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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: The Black Library (1 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849703345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849703345
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.6 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,724 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 is best known for being the author of the Horus Heresy novels Fear to Tread and Nemesis, which both reached the New York Times bestseller lists, The Flight of the Eisenstein and four audio dramas featuring the character Nathaniel Garro. For Warhammer 40,000, he is best known for his four Blood Angels novels, the audio drama Heart of Rage, and his two Sisters of Battle novels. His short fiction has appeared in Legends of the Space Marines and Tales of Heresy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. James on 7 Mar 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Jan 2010
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Dan Abnett kicked the Horus Heresy series off with his usual solid, pacy storytelling and energetic characterisation, then Graham McNeill and Ben Counter made a complete mess of the follow-up volumes and wasted the sound foundtion he built for them.

After reading 'False Gods' and 'Galaxy In Flames' I was nervous that Abnett would turn out to be the only actual writer involved in the Horus Heresy, so I was pleasantly surprised to find 'the Flight Of The Eisenstein' packed with well turned out sentences (seriously, this was a nice surprise after the last two), characters I could care about, descriptions which evoked atmosphere without sledgehammer, genuine horror, action that provoked adrenaline rather than being obviously written on an excess of it, and a moment of pure prequelly glee for a long-time Warhammer 40,000 fan at the end. By the time I finished reading it I realised that it was, if anything, actually better than the first book.

The fact that writers of this calibre are invlved gives me a measure of hope as i work my way through this curate's minefield of a sequence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Griesmayer on 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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