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Horus Heresy: Know No Fear [Mass Market Paperback]

Dan Abnett
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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28 Feb 2012 Horus Heresy (Book 19)
Unaware of the wider Heresy and following the Warmaster's increasingly cryptic orders, Roboute Guilliman returns to Ultramar to muster his Legion for war against the orks massing in the Verdian system. Without warning, their supposed allies in the Word Bearers Legion launch a devastating invasion of Calth.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; 1 edition (28 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781849701358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849701358
  • ASIN: 1849701350
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,024 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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About the Author

Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written over thirty-five novels, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series, the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His novels Horus Rising and Legion (both for the Black Library) and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were all bestsellers. His novel Triumff, for Angry Robot, was published in 2009 and nominated for the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan's blog and website can be found www.danabnett.com Follow him on Twitter @VincentAbnett --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I am always amazed when reading reviews that either heap praise or blast a book to pieces without really explaining WHY the respective reviewers either "loved" or "hated" the book. It is largely because many reviewers do this (including myself, at times, when I am not careful) that I started writting reviews of my own. Here are a couple of examples, to illustrate how easy it is to get "carried away", one way or the other:
- "The book is daringly written entirely in the present tense..." but what is so "daring" with using a present tense is not explained and, as far as I am concerned, I didn't find anything "daring", or even terribly original, with this.
- The author "does not seem to know how to handle the Astartes and ends up making a mess of them." This implies that there is an "acceptable" way to handle them (although what is "acceptable" and what is not is simply not mentioned). It also implies that - somehow -Dan Abnett did not "handle them" in the way that the reviewer had become accustomed to (by previous authors?) or was expecting. Because pre-conceptions were not met, the reviewer considers that the author has made "a mess of them". Prejudice? Anyone said prejudice?

As other reviewers have mentioned, this book has numerous qualities and some original streaks to it, but it also has defects. Some of these defects are the consequences of the author's own choices.

1) Perhaps the first and most obvious element is the style and format that is used.

The whole book is presented as a chronological account extracted from "Ultima (XIII) Operational Record", with a timeline starting at the moment of the attack on Calth, one of the main planets of Ultramar.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best HH for a long time 12 May 2012
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Truly gripping book, read the whole thing in a day. We all know Abnett is the best black library author by some distance and he doesn't let us down here.

Epic space battles, deep HH lore, recurring characters from other books, moves the general HH story line on significantly.

The bit about the heretics reading the names of the demons and then...cooking... Will stick with me for a while.

Keep it up DA, we love ya :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Action 27 July 2013
By Craig
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Lots of action and a fast paced book a good addition to the Heresy books and I was surprised with the damage that the ultramarines take but then they were the biggest legion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet 22 Jun 2013
By ISL
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The best heresy book to date, Dan does it again sublime writing amazing story can't put down. personally I'm not the biggest smurf fan but Dan can make any legion worth reading about
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I've read all of the Horus Heresy series so far and can safely say this is one of the best. I've never been a fan of the Ultramarines in the rest of the WH40k fiction but Dan Abnett won me over with his rendering of them. The style of writing he's chosen takes some getting used to but once you're in, you're hooked. Abnett skilfully creates the epic scale of a planet wide battle and never lets the tension slacken off for a single page.

What I also liked about this book was they way it bought home why the Horus Heresy is also referred to as 'The Great Betrayal'. The Word Bearers showing their true colours and the Ultramarines reaction was very powerful. A number of the loyalist characters expressed a very real sense of loss which in places was quite touching.

So as not to gush too much; I have to say there where a couple of minor story lines which I felt never went anywhere and could have been dropped with no real loss to the overall story.

That said it's a fantastic read and easily in my top five HH books so far.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The king of military sci-fi 27 April 2012
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Dan Abnett rocks! I got into his writing through the short stories he wrote about Gaunt's Ghosts (also set in the Warhammer 40k universe). This novel centres around the grievous betrayals of the Horus Heresy, where the galaxy-spanning empire of man is about to be torn apart as the Emperor's genetically engineered superhuman warriors, the Adeptus Astartes (or Space Marines) turn on one another with the frenzy that can only be inspired in civil war.

I have always found the Space Marines difficult to relate to. Their superhuman qualities of strength, stamina, resilience to damage and disease and their effective immortality combined with their conditioning to make them seem monomaniacal to the point of being almost alien to me. Abnett managed to draw me into their curious condition. There is one paragraph early on when one of the noble and heroic Ultramarines is confronted with a friend in unfamiliar armour and the description of how his conditioning and unconscious processing work out the most effective way of killing the figure before him and how this shocks him as he realises it is his friend and fellow Marine just took my breath away. This and other episodes brought home to me the curious relationship between the humanity and the inhumanity of the Space Marines in a way that no other piece of writing - not even Mr. Abnett's previous efforts - have managed. I empathised with them in a way that I never have before and this is what really made me care about the characters and events depicted.

Thus, what followed was not just the usual parade of Hollywood-style special effects overkills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 16 hours ago by mark sedgwick
3.0 out of 5 stars ... anything from the recipient so am guessing they were happy with it
Bought as a gift but haven't heard anything from the recipient so am guessing they were happy with it.
Published 2 months ago by MRS D BUTTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A Present
Published 2 months ago by jofri
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read!
This is a great read, full of the tragedy, scope, drama and everything else that you can expect from the very best of the Horus Heresy series. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Danra
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultramarines new perspective
Finally the Ultramarines get fully fleshed out HH depiction that is neither snapshot, small engagement or flashback. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Justinian
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Read
As always, Dan Abnett writes a great Horus Heresy novel. The countdown-style writing makes it very captivating and works wonders in portraying a chronological view of how the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Eric
4.0 out of 5 stars Abnett lets rip on Calth.
I have got all the Heresy novels and this is in the second tier of them, It is neither as inventive or brilliant as Horus Rising nor as characterful as Legion both by the same... Read more
Published 23 months ago by G. Quigley
1.0 out of 5 stars Awefull. Could not get into this log script style of writing.
Abnet is my favourite HH writer but this type of writing is not to my liking and I had to abandon it after only a few pages. Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. Sham
4.0 out of 5 stars We March For Macragge
I started reading the Horus Heresy novels because I was interested in the Chaos Legions and how they gradually or suddenly fall to Chaos, and as an avowed minion of Chaos... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2012 by Shaun1985
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the moment perfectly...
5 stars from me. This is a tough book to write - it's a brief event really but an absolutely critical one and extremely dramatic given both the scale of the action and the scale of... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2012 by ImperialRacoon
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