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Disappointing to say the least
Having enjoyed at least a dozen of the other Horus Heresy (audio) books, I gave this a try. The first story in the anthology (about Fulgrim) wasn't bad, but left me with more questions than answers. The second story about Ferrus Manus was difficult going, not very exciting and difficult to connect with the characters (unlike other HH stories) and you actually end up thinking that FM was incompetent and you lose sympathy.. The third story about The Lion although slow to get started was actually very good, but ended too quickly - just when it was really getting good. The fourth story, about the Alpha Legion, was terrible (I haven't even finished it, I can't and will be sending it back under the good listen guarantee) - the performance is monotonous and a chapter goes by without even realising it. It's painful listening and a real shame because I've spent the last 8 months listening to Horus Heresy novels almost everyday.
Shows the roots of the Horus Heresy ..... Almost
Excellent account of the origin of the Heresy, unfortunately the account of the real first heretic hasn't been written...... Erebus. Shame it doesn't expand on his corruption earlier still than that of his legion but the book is otherwise brilliant and will have your shouting "why didn't the Emperor do this or that and he'd have avoided the whole affair?!"
Slow to get going but a blistering story
The story is a little slow to get going and, having read all previous Horus Heresy books which are centred around Astartes, feels a bit odd at first. Nonetheless, once you get into the second and third chapters, it starts to become addictive and even by the end you wonder if the long awaited twist has happened or if the Astartes are just following their own destiny. Battle scenes and action sequences are blistering and the most mysterious of the Astartes Legions earn their reputation as mysteries.
Honest, slow to the point sometimes but great read
As someone who was already a "fan" of Kris Paronto the first chapter felt a little slow but it soon started to feel right. There are lots of military euphemisms and anecdotes in this book and it might be a little difficult for someone without at least a basic understanding of military life to comprehend. Those of us with military service however will either love it or loathe it - I'm the former. After getting about a third in, it started to meld with me and I genuinely found his wisdom inspirational and it puts my own issues in context really. At the risk of sounding sexist, this book comes across to me as a man's book, quite blunt but with stories of military life seeming quite convoluted at times but getting to a point, all of a sudden, which hits you hard and makes you think "oh, yeah, he's right". As a self help book, it pulls no punches and Kris is remarkably honest about his own failings and shortcomings and, especially as a man who has been through what he did in the early 2010s, deserves serious respect. I loved the book and will most likely re-read but mark certain passages next time. I say it's better suited to men because, unlike some books, this will snack you upside the head and shout at you for your failures but then pat your shoulder and tell you "c'mon, you got this, you can do it". I hope he writes again soon.
A very engrossing story, well told and well read. I look forward to the rest of the series!