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Primarchs: Ferrus Manus

Primarchs
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
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The Great Crusade has swept across half the galaxy, a million human worlds now embracing the truth and reason that comes with allegiance to the rule of Terra. But even such unparalleled success comes at a cost. 

Rumours abound that the Emperor plans to step back from the Crusade and raise one of his primarch sons to lead in his stead. Faced with the bitterly noncompliant human empire of Gardinaal and a leaderless host of Ultramarines, Thousand Sons and Emperor’s Children at his Legion’s command, the Iron Hands primarch Ferrus Manus decides to make an example that even the Emperor cannot ignore.

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Not as good as the other Primarch books

The other books in this series give a solid look into the history that shaped a Primarch. This does not. It was a solid Iron Hands story but a poor Ferrus Manus story.

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Missed opportunities

The book barely had any ferrus in it and it focused entirely too much on the side characters. I learned. Nothing new or interesting on either the ironhands or their primarch. I am a huge ironhands fan and going through this in a primarch focused book is beyond disappointing.

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Worth listening to

It was hard for me to get over the use of thunder warriors. I always read that they were culled after unification. The book was good once I got around that. Really enjoyed how Ferrus Manus was portrayed.

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Almost nothing to do with Ferrus Manus

More like "the plot is weak". This is a story that should in no way be carry the title Ferrus Manus or The Gorgon of Medusa. The stories main focus is not Ferrus Manus, an Iron Hands legionary, or a base human attached to an Iron Hands expeditionary force. The main protagonist is a 3rd legion Capt who like a typical Emperors Children legionary is proud, vain, and self aggrandizing. Being so bold as to think himself a better swordsman than one of the most renowned of emperors children Lucius The Eternal. In most of the other titles in this series you learn more about the title character (The Primarch) David Guymer took a different approach. Instead of learning about Ferrus Manus's history on Medusa, his relationship with Fulgrim, or anything like that Guymer focused on telling us about a new character we weren't interested in learning about, NOT focusing on the title characters life or deeds, and constantly comparing him to a big angry charging land raider tank. Ferrus Manus instead of being a brooding ill fated and sometimes ill tempered forge master and battle commander is portrayed as a shallow 1 dimensional character that is just jealous and angry. When he is involved in the story at all. I wish I could return this audio book and I wish I could get back the 6 hours it took to listen to it.

That being said Jonathan Keeble read the pile of manure extremely well and did his best to make its characters engaging.

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One of the best Primarch books!

What a great story and a great glimpse into the mind of Ferrus Manus. Well written and very intriguing. Must read.

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A good story.

This is the story of Ferrus Manus and his Legion, the Iron Hands.

Unlike Lorgar, Bearer of the Word (and presumably the other Primarchs books) this book does not center around Ferrus Manus and his upbringing: instead what we have is a tale of how the surrounding world reacts to him and how he interacts with it.

This story is told from a couple different perspectives, and is set during a compliance campaign which is perfect for a story centered around a Primarch. While some might feel that this book is missing the point, I have a theory that Ferrus is supposed to be a mystery - even to his own sons.

Take from it what you will, but ultimately it is a good story set during the days before the Heresy - before Horus set the skies on fire and dragged the Imperium into a brutal civil war. Give it a try; you can always return it and spend the credit on a different title if the style is not to your satisfaction.

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Great listen

Can't believe I have become so wrapped up in the warhammer books. Backgrounds on the primarchs add so much to the stories on their legions. This was outstanding.

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Great insight into the dour Iron Hands Legion

As ever the primarch series never seize to amaze with the depth of the story. Also tensions between the legions come to fore.