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Titandeath

The Horus Heresy, Book 53
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Joe
  • 21-02-2019

flashbacks

overall I enjoyed the book. pay attention as you will find yourself in a flashback from time to time.

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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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  • JBragg1984
  • 21-02-2019

Titandeath

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

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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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  • 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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  • mr m a french
  • 22-03-2019

Another good listen by BL

a good story, lots or titan on titan action. well worth a credit. beep boop!