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The Damnation of Pythos

The Horus Heresy, Book 30
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
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In the aftermath of the Dropsite Massacre at Isstvan V, a battered and bloodied force of Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders regroups on a seemingly insignificant death world.

Fending off attacks from all manner of monstrous creatures, the fractious allies find hope in the form of human refugees fleeing from the growing war and cast adrift upon the tides of the warp. But even as the Space Marines carve out a sanctuary for them in the jungles of Pythos, a darkness gathers that threatens to consume them all.

©2014 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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read the summary save your time.

well enough written if your into Iron Hands go for it. otherwise really does not add to the series... skip to another of the +50 books of the series

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Could be better

One of the weaker books in the series. Keeble does a great job as always.

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  • Michael D. Rubio
  • 08-12-2017

Just skip this one

You could take every GW license out of this story and you have a horror/thriller set during wartime. It has no bearing on the overall narrative, the characters are gullible and bland seemingly just to advance the story to it obvious conclusion. Sry. Just skip it, I wish I did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-10-2018

All good

narrator was great. great interpretation of the story the desperate ending was sublime indeed. ten out of ten.

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  • Christopher Anderson
  • 28-10-2018

In Praise of the Unsung Heroes

Damnation of Pythos is a straight-up Film Noir for the 40K universe. Its not all happy endings and glamorous victories in the era of the Horus heresy. Good does not always defeat evil, heroes are not always remembered, and Innocents are not always spared. David Annandale gives surprising depth to a simple tactical scenario, and delves into the psyche of a damaged Legion struggling to survive. We gain more insights into the fabled stoicism of the Iron Hands, and confirmation of the Salamanders eternal compassion for the weak. The ending is haunting, and accentuates that the Horus Heresy was a conflict of many many casualties. And yet...the Astartes fight on. Jonathan Keeble's vocals & characterizations are awesome as always, and he is the best in biz with narrating scenes of action and gravitas.

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  • Christopher Laginja
  • 06-06-2018

Another Great HH Book!

The Damnation of Pythos is a great listen. David Annandale did a great job capturing the spirit of the shattered legion after their fall at Istavaan V. Each legion is written well according to their personalities and combat doctrine. The mortals are interesting and add much to the overall context of the story. It's a well told story in the Grim Dark future.

Jonathan Keeble is quickly becoming one of my favorite Narrators for the 40K books, if not on Audible itself. The variety of voices he can, the fact he's used across several books in series order rendering consistent voices to reoccurring characters makes the story so easy to digest through an auditory medium.

I believe this story may be written off by people who enjoy the HH series because it may not feel as "important" as say Horus Rising or Legion. It's still a great story, beautifully narrated. I couldn't be happier.

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  • charles craft
  • 21-04-2018

A decent Lovecraftian horror in the 40k universe

This is a pretty poor Horus Heresy book, because its entirely a setup for The Pilgrim and some backstory on Pandorax and focuses almost nothing on the main plot at large. What Damnation of Pythos does do well though is offer a very pessimistic and hardlined eldritch horror story. Characters are flat but serve their purpose, the actual planet is the best character in the book as Chaos influences warp this death world into something far worse. The authors angles of description for the creatures and daemons is very well done and vivid. The ending was particularly satisfying in its grimdark setup.

Good book if your looking for a horror novel, if you want more Horus Heresy intrigues you will be found wanting despite some of the bigger connections to the future and Ruinstorm.

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  • Amanda
  • 12-12-2018

Love the Horus series.

Love all Warhammer books. They never disappoint. Been reading this series sense the very start.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-2018

Get brilliantly lost in this

Jonathan Keeble is the best narrator of the series. everyone else pales in comparison.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-2019

Irrelevant and uniteresting

A complete sideshow, uninspiring. However beautifully read by Keeble. I Wish i had Skipped this book

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  • Cerus
  • 06-08-2018

An OK book but wouldn't be recommending it

As the title says this book was OK and had some interesting ideas that it ultimately didn't deliver on for me. I felt that no worthwhile conclusions were reached and that the characters and their motivations could have been further explored.

Overall the book didn't add anything to the Heresy storyline and left no interesting reveals or hooks to be picked up by later books. The characters were a bit too cliche for my liking although think elements could have been further explored like two Iron Hands having very different outlooks and opinions instead of the sergeant just giving up and deciding his captain must be right.

I was left feeling that there was no suitable conclusion to the story, as the struggle the characters went through and challenges they faced ultimately resulted in no notable change or worthwhile outcome. If your a fan of the Iron Hands you may still like this closer look at them and the action scenes are decent.