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Praetorian of Dorn

The Horus Heresy, Book 39
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 39
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
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Recalled from the Great Crusade after Ullanor, Rogal Dorn and the VIIth Legion were appointed as the Emperor's praetorians - but only after the Warmaster's treachery was revealed did the full extent of that sacred duty become apparent.

Now, the Solar System comes under attack for the first time since the war began, and many of the seemingly impregnable defences wrought by the Imperial Fists prove inadequate. With all eyes fixed firmly upon this new threat beyond the gates of Terra, who in turn will protect Dorn from the enemy within?

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

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dull as sin

i really struggled with this one.
the narration by jonathan Keeble is top notch as always but i found the story itself to be dull and sin and a real slog.
if youre super into 7th or 20th legion it may be the right thing for you but it was jot my cup of tea.

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loved it

Thr Alpha legion v Imperial Fists, it's fun on a bun. Does the Alpha legion get a fisting?

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  • Devin C
  • 14-12-2018

VII

I love the fists and I have a better appreciation for the Alpha legion now. I like how ambiguous the ending is.

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  • CG_Beauty
  • 21-09-2018

Want more like this

The amount of time that it took to get to the finale was filled with fantastic Alpa Legion tom-foolery, and I enjoyed all of the twists that this books three st me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-2019

Understanding tactics.

The story is well told but as with all these books, it is tactically silly.

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  • Jonathan M Trdan-Schmidt
  • 27-09-2018

not the end, but maybe the beginning of the end

The enemy are at the gates and amongst the loyal. They are here, have always been here. Its the way they fight, the alpha legion have planned for every contingent, anticipated every angle, devised every move.... that is except for Rogal Dorn. This is as good a book that has ever come out of a board game. There's intrigue, action, and character. The horus heresy can be a money grubbing mess at times, but this one stands out like a Ruby in Dorns armor.

Strap in and fortify your position.

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  • charles craft
  • 07-06-2018

I am Alpharius?

Awesome spy story and background, never much cared for Dorn until now and the book puts the events of Legion into perspective, in that Alpha Legion is losing their minds. Book description didn't do this one justice, not what was expected and that's for the better. Easily somewhere in top ten for the series.

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  • Benjamin Anderson
  • 20-05-2020

Keeble needs some new voices

Why does at least one of the characters (man or woman) have to sound like a feeble old woman. Most annoying voice imaginable and honestly takes away from the narration for me. Otherwise great story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-2020

outstanding

as a huge horus heresyfan I found this audio exactly as expected from such writers and such a great voice. this book had amazing depth in naritive and character design, gave glimpses in background unexpected, and I was kept on edge the hole time thanks to the diversity in characters created by the outstanding narrator

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  • Jason Heady
  • 05-09-2019

The Alpha Legion strikes at Terra

The Imperial Fists stand sentinel over Terra. For several years, since the Warmaster's uprising began, they have been fortifying the defenses of the Sol system. Now an enemy strikes at those defenses with a plan that began long before the Heresy started.

This novel focuses on the Alpha Legion and Imperial Fists. The primary story involves the leader of Dorn's Huscarls and mimics the formation of Malcador's agents. There are several flashbacks to events over the history of the Fists.

The other side of the main story is told from the broken perception of Alpha Legion elements. True to their nature, not even they know the truth of their situation until their mission parameters call for that knowledge. And, perhaps, not even then.

The performance was well done and on par with other novels performed by Mr. Keeble. The novel flows well and I enjoyed the story. Mr. French does well providing some background for the Imperial Fists and showing elements of how the Alpha Legion operates. Characters are well formed but I did find Caestus as being a bit uneven. That may have been intentional to demonstrate his relative youth and frame of mind, though.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel. Both featured Legions have had limited time in the spotlight in the series thus far so it was nice to see them both shine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-2019

Very interesting writing style

I really like the way John French cycles through different perspectives as events progress. It's cool to listen to other characters through each other's eyes. Jonathan Keeble puts on yet another great reading. I recommend listening to Crimson Fist before you listen to this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-2019

And now a murder mystery...

This is a different sort of Heresy novel and better for it. Some of John French at his best and Keeble’s narration is top notch. Not a great starter novel because it demands a lot of familiarity with names, backstories, and the like, but once you get a few chapters in it flows very well.

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The pacing is excellent. The beginning whips you up in a whirlwind and then it’s a slow burn that matches the slow and steady movements of the Fists with the sudden and unpredictable actions of the sons of the Hydra. These opening steps of the war in the solar system are uncertain and halting because its not clear who’s calling the tune until the final act.

The backstory and lore leave you wanting more. The Selenar and the other lunar cults, the laborers and smugglers of the solar system, Dorn and his First: all of these are teased out and draw your attention as much as the story. That they advance the story so well is a testament to French’s ability.

The whole flavor is a welcome change. I love a good hack and slash or dakka dakka, but the core narrative of three very different characters trying to outfox the foxes was very engaging and lent the fights much more weight because it explained why they were necessary and didn’t just give them window dressing.

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  • Rob Gordon
  • 03-11-2017

a good listen

loved it nice twist and turns and some epic primarch on primarch action. well worth a go

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  • Taylor
  • 09-03-2019

Keeble

Don't think word's can do Jonathan Keeble's narration justice, he brings a good story to life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-2018

Excellent

a dark depiction of the clandestine war before the invasion of terra ....with alot of blood and guts .

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  • Dan
  • 23-04-2018

Decent entry

Another fantastic entry into the super Hourus Hersay and Mr Keeble is a consummate narrator

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  • Rory
  • 25-05-2020

great book

another freat entry in the Horus Heresy series and brilliantly narrated. would recommend before starting the Siege of Terra series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-2019

one of the best HH novels

up there in quality of writing with Tallarn and Legion. and Jonathan Keebles performance is amazing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-09-2019

alpha legion deception at its finest

overall a very good book and deffk top 10 hh but at times a bit long winded.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-2019

Finally some progression

Interesting exciting and relevant to the story. And of course beautifully narrated by Keeble - the best

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  • Terryy
  • 12-05-2019

Solid Meh!

As with all the heresy books the performance is top notch, but story wise they are all very hit or miss. This is very much a miss for me.

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  • Jamie Forrest
  • 09-05-2019

gripping storytelling

gripping storytelling from start to finish, of the very best in the horus heresy series.