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The Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy) [Mass Market Paperback]

James Swallow
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5 Mar 2007
Having witnessed the events on Istvaan III, Deathguard Captain Garro seizes a ship and heads to Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus' treachery. But the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged by enemy fire, and becomes stranded in the warp. Can Garro and his men survive the depradations of Chaos and get his warning to Terra in time?

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library; Reprint edition (5 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844164594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844164592
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.5 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,659 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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London-based author James Swallow has written about science fiction, games and oriental media for more than sixty different publications, and has written scripts for the TV show Star Trek: Voyager.

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By the end of 'Galaxy in Flames', the first blood has been spilt in the Horus Heresy, and the first blow has been struck as the insurrection begins.

'The Flight of The Eistenstein' rewinds events slightly, beginning as the orbital bombardment of Istvaan 3, described at the end of 'Flames', is about to take place.

Although this narrative choice was initially frustrating for me, since I just wanted the story of the Heresy to be continued, it makes sense for this story to begin where it does. Some of the narrative beats are familiar, such as the agonising of the crew over loyalty to The Warmaster or The Emperor. Thankfully, these potentially worn ideas aren't lingered on for too long. As soon as the decision is made by the crew to warn Terra of what they've seen happen of Istvaan 3, the eponymous flight begins, and it's wracked with tension, action and drama.

The fact that events take place on a smaller scale than the other books is surprisingly refreshing. The claustraphobic setting suits the atmosphere of the story, and helps focus the action to a number of characters and events that help make this the first book in the series to work as a story in it's own right, as well as an integral part of the overall Heresy plotline.

Unfortunately, the book seems to continue after the thrust of the story has finished. The narrative stalls when the fate of The Eisenstein is concluded, and the tension is vented as if an airlock has breached. Some political wrangling and loyalty-testing, along with a protracted fight scene tie up some plot-threads, but still feel tacked on. It only helps to stretch out several chapters that should have served as a coda to a story that is really finished long before the final page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horus Heresy, Book Four 21 Jan 2009
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Book four begins shortly before Horus's terrible massacre via Life-Eater capsules on Isstvan III.

Battle-Captain Nathaniel Garro of the Death Guard is honored when informed he is to accompany Primarch Mortarion to the Isstvan System. Four Legions obey the Warmaster' command to assemble there. But all he knows begins to crumble around Garro as he witnesses Horus's betrayal. Those crumbs turn to dust after receiving Captain Saul Tarvitz's warning and allowing Captain Iacton Qruze to dock with his three charges.

While aboard the ship named "Eisenstein", Garro learns that Commander Ignatius Grulger is preparing to launch Life-Eater capsules on the Warmaster's orders. Garro deals with the problem only to realize that he needs to flee (something previously unheard of in the Death Guard) in order to warn the Emperor of Horus's treachery. To do so, the ship must enter the warp unprepared and its crew must survive the horrors it throws at them.

***** Much of this story will make no sense to anyone that has not read the previous titles. I strongly suggest that this saga be read in order. This book begins shortly before Garviel Loken and the others drop onto Isstvan III. I, as the reader, relive those events from Garro's point-of-view rather than Loken's. The author did an excellent job describing the chaos, confusion, and horrors. He even brings some new characters into the saga's mix. A cadre from the Divisio Astra Telepathica, led by the Oblivion Knight Sister Amendera Kendel, enter the story. James Swallow clearly shows why the Silent Sisterhood is to be feared by the Emperor's enemies. I am eager to learn more of that Chapter. Encore! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Masterpiece 5 April 2007
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Like every novel published so far in the Horus Heresy series by the Black Library (whose reputation is rising due to the popularity of these books, which are not considered mere merchandise anymore), the Flight of the Eisenstein recites the epic and tragic events in the Isstvan System, as Horus's treachery is finally revealed. Billions perish as the planet is razed with virusbombs and then literally set afire.

Although this plot seems strangely familiar, the fourth novel of the Horus Heresy still makes the - more or less - re-read of the last chapters of its prequel (from the Death Guard Legion's point of view) still worthwhile.

We encounter yet another alien race in the opening of the book, and the actions undertaken by the XVI. Legion remind of the more glorious days of the Great Crusade. Yet events after the termination of the alien 'world-ship' make the reality of the Warmaster's betrayal all too real.

In comparison to the previous novels of the Horus Heresy, 'The Flight of the Eisenstein' focuses more on character development rather than on the action. Needless to say, this book is packed with action, but this time, James Swallow brings the characters of the book closer to the reader, as one expects on a book based on an Age of brotherhood, honorable heroes and dark powers starting a series of events that would change the fate of humanity for the next ten thousand years.

Although the "Flight" of the Eisenstein itself does not envelop the majority of the book, the intense dialogues between characters who stand at the edge of total desperation after they witness the unspeakable horrors of the warp, with their ship stranded in starless space, reminds me of Solaris.

All in all, this book is very well written and prepares us for the inevitable coming storm when the legendary Horus Heresy will truly unfold in all its malice.
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Published 1 day ago by Mr N Doust
3.0 out of 5 stars Naked man found in your mothers basement
I thought it was decent, but I felt it lacked the juicy flavour of other titles like betrayer. Not bland but comparatively plain I guess. A decent enough read.
Published 2 months ago by Martyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
I absolutely loved this book. The backdrop of the Horus Heresy is of course an added bonus, but the writing is excellent, this is the best book in the Horus Heresy series this far.
Published 5 months ago by Magnus Borg
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
good seris must read you will get hocked like I have got so give it a go and see what you think
Published 10 months ago by mike harrington
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It's a good read, but I feel the author has tried to hard and used many words that you would never encounter in normal life. Read more
Published 14 months ago by lucy
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another book in the background information needed for the avid war hammer player to enable knowledge from the begining of the story
Published 15 months ago by the wookster
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
This book is incredible. The astonishing, and at the same time terrifying, change in the Death Guard legion is very fun to read. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Arda Yigitoglu
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor.
I know with these Warhammer novels not to expect literary genius, and I read them like holiday reads much as a woman would read rubbish like 50 shades of grey. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Snub Vegas
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is the 4th book in the Horus heresy series, unlike the previous 3 books( based mainly on the Luna wolfs/sons of Horus chapter) this book expands the space marine universe to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lee-ham
4.0 out of 5 stars very good...wasnt expecting that.
I tend to jump from book to book. I'l have a guard book then a chaos book and then a heresy book.I dont follow a pattern i just read what i like when i want it and i pay attention... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robin G. Symons
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