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Nemesis: War Within the Shadows (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Horus Heresy) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Jul 2010


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 507 pages
  • Publisher: Black Library (27 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844168697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844168699
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Swallow: James Swallow's stories from the dark worlds of Warhammer 40,000 include the Horus Heresy novel The Flight of the Eisenstein, Faith & Fire, the Blood Angels Omnibus and Red Fury, as well as short fiction for Inferno! and What Price Victory. He also wrote the script for the audio book Heart of Rage, also featuring the Blood Angels. Swallow's other credits include writing for Star Trek Voyager, scripts for videogames and audio dramas. He lives in London, and is currently working on his next book.


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James Swallow's stories from the dark worlds of Warhammer 40,000 include the Horus Heresy novel The Flight of the Eisenstein, Faith & Fire, the Blood Angels Omnibus and Red Fury, as well as short fiction for Inferno! and What Price Victory. He also wrote the script for the audio book Heart of Rage, also featuring the Blood Angels. Swallow's other credits include writing for Star Trek Voyager, scripts for videogames and audio dramas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2010
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Two years had passed since the betrayal at Isstvan, the event that opened the way to Horus's insurrection against the Imperium and his father, the Emperor of Mankind. During that time Horus's forces had steadily crossed the galaxy and gathered momentum. His number of followers grew ever larger with every system that Horus passed. These systems either swore fealty to Horus or they burned.

Within the confines of the Emperor's Palace is a chamber in which the Officio Assassinorum convenes. Under the Assassinorum's orders, for the first time ever, all of the Clades will work together. An Execution Force made up of six assassins, one from each prime clade, is formed. Kell, of Clade Vindicare, is to locate and assemble those selected by the Officio Assassinorum. Iota, of Clade Culexus, is a psyker girl with a rare null-aura. From the Clade Eversor comes a rage-killer known as The Garantine. Soalm of Clade Venenum is the mistress of poisons. Koyne of Clade Callidus is a shade. Tariel of Clade Vans is an infocyte.

Once assembled, the Execution Force chooses the planet Dagonet on which to lay their trap. They will lure the Archtraitor Horus to Dagonet and either assassinate the war-god or die in the attempt. But what they cannot know is that Horus and his dark allies have already embarked on a sinister plan of their own.

***** FOUR AND A HALF STARS!Author James Swallow captured my interest quickly and then slowly began weaving a plot, and subplot, that steadily built until its climatic ending. At least once, a minor character is introduced and has a detailed background told only to be killed off within a few pages. However, this will not bother most readers. You do not have to read the previous books to fully enjoy this story either. It stands alone, yet still manages to add a bit more flavor to the Horus Heresy series. Excellent! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Obi-Dom-Kenobi on 4 Jan. 2012
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I think that the two star review written by Ben covers the major flaws but suffice to say it is a 500-page book that could have been condensed to a short story had you removed the extraneous characters and plot. I like james Swallow's work - the Blood Angels books were a great read, and this bad review I think comes down to the editor and Black Library in general that they are publishing this stuff. It should have appeared in Age of Darkness - which is a solid set of short stories so they can leave the novels for Space Marine stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Smith on 18 Sept. 2012
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After reading all the Heresy books up to this one, I was really disappointed here (followed closely by Battle for the Abyss). I just could not get into this book and I ended up finishing it just for the sake of it. It is spread far to thin over the amount of pages it had. Boring and predictable in every sense of the word, with cliched characters left, right and centre. I really liked James Swallows Blood Angel books and Flight of the Einstein was pretty good; but this is a bad effort on what could have been an excellent book. I would have liked it to really dig into the Officio Assassinorum more, I wanted some history and/or something that would have made me care for these characters. The idea of an assassin or bunch of assassins going after Horus is also very interesting. The 'Nemisis' itself was the most generic antagonist I have met in the Heresy up to now. I'm about to start the First Heretic. Fingers crossed!
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Its a good novel don't know what people are moaning about. It has the potential to be an amazing animated film like Akira plus I like the fact it dosen't have the normal space marines attached with it. We have different characters with different attributes and another side of other characters like malcador the sigillite if you know Horus Heresy if not then don't worry because the book has elements of a murder mystery to begin with and there is enough content to be a novel. A good read in my opinion
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2010
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Fans of the 40K universe really have embraced the Horus Heresy, the most important event in mankind's development. Here, in this offering you get a tale that is not only action packed but also one that really doesn't let up from the beginning, it's high octane, the characters gripping and above all it's the story arc that really carries this piece. Whilst fans already know how the tale will end, it's always interesting to see how the author will work their way to the conclusion alongside what they'd bring to the table. This title, to my mind, is perhaps the strongest of the 13 offerings so far and whilst they've all been great, I really do think that this has taken James' writing to a whole new level.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A Bridger on 8 Sept. 2010
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Nemesis, by James Swallow, is the thirteenth novel in the Horus Heresy series published by the Black Library. This novel is a break from the norm in the series because its main focus is not on the Adeptus Astartes (Space Marines) but rather on the Officio Assassinorum and their operatives from the various Clades and their attempts to end the insurrection against The Emperor by the elimination of his renegade son, Horus.

The novel has two main story arcs that develop separately but as the novel progresses they become gradually closer until they finally intersect in a dramatic conclusion. In one story arc the hidden lords of Terra, the leaders if the Assassin Clades, decide to send an Execution Force made up of all the Clades after Horus without The Emperor's knowledge. In the other Erubus of the World Bearer's Legion sends a master assassin to kill The Emperor without Horus' approval.

This novel still manages to throw up many enjoyable suprises in its plot although any fan of the Warhammer 40K universe will generally know the ultimate end of this book. However, James Swallow has written such a good book with intriguing and interesting characters that are well developed that this does not matter.

Another positive aspect of this novel is that time has progressed in the Horus Heresy series and events are changing. This is positive because although the Black Library were publishing well written books there was always a danger of the series becoming bogged down due to the temptation to tell the tale of the Heresy from so many different perspectives that the series would never have moved forwards. This is not the case, and although the series has a long way to go before its conclusion you can definitely see that the Black Library are working towards one.
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