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Brothers of the Snake

Warhammer 40,000
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
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A Sabbat Worlds audiobook.

The war-torn far future is laid bare as Brothers of the Snake follows the exploits of the Iron Snakes Space Marines as they battle against the enemies of mankind. 

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Dan Abnett brings his unique sense of the Warhammer 40,000 universe to Space Marines, crafting a series of encounters between the mythic heroes of the Iron Snakes and their foes that will leave you breathless and begging for more. 

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Best-selling author Dan Abnett turns his hand to the mighty Space Marines! The war-torn far future is laid bare as Brothers of the Snake follows the exploits of the Iron Snakes Space Marines as they battle against the enemies of mankind. 

First appearing in the pages of Inferno! magazine, the Iron Snakes Space Marines quickly gathered a loyal following, and now they wage war in a full-blown adventure, battling aliens and heretics as they defend the Imperium. 

Written by Dan Abnett. Narrated by Toby Longworth.

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

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Dan Abnett does it again

A unique space marines chapter gets a unique book written about them as we follow the leader of an elite squad of space marines through several deployments. Normally we only see a single mission in most 40k novels, while in this we get to see more of a "day in the life" take. And as a result, it makes for a very fast read/listen. And an entertaining one at that.

It has a "stylised" feel to it I can't fully explain. There came a point while listening to this where everything being described seemed like something out of a kick-@$$ Genndy Tartakovsky animation, which I then started to imagine, and that made it even more awesome. But the fact that Dan Abnett wrote this should be enough of a reason to check this book out.

My only complaint is that we don't get more of a feel for the entire squad, instead focusing more on their leader and their apothecary. This leads to the rest of the squad feeling somewhat samey, which is a little bit of a let down after Gaunt's Ghosts gave us such distinct characters, but it's not as egregious as other 40k books.

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Great story

One of the best books I have read since listening to Warhammer 40K. The Iron Snakes Chapter is definitely an honorable one for the books.

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new to the 40k universe and this book was amazing

I am new to the 40k universe and this book was amazing. about to search for another

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  • Mr. D. B. Smethurst
  • 09-04-19

Probably the best 40k I've read

This was the first 40k book I bought and read, and it got me into the Warhammer 40k Universe.

Still an amazing read and I highly recommend it.

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  • Martin
  • 08-28-19

The Snakes of Ithica

I did enjoy the story as a whole, not what I expected.

No spoilers.

Enjoy...

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  • samneale
  • 09-12-19

super boring

I love Dan Abnett. his Gaunts Ghost novels are some of the best, ravenor, eisenhorn etc.. this feels like it just didnt get off the mark. the iron snakes sound interesting as a chapter but the story is sooo generic I actually fell asleep three times listening to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-19

outstanding

I am a huge fan of warhammer 40k . to get into the mindset of any chapter of space marine is always a winner in my mind

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  • Thomas Stubbings
  • 09-08-19

Best Space Marine book yet.

Abnett is a truly talented author who has a fantastic ability of being able to write and create stories in the 40k world which could be appreciated by many readers and listeners who are not fans of the lore.

Brothers of the Snake offered the most genuine insight into the mindset and trials of a Space Marine I’ve read thus far without falling into the stereotypical cheesey “FOR THE EMPERORRRRRRR!” Yelling, Bolter wielding heretic gore affair we are used to.

I can only hope Abnett continues to write something further on the journeys of the Iron Snakes.

A book any fantasy or sci fan fan will really enjoy.

Can not recommend highly enough.

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  • AT CT
  • 08-26-19

Bloody brilliant!

Adventure and humour. Well worth the listen. Hopefully we will hear more from the Iron Snakes!