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The Horus Heresy Book 53

War is unleashed on Beta-Garmon as the armies of the Emperor attempt to hold back the tide of Chaos in the last major clash before Horus reaches Terra itself - and the God-machines of the Adeptus Titanicus are on the front line.  

Read It Because: The long-awaited and much-teased battle of Beta-Garmon is here, and with armies of Titans clashing in brutal no quarters combat, Guy Haley has crafted a remarkable tale.  

The Story: Horus’ armada gathers, and he has defeated all enemies sent against him, even the Emperor’s own executioner. One barrier remains before he can strike for Terra and lay waste to the Emperor’s dream.  

The Beta-Garmon system occupies the most direct and only viable route to the Solar System and Terra. To break it, Horus assembles a war host of incredible proportions and Titans in untold numbers. To lose here is to lose the war, and Horus has no intention of turning back. But the Imperium understands the importance of Beta-Garmon too. A massive army is arrayed, comprised of near numberless army cohorts and a mustering of Titans to challenge even the martial might of the Warmaster.  

Titans fight against Titans as the God-machines of Loyalists and Traitors alike go to war. This conflict will be like no other before it, a world-ending battle that will determine the next phase of the war.  

Written by Guy Haley.

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

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not bad but not great

the titan fight scenes are sadly boring or jarring but the dark mech bits rock

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Great for Titan lore fans

Honestly a really great story for anyone who's interested in the cults and clans that make the God machines walk. Excellent narration and a great setting. If you want plenty of Titan lore, planet wide mass destruction and a compelling story to link the two then this one's for you!

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Guy Haley keeps getting better...

Really enjoyed his last couple of books, I used to avoid Guy Haley but his latest Heresy Novels have been great.

Keeble is a fantastic narrator, as always.

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  • MonkeyShaman
  • 04-10-2019

Diving into the grains of the machine cult.

While this is not the entry level parlance dictionary into the heresy you might be looking for:
The premise that this is supposedly 'the worst book of the Horus Heresy' seems to be predicated on it following a Marshall Sorority within the mechanicus and collegia titanica.
As we get a deeper look into the world of the dark mechanicum, the intercollegiate politics of the crusade and biological childrearing within the cult. All the while fleshing out the khan, dorn sanguinius and Malcador and giving us a last check in with both horus and legio Mortis.
I can only surmise that the view that this book focuses solely on missable characters could only be sourced from someone either wilfully overlooking, or being entirely ignorant of the Transhumanist nature and implications of that within the mechanicus. As well as the importance of the primarchs involved in the conflict.

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  • Josh Boyle
  • 26-11-2019

Legio First!

Guy Haley delivers another fantastic work of science fiction. exciting. heartbreaking. And fantastic stories of giant robots smashing each other.

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  • Acerock
  • 19-02-2019

a somewhat boring conclusion to a huge set up

the Battle of Beta Garmon has been alluded to as a massive battle between the biggest forces of Titans in the HH and ever after.

I was really excited for this entry. it isn't bad. there's an interesting personal story throughout the whole novel, but we are here to see this massive battle unfold and this story feels very small. the few set piece battles that occur are essentially glossed over and the sense that this massive campaign over the course of a few months isn't really conjured here. more time is spent on describing how the battlefield is cleaned up than that actual battle itself and the presence of two primarchs are barely felt at all.

overall I was pretty disappointed. Tallarn and Mechanicus and Vengeangeful Spirit do a much better job of capturing the essence of what a Titan fight really feels like.

as always though Keeble is the best narrator I've ever heard. Guy Haley's stuff is generally passable but not on the level of Abnett and Dembski-Bowden.

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  • NateR
  • 24-06-2019

Bad A$$.

Great book. Guy Haley did a great job of depicting the men and women who command the God machines of the collegia titanica.

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  • Kim Jørgensen
  • 23-05-2019

If you like titans this is the book for you

Great buckets of delicious titan lore ooze from this work.
The narration is also on point.
Will ve re-listeling to this soon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-2021

Was hoping for more Space Marines

The beta Garmin cluster is falling, Blood angels and White scars with the Titan legions are attempting to buy Dorn as much time as possible. Over all it is good and worth listening to, however, I personally wished more about the space marines were included. They make what I feel is a brief appearance. Of course Titan is in the name of title, so you get what is advertised. of course the last couple books builds up the conflict there, I guess I was just expecting a lot more. Still good for what it is though.

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  • Brian Z.
  • 25-04-2021

Girl Power!

What is the power of a war machine compared to the power of feminism! This story is Captain Marvel, Oprah Winfrey, and a gender studies degree all rolled into a taco.

Skip this one. It's absurd.

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  • Richard
  • 04-03-2020

Too much fluff

25 pages of how it feels to fight a titan per 5 pages of action.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-03-2019

A slog

Couldn't get past the first half. Remarkable how a book about Titans was this boring

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  • paul miller
  • 23-06-2021

An epic of God Machines

An in depth novel of the life and battles of Titans and their Princeps. If you have enjoyed the stories of Titans from "Mechanicum" or the "Master of Mankind", and so on, this story is for you. A good look into two very different legios.

