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Brothers of the Snake (Warhammer 40, 000) Mass Market Paperback – 6 May 2008

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library; Reprint edition (6 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165476
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett: Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan's website can be found at www.DanAbnett.com

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Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent, in England. Well known for his comic work, he has written everything from the Mr Men to the X-Men. His work for the Black Library includes the popular strips Lone Wolves, Titan and Darkblade, the best-selling Gaunt's Ghosts novels, and the highly acclaimed Inquisitor Eisenhorn trilogy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In many ways this book from the author of the Gaunt's Ghosts series of books is more of a series of short stories than a traditional novel as each section of the book, despite involving the same characters, is generally self contained and could easily be read individually. The book tells the tale of Brother Priad of the Iron Snakes Space Marines as he embarks on missions for the Chapter and rises through the ranks. Each of the seven sections of the book details one of the missions he is involved in and although separate there are things that tie all seven together.

Dan Abnett is a talented writer and although I am not personally a fan of the Gaunt's Ghosts books I do like both the Ravenor and Eisenhorn trilogies. I feel he has outdone himself with `Brother of the Snake', able to do something that any others have tried but few have succeeded in, humanising the Space Marines. Abnett brings all his characters to life and his action scenes are all very well written and easy to follow. This book is the best loyalist Marine book I have read and I would also include it in my top five favourite Warhammer 40,000 novels. This book is a very well written and enjoyable novel and I hope we will se the characters from this book again in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Jun. 2008
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I remember just being amazed by the old PC game Space Hulk years back. Ever since then I've loved Warhammer 40000. Then I started reading the books... which I think on the whole are brilliant with the exception of the "Dawn of War" trilogy which is quite poor in my humble opinion. How the first novel ever went to print is beyond me. Still I never forgave the programmers for giving the Orks "Mockney" accents in the game the book tied into. So, I put down the Omnibus edition of "Dawn of War" feeling rather disappointed ( sorry C S Goto ) and picked up "Brothers of The Snake" I treated myself to the hardback edition.
Basically it follows the exploits of Priad a Space Marine who's steadfast and loyal but with a poor grasp of humour. Priad has a goodness which comes across. You really connect with him. Dan Abnett really gets across how marines are more than human yet still human in some ways. This novel actually got to me at the end and I felt for the characters. Check out the excellent use of the female character and the dog who marks the passage of time... the dog also enforces the loyal, steadfast aspect. There is a real sense of the passage of time in this book. Can't say no more it'll spoil it! This novel works on many levels. Oh yeah, you'll love the laidback Librarian who fights and jokes with equal passion. I thought it would just be some short stories but it's actually a proper novel that comes full circle... oh man! Well done Dan. If ever the Space Marines make it to a full blown Sci-fi movie then this would surely be the book to use. I now have a third character that I really like from the Warhammer 40000 universe. the other two being Uriel Ventris and Ragnar Blackmane. I'm going to go back to the Gaunt's Ghosts series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PauseForThought on 29 July 2011
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The Iron Snakes Chapter is sworn to the defence of the Reef Stars against the nefarious enemies of the Imperium, from the insidious Dark Eldar to the brutal strength of the Greenskin hoardes. In this 40k offering Dan Abnett uses an unconventional writing style while following Brother Priad and Damocles Squad, breaking the story into self contained chapters each telling a different tale. It is not however simply a compilation of short stories, but rather a chronicle that follows Priad across many years in an overarcing (if slightly loose) plot, that sometimes has trouble with its chapter pacing. This is at first realisation a little disconcerting, but soon settles into an entertaining rythm that while faltering never fatally stumbles. Abnett keeps us interested by painting a vivid picture of not only the main protagonists but their chapters background, best depicted during the squads return to their homeworld of Ithaka. It goes that extra mile to flesh out and define the Iron Snakes and in doing so solidify itself as an interesting addition to the lore of the 41st millenium.

The Astartes are portrayed as noble and heroic, but not to the dull standards we have seen in some recent Black Library offerings, and come across as wholly more likable than say, in Steve Parker's Rynn's World. They are unflinchingly loyal to the Emperor but possess the right amount of humanity to still be relatable to the reader. Simply put, they aren't douche bag automatons spouting the same weathered lines about duty and honour, at least not to the detriment of the story. Brothers of the Snake is entertaining from beginning to end and while flawed in places still holds itself together admirably well through superior story telling. So if you like Space Marines with brains, an interesting if loose plot and plenty of action scenes to boot this book is for you, I know I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Phillips on 11 Nov. 2008
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If you're a fan of Warhammer 40,000 and Games Workshop in general then you'll probably love this book as you'll be familiar with the background to the stories before the action starts. If you don't know what I'm talking about then you'll probably still like the book, but you might not enjoy it quite so much. That said, the author stays away from too much terminology that won't be familiar to the casual reader.

This book is essentially a series of short stories that all feature the same squad of space marines from the Iron Snakes chapter. They are sworn to protect a particular region of space and are called upon to fight their way through various enemies, defending the human inhabitants. The stories do follow a chronological order, but you can read any of them in isolation and they would still make a good read. I'll try and summarise the seven chapters below:

1) "Grey Dawn" - New recruit Brother Priad is summoned by an ancient distress beacon to semi-developed world in order to rid them of a group of primul raiders (dark eldar).

2) "Black Gold" - Damocles Squad is sent to liberate a vital oil producing facility from a group of chaos cultists.

3) "White Heat" - The space marines take over where the Imperial Guard has failed to capture a city in enemy hands.

4) "Red Rain" - An Inquisitor asks the space marines for help in uncovering a chaos uprising in a farming community.

5) "Crimson Wake" - Squad Damocles returns to their home world of Ithaka where one of their comrades is accused of demonic possession.

6) "Blue Blood" - The marines are forced to attend a coronation, but of course it doesn't go smoothly.

7) "Greenskin" - A large force of Iron Snakes is sent to stop an ork invasion.
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