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on 10 March 2017
[bookcover:The Flight of the Eisenstein|80155]

I've said before that I'm a huge fan of the 40K universe, and in particular enjoying the Horus Heresy series - well this has to be the best book in the series so far! It's well written and conveys the bleakness of the world well, and more than that acts as a kind of template for what I enjoy about the setting so much.

The astartes continue as superhuman heroes, but against foes just as capable, if not more so. The story tells of a lone frigate trying to warn Terra of Horus' treachery. The action is desperate and while Nurgle is my least favourite of the Chaos pantheon, his influence is used to devastating effect. This is match with the evolution of the cult worshipping the Emperor as a divine being.

I also enjoyed the wider take on characters beyond the marines - the Sisters in particular are formidable and I'm looking forward to learning more about them. Overall this was a cracking read.
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on 9 October 2017
I do have a previous (long ago) history with the 40K games and figures so I was probably going to enjoy these books anyway. This was my favourite of the early books in this series. I am reading the books in order and they are all an enjoyable romp with a nice, if violent, alternative universe feel and the various authors have done a reasonable job of coordinating the time line to ensure the various stories work well together. I like this one because it starts in the middle of the action and keeps up a good pace ... you get all the nice to have background from the first three books but don't need them to enjoy this one.
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on 17 September 2011
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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on 13 May 2010
Having read the Heresy books in order I was looking forward to this one after reading a number of reviews.

The story is quick-paced and the plot has you rooting for the few loyalists against the Warmaster's followers. In a number of other 40k books the Astartes are often made out to be without emotion or where they do not question their loyalty. What I liked about this is that Garro, the Hero (?), questions everything around him including the Imperial Truth but still sticks to his guns when he supports the Lord of Terra.

I found I was scan reading in order to get to the next plot twist and had to go back to check out the detail.

This is an excellent read and will have you picking sides in the civil war!!
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on 10 February 2015
A great read if you liked the first three books, though not quite as good. After reading Galaxy in Flames, I couldn't wait to continue the story and see what happened next. The Flight of the Eisenstein doesn't immediately carry on the story though. As this book follows new characters, it starts off before the events in the last book and builds up to where it left off. It was only until about halfway through The Flight of the Eisenstein did the story really carry on. And although it was good to read from that point, there wasn't really that excitement that the first three books had. It is still a great read to follow and see what happened aboard the Eisenstein after the events of Isstvan III.

In regards to the headliner I went with, you will understand after you've read the book.
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on 11 October 2014
The Heresy continues with a new Space Marine Garro trying to take word of the treachery to Earth. There is some repetition of the Treachery on Isstvan IV as told from a different angle but once you get past that the story is much better. It provides a thrilling and agonising ride as Garro struggles against all odds to get his message through whilst being assailed by the forces of Nurgle.
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on 26 February 2013
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 focus on the death guard story, and boy is this a good story! A fantastic read with brilliant characters and some old favorites returning ;) At first i wasn't sure because the first 3 books were like a trilogy on there own i didn't want to destroy that great experience i had reading them and the story behind them but this really adds a lot of depth to the previous books as well as its own story onto it. Buy this you wont regret it!
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on 8 January 2018
Yet another great read.
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on 10 February 2017
Great book well written.
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on 3 April 2017
4th book in the series, was an average read, a lot of people rave about Nathaniel Garro as a character, but I found this book underwhelming, especially when you compare it to the three books before it.
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