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A Space Marine Conquests novel

The Word Bearers have come to despoil the Ecclesiarchy world of Almace - and it will take the Space Marines and the world's secretive leaders working together to prevent an apocalypse....

Listen to It Because:

Apocalypse is all about the biggest battles, and Josh Reynolds delivers that in this tale of three Space Marine Chapters waging war, with the fate of an entire world hanging in the balance.

The Story:

Following the cataclysmic Great Rift, forces from the Imperial Fists, White Scars and Raven Guard mobilise to defend the cardinal world of Almace from an invasion by the twisted traitors of the Word Bearers....

Lieutenant Heyd Calder is a Primaris Marine whose mastery of warfare is matched only by his diplomatic prowess. Under the orders of Roboute Guilliman, he is deployed to Almace, a minor seat of the Ecclesiarchy, to protect the world at whatever cost. Yet even as diabolical forces leer from the system's edge, Calder discovers that the capital's Cardinal-Governor, a sharp, inscrutable figure of spiritual and material authority, is hiding something. When it becomes clear that conquest is not the enemy’s sole aim, Calder resolves to uncover the secret of Almace. As the system is set ablaze, clashes of faith, strategy and politics ensue in the capital, and it becomes clear that the forces of the Ecclesiarchy and the Adeptus Astartes must fight together if they are to have any hope of victory.

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the Apocalypse turns out to be a pretty good read.

rumor is that Josh wrote this book in a month. if so that's an impressive feat. he knows his stuff, the story moves around briskly, and divides well into four or five sub narratives. everything makes sense and there's some genuine tension as to what's going to happen to characters. plot is strong, and so is the general theme. it all goes well with the standard warhammer trappings.

characterization is the weak point, and would have gained the most from more time. the good guys are fairly flat, especially the imperial fists, the Raven, and the sisters of battle. the white scars come off well.

it should surprise no one who's read Reynolds fabius bile books that his strong suite is traitor space Marines. the word bearers are fantasticly characterized, full.of passion, and have the most realized motivations and interactions.

narration was solid. reeds always good, but I question two of the choices. the lead human comes off a bit weaker than I think he was written. and the second word bearers comes off a bit more craven.

anyways a solid B rating.

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when you start you cannot

I'll have to say this is one of the better performances I've heard so far. The storyline has you engrossed in the characters and their views passing moments of the story. A great book to listen and sitting down or while driving.

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Way better than I expected!

Space marine battle books are not my favorites. They seem to lack characters and story development Josh Reynolds has done a great job in this somewhat long book.

There were a lot of significant characters in the story. This usually means that chargers will go through periods of not doing anything or being ignored. Reynolds has seen to did the all of the characters seemed to contribute to a very complete conclusion.

This story adds depth to the Ecclesiarchy, their characters are not 2D bafoons and villains, but layered characters with purpose. The Sisters of Battle are tough, meaningful, and admirable.

On the side of the villains, they have as many different camps and factions as anybody. We know this because we are following members of the different groups all of the time in their schemings and their thoughts.

This book is well balanced, serves to develop all of the factions that it touches, and also serves to advance the over all story line of the current grim darkness of the 41st millennium.

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An Epic Tale written on loose-leaf notebook paper

Reynolds captured characters in a way that is engaging and cuts to the essence of them in a way that is understandable in the setting and the background of the universe in which they are in. They were adequately three dimensional, nobody was playing-against-the-type in a way that was jarring, their foibles and virtues were not magnified in a way that was off-putting, and they were all believable for the universe of the setting. The down-side to the story was the setting itself which I feel came up a bit short of the plot devices that were used. The Cardinal World didn't feel very fleshed out for the plot threads that were used that were more than adequately engaging and that is its only failing. It is not hard to immerse yourself in the characters and the plot, but the world-stage itself is not immersive.

Individual plot points are engaging; there is a competent mystery occurring, the plotting and duplicity is engaging if a bit predictable, the differences between the legions and the backgrounds of their warriors as well as the denizens of the Cardinal World and their various backgrounds are well thought out and makes the reader want to know more about them. The characters themselves are interesting enough that I want to know more about them, I'd like to see them in other stories and experience their continued adventures. Reynolds manages to make the Astartes seem unique and reasonably different from one another based on the background and culture of their parent chapters (legions) where many other authors tend to merge the rather generic archetypes into one another and create tons of the same character, just in different colored armors.

Reed is a decent narrator, but other than how generic the Cardinal World feels, his performance would be the only other thing that could be considered weak in the narrative. Since Black Library has worked with other narrators with a far greater range of characterization and vocalization he can, perhaps unfairly, be considered weaker in this regard but he doesn't serve to excessively take one out of the story nor diminish interest. At the end of the day, not everyone can be Jonathan Keeble or Toby Longworth.

