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A Sabbat Worlds audiobook.

The war-torn far future is laid bare as Brothers of the Snake follows the exploits of the Iron Snakes Space Marines as they battle against the enemies of mankind. 

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Dan Abnett brings his unique sense of the Warhammer 40,000 universe to Space Marines, crafting a series of encounters between the mythic heroes of the Iron Snakes and their foes that will leave you breathless and begging for more. 

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Best-selling author Dan Abnett turns his hand to the mighty Space Marines! The war-torn far future is laid bare as Brothers of the Snake follows the exploits of the Iron Snakes Space Marines as they battle against the enemies of mankind. 

First appearing in the pages of Inferno! magazine, the Iron Snakes Space Marines quickly gathered a loyal following, and now they wage war in a full-blown adventure, battling aliens and heretics as they defend the Imperium. 

Written by Dan Abnett. Narrated by Toby Longworth.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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shoehorned political drivel

I love 40k very much, but this is not a book I can recommend. There is quite a lot of inserted modern-day political and social justice warrior narrative. It is not done tactfully, but simply thrown in your face. Not sure if it is coming from Mr. Abnett or GW themselves..

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Masterful

Dan Abnett strikes gold yet again - introducing us to some of the most believable, endearing, and HUMAN space marines in the Warhammer World. Hard to believe this is his first time writing Space Marines!

Perfect for fans who prefer smaller squad-focused space marine novels. An excellent choice for Abnett fans. I love the Eisenhorn novels, but I think I actually like the Snakes even more!

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don't listen to the other (sjw) reviews

There only one reference to any kind of new age SJW crap and that's a vague reference to a female with authority. (who cares). It was a great story with memorable characters. it was too short for a warhammer story though.

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Dan Abnett does it again

A unique space marines chapter gets a unique book written about them as we follow the leader of an elite squad of space marines through several deployments. Normally we only see a single mission in most 40k novels, while in this we get to see more of a "day in the life" take. And as a result, it makes for a very fast read/listen. And an entertaining one at that.

It has a "stylised" feel to it I can't fully explain. There came a point while listening to this where everything being described seemed like something out of a kick-@$$ Genndy Tartakovsky animation, which I then started to imagine, and that made it even more awesome. But the fact that Dan Abnett wrote this should be enough of a reason to check this book out.

My only complaint is that we don't get more of a feel for the entire squad, instead focusing more on their leader and their apothecary. This leads to the rest of the squad feeling somewhat samey, which is a little bit of a let down after Gaunt's Ghosts gave us such distinct characters, but it's not as egregious as other 40k books.

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Solid Abnett and Longworth

There were a couple spots where a line was read twice, but it's a solid performance by Longworth all the same! Abnett consistently proves he's one of the best in Black Library's writers-bullpen.

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new to the 40k universe and this book was amazing

I am new to the 40k universe and this book was amazing. about to search for another

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A triumphant exploration of an intriguing slice of the 40k universe

Rarely have I encountered a Space Marine story so soaked in great narrative and imaginative culture. You really get to know not just Priad and his brothers in Damocles squad, as they grow and experience their slice of the 40k universe, but the whole chapter. Their rituals and values seep into the whole book and binds it together. The different short stories that make up the squads undertakings come together into a united whole by their excellent characters and the readers desire to experience the world as they live in it.

My favorite of the shorter adventures that make up the book as a whole would have to be the opening undertaking, as I am a great fan of stories where you get the ground level view of a normal human interacting with the shear might of the Astartes. It reminded me in the best ways of Spear of the Emperor which I also read and enjoyed greatly.

If there is anything I can fault the story for it is that it opens so well that some of the middle chapters didn’t shine as bright as they might had they stood on their own. But even then by the end of the story pieces come together and various ideas and side characters that are lain in these sometimes less engaging parts come together into a satisfying climax.

And a special mention to the narrator who does a great job at taking the wide cast of characters and breathing life into them with their performance. The different voices, personalities and quirks of the characters help to elevate the reading to a true joy to listen to.

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Excellent!

A very humanizing view of space marines! Definitely a must read! Also, ignore the reviews claiming “sjw”, they are completely untrue.

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Better than Eisenhorn?

Great story! It was nice to have a linear story that didn't bounce from subplot or memory scapes from past to present. I am hoping for more like this and perhaps a BotS2... again... GREAT STORY.

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Disappointing

SJW insert

Dan needs to stick with nonmarines. Too
Many little things that didn’t fit into the grand 40k timeline.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-20-19

Brilliant change but still authentic

As a modern day addict of 40k audiobooks. I can find some stories droll and shallow.

but this story is incredibly authentic. and is beautifully written. the character development is exceptional, the story is perfectly balanced with action and plot.

its refreshing to listen to how the battle plays out in enough detail that you understand how they fight and what they do rather than a general recounting of "they came, they smash, the conqueror"

Toby Longworth lives up to what we now expect of him. that is excellent and authentic performances that a perfect for the 40k universe.

