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Dark Imperium: Plague War

Warhammer 40,000
Written by: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel

Intent on rebuilding Ultramar, the returned primarch Roboute Guilliman wages war on the treacherous Death Guard - but as he battles his corrupted brother, the intervention of a greater power threatens all he works for.

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The story of the resurrected Ultramarines primarch continues and brings him face to face - and sword to scythe - with Mortarion....

The story:

In the void and upon the worlds of Greater Ultramar, the battle for the Imperium continues. Intent on rebuilding his home realm and using it as base to reconstruct the ravaged stellar empire of mankind, the returned primarch Roboute Guilliman proceeds with his war to drive Mortarion and his Death Guard Traitor Legion from the domain of the Ultramarines. But when Guilliman brings his brother to battle upon the diseased plains of Parmenio, the intervention of a greater power in their fraternal struggle threatens to upend the Imperial Regent’s understanding of the galaxy and his place within it. Primarchs and ideologies clash in this second, thrilling part of the Dark Imperium trilogy.

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by John Banks.

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

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Big papa smurf did good !

Love every piece of lore of it. We need another primarch into the lore! Which ever primarch.

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Exellent

Loved this audiobook from start to the end. Many question left at the finale but with a good feeling.

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The Plague War continues ...

A strong installment in the series. Well performed and interesting characters. An enjoyable listen overall.

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  • Markus
  • 2019-08-27

Inconsistent volume

Volume inconsistent. Especially Nurgle demon's talk was extremely loud. Some parts like the child saint was extremely quiet.

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  • snozek
  • 2019-05-14

important, good but not great

the reader, John Banks, it's not my favorite reader of the black Library set of options. he misses the tone often when the author specifically States that the character spoke in a particular fashion, thanks will not represent that in the line which he is delivering. Sometimes I just work some, most of the time it works out all right anyway.

Haley is one of the better commonly employed writers for black Library. this book does a good job of bringing the Stories full circle within the overarching novel, but certain threads were clearly teased out a little bit too long.

some of the threads dealing with the plague God and his minions just could not end soon enough, they became tedious.

I have noticed some authors showing a difficulty to represent the opposite sex as fully a character has their own sex. Unfortunately, I think this sometimes takes place with Haley. Not often, but on some occasions it does.

now that I have said everything negative, let's get to the positives.

I said that the book was essential, and the total course of events that the novel includes is certainly essential course of events. if a reader were to skip this novel, there would be a very significant hole in the understanding of the lore of the 42nd millennium.

Haley's flaws that I mentioned above are outnumbered by his merits. Haley makes characters able to be felt through their descriptions and their words.

it seems as though black library has not held guy Haley to a specific chapter, or topic, or character, but they appear to allow him to apply his skills to novels that move the story forward. This is good because Haley does a good job of making the Warhammer 40K world stay consistent and come to life between the table top and the pages of fiction.

not every black Library author accomplishes this. Some authors, even some that seem to be lauded, like Aaron dembski-bowden, manage to work their lack of life experience and ignorance of the Canon of the lore of Warhammer 40K into fiction novels in such a way as to make the novels marginalized in the eyes of fans that actually pay attention.

Guy Haley rights in accordance with Canon. He writes well. He writes in such a way that you can follow his understanding of what is taking place.

although Guy Haley's writing should not be considered formulaic, it is sometimes certainly predictable. to be fair however, in the "grim darkness of the far future", the lowered anxiety of a little predictability is appreciated on occasion.

guy Haley writes the primarch roboute guilliman well. He also has a good handle on mortarion and his internal struggles. having read recently novels which focused on mortarion, the translation from a different author to Haley has been seamless. Haley took the tone and feeling of the characters and brought them through in a true fashion.

a final compliment is that guy Haley does a marvelous job providing a sensory experience for the reader, one which the character is in his story are placed. you can taste the actinic quality in the air. the foul sweetness of Decay fills your nostrils. the uncomforting slosh and give of the earth beneath your feet in the mud seems to be felt as you are reading or listening.

I look forward to his next book.

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  • Andrew C Weber
  • 2019-09-13

"Sometimes I wish I had faith" -Roboute Guilliman

when Guy Haley writes characters they are amazing . when he writes combat I fall asleep I hated the ultramarines before this book the character scenes are amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-11

a must have.

wasn't a thing in this story that i didn't like.
just get it, totally amazing.

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  • gabriel s.
  • 2019-09-10

incredible start to finish

absolutely loved this book from start to finish. John Banks is quickly becoming my favorite narrator. haven't heard anyone else voice the minions of nurgle like he has.

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  • Todd Windman
  • 2019-09-08

Book 1 Questions Answered Here

Great listen, and the implications of what was left unresolved in Dark Imperium is overcast by what is yet to come. I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this saga.

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  • Caitlin Peterson
  • 2019-09-05

Epic Sequel for a Grand War

Loved this story and narration. The story is phenomenal and gripping, and the voice acting is on another level with all the ranges of voices.

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  • Rexwyn709
  • 2019-09-04

Another great lore book

while , I don't think you could make the argument for great literature, if you looked 40k and have read alot of the Horus heresy books , you are going to love this

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  • Kimberly Lantz
  • 2019-09-04

Love this!

The detail and expansion of the primarch's conflict in Plague War is fantastic! I recommend this book to anyone interested in the current evolving 40k narrative.

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  • Jan Barlow
  • 2019-08-30

Cant go wrong with Warhammer 40K

Out of all the books written withing the world of Choas, the Imperium and the endless 40K years of war for the legions of man, this was the least satisfying for me not because of the story, but the narrator. I don't mean to be negative, just objective and the narrators voice just doesn't fit the story or realm of the characters.