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4.0 out of 5 stars Good and solid story, even if not original, 30 Sep 2013
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This is a good "Imperial Guard" story, although fans of Warhammer 40K may already have read a few similar ones. The story starts with one Fernand Holl press-ganged into the 114th Mordian Iron Guard and leaving for the first time his hive after barely escaping death. A year later, as he takes part in the campaign to reclaim Elisanda after an insurrection and as the planet has collapsed in civil war, he is part of a strike force that is sent out to the strategic mining world of Belmos VII with which communications have been interrupted.

The population of the planet's only mining city has fallen prey to an initially mysterious plague that turns out to be quite horrible (Warhammer 40 K fans will love it!) and perfectly deadly for the Mordians and just about everyone else. The only way for the Mordian to "solve" the problem is for them to exterminate anyone who is infected, but they are a lot of them and they are rather hard to kill.

As the Mordians discover the origin of the infection, there comes an additional "coup the theatre" with the arrival of another dangerous enemy which seeks what is to them a treasure. The Mordians are in the way. The result is, of course, more grim and bloody clashes in which the Mordians get further mauled. Although Holl is one of the rare survivors, he does not comes out of this traumatic experience un-scared, and his initial views of the Imperium he serves will be as changed as he is.

This was an "ok to good" story, which I rather liked, even if it is neither brilliant nor very original. Just about worth four stars, although three and a half might have been more appropriate, had this been possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read and one I had a lot of fun with, 8 Nov 2013
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The Imperial Guard fight a war against not only an unknown foe but also have to face off against the Dark Eldar who see an ancient device of truly evil proportions. As usual with the Black Library, the story is key and whilst a lot of people thoroughly enjoy the hardened tales of the elite fighting units such as the Space Marines, I've always had a soft spot for the everyday man who whilst not as hardy, gives, in my opinion, a greater sacrifice to the Imperium.

What Mark brings to the fore is a story of human suffering, of the human struggle and for me really does revitalise the 40k world with this cracking story. Back that up with the chance for the Unbreakables to return in a future outing and all round I was a more than happy reader.
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Iron Guard (Warhammer 40000) by Mark Clapham (Paperback - 26 Sep 2013)
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