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Publisher's Summary

Within this book you will find Crusade, a fantastic new novella from Andy Clark.... 

Sons of the primarch Roboute Guilliman, the Primaris Ultramarines are peerless warriors whose sworn duty is to protect mankind from the predations of the xenos and the foul traitors of the Heretic Astartes. In a galaxy riven by eternal war, they and the other armies of the Imperium are all that stand between mankind and damnation. Their ship damaged by warp storms, the Ultramarines of strike force Cassian make for Kalides Prime. They hope to find safe harbour to repair their craft before rejoining the Indomitus Crusade. Instead, the Primaris Space Marines discover a world reduced to rot and ruin by the plague-ridden warriors of the Death Guard.  

Also within this book is a host of awesome short stories to give you a flavour of the many warring armies that exist within the worlds of Warhammer 40,000.  

Contents

'The Lightning Tower' by Dan Abnett 

'Sarcophagus' by David Annandale 

'Crusade' by Andy Clark 

'Extinction' by Aaron Dembski Bowden 

'A Sanctuary of Wyrms' by Peter Fehervari 

'The Purity of Ignorance' by John French 

'The Word of the Silent' King by L J Goulding 

'The Lost King' by Robbie MacNiven 

'Culling the Horde' by Steve Parker 

'The Zheng Cipher' by Josh Reynolds 

'Red & Black' by James Swallow 

'Honour of the Third' and 'Howl of the Banshee' by Gav Thorpe

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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good collection

Overall, a good mix of short stories. If you can get it on sale, it's worth a listen.

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  • Josiah McFeeters
  • 2019-03-06

grim and dark

A good intro to the universe. My only problem is that it jumps around in the timeline from 30k to 40k.

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  • CPE
  • 2018-08-06

For the Emperor!

It seems that Black Library not only has a great pool of competent writers, they have a wonderful array of narrators. This collection is indicative of the vast quality 40k audiobooks from Black Library. I may not play the game anymore but the stories are so entertaining....

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  • Vaustaul
  • 2019-02-04

Great compilation

These stories are a wonderful compliment to most other 40k audio books out there, particularly Dark Imperium. Overall a bit of this and that in the last stretch of 11 millenia

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  • Shane
  • 2019-04-30

Good performances, overstays welcome

The narrator's all did a stellar job but, after 'Cusade', it really started to grind. Where it not for the sake of seeing "completed" on the icon, I would I have stopped listening awhile ago. 'The Lightening Tower' was good, providing a quick glimpse into the mind of Rogal Dorn before the Siege of Terra. All of the others were largely just bland.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-15

a title

lightning tower, the last entry was one of the best primarch novel I've ever seen! most of the other stories are very entertaining aswell.

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  • Chazz Huggins
  • 2019-01-24

It gets better after the first story

Crusade, the first and longest story of this entry feels like an uninspired commercial for Games Workshop's new product line. The way the author name drops primaris space marines so often is kind of cringe worthy. All the characters have virtually zero personality even by space marine standards. The space marine characters are difficult to distinguish from one and other as the narrator uses the exact same voice for all of them.

However everything that comes after that first story is really good. Red & Black, Culling the Horde, Extinction, and The Lightning Tower are some of my personal favorites. Penny Rawlins delivers a particularly great performance in Red and Black.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-29

Love the worlds, but not every story is worth it

Let me start with, I have read many stories now from the 40k universe. Many of these authors I know are able to pen fantastic stories, giving the best description of this universe and the things that happen throughout it. Honestly, this was a hard struggle to get through. I have never struggled this hard through something that I enjoy so much. Now, let me say, this is not me complaining just to do so. A handful of these stories had me wishing for more the entire time, while others left me wishing they were over the second that they began. Is this a great place to start for those needing a good intro into the world? Yes! Is it something that a long time fan of the world/lore would enjoy? Yes, I think so as well.

Honestly, this is just a struggle at times due to the need to present an almost shallow telling of the lore, longing for real depth.

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  • damien glenn
  • 2018-12-29

a chore to make it through

this is a collection of a lot of the short audio plays gw puts out. Some of the stories are ok, most are garbage. I'm glad they made this a collection instead of putting them out individuality, but still this book was rough to make it through. i really wish gw would do more quality control on their authors.

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  • kingfish76
  • 2018-12-26

Great Primer for new story...

I started playing WH40K when "Beakies" were all you could find. I knew Space Marines were the good guys the Eldar were d#@kheads and the Orks killed everything. Now in my 40s my son has started his role as chapter master and these new stories give a great layer of fun and mythology to the game.

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  • Jordan Wheeler
  • 2018-10-26

Good stories, subpar performance

Josh Banks isn't good at doing multiple voices, all the marines sound the same and it's even worse when he tries to imitate the tinny dialogue from them wearing helmets.

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