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Belisarius Cawl: The Great Work

Warhammer 40,000
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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An Adeptus Mechanicus novel.

In the wake of the Great Rift, Belisarius Cawl turns his attention to the abandoned world of Sotha. Once home to the Scythes of the Emperor, it also hides a long-buried secret...and an ancient evil.

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Cawl is one of the most fascinating characters in the Dark Imperium, and Guy Haley gets right into his memory circuits as he seeks ancient secrets that will blow your mind.

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Belisarius Cawl, Archmagos Dominus of the Adeptus Mechanicus, is the most brilliant mind alive. For 10,000 years he has furthered the cause of mankind, working under the aegis of the Emperor and Lord Commander Roboute Guilliman to prevent the inexorable march of the alien and the traitor. Many call him heretic, but all must recognise the magnitude of his achievements, for who else but he was entrusted to create a new generation of Space Marines? 

Who else but the great Belisarius Cawl could even accomplish such a task? Now, in the wake of the Great Rift and the Indomitus Crusade, his ambitions bring him to the long-dead world of Sotha, once home to the Scythes of the Emperor, now a barren wasteland devoured by the vile Tyranids. Accompanied by Tetrarch Felix and his elite warriors, it is here that Cawl believes the lynchpin of his mysterious Great Work lies. But uncovering it is a near impossible task, one in which the Archmagos must overcome an ancient evil that threatens to extinguish the last hope of humanity.

Written by Guy Haley. Total running time 11 hours and 11 minutes. Performed by John Banks.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Adequate

Cawl has been a controversial figure in the lore since he appeared in Gathering Storm. There are some interesting developments to his background in this story that help to justify some of his deeds(looking at you Primaris). That said Cawl feels so powerful and knowledgeable that there isn't ever any real danger to him or those around him. As a result, most of the tension in the book focuses on Cawl's relationship with a Primaris he personally helped create, the remaining Scythes of the Emperor, and Cawl's own past. Most of the lore here is accurate if not always respected given Cawl's literally a desu ex machina.

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Masterful

Touching, genius, and insightful. A great work in of itself. It was a bit hard to follow at points due to jumps, however I am positive this was intentional and merely another layer to the masterpiece. Even if you don't follow the Adeptus Mechanicus, even if you can't stand Primaris, even if you are tired of the old Marines, please read this. I will absolutely be adding a physical copy to my collection. Well done, very well done.

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loved a book about my favorite warhammer character

cawl is my favorite. he is was got me into the game. and i just love to get in his head.

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So much Lore!

1st, the narrator performed well, there were hardly any strange pronunciations of things from the Warhammer universe.

2nd, considering this book deals with a secondary successor chapter, the most boring aliens in all of Warhammer 40K, and the fairly repetitive Tyrranids, this book does very very well.

Belisarius is really fleshed out in this novel, pardon the pun.If the book is read from the perspective of Belisarius being the axis of the story, then the reader can have a really good time.

This book accomplishes the nearly impossible by making I actually care about some random successor chapter of the Ultramarines and the most boring alien faction in Warhammer 40K, the Necrons.

The setting for the story spans from before the great crusade to the very recent moments within the sundered imperium.

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The Greatest Work

A Must Read For Any Die Hard 40k Fan. The Black Library Continues To Show Why They Are The Best Sci-fi Writers

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Wow, so much more, from all eras of the universe!

The book is a wellspring of lore and quite action packed as well. Definitely a worthy purchase!

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Exciting Story That Weaves PreHeresy with 40k

I did not think I would like this but I could not stop once started. Great story and Cawl was a fantastic character with many facets.

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Guy Haley is now my favorite BL Author!

Haley does an excellent job of explaining why Belisarius crawl is able to do what he does and takes the slight backstory that already existed (post fall of Cadia) and massively expands on it on in order to fully flush out this new character and setting. Guy Haley has so far done an excellent job of explaining and making sense of the scattered parts of this new expanded timeline. This book continues on that and is an excellent adventure in its own right with memorable characters and a very interesting plot.

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wow

I truly loved this, this is maybe the best warhammer book ive experienced so far.

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Great

I really enjoyed it, I looked forward to listening everytime. Great lore, Great Story, Great work!

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  • Benjamin Martin Sadler
  • 09-26-19

Yet more revelations........

fantastic story, brilliant voice performance and a superb way to develope the characters and law.

By far some of the finest character develppment.

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  • Martin
  • 09-27-19

It was okay..!

It was okay, I hoped for something more insightful to the workings of Cawl and was not totally disappointed.

If you like stories of the Mechanicum then you'll possibly enjoy your way through this book..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-19

Another fantastic addition to the lore

With cawl's new role in gullimans imperium, it is interesting to learn more about a character that has existed since 30k.

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  • Lurl
  • 11-22-19

Cawl a cute

Fallen in live with Cawl now, thankyou both author and voice actor!
I'll be following this stories next step closely

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  • Adam darley
  • 11-19-19

Confusing, rambling, boring.

Lacks a coherent direction and a solid plot line. Very confusing and meandering for a majority of the time and then dull in others. Nowhere near the Horus heresy books

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  • Plumpkin
  • 11-19-19

Great Introduction to the Character

While I found the Scythes side story a tad boring, its only because it was distracting from the main plot with Cawl which was vastly more interesting to me personally (helps that I'm an Admech player so this is biased). Great performance, good story, reaffirms that Cawl is a total Pimp-Lord.

Recommended. Download this on your portable cogitator and listen during your 16 hour munition factory shift.

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  • james
  • 11-14-19

one of the worst 40k books I've ever read.

the whole story is so poor it's almost funny (If not for the price) honestly this is the last one of these I'm going to bother with.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-14-19

The Great Read

An outstanding narrative, that provides exciting and fresh insight into previously undelved aspects of the 40K universe while moving along the overarching timeline. Superbly narrated by the immensely talented John Banks, who has an indisputable grasp of these characters and their voices, both inner and outer. Highly recommended.

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  • mimnouk
  • 11-13-19

30k and 40k collide

I’ll start by saying that this is the best Guy Haley book/audio to date that I have read/listened to. It explores the events just after Wolfsbane and looks a closing the story arc of the Pharos, which is one of the longest arc’s (other than Rob’s resurrection). It’s full of humanity in a future of grim dark inhumanity. And the level of humour is brilliant. The book is paced nicely, with jumps exploring past events, all of which add to this and other stories in the HH and Dark Imperium. Well done Guy! Let’s hope that this is the first of a trilogy, as is often the way with BL releases.

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  • Mr A Sellars
  • 11-09-19

Excellent look into the background of the Cawl

Great book, enjoyed the narration and definitely works well in audio format. The flashbacks feel abit much at first but payoff in the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-19

awesome

Really good insight into one of the most interesting new characters not directly related to a legion

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  • jason heap
  • 11-07-19

great tale.

first i have read of this story line. i was impressed by the humour in the story. just the rifht amount to balance the non humour of sm