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Lords of Mars (Adeptus Mechanicus 2) [Paperback]

Graham McNeill
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5 Jun 2014 Adeptus Mechanicus 2
Pursued by vengeful eldar, Magos Kotov's Explorator armada heads into a newly revealed area of space in pursuit of ancient secrets. As the Adeptus Mechanicus forces and Black Templars Space Marines tackle the twin threats of the wrathful aliens and insurrection aboard the fleet, a greater danger reveals itself...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1849707022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849707022
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham McNeill has written more than twenty novels for Black Library. His Horus Heresy novel, A Thousand Sons, was a New York Times bestseller and his Time of Legends novel, Empire, won the 2010 David Gemmell Legend Award. Originally hailing from Scotland, Graham now lives and works in Nottingham.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Overblown 1 Sep 2013
By Cypher
This is the second book in what will now be at least a trilogy (Gods of Mars is next in Summer 2014). I rated the first book (Priests of Mars) as a 4 star and it came close to being a 5 star. I had similar hopes for this book which unfortunately were not realised.

The positive elements of the book remain the well drawn characters, the Legio Sirius Titans and the detail lavished on the Adeptus Mechanicus as a whole. It is inevitable in a sequel where the original characters remain travelling and do not encounter anyone new that the author has to work harder to give greater insight into each character to keep it interesting. I did not feel he quite met the mark here although we do learn more about the arco-flagellant and there are touching scenes between Vitali and his daughter Linya. The internal strife of the Sirius Titan crew continues and remains very memorable, we learn more about their past and their rituals as well as how separate from the rest of the Mechanicus they are.

The negative elements include the overblown nature of so many events that have no parallel in the 40K canon. That is not just my view but the combined view of the characters in the book too. If you thought Galatea in the first book was pushing the limits, wait until you meet vast resources of mimetic crystalline structures as adversaries and see the Machine-Touched theme pushed to an extent that seems implausible to me as well as some unconvincing eldar-human interaction. Then add to that a live view of star system level changes enabled by the Breath of the Gods.

There is some unfortunate repetition too. The first time the characters are on a dying planet that is disintegrating around them it is a very imaginative change of scene.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pot-pourri? 29 Sep 2013
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Another reviewer, whose reviews I tend to appreciate even when I disagree with them, titled his review as overblown . I had the same impression, with the added feeling that the author was somehow playing with his readers and trying out experiments on them. The reason for this is that, in this follow-up to Priest of Mars, Graham McNeill is keen to throw in bit and pieces (Mechanicum, Titan Legio, Rogue Trader, Space Marines, Eldars, unknown worlds beyond the edge of the galaxy etc...), stir them all up, and see how it works out.

I do not mind new experiments, provided there are part of a well-thought, well-structured and somewhat plausible story. This is where I started having problems. Disgraced Archmagos Kotov's expedition seeks to discover what happened to the expedition of Archmagos Telok, which was lost some four thousand years before. In both this instalment and the previous one, you (or I, at least) never quite understood why this expedition was so imperative and what treasures and ancient secrets everyone seemed to be after. While the idea of such a "treasure-hunt" is an interesting one, the fact that no one seems to know what they are after and why the whole expedition might even be worth pursuing at the start is somewhat odd.

Then there are all the ingredients and components that the author throws into the story, probably to "spice things up". Some of these work rather well, regardless of whether they are really original. The bits about the Titan Sirius Legio are among the former. So is the interaction between a Mechanicus Cartographer and his gifted (and also Mechanicus) daughter, with the latter seeking to remain as much human as possible for as long as she can.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wrath of Khan? 21 Dec 2013
This book has some good points; it is well written generally, and the characters are well drawn, being interesting, varied, and quite detailed. However where it falls down is the plot, which sadly feels very slow moving, dull, and padded out - especially for the last third of the book. There is also a lack of villains, with no real bad guys to spice things up.

I do think that McNeill is nobly trying to do something new with this one, which I do like to see, telling a story that is far less about 'only war' than is normal for 40K. Bolter porn this is not. However, the story he decides to tell instead just does not feel appropriate for 40K, based as it is around something that is essentially a more powerful version of the Genesis Device from the Star Trek movie 'Wrath of Khan'. Indeed, even before I twigged that similarity I felt this book was rather too Star-Trek-like for a 40K novel.

I tend to think this trilogy's story could have been better told across two novels rather than three, as the thought of a whole further novel to wrap things up is quite a daunting prospect.
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