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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel.

Drawn to a stricken world, the Ultramarines of Crusade Fleet Quintus, believed by many to be cursed, face a stark choice - fight a desperate last stand or doom a sector to warn the Imperium of the rise of a new Necron empire in the Pariah Nexus.  

Listen to it because: this is the first Warhammer 40,000 novel based on the new edition of the game, and it's packed with amazing action, fantastic characters and tons of intrigue - everything you want in a novel of the Indomitus Crusade.  

The story: for nearly 10 years, the Indomitus Crusade has waged a war of defiance and reconquest in the war-torn Imperium. 

Attached to Crusade Fleet Quintus - dubbed the Cursed Fleet by many - the Ultramarines of the Ithraca’s Vengeance are drawn to a stricken world. 

With millions enslaved, a malign necron technology siphons the souls of the innocent and heralds the Silent Kingdom’s expansion. The Ultramarines face an impossible decision: mount a desperate last stand to destroy the Pariah Nexus, or break away and damn the entire sector to bring word of this ancient foe’s resurgence to the only being capable of halting it - the Lord Primarch Roboute Guilliman.  

Written by Gav Thorpe. Approx running time 9 hours 51 minutes. Narrated by Robin Bowerman.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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to sell toys

Was okay. action was difficult to follow at points. and it was hard to ignore the fact that this book was clearly there to sell Warhammer miniatures.

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Unfortunately not a winner

I'm only a few hours in at the time of this review and to be honest you can skip this one. The necron voices aren't that well done, kinda hurts to listen to. As for the voices and names of the Astartes, everyone one has a exadurated name and the voices all sound the same. The overall story so far really isn't that compelling.

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Easy Pass

This book in an easy pass. None of the Ultramarine characters are memorable. The Necrons seem like bumbling idiots incapable of defeating anyone thru strategic planning. Good insight on the destroyer lords you can find on a YouTube video.

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Skip this one entirely

If you write a story where literally every character is an unlikable moron, you've written. A bad story.

I don't understand what happened here, I've read other stories by Gav Thorpe, the writer is solid enough to write decent novels.

Yet indomitus is a trainwreck beyond belief, literally every character is an egotistical idiot, making decisions that most children would consider to be stupid at best. Further than that, while I'm usually quite lenient, the lore breaking aspects of this novel makes it unlikable even for those insane people (me) who just read all WH40K books.

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My first foray into the 40k book universe

The story and performance were both superb and I highly recommend this to those who are both new and experienced in the 40k universe. Long Live the Emperor.

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good story

good story. the Necron voices were my least favorite part of it. not what I imagined.

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good story, average voice performance

the story was good using the new primaris units but the voice performance by Robin Bowerman was kinda flat.

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  • Gabriel de Villafane
  • 2020-07-29

Brother

brother lieutenant captain brother praxameteus pondered the brotherly words of Guillimans Bolter brother doctrines of the codex Astartes, as brother lieutenant captain brother naxomotineseus tactfully indoctrinated the Bolter brother stratagem allowing the brother assault Intercessor Judiciar brother

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  • Red, White and Crue
  • 2020-07-28

Not Super Impressed

I generally find Gav Thorpe's writing pretty entertaining if not particularly inspired. Even the most mediocre writing can be lifted up by a good performance, as far as these audiobooks go. John Banks, Toby Longworth, Jonathan Keeble - these guys can totally elevate decent writing by their excellent voice acting and range of voices that they employ. Unfortunately for this audiobook, Robin Bowerman's performance leaves much to be desired in terms of distinction between characters. Most of the audiobook was disjointed and confusing and I had a hard time figuring out what character I was meant to be hearing, and the only thing distinguishing one character from another was the nature of the dialogue. It's also clear that Robin doesn't do a whole lot of reading Warhammer material as his pronunciations and familiarity with some of the things native to 40k didn't seem very consistent. I don't normally say things like this, but I would probably give this one back if I could and just buy the novel, because I'll never give it a second listen. It's a real shame, because most of the recent Ultramarines books have been pretty good. I would recommend picking up the novel instead.

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  • Aaron
  • 2020-07-28

Those who fight for the dynasties, avoid...

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Writing just felt rushed and lost.


Space marine players ready yourself for GW on its knees once again for a Gene seed oral injection. 


Necron players avoid. Necron characters over humanized, unforgivable tactical mistakes that shouldn't happen to a race that has fought against gods and over so long a time, and just pure incompetence.


