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  • Plague War

  • Dark Imperium: Warhammer 40,000, Book 2
  • Written by: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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Plague War

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

Audiobook two of the Dark Imperium trilogy. 

As the Plague Wars rage on, the Emperor's will manifests in Ultramar through miracles that confound the primarch Roboute Guilliman, even as he must rely on them when he faces his traitorous brother, Mortarion.

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The battle between faith and science lies at the heart of Warhammer 40,000. Guy Haley explores it here as never before, through the eyes of Roboute Guilliman - the ultimate believer in rationality and the Imperial Truth.

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 a 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 thrilling second part of the Dark Imperium trilogy.

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by John Banks. 

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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A meandering slog

The first book is better. Chaos remains the Saturday morning cartoon villains, but that is just the way chaos is depicted in the 40k universe. I always wish the forces of chaos were depicted in a more subtle way; the first book had lovecraftian horror elements which I felt worked much better. Matthew is the most interesting character because he is a window into the extreme fanatic side of the Imperium. I love the idea of his self flagelator.

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great work!

loved it. great story telling.
bought a paperback version to share with a friend whom I'm trying to corrupt to 40k

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a must have for lore enthusiasts!

great book! lots of side bits that tie up other story lines. some hints at the future along with primearcs, chaos, and other amazing factions. a must read for those semi up to date with warhammer lore

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  • CS
  • 2021-06-23

Good story but actual story is short

I have listened to the first two books in the series and both have good overall stories. The writing style for me is something I do not care for though. The actual story is buried in long descriptions of objects or locations which add some to the story, but could be shortened. This would allow for more of the actual story or even character development. Again, this is just my preference and others may enjoy the rich descriptions. The presentation/reading has been great for both books.

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  • Chameleos
  • 2021-06-05

Dissapointing.

do you like books that feel like nothing happens, no one is in any real danger, and nothing of real significance actually happens? this is your book.

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  • Nada Smith
  • 2021-10-23

disconjointed

first off the narration is top notch. the story is all over the place and makes no sense. every time the story gets going the chapter ends and it jumps to something completely different. The description of the setting while nice burries any plot to be had. far too many characters to keep track and most are non essential to the plot. No central protagonist or antagonist; supposed to be about guillemam versus his brother mortarian but there's very little of that. I really don't care for the chaos perspective, there no point to it as far as I can tell.also don't care for the para religious talk. this is a book about the ultra Marines who are not religious. could not finish it.

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  • Jon
  • 2021-07-08

Should have been free

Do not buy if you own the prior version not worth the upgrade GW and Black Library dropped the ball here

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  • Eric
  • 2021-06-29

a nice expansion of the lore.

really enjoyed it. the voice acting was incredible and the writing really helped that as well. lost a lot of respect for mortarion in this one too. what a coward.

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  • Michael Branca
  • 2023-01-25

Guillemen Vs Mortarian

great fun listening to the forces of nurglw attempt to ensure the last primarch (as of right now) and the guy reading it now is amazing at his job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2023-01-21

many gifts of The Grandfather

a solid warhammer novel. Good for fans of the Death Guard and The Grandfather Nurgle.

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  • Ian Olney
  • 2023-01-07

Amazing lore, amazing writing, amazing narrator

The lore of this book was such an insight. Better primarch writing by far than even the Horus heresy series. The narrator does an amazing job setting the scene and instilling emotion.

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  • Amy & Dan Callahan
  • 2023-01-06

Gripping

Spectacular story. Excellent narration captures the emotion of the characters. Rolling right into the next book.

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  • Mark C Wallenberg
  • 2022-12-17

Satisfying read

Overall the story fits with the tone of 40k. Gives a nice depth to Robute.