Bravo! more please Dan!!

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  • Mr. D. B. Smethurst
  • 09-04-19

Probably the best 40k I've read

This was the first 40k book I bought and read, and it got me into the Warhammer 40k Universe.

Still an amazing read and I highly recommend it.

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  • Hobbs
  • 08-28-19

The Snakes of Ithica

I did enjoy the story as a whole, not what I expected.

No spoilers.

Enjoy...

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  • Daniel M Reeves
  • 10-19-20

A well crafted tale in a very busy universe

Having a chapter with no background story helps keep this space marine tale refreshing. Dan has done a great job keeping the story from turning into a ‘gore-fest’ and genuinely makes you feel as though the characters are individuals. It started slow but then you come to realise how each section has been crafted to weave the whole plot together cleverly so pacing is never an issue.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-20

Very Good for 40k but below par for Abnett

Abnett is the best 40k author by some distance but the dry perfectionist world of the space marine is not where he flourishes. Ultimately still very listenable it doesn't reach the heights of his other work.

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  • ali white
  • 03-15-22

it has doggos

it has space marines that like to give belly rubs to doggos what more do you want

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  • Ant
  • 01-28-22

Great entry to 40k universe

This was my first boom in the 40k universe. Choosing the first book within the lore isn't very easy with such a vast amount. However, I found this on the daily deals and decided to take the leap, thoroughly enjoyed it, and was a great book to start with. Definitely recommend!

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  • Sam annand
  • 06-30-21

Is this good?

No. It's bloody fantastic! Dan Abnett is the man, and I pray I get to read more about Damacles Squad at some point in the future

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  • Greg Harris
  • 04-28-20

Awesome listening.

A very good story and it's nice to hear about the not so well known Chapters of space marines for a change.
These are a very interesting chapter with deep traditions and a structure based off the Ancient Greeks.

Highly recommend this book.

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  • William
  • 04-23-22

fantastic look into marine life.

The events before battles and background life of an astartes is explained in detail you never realised you needed to know. Dan Abnett has once again produced a thrilling book that goes further into the details than anywhere else I have read while still keeping it gripping.

The pacing between events is well managed and the way he uses different campaigns to grow the main character is well done. One of my must reads.

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  • Shannon
  • 09-19-19

Will make you want to paint a chapter of them...

Hands down the best Spacemarine story I’ve heard so far. Great characters, a story that comes full circle and room for it to go further. The narration is superbly performed my Toby Longworth (loved him in Eisonhorn series).
I’m gonna build and paint me some Brothers of the Snake! 👍🏻

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  • Thomas Stubbings
  • 09-08-19

Best Space Marine book yet.

Abnett is a truly talented author who has a fantastic ability of being able to write and create stories in the 40k world which could be appreciated by many readers and listeners who are not fans of the lore.

Brothers of the Snake offered the most genuine insight into the mindset and trials of a Space Marine I’ve read thus far without falling into the stereotypical cheesey “FOR THE EMPERORRRRRRR!” Yelling, Bolter wielding heretic gore affair we are used to.

I can only hope Abnett continues to write something further on the journeys of the Iron Snakes.

A book any fantasy or sci fan fan will really enjoy.

Can not recommend highly enough.

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  • AT CT
  • 08-26-19

Bloody brilliant!

Adventure and humour. Well worth the listen. Hopefully we will hear more from the Iron Snakes!

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  • zac
  • 11-10-21

a worthy listen

it keeps you listening, there is alot going on, it can get a little confusing if you're not paying attention. I would listen to it again

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  • Typhus.
  • 02-04-21

brilliant.

Thoughly enjoyed this I like how all the stories are linked and the narration was brilliant, will be listening to it again.

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  • Ben
  • 12-22-20

Good as the rest of the Abbnett/Longworth library

Hard to dress what a fine pairing of author and narrator those two are, always a top listening experience. I do have some criticisms of the writing being a little predictable in some sections, you can really call some scenes just before they happen. But Abbnett really gets the you involved in the various world's he takes you to, and does a fantastic job of fleshing out the machinations of the various societies and cultures in 40k in all his work.
A very solid excursion into not often explored conflicts within the lore. Not up there with the sprawling Sagas of Gaunt or Eisonhorn, but I'd be more than willing to revisit these characters.

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  • Coen peters
  • 11-14-20

As far as 40k books go, it was quite decent.

Humanized space marines bring flavour to your audio book as does the mythos it builds.

Makes me want to paint some brothers or the snake.

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  • Tim
  • 07-15-20

Dan Annett knocks it for six again

As with anything his pen touches Dan Annett knocked this out of the park and Toby Longworth was a fantastic narrator for his words.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-20

Just get it.

Absolutely loved this booked. Only wish it went longer is there was another book. Toby Longworth just brings it to life and Dan Abnett just writes amazing books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-20

way better than I expected

I was not expecting much but this turned out to be a good story. it progressed well and was not stymied by predictable one dimensional space marines. it was a good read