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Mechanicum

The Horus Heresy, Book 9
Written by: Graham McNeill
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 9
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
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As the flames of treachery spread throughout the Imperium, Horus plots to subvert or destroy all those who would stand against him.

On Mars, home world of the Mechanicum priesthood, the great manufactory-cities have long produced much of the weaponry required for the expeditionary fleets across the galaxy - making the world invaluable to whoever controls it in the coming war.

Now, the Warmaster's agents begin to stoke the fires of rebellion, turning the loyalist forges and the mighty Titan Legions against one another. And, with whispers spreading of an ancient terror lurking beneath the Red Planet's surface, the Dark Mechanicum rises....

©2008 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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Welcome to Mars

Loved it unveiled some of the big secrets of the 40k verse and how the Emperor has manipulated mankind for Millennium.

One of the better titles in this series so far.

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Wow

A riveting story, with excellently developed full, characters who fit perfectly together to make this one of the best books I have ever heard. The author is just mad talented, and the narrator is smooth and easily engaged with the imagination. Loved the tension between faith and logic. The book made me feel like me an Adept of the Mechanicum ... loyal the the Emperor of Mankind, of course.

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All praise the Omnisiah!

Great story with an amazingly descriptive vision of Mars in the future. If you ever played the game Mechassault, you'll also love this book.

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One of the most intriguing books yet.

Enjoy an expert reading of The Imperium's true tipping point into the dark age of the 41st millennium.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-05-23

great book, essential as well

This book is a pleasure to listen too, and its essential for understanding the nature of the Mechanicus, and its role in The Horus Heresy

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  • Ron
  • 2019-02-17

New Light

I'm fairly new to the Warhammer universe. I've read about 18 books and listened to 2, this being the second. I wasn't really a fan of the Mechanicum before. In other books their depiction came off as more annoying than anything. There were a few individual members that I liked here and there, but as a whole I didn't care for them. This book changed that. Seeing how Mars functions with its Forges and better yet how their War Machines work is amazing. I also like that the story is tied directly to the first three Horus Heresy novels, unlike some others that jump in the timeline.

The narrator is a great fit for the job too. He has the perfect vocal range for the Mechanicum, and does a good job with different voice to help separate the characters out. None of them are annoying, and are distinct.

Definitely a top 10 of 40k books I've picked up so far.

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  • Robert K. Vaughan
  • 2018-05-15

Not bad!

It not best HH book (it is no Betrayer, Know No Fear, Master of Mankind or The First Heretic) but it is also not the worst either (which IMHO is Vulkan Lives...a truely dreadful book). But still...worth a listen! Toby Longworth is a great narrator as always.

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  • Rexwyn709
  • 2019-08-28

Must read for 40k

If you like 40k lore this is a must read. it's a fantastic history of Mars

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  • Christopher Youngblood
  • 2019-05-21

Good start, fumbles a bit toward the end.

Pretty good overall, but Dalia's storyline suffers at the end.

It's rather pretentious to make fun of the damsel trope in old literature when your character is suffering from Mary Sue syndrome with some chosen one trope thrown in.

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  • Amy
  • 2019-04-30

A tale of Martian Civil War

This chapter of the Horus Heresy was a little harder to follow than previous books, lots of characters, lots of names. Still an excellent story and the narrator is probably my favorite of all the books in the series.

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  • Timothy Russo
  • 2020-04-10

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It took a minute to get the story going but got really good after a while. A lot of information was the reason it took a minute to get to the action but after that everything feel into place it was a great book

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  • Simon
  • 2020-03-31

Loved it

One of the best books i have heard by far, i abslolutely loved it all the way

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  • Bobbit meyers
  • 2020-03-27

meh

just couldnt get into it. usually really like warhammer books too. didnt finish it either

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-24

phenominal

this is one of the best books in the Heresy series, I have listened to it two times

Machine, heal thy self