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The Outcast Dead

The Horus Heresy, Book 17
Written by: Graham McNeill
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 17
Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The galaxy is burning. The Emperor's loyal primarchs prepare to do battle with Warmaster Horus and his turncoat Legions on the black sand of Isstvan.

Such dark times herald new and yet more terrible things still to come, and when Astropath Kai Zulane unwittingly learns a secret that threatens to tip the balance of the war, he is forced to flee for his life. Alongside a mysterious band of renegades, he plunges into the deadly underworld of Terra itself, hunted like a criminal by those he once trusted. In the face of betrayal, Kai must decide where his own loyalties lie and whether some truths should be buried forever.

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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Timeline Error

This book breaks the heresy timeline. If Magnus' warning came after the the Retribution fleet was deployed, the imperium would have already know about Horus. The orders to Russ before Prospero would have included that little bit of info so Horus shouldn't have been able to change Russ' orders.

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Who was the editor who let them publish this?

Timeline all messed up. None of the actions in the book make sense. The characters are all paper thin garbage that no one cares about.

Characters that don't live longer than the book doing things that don't make sense in a timeline that is impossible and nonsensical.

Skip this one.

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  • Andrew vanderwilt
  • 2018-12-09

hard to get into.

the book turned out to be really good, but i found it hard to get into because of the story and how long it took to build up, it did however get very interesting and enjoyable. narration is very good.

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  • Alpharius77
  • 2018-03-20

Wow!

Easily one of the best in the Horus Heresy series. The author does a great job of making the listener (reader) develop an attachment to the tragic characters. You won't be disappointed in this book.

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  • Sight47
  • 2020-05-04

Good read.

Albeit slow to start, given time this became a great read! the narration was excellent and characters pretty well developed. The ending itself leaves open questions and continuity whilst still finding it's own end in a good twist.

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  • Mitchell
  • 2020-04-25

worst 40K book I've ever wasted time on. SKIP IT

this book has convinced me that Graham McNiell uses ghostwriters. what a shit show. mild spoiler ahead.
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the book gets Magnus' spirit visit to Terra wrong by 2 years and makes it make no sense then later tops itself in ridiculousness by having a fully armed and armored custodian lose in a 1 on 1 fight to a naked World Eater. This is C.S. Groto level writing. skip this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-11-26

Move on to the next book in the series!

Very slow start, and the overall story was a waste of time. I recommend you skip this one and move onto the next in the series!

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  • Megan Milroy
  • 2020-08-03

great listen

the book is read very well, the story is continually moving and has you on the edge of your seat

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  • Psc
  • 2020-07-03

Good

Good story, doesnt necessarily drive the major story forward to any degree, but does breath more life into smaller plotlines. well read, easy listening.

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  • Peter M.
  • 2019-11-06

fantastic

loved it, GW always chooses good authors and voice actors, and this story was fantastic. the ending was very unexpected.

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  • Val
  • 2019-11-05

Lacking but not bad.

I think Graham was consulting CS Goto when he wrote this cause you have to suspend a ton of belief in order to swallow this pill. That's saying something when it all takes place in a fictional universe. Diehard lore fans will not appreciate the inconsistencies but might find comfort in some of the interesting tidbits throughout.

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  • Tyler Chernosky
  • 2019-09-23

awesome book

this is a great book it has a great narrator too, you need to read the short story Wolf's Hunt after this to understand the timeline discrepancies