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Hellforged (Soul Drinkers) [Paperback]

Ben Counter
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844166910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844166916
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Soul Drinkers Novel By Ben Counter.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 1 April 2009
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Ben counter continues to deliver with his tale of the renegade Soul Drinkers chapter. This seems to be a labour of love for the author, and is far above the usual pulp fiction churned out by the Games Workshop money machine.

I'd give the book 5 stars, as the writing and plot twists are as good as the earlier novels, but any series is going to lose some of it's freshness by book five in the series. What I do like about the series is the ongoing sub plots that suggest the author has an overall story arc and the tale of the Soul Drinkers will have a clear conclusion in one or two more books, rather than limping on indefinitely like the Gaunt's Ghosts series by the same publisher. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hellforged (souldrinkers ) 21 Dec 2010
One of the very few books which details battles with the Necrons, a race older by far than even the Eldar. Life means nothing to the Necrons, worlds are cleansed of life, stars are drained of their power and snuffed out by them to fuel their alien weaponary and power their ships. They must be stopped, but y who and how. Surely the mighty Astartes themselves cannot prevail against such an ancient, powerful and implacable foe. Dangerous times require desperate measures. . . . . . .The emporer protects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ah yeah what more do you want? 28 April 2009
theres guns, lots of guns, xenos, mechanicum, lost humans, and an ending that is perfect in its own way, but sets up the next if the powers that be at black library feel like it. you can get dreary about lack of literary perfection, but amazon also sell beckett if that's your thing. enjoy it for what it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More soul drinkers 9 Jun 2014
By Craig
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Another great story for the renegade chapter. I love the fact they still support the emperor but see the light of the corruption and bureaucracy that the imperium has become.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Depiction of Necrons Ever? 9 Sep 2012
By Corky
Depictions of Necrons by Black Library have traditionally been pretty poor. Few authors are able to make them anything beyond simple targets for the protagonist surrounded by empty descriptions of how terrifying they are.

Counter manages to go one better though. His Necrons are shockingly poorly written, to the point where I wonder how much he bothered to read around them (beyond 'space undead') before embarking on this book.

We're apparently supposed to consider the Necrons a threat to the Marines/Adeptus Mechanicus fleet, but given what we actually see of them, they're little better than a poor joke. The laughable ease with which they're defeated is shocking.

A few points of note in no particular order:
- Why are the Necrons carrying on a siege again? The Hellforged Necrons don't even have the plot contrivance excuse of those in Fall of Damnos.
- How exactly is a Flayed One supposed to fit inside a human body, without anyone noticing? A cursary glance at the model(s) would indicate clearly that a Flayed One is significantly larger (particularly in the shoulders) than a human.
- If you have access to dropships (Necron dropships - those masters of teleportation and extra-dimensional travel have to resort to glorified Drop Pods?) why bother landing a significant distance away from your target (the spaceport in this instance) and then marching across open ground towards the enemy guns?
- Necron boarding torpedoes?!? really, Counter? Really?
- The Antithesis just happens to have the sole surviving recording of the Massacre at Sanctuary 101 on board. Well that's certainly convienient (and it was ever a mystery who carried out the attack on the convent, how?)
- Device Epsilon stops Necrons phasing out.
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