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A Primarchs Audiobook

Who better to relate the tale of Alpharius than the primarch himself? As he tells of his deeds, bear one thing in mind: nothing can be trusted when it comes from serpent's mouth.

Listen to it because:

I am Alpharius...and so are you.

The story:

Legends abound of the glorious - or infamous - deeds of the emperor's sons. Yet almost nothing is known of Alpharius, the most mysterious of them all, for the lord of the Alpha Legion is unparalleled in the art of obfuscation. Such are his gifts of secrecy and deceit that even his rediscovery has remained an enigma - until now. But when the tale comes from the serpent’s mouth, where do the lies end and the truth begin?

Written by Mike Brooks. Narrated by Jonathan Keeble. 

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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Loved it!

absolutely loved this! Been waiting for a book about Alpharius. The narration was great as well.

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only complaint is that it wasn't longer

I loved the intelligence this book was written with and I loved the fact that even with that not everything went well for the characters. like the title said the only thing I could ask for is more

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  • joe
  • 2021-05-13

that was amazing,

great story, well written, described so much of alpharius worth every penny.

Mike brooks this is a work of art

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  • F D
  • 2021-05-12

A much-needed novel and work of art

Little is known of the 20th Legion, and even less of the Primarchs. This book was phenomenal and did an outstanding job giving a good inside view into the Alpha Legion as well as the mind of Alpharius. It's not every day you get a story told by a Primarch first-hand and this worked very well. Not a dull moment and Jonathan Keeble's narration is on-point and engaging as always.

Definitely recommend for anyone with even just a passing interest in the Hydras and their Legion!

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A great book.

Probably one of my favourites from Black Library so far. Really gives a good deal of insight into how the little understood Alpha Legion operates and where they fit into the scheme and order of battle among the Emperor's legions. In true Alpha Legion fashion, it also raises as many questions as it seems to answer... Highly recommend for any 40K listener.

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Almost too good

A must for any Alpha Legion fans. Maybe the best addition to the Primarch serie yet.

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Brilliant

This and Curze one are the best among the series so far. Great insight into the way of Alpharius and his role among his brothers. Extremely happy with Mike Brooks considering this is his 3rd novel I've read so far and he is already among top 5 authors in my list.

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  • Noah Dziurawiec
  • 2021-04-19

Very Good Listen

This book is dreadful. Didn't hold my interest at all...


I am Alpharius. This is a lie.

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  • snozek
  • 2021-04-28

really good background but. . .

The 20th primarchs are mysterious by their every routine. Mike Brooks has written some really quality stories recently. This book is no different.

The challenge for newer authors in a series is always fitting their writing to the existing lore. Much of the book is solid here, but occasionally, the author paints characters in a curious light as compared to other recent writing.

One troubling trend from Black Library is the push for politically correct sentiments to flavor the books.

In this book, there is a particular section focusing on a same-sex couple raising a child. The fact of their being a same sex couple is entirely extraneous to the plot. There was nothing that was unique or added to the story with it, it could have been a single man, woman, or any couple. The only value to the element of these two characters' relationship was a normative push.

Some sci-fi readers actually DO HAVE A RELIGION which find being pushed on this a bit objectionable. Whether Muslim, Evangelical, Mormon, Orthodox, or Catholic, none of these groups go for this.

Why does Black Library want to marginalize those billions?

Similarly, there was an immigration sermon delivered at almost the same time in the book. Whereas this ACTUALLY WAS PERTINENT, it was layered on thickly.

I like Mike Brooks' work, but I think that he was shoehorned into these weird choices.

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Narration was excellent, no notable mispronunciations, well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-24

Amazing

Slow and boring story nothing new was shared waste of a credit.




















I am Alparius, this is a lie.

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  • David J. Todorov
  • 2021-04-22

Best Primarch book so far

Alpharius is so well written. you get to see his point of view from the very beginning, and even explore the "lies" of how he was found, the origin of his weapon choice, and so much more. an absolute must read for all Horus Heresy fans

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  • Richard
  • 2021-04-19

Alpharius starring Alpharius as Alpharius

What if Jonathan Keeble is Alpharius?

Did you dig Legion and Praetorian of Dorn?
if yes, you will dig it.

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  • James gGllagher
  • 2021-04-18

That’s a lot of revelations

I know with the alpha legion everything is supposed to be a lie but when it comes to the writers putting something to paper, I figure it’s about as truth as it gets. A lot of info in this one. I think this book is informative about Alpharious as one will get for the next long while.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-04-21

I am Alpharius. That is a lie.

Hydra Dominatus!
Excellent read for any 40K fan, an absolute must read for Chaos fans. Every word of it is true. That is a lie.

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  • Rwoinlgceonxe15
  • 2021-04-21

I was Right

I always knew that Alpharius or Omegon where the first one found. I figured they where the ones behind the scenes looking for the other 19 brothers. How else did they find Russ or Angron.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-26

I am Alpharius

Head of the Hydra follows the truly enigmatic Alpharius and it shows the art of his lies and deceptions to his enemies, mankind and even his own brothers. It does a great job showing a general idea on how the Alpha Legion his Astartes legion fights wars. The performance is quieter than some other 40k books. But that makes sense regarding who it’s covering. The quietest of the primarchs.

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  • Sam Breitenbauch
  • 2021-04-28

I absolutely an disappointed beyond belief

Sucks so bad. Ruined my childhood and in fact this book ruined the lore and broke the continuity beyond salvaging.


I am Alpharius. That was a lie..
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