Deathwatch (Warhammer 40000) Paperback – 11 Apr 2013
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About the Author
Steve Parker was born and raised in Edinburgh. Scotland, and now lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. As a video-game writer/designer, he has worked on titles for various platforms. In 2005, his short fiction started appearing in American SF/Fantasy/Horror Magazines. In 2006, his story The Falls of Marakross was published in the Black Library's Tales from the Dark Millennium anthology. His first novel, Rebel Winter, was published in 2007 and his novel Rynn's World was the first book in the Space Marine Battles series.
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Top Customer Reviews
Though I did like the Inquisitorial agents as characters, both being distinct and interesting, the investigation sections suffered somewhat due to the central mystery (ie what was happening on Chiaro) being glaringly obvious to me as an old 40K hand almost from page one of those parts of the book. Which was a shame. It's one thing for characters not to spot clues, due to arguably not knowing as much as a reader, but the author tries to tease the reader several times with this mystery - that is no mystery. It just doesn't work.
The gathering of the new Deathwatch recruits and their training is also a bit patchy in my opinion. The 21st century style military acronyms, used here and there during the training sections, actually felt somewhat out of place for Space Marines to me. Also I think the training was too long, it taking about two thirds of the book before the kill-team were actually sent into action.
On the other hand, the members of the kill-team are all well drawn and unique feeling Space Marines, each with a clearly recognisable and consistent character. The author makes full use of obscure Astartes Chapters, and the tensions between many of them. The Deathwatch itself is also described well, with the author having clearly used the Deathwatch RPG books for reference material, though I think the stealth/covert side of the DW's remit is somewhat over-stated.
I did also like the sneaky and clearly 'radical' Ordo Xenos Inquisitor 'Sigma', and I look forward to future stories of Karras and his team.
Again, and as in Baneblade, the plot is not entirely original, with bits and pieces inspired by other volumes and some references to the "Alien" series of films. The growing alien threat to a strategic and largely inhabitable planet sparsely inhabited but full of rare minerals is not exactly original either. You will also see some of the Inquisition's servants at work and this may remind some of Dan Abnett's books. Also, the Death Spectres, the main hero's Space Marine Chapter, its secret and hideous source of power, and the secret and sacrifices that it entails, may also remind some of other deviant Space Marine Chapter stories. There are a few other features that might feel like "cliches" as well throughout the book.
Having mentioned all this, the story is however rather well told, exciting and reads well. A number of scenes are particularly good, such as those involving the Puppeteer, an intelligence agent of the Inquisition who is perhaps one of the most sympathetic characters of the book. The training of the new Deathwatch recruits is also interesting, with their insertion and search and rescue techniques and simulations inspired by current special forces training. The monsters are, of course, suitably horrible, lethal and abominable.Read more ›
The plot itself is well paced, with a good balance between action and plot/character development. In terms of lore, the novel provides uncommon insight into the workings of the mysterious deathwatch, the training of DW astartes and the sinister secrets of the relatively unknown Death Spectres chapter. The novel offers a lot to the new and seasoned 40k reader alike, its certainly a must for anyone with an interest in the chamber militant of the Ordos Xenos. Space marines and the inquisition - a killer combo. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved every second of it. Highly recommending it to any W40K fan. If you like it, you may also check the short stories Exhumed and Headhunted.Published on 4 Mar. 2014 by uyildir
I have to admit I found the way that this book was written pretty refreshing, I'm catching up on my 40k books currently so a little sick of the normal routine even though some of... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2013 by ImperialRacoon
I've read several of the Warhammer series. This novel was one of the better ones. I particularly like the involvement of the inquisition and I reckon it could have stood an extra... Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2013 by S. Regan
I haven't read much about hte deathwatch apart from some brief appearances in other black library publications so this was a useful and enjoyable story into their operations and... Read morePublished on 18 July 2013 by wagsta
The first two thirds of this book I loved, Steve sets the scene beautifully with the insights into Sigma's Human/Mutant agents on the planet in question, and the relentless... Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2013 by A. Fraser
For any lover of the Warhamnmer 40k Universe, this is a great book, and a wonderful read. Steve Parker writes a great story, and its easy reading. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by LZ