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It is the 41st millennium, and an upstart alien empire has emerged on the Eastern Fringe. After a few skirmishes to retake human worlds from these blue-skinned invaders, the time has come to strike against the so-called Tau Empire.

At the forefront of the Damocles Crusade stand the Ultramarines, commanded by Captain Atheus, the Chapter's Lord Executioner. With his loyal sergeants Numitor and Sicarius by his side, Atheus vows to exterminate the aliens...but the cunning xenos commanders, Farsight and Shadowsun, have other plans.

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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Amazing reading but the plot shield

The voice acting for this book was awesome a performance that was clean and on point from start to finish.
The main weakness was the plot shield for tge main characters. Now you know that main characters live through the impossible but when this point is made pointed out time after time it stops veing impossible and just annoying, the characters are saved by a thousand last second saves, miracles, and random one shots. This can be done well but in this case it seems just lazy on the writters part.
The rest of the story was fun though seeing each sude adapt to the other. The advanced tech of thr Tau put against the ancient Tech of Mankind makes for some really great battles.

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Incredible

this was a very enjoyable story. plenty of action and great insight into the Tau Empire.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-18

fantastic book

great book, well written and read. with a good story. highly recommend will read again!

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  • Gordon
  • 04-17-18

An absolute shocker!

I have listened to a number of 40K novels now but this is, hands down, the worst. I have a fairly high tolerance for junkie sci-fi and while due to their nature, most of the 40K novels have a level of disbelief built in, this was absurd. I listened for the first two hours and had to give in. If you like constant improbable/impossible action yelled at you, you may well enjoy it. Otherwise, be warned.

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  • josh
  • 11-13-17

Pure action

Loving both ultramarines and the farsight enclaves I found myself struggling on who to root for.
Packed with action between battles suits and assault marines, however, often the same phrases are used throughout and seemed almost repetitive.
Although a logical ending I felt it was a bit lackluster and definitely found the tau side more interesting
Saying this I enjoyed it thoroughly and John Banks narration was superb