And remember when reading the reviews, this book has 70/30 split female protagonists. Also remember the people complaining about " too many ridiculous names" have their favorite space marine chapter roster memorized by heart.
This is the Titanicus, names are meant to be freaking epic

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  • 451
  • 24-03-2019

Possibly the dullest of the series

Titandeath proves once again its near impossible to conjure any excitement around machine warfare, and it's almost a relief when the action moves away from the deathly dull Titan crews to anybody else. Fully two thirds of the book is devoted to uninspiring characters and scenarios, the better to garner sympathy for their fates or motivation for their choices. It doesn't work: origin stories this far into the series only work if they bring something new and vital to the mythos and this is the first reason Titandeath fails.

The second is the scope: limited to just a single House and a prolonged engagement with nothing of the wider war or individual unit actions. The war then ends abruptly, though how the deciding blow arrived or the role of the Khan in the outcome is left to guess.

The one highlight is Sanguinius - the assault from orbit is nothing short of phenomenal and reads like the opening of a Mission Impossible film. Gone is the stilted and often hackneyed script that typically accompanies the Lord of the Blood Angels and instead we see him unleashed (all too briefly) in the books real highlight. Otherwise a slow start, unexciting middle and an abrupt, weak ending.

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  • Genbats
  • 11-12-2020

Titan Death indeed

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  • JBragg1984
  • 21-02-2019

Titandeath

loved it. nice steady start into a glorious battle. Brought personality to the titan legions.

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  • Cj
  • 01-03-2019

The war we have all waited for!

Jonathan Keeble once again delivers a action packed addition to the Horus Heresy series. With the story of Beta Garmon constantly teased it has always been widely expected to be a event of dire apocalyptic proportions.

The story centres around three primary characters who represent the different mindsets and the different goals of the campaign. A titan princeps of the Imperial Hunters who tries desperately to make her legio's mark of the conflict ridden worlds. Another Princeps of the infamous Death Stalkers attempts to reach higher states of glory with the Warmasters forces and communion with his blood thirsty God engine. The last is Sanguinius, primarch of the Blood Angels legion. Whom exhaustively tries to unify the feuding forces under his father's banner even though his has become more and more disillusioned with the war and his own part to play within it.

when combined with action packed engine war, obsence amounts of lore and a host of rich and well designed secondary characters. TitanDeath is a fine edition to the closing series of 30k books and a must read for any Fan of the Horus Heresy, Titanicus range or just one of Grim Sci-fi action.

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  • William a.
  • 10-06-2019

Surprisingly good

Never been much of a Haley fan but this story is excellent, manages to give a human perspective on these most inhuman of war machines and the people that live their lives around them. J-Keebs is just the cherry on top. Well worth a credit.

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  • Anthony Duffy
  • 25-03-2019

Fantastic narrator

Very well performed, only issue being at the beginning of the book the amount of names of the titans can get confusing

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  • Simon Culley
  • 17-07-2019

No plot and, frankly, blood boilingly boring.

You know the kind of book you pick up and is hard work, you have to work at it to read. This is actually like that listening to it, I have munched my way through a lot of the Horus Heresy books by listening to them. This has taken nearly 2 months! There is no plot to it, negligible story a lot of indulgence to the woes of being a Titan princips and walking. The names of all the characters are complex and very similar (as are the titans) they dawdle around in like a monstrous collection of oversized Eeyores moaning. So you have no idea who’s who and who is doing what - no sorry you have a clear idea of what they are doing ‘moaning’ and complaining about the woe of life. I was advised to read the book, by someone who hadn’t read it, because it would give you an idea of what it was like piloting a titan. If that is what it is supposed to be like I think most of them died from boredom. Jonathon Keeble does a good job of a performance, but essentially you can roll a turd in glitter, but it’s still a turd. I was going to give this an overall two stars to allow for Jonathan Keeble’s performance being good. But the book itself is so bad I feel that even giving it one star is too generous (I can’t give no stars for the story because the app won’t let me otherwise I would). Seriously do not buy this book the plot is simple **SPOILER** matriarch Titan house wander around failing and moaning and getting shot at by traitors they have some scraps everyone dies and the traitors carry on to Terra minus a few moaners who got blown up The End. Move on to the next Heresy book with an extra credit in your account (if you paid £28 for this book ... #massivefacepalm).

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  • MrDave
  • 16-04-2019

Pretty boring and over long

If you love titans and battles then maybe this is for you. Not so much if you like the primarchs, heresy, story and space marines.

The build up to beta garmij has been huge but what was this??

Its also too long and could have been at least 4 hours shorter

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  • Jack Sperin
  • 21-07-2021

A brilliant story with excellent performance

Haley's examination of what it means to operate a Titan, the scale of the warfare involved, and the responsibility placed on the shoulders of the pilots, is nothing short of fantastic, and an excellent listen. As always, Keeble's preformance is outstanding, and this is absolutely worth a listen. Don't listen to the nay-sayers, this is one of the best Titan focused books GW has ever put out.

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  • Sanjay
  • 12-07-2021

Not essential but who doesn’t love Titans

This story is full of strange holes and isn’t essential reading for the HH story arc but I loved the small details about how Titans function.

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