Nemesis

The Horus Heresy, Book 13
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 13
Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
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After the horrors of Istvaan V, Horus declares outright war against the Imperium. In the shadows of the Emperor's Palace, powerful figures convene.

Their plan is to send a team of assassins to execute the arch-traitor Horus and end the war for the galaxy of mankind before it's even begun. But what they cannot know is that another assassin is abroad already, with his sights firmly set on killing the Emperor.

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Skip this:Fluffy filler that amounts to nothing

As an audiobook this is fine. Perhaps an overuse of Russian accents but the read is fine. The story itself is not worth your time. There are two plotlines about assassins from both sides of the conflict that are completely unrelated. In the book, these stories constantly interrupt each other and mess up the pacing before coming together to neutralize each other. And it's not that these assassins must inevitably meet, just as Horus must inevitably and purposefully face the Emperor, they meet by pure luck *cough*Emperor'sWill*cough*. If this book was never written, nothing you know about 40k would be different and it does nothing to further the events of the Horus Heresy. It adds little to pre-existing lore outside of some vague ideas about life on Terra or the origins of the Assassinorum. The characters are one dimensional. The action lacks stakes and therefore turns into descriptive filler of nothing we haven't seen before in 40k. Fights exist only to make the assassins seem powerful but don't further the plot. Any personal conflict is bland and ultimately pointless as it too is never resolved or adds to character depth.
What's good: The beginning is good. Differences of philosophy of waging war of Dorn v. the Assassinorum. The intrigue of the Assassinorum. The initial mystery until the killer is immediately revealed too soon and lacks any plot impact. The initial getting the team together (as an idea). In terms of execution of this part, it just drags and in the end, the assassins lack any form of team dynamic other than mutual dislike (which doesn't change) so it becomes just filler. This would have been better as a short story that was just about the assassins.

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not the strongest story at all

many characters and I could follow some of what was happening midway I got lost. where was the action happening?

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It was ok

As the Praetorian of Terra has said of Guillimans Codex Astarti. "3 out of 5. It was ok."

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Enjoyed the story.

I enjoyed the story. Jonathon Keeble brought great depth to the characters. Really enjoyed the production.

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View of assassins

It’s a good look at all the different houses of assassins which is great. However the story itself is not great by itself.

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worst of the series

Does not follow the rest of the series big diversion from the rest of the books. This is definitely one you can skip.

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great!

at first didn't expect much of a story as it is about assassin's and their role in the symphony of battle with Astartes. the story quickly spirals in a very interesting turn and even had Rogue Traders in it. overall excellent story and narrorating.

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Honestly couldn’t wait for it to end

Keeble is generally a great narrator but when every women sounds either asian or like a feeble old woman, it gets old quick. The chapters could have been broken up better. Fun to see the perspective of an assassin. Spear’s true voice was as annoying as the old woman voices. I’d skip this one for anyone who’s into Horus Heresy series. There are plenty better.

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Story was good, production has issues.

The story was good but the way it was produced made you have to back up often as there are 3 story’s going at once and story reader would not pause between one sentence and another. So it would make no sense as times as he would run story thread into each other with so much a as breath. Topic A into B into C without pause or shift in voices or anything. Made it hard to listen to at times.

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Non-Space Marine Main Characters!

I absolutely loved this incredible story.
Nice to see stories about the Imperium's other agents.

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  • Jamie Forrest
  • 03-16-18

Another brilliant book in the series

Very good story telling, well placed and full of detail. Another great book in the series.

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  • John Taylor
  • 06-22-18

One of the best books on the series

This is one of the best books in the Horus Heresy series (so far) great character developments and so many plot twists kept me guessing a lot

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  • alasdair robert ian revie
  • 02-04-20

Not a murder mystery series

The murder mystery plot which the novel begins with is very much not suited to the genre or the writer. Fortunately, however, the plot picks up later on.

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  • Michael
  • 08-05-18

Another great instalment

Yet again I’m surprised at how I’m 10+ titles in and the quality does not fluctuate much at all. The change in perspective and increased focus on the micro actions of a group of assassins is a fantastic change of pace and it is written and performed brilliantly. Yet again at the pinnacle of the story I was so engrossed. Brilliant.

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  • Daniel
  • 03-30-20

Good book for the Officio Assassinorum

Great narration, great story, just falls short where some bits are fanboyish of certain characters/groups or characters behaving cartoonishly. Those things break the immersion, but otherwise you get really absorbed in the story of the Officio assassinorum.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-20

Break-neck pace with unsatisfactory conclusion

Brief elements of interest. Would have made a better foundation for a sub-series perhaps

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  • paul sparks
  • 02-18-20

Politics and murder

Sounds like your typical day in any society let alone the Imperium! Great story with machinations and murder

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  • G W.
  • 01-12-20

guns and death, lots of both

I always loved the assassins in the game so was keen to see what they got up to in the books. this doesnt disappoint. the characters are easy to understand and quick to be introduced. the plans unfold, problems occur and they develop new plans. its loads of fun throughout and the villain "Spear" is amazing. the very ending is a bit lame but if you know anything about the horus heresy then the ending could only be how it was. the narrator had enough voices to add depth to each person without them all becoming the same. really enjoyable.

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  • Kareem
  • 12-17-19

Interesting look into the different clades.

Well placed, fantastic narrator and a tense storyline. The nemesis creature is truly a horrifying adversary.

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  • Moriarty
  • 10-15-19

Epic

The whole book is just great, but the end. oh my god, pure goosebumps