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A good look at primaris

A good mix of characters, a good story and a good insight at how primaris work in the universe. I was hesitant about the primaris, but this novel made em reconsider my position.

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kept me engaged

i thought the plot was good and even the villians likable in their own way. i wish there was some additional resolution at the end...

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enjoyable

I enjoyed the narration and the book would recommend it to anyone.
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excellent 👍

I loved it the great insight into the working of some of my favorite chapters and more surprisingly a lot of insight into the word bearers which I didn't expect when starting but enjoyed thoroughly

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apocalypse

another great story from the Warhammer universe. word bearers, cultists, and space marines all fighting.

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Kept me engaged

Good voice work. Story started strong. Great insight into the Word Bearers. The very end was weak and a slap in the face to the Raven Guard though.

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  • johnmaxwell
  • 07-18-19

Great book

Lived how this was performed. The narrator did an awesome job selling the different characters. Really enjoyed the story in general, good plot and action without to many drawn out sections. One of my favourites

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  • Lee Byrne
  • 08-29-19

great

fantastic story and so well read. great pacing and action. great to see old and new marines working together

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  • Michael King
  • 06-25-20

Fantastic

This was a fantastic read! From the writting to the performance, its entertained me throughout. The main characters from both sides were extremely likeable and I found myself rooting for both! I highly recommend this book, brothers!

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  • Andrew
  • 06-23-20

Is it just me???

I’d previously purchased this audiobook, reported the problem and returned the audiobook to Audible (the only audiobook I’ve ever returned in 8 years as a Member of Audible)!!!

At around 32 minutes in, the audio is damaged with 2 separate sections overlapping, or playing on top each other!!! This fault last for several minutes!!!

I’d hoped Audible might have fixed the problem, when I recently saw the Audiobook in Audible’s recent sale!!! I can’t have been the only person to experience this fault!!! Unfortunately Audible haven’t!!!

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  • Ross J Donaldson
  • 01-10-20

Great listen and easy to follow on a commute

The story was fantastic and the performance was spectacular. An easy book to keep track of during busy commutes

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  • Mr C W Mulcahy
  • 12-16-19

Excellent

Easily the best of the new crop of Black Library authors. Continuing the excellent characterisation and witty dialogue seen in the Fabius Bile series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-21

Slow start, but a fun look at the Wordbearers

Suffers from bad pacing but picks up towards the second half. The best part is the look you get at the Wordbearers internal politics.

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  • James
  • 02-06-21

Good In Places, Tedious In Others....

Overall a pretty good listen - some parts, generally in the middle section, were a little tedious. pretty good ending..

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  • LRShooter
  • 01-02-21

Brilliant listen

An brilliant story, very well read, totally enjoyed it, well worth a listen, can't wait to see if a part 2 comes along.

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  • jack cf
  • 09-09-20

Good

I found this enjoyable. But the narrator had several moments when they did slight and fake chuckles that I found irksome, but their breadth of character voice and accent was commendable. I didn't grow a connection to any of the characters but there were times when it almost happened. I got to learn more about the word bearers in the 40k setting, about the various ways they dedicate themselves to the dark gods and how some of them just do the bare minimum to avoid their ire. The awkward moments between non-devout space marines and the faithful of the ecclesiarchy is always entertaining.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-15-19

If you want Space Marines you get them

Interesting view on how several first founding chapters run in the current Imperium and the current status of the Word Bearers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-26-19

Love Warhammer 40k

Story was great although tbh ending was a but lack luster. Very well narrated you could really immerse yourself

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  • Joe
  • 08-15-19

By-the-numbers, explosive sci-fi military action!

The quality of Black Library novels and audio production values always impresses me. This book is no exception. It is beautifully performed.

The story is pretty much what you can expect t from a 40k novel. Bloody action and brutal warfare, dark secrets and pseudoscience mysticism. And although there is little to complain about, the plot left me feeling as if I'd heard this story before... overwhelming odds, but with strategy, willpower and the grace of the Emperor, the defenders win out... but at such a personal cost.

There were some excellent characters and characterizations, but nothing in the story that made me sit up and go "wow".

In summary, a well produced romp that will not tax the brain: violent, entertaining cerebral candy-floss.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-20

Decent book

The character building was great and the narration was top notch however it felt to lack a bit of action to me. I would have liked a bit more in depth information about the final stages of the battle

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  • Henry L.
  • 10-14-20

Excellent!

Several Space Marine chapters (Primaris) are tasked with preparing a world to withstand an oncoming invasion from a battle fleet led by Chaos Space Marines on a Crusade. Excellent narration and great characters. Really enjoyed this one. Will look for more 40k narrated by Richard Reed