real shame, because most of the recent Ultramarines books have been pretty good. I would recommend picking up the novel instead.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-07-2020

Those who fight for the dynasties, avoid...

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Writing just felt rushed and lost.


Space marine players ready yourself for GW on its knees once again for a Gene seed oral injection. 


Necron players avoid. Necron characters over humanized, unforgivable tactical mistakes that shouldn't happen to a race that has fought against gods and over so long a time, and just pure incompetence.


I might be jaded as a Necron player but it just doesn't follow the feel of how the necrons have been portrayed in the lore and stories I've read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-2020

Beyond boring

at first I. wanted to blame the Ultramarines for this being so boring. but it come down the bad combo of the narrator not working and having Black Librarys blandest author write this abomination. if you want to be bored for 9+ hours. this is the audio book for you.

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  • Simon K.
  • 06-08-2020

Worst 40k book I've ever heard

I've listened to the entirety of the Horus Heresy series, Eisenhorn, Ravenor, Gaunts Ghosts and a few others and this book is by far the worst of the lot. So bad that I had to write my first review after having enjoyed immensely my overall experience with Audible and the Black Library.

I'm sure there are challenges to narration that I am completely unaware of, the readings by Toby Longworth easily my favorite, but this narrator is so unsuited to this 40k universe it boggles the mind that he was hired for this book.

Imagine a Primaris Space Marine, a genetically engineered, 9ft tall muscle-dense supersoldier, devout guardian of mankind against the most horrible monstrosities you can imagine voiced by a man that makes them sound like a scrawny, acne-riddled thespian reciting poetry while holding a bouquet of flowers that seem to heavy for him.

Save your credit/money. Hard Pass.

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  • Something
  • 28-07-2020

Product advertising and jokes that will date it.

At least the mechanicus has not changed its connections for 8 thousand years. Narration was bad enough my brother quipped that all the narrators for Balck Library had a race to get it submitted first and then it was edited at the last minute. I don't think it was that interesting and the book seemed uninspired. I was expecting a bridge between Watchers and Plague War. They kept crying about it from Plague War to Cawl and I was bored.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-2020

Simply put it was bad.

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1. The story never picked up, left a feeling of there not being a climax, and seems like the book just ended.
2. The action was dull in comparison to other War Hammer books.
3. hard to follow due to a lot of jumping around.

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  • Matthew Haselton
  • 02-08-2020

Are we suppose to dislike Primarius Ultramarines

This was my 40K space marine novel. I have read some of the Horus Heresy novels that deal with Space Marines while they were still larger legions. This books surprised me in the sense that almost none of the main characters seemed very likable. The Ultramarines come of as a mix of arrogant buffoons. The necrons are power hungry villains of little substance. I bought the book because I wanted to feel immersed with the release of ninth edition 40K. However, while the plot points were interesting that characters made it hard to like any of the book. It was very different from other Warhammer fiction I’ve read.

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  • Andrew R.
  • 29-07-2020

Great story and narration, but questionable necron voicing

The story was great and narration of the Astartes was perfect, but the necron voices either sounded like they were a high school nerd version of skeletor or a tired deep voiced scooby doo. Made for an experience that might be even better than if the necron voices were intimidating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-2021

save your money or credits

This book is just bad with a horrible narrator. Necrons betrayed like morons and space marines sounding like adolescent teens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-2020

Over hyped and under performance

Not the best 40k book, it felt like the book was just there to hype up the new models and not to tell a new story, tbf its not worth keeping in my library and will be returning for my credit.

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  • Robert Freiholtz
  • 27-07-2020

Advertisement > storytelling

Feels more like advertisement for their new models than trying to tell an interesting story. I really hope this is not how the rest of books which are set in this time period will be like...

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  • James Jackson
  • 30-07-2020

'Bolter-porn'... Again.

More of the same from Gav Thorpe. Constant fighting, unprofessional Astartes and characters we've all seen before in Saturday morning cartoons. Give it a miss if you want the real grimdark.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-2020

Hard Pass.

It is not a good book.

I was all hyped up about Indomitus and 9th edition 40K and so got this audiobook to make me even more immersed in that excitement.

Considering how long Gav Thorpe has been working for and writing for GW you would have thought he would know more about how to write space marines. The characters are two dimensional and the dialogue is ridiculous as they consistently take actions completely out of character for Ultramarines or Astartes.

There are too many complex concepts and language for new readers and not enough depth or explaination for people who do have a background knowledge in the 40K universe.

The audiobook is read by a different person from the normal 40K guys (John Banks, Jonathan Keeble or Andrew Wincott). He makes the space marines sound pompous and unlikable like British colonial lords shooting African wildlife. The Necrons voices make them sound nasal and whiney not what you would expect from million year old alien soulless androids. I'm sure he's perfectly fine for some audiobooks but this wasn't one of them.

I couldn't reconcile whether it was his reading or the writing that was making me dislike the novel. Right up until the Primaris Space Marine Captain peered through his fingers to see if a non-combat situation was safe!

That did it for me.

One star at best. ⭐

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-2020

necron voice acting is bad...really bad

bolter porn. Story idea is good but Poorly written. Shame did not engage me. Shame

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-2020

Rats in space

The book reminded me of a boring Star Trek episode with Skaven plotting and random Space Marine ads for the new miniatures.

Especially the whole first half was just mindless tech babble with bad character building.

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  • paul sparks
  • 30-07-2020

Average story but terrible narration

As the first book of the Indomitus Crusade I had expected a story with scope and breadth, this book belongs with the space marine conquests sun genre as it is basically one long battle from start to finish, I have seen criticism that it is an advertisement for the new models, I don’t get involved in that and only listen or read Warhammer books so can’t comment, what I can say is that the narration was just awful, probably the worst I have heard in Warhammer books to date and I won’t get any more books he narrates

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  • ciaran
  • 08-08-2020

Disapointed

It is rare I don't like a Black Library book but this was a big let down, The established lore holds little sway througout. I had hoped for much better .

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  • Jack
  • 31-07-2020

MEH

Poorly preformed and bland story unfortunately, fav Thorpe is never GW’s best but has to be one of the worse books he’s done

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  • Mark Fraser
  • 03-08-2020

A fantastic delve into the world of the Necrons.

It’s great to have a book where you get to hear it from the other side, and this does precisely that, showing us the thought processes of the Necron and their hierarchy.

The Ultramarines are also fairly well written, but show a few traits uncharacteristic for their legion, so points docked for that.

Fantastically read though, with great voices and sound effects throughout.

Well worth a read as we get into 9th!

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