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  • Belisarius Cawl: The Great Work

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • Written by: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (343 ratings)

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Belisarius Cawl: The Great Work

Written by: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
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Publisher's Summary

An Adeptus Mechanicus novel.

In the wake of the Great Rift, Belisarius Cawl turns his attention to the abandoned world of Sotha. Once home to the Scythes of the Emperor, it also hides a long-buried secret...and an ancient evil.

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Cawl is one of the most fascinating characters in the Dark Imperium, and Guy Haley gets right into his memory circuits as he seeks ancient secrets that will blow your mind.

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Belisarius Cawl, Archmagos Dominus of the Adeptus Mechanicus, is the most brilliant mind alive. For 10,000 years he has furthered the cause of mankind, working under the aegis of the Emperor and Lord Commander Roboute Guilliman to prevent the inexorable march of the alien and the traitor. Many call him heretic, but all must recognise the magnitude of his achievements, for who else but he was entrusted to create a new generation of Space Marines?

Who else but the great Belisarius Cawl could even accomplish such a task? Now, in the wake of the Great Rift and the Indomitus Crusade, his ambitions bring him to the long-dead world of Sotha, once home to the Scythes of the Emperor, now a barren wasteland devoured by the vile Tyranids. Accompanied by Tetrarch Felix and his elite warriors, it is here that Cawl believes the lynchpin of his mysterious Great Work lies. But uncovering it is a near impossible task, one in which the Archmagos must overcome an ancient evil that threatens to extinguish the last hope of humanity.

Written by Guy Haley. Total running time 11 hours and 11 minutes. Performed by John Banks.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Jumps around a lot but not terrible

the narration was good, I have only two main issues the plot jumps back and forth from present day to 10k years in the past shortly after the heresy. the other issue is I don't really know what the point of the whole book really was there wasn't much of a pay off at the end.

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Admech and Ultramarines...need I say more?

Very fun. Very compelling. Cawl is one of the best chars currently, and I there is a great support cast.

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science fiction/ fantasy

One of the best warhammer books i have ever read or heard. would recommend.

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Quite good

A neat look into the origins and personality of the great technomancer himself. my only complaint is that some of the voices are slightly similar, and the sections where the time period shifts can be very jarring or can come with no notice. overall very enjoyable!

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Great story, poor performance

This was a great story and exploration of Cawl and the Scythes of the Emperor. I was very disappointed with the narration as he used the same voices for many of the characters which makes it confusing. Unless I was paying very close attention often did not know which character was talking.

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my first 40k book ever , great story and cawl is hardcore, recomend 100%,its has give me the envy too continue my journey in the black library

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Stellar story with a great narrator

No spoilers below.

This is my first 40k novel and it was fantastic. Note that I have read quite a bit about 40k beforehand. You really won't understand alot if you don't have a bit of background, but if you have the backgroud then this is one hell of a story.

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one of the best 40k books I've read

awesome book crawl is so interesting the story gives lore many parts of the 40k universe. it was a little hard to keep up with the changes of time periods but once I had a grip on it I wanted to know more of his past. high recommend this to anyone

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Great Listen

Little bit of something for everyone in this audio book. Very pleased its rich lore.

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40k Goodness

One of 40k's big movers and shakers presented beautifully. Requisite Imperial reading for any true servant of the imperium.

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