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A Great War is coming, and it will engulf the Imperium of Man. The Space Marines of the Alpha Legion, the last and most secretive of all the Astartes brotherhoods, arrive on a heathen world to support the Imperial Army in a pacification campaign against strange and uncanny forces. But what drives the Alpha Legion? Can they be trusted, and what side will they choose when the Great War begins? Loyalties are put to the test, and the cunning schemes of an alien intelligence revealed, as the fate of mankind hangs in the balance.

©2008 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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Tied with Fulgrim...

...for best in series thusfar. Timson is a fantastic reader and compliments Abnett's style with skill and flair.

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Starts up to be slow, but ended with a bang.

The first 2/3s of the story was meh... but the last part is awesome. The plot twists at the end made the story... but sad to say the rest of the book was slow and uneventful. Gave 4 stars as the ending was STILL that good. It’s a must read but I would give warning about the slow start of the story.

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Interesting spy tale for the Warhammer Universe

Dan Abnett is one of my favorite authors and I've heard this listed as one of the best Warhammer books so it was an easy purchase, especially after listening to the Excellent Horus Rising. And it doesn't quite live up to that. I do like one of the main characters- John Gramatics. A spy trying to meet the secretive Alpha Legion. And the Alpha Legion are very interesting, being so unlike the other Space Marines. But while most praise the ending, it fell flat for me. I suppose it explains what it needed to explain, but it still felt like a false choice for me and left me disappointed. So I will only give it four stars, but I do want to read more about the Alpha Legion. The book succeeded in sparking my interest in them.

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  • Devin
  • North Carolina
  • 08-22-18

We are all Alpharius!

The best book I've read since the original three that launched the HH books! loved the cloak and dagger, the suspense and the characters. A well crafted story, delivered by someone who really makes the characters come to life. I really felt like I was there or could see it in my mind eyes

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Great story

If you love the Alpha Legion and the mysterious ways they operate check this amazing audiobook out. It ties in before the great betrayal still but it is another well written book. Great choice using David Timson the narrator for this book.

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Pretty good audiobook

Good book in the horus heresy series. Narration was good but some of the voices were borderline grating.

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I am Alpharius

Great rare look into the mindset of the Alpha Legion and what caused them to go "rogue".

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Best so far

I've listened to all of these in order. As of this point, this is certainly the best of them. Both the story and the narration are exceptional.

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Excellent story

i am alpharius.

the choices of the 20th legion astartes are a brutal reminder of the inevitable march towards the heresy.

march with fortune

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Best of Horus Heresy So Far

Off the bat this book was good yet it ended even better. I've read all the books so far of the Heresy and this one held my attention the entire time. It wasn't to say the first 4 were mediocre... it was to say this one was just that good. If there's more by this writer or the Alpha Legion I seriously look forward to them with great anticipation!

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  • 10-21-17

Fantastic novel - whimsical narrator

Reading Dan Abnett is often like going abroad with a minimum understanding of the language. If you're willing to throw yourself in at the deeper ends, decipher a few words for yourself and wait for things to unfold, you savour the immersion that much more.

A shame then that one of the outstanding Heresy novels is read in a tone more suited to a whimsical fantasy: indeed at times I was convinced it was Simon Prebble reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. While Abnett's novel is more complex and more subtle than some of the Heresy novels (Battle for the Abyss, Mechanicum) it's still pure space opera and deserves someone more adept at the voices of war. While the Legion themselves are given good enough voices, some of the Imperials veer between Carry On and Only Fools, always threatening to drop the listener out of the experience. Indeed at times one of the early characters is only moments away from tugging at his forelock and declaring "Gawd bless the Queen Mum". David Timson is a very good narrator and for the right material he's unbeatable - after listening to Fulgrim you can't imagine anyone else doing it justice. For Legion, he's just wrong.

Luckily, as a good narrator can carry a lesser novel the reverse is true. Legion is for the most part a thriller, very much in the vein of early Frederick Forsyth. It's well structured, deftly written and filled with interesting and compelling characters. If Abnett has a weakness, its his fondness for deus ex machina (most of the early Gaunt's Ghosts novels) but here it truly plays to the novel's strength.

As a standalone in the 40k universe it works extremely well, and as part of the Heresy its up there with Fulgrim or Flight of the Eisenstein. Buy with a little caution

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  • Elizabeth Redrup
  • 12-06-17

Action packed

First heresy book to contain non-hostile xenos interaction and gives a much more human perspective on the heresy than we've had so far. Awesome book

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  • N A
  • 05-05-18

Pay attention at all costs.

You will go back to this book again and again. THe writing is tight, if you switch off for a moment you will miss a key character action or plot point. The prelude hooked me in and wanted to find out what happened throughout. It has great pacing, twists and turns and kept me engaged.
On the characters, these are great - John Grammaticus is one of my favourite in the Heresy. He has to make some key decisions about how he will achieve his goals - namely who he will use. The Alpha Legion are depicted really well and make for an interesting legion - "I am Alpharius" being a repeating theme which throws up hilarity and intrigue.
The dialogue is excellent and has an element of conflict that make the characters sound interesting.

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  • J Smith
  • 04-05-18

Enjoyed

Having not enjoyed this narrators previous efforts in Fulgrim, I was really surprised to find I thoroughly enjoyed his prortrayal of the characters this time around, especially the men from the joker and clown regiments!
I did find the first hour or so a struggle though and took me a while to work out which character was which (but this could well have been my frame of mind at the time!), but in the end I thought it was a really good story, very well done, taking a side approach at the heresy and keeping you guessing all the way!

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  • JC Denton
  • 10-12-18

Perfect

I am Alpharius. I am Alpharius. And that is all you are getting from me.

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  • T. J. Davies
  • 10-10-18

Best in Horus series yet

I found this the most enjoyable if the Horus series yet. Great ideas and characters. Some criticized the narration, but I thought it was very good. Plenty of characterisation to help distinguish who's speaking.

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  • brian proctor
  • 09-13-18

Great story ,Great characters ,Great narrator

This was a great story ,it kept me listening the whole way true .All the characters were really fleshed out and were very interesting .The story was great and was well paced with the right balance on story development and action.David Timson did a great narration and was a much better performance then the one he did for Fulgrim.Great insight into the Alpha Legion and the plot of the Horus Heresy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-18

Much better than Descent of Angels

Dan Abnett is a great writer and Legion had some great characters but suffered a little on audio as there was a lot of terminology to get to grips with.

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  • Daniel bates
  • 08-06-18

A great book, great reading.

I love thw alpha legion this book gives a great view of them from the side of the common soldier. It also gives a great view of differences between the Primarch's.

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  • Mr. Max W. Middleton
  • 06-21-18

Best one so far

All the heresy novels have been pretty good but this one has a compelling, grown up story about three factions that don't understand and cannot trust each other. it actually had me guessing at the outcome all through and my loyalties shifted throughout.
the voice acting was also very good. Although the story appeared to hint at possible Asian or African characters, they are all variants of British English...but I think that's how 40k is set up, so I didn't mind.

not worth reading in isolation though, it has too many oblique references to the earlier books.

enjoy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-23-18

Great writing and great voice acting

This is one of the better books in the Horus Heresy series. Dan Abnett is a masterful writer and he shows us his strengths in this book. David Timson also did great work and he tells the story well.

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