I might be jaded as a Necron player but it just doesn't follow the feel of how the necrons have been portrayed in the lore and stories I've read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-30

Beyond boring

at first I. wanted to blame the Ultramarines for this being so boring. but it come down the bad combo of the narrator not working and having Black Librarys blandest author write this abomination. if you want to be bored for 9+ hours. this is the audio book for you.

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  • Simon K.
  • 2020-08-06

Worst 40k book I've ever heard

I've listened to the entirety of the Horus Heresy series, Eisenhorn, Ravenor, Gaunts Ghosts and a few others and this book is by far the worst of the lot. So bad that I had to write my first review after having enjoyed immensely my overall experience with Audible and the Black Library.

I'm sure there are challenges to narration that I am completely unaware of, the readings by Toby Longworth easily my favorite, but this narrator is so unsuited to this 40k universe it boggles the mind that he was hired for this book.

Imagine a Primaris Space Marine, a genetically engineered, 9ft tall muscle-dense supersoldier, devout guardian of mankind against the most horrible monstrosities you can imagine voiced by a man that makes them sound like a scrawny, acne-riddled thespian reciting poetry while holding a bouquet of flowers that seem to heavy for him.

Save your credit/money. Hard Pass.

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  • 2020-07-28

Product advertising and jokes that will date it.

At least the mechanicus has not changed its connections for 8 thousand years. Narration was bad enough my brother quipped that all the narrators for Balck Library had a race to get it submitted first and then it was edited at the last minute. I don't think it was that interesting and the book seemed uninspired. I was expecting a bridge between Watchers and Plague War. They kept crying about it from Plague War to Cawl and I was bored.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-28

Simply put it was bad.

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1. The story never picked up, left a feeling of there not being a climax, and seems like the book just ended.
2. The action was dull in comparison to other War Hammer books.
3. hard to follow due to a lot of jumping around.

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  • Andrew R.
  • 2020-07-29

Great story and narration, but questionable necron voicing

The story was great and narration of the Astartes was perfect, but the necron voices either sounded like they were a high school nerd version of skeletor or a tired deep voiced scooby doo. Made for an experience that might be even better than if the necron voices were intimidating.

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  • Matthew Haselton
  • 2020-08-02

Are we suppose to dislike Primarius Ultramarines

This was my 40K space marine novel. I have read some of the Horus Heresy novels that deal with Space Marines while they were still larger legions. This books surprised me in the sense that almost none of the main characters seemed very likable. The Ultramarines come of as a mix of arrogant buffoons. The necrons are power hungry villains of little substance. I bought the book because I wanted to feel immersed with the release of ninth edition 40K. However, while the plot points were interesting that characters made it hard to like any of the book. It was very different from other Warhammer fiction I’ve read.

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  • WLJM
  • 2021-03-04

One of the worst

Let me say this up front; I adore 40k and am an avid lore nerd. As of this review Indomitus will be my 83rd Black Library book. I am just as big a fan of the dramatic and epic sagas as I am the sillier or more campy aspects of the 30k and 40k universe, there’s fun and entertainment to be found the vast majority of the time.
Now with all that out of the way, Id like to say that Indomitus us arguably the WORST book Ive ever read set in the Warhammer universe.

Story - contrived garbage revolving mostly on petulant in-fighting amidst various “battles” that you couldnt care less about. The entire book is a VERY thinly veiled attempt to sell the new Indomitus Crusade miniatures, and often breaks down into the author just reading the marketing pamphlets for each unit, down to basically telling you how to play the unit on the tabletop. Awful, boring and utterly without any creativity in terms of presenting the info.

Characters - the weakest aspect of an already extremely weak offering. The Ultramarines and Necrons present are literally the worst. Bitchy, back biting, unsure of themselves, whiney and incompetent who only succeed by one random dues ex machina after another. Nobody is likable in the slightest, they all just act like insecure and brooding teenagers with zero nuance and only the most ham fisted and predictable “character development”

Factions - this is the Ultramarines and the Necrons at their absolute WORST. Even huge fans of either faction should skip this book, as you’ll find nothing of interest here, and if you’re relatively new to 40k lore avoid this like the PLAGUE, as it could very well ruin your interest in either faction.

Voice Acting - not everyone can be Toby Longworth or Gareth Armstrong, and the narrator didnt have much to work with, so this gets a “passable” grade from me. Nothing egregious, nothing amazing.

TLDR:
feels like a book that was crapped out in 3 months in order to bolster sales of a new (and far more exciting) line of miniatures, with a bad and boring story populated with worse characters. AVOID THIS BOOK.

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