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The Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy) Mass Market Paperback – 5 Mar 2007

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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: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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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As other reviewers have pointed out, this is a crossover linking the first part of the Horus Heresy sequence to the second. It picks up the tale of a captain in one of the other Legions, weaving it into the end of the Galaxy in Flames and then taking it forward as he escapes the massacre at Istvaan.

This makes it sounds like it starts awkwardly, but in fact it is very nicely done, describing events and battles we've already seen from a different perspective. Swallow is able to give Garro some individuality and a bit of history which I hadn't noticed (until now) the previous novels had skipped out. He inherits the mantle of the loyalist hero and is responsible for getting the news of Horus's betrayal back to the Emperor, taking the surviving minor characters from Galaxy in Flames along with him. However, not everyone wants to hear his message and the author convincingly portrays the difficulties he encounters on his way back to Earth.

In covering this journey he also introduces characters and concepts for future novels, and indeed for the Warhammer 40,000 universe in general.

A well paced novel with good characterisation, making the transition from one phase of the Heresy to the next very neatly.
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After the disappointment of the previous two books in the Horus Heresy series, I thought this one was a welcome return to form. It's well-written, well paced and has a cast of interesting and likeable characters that really make you care about them.

The lead character, Garro, picks up the mantle of tortured loyalist hero from Garviel Loken and runs with it. It's an interesting exercise in comparisons really, watching the way in which the two characters are similar and yet also different in their outlooks.

Keeler and the gang are back, but don't take centre stage, nonetheless they're used well as background characters - there to keep the plot moving but not stealing the limelight. The Saint however is really starting to develop nicely and you can feel the church of the Emperor starting to pick up momentum. The Primarchs are handled well in this, very well in fact - complex and subtle characters with their own very distinct personalities.

Action-wise, there's some great scenes in this, particularly what amounts to the final fight. There's also some great cinematic moments scattered throughout the book which create some truly awesome mental images.

Overall I enjoyed this book a great deal, from the character interactions to the descriptions of the action, and it left me really wanting to read more of Swallow's Garro.
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I'm not an avid book reader, so it can take me a long time to read anyway, but this one I would say took longer than I was expecting. I's say it's split into two. The first half is basically repeating the inevitable story of Horus going bad boy, from the perspective of Garro et al. The surprise is lost and it feels to me, that the writer obviously is restricted in his creativity by having to make sure he gets it right (otherwise die-hard readers would pound him dry for making too many deviations from the previous story). Once the inevitable outcome happens, and it gets back to were Galaxy In Flames finishes, that's when the story blooms. It seems to me, that's where the writer(s) really excels; creativity.
To sum up: it took me two months to read the first part, and then two days to read the second part. Technically I haven't finished it, as I still have the last chapter to go, but to me the story in this book has kind of ended, and now it's just the chaining storyline for the next book.
I would have given it a three star, but then the last part was so gripping for me, that I had to bulk it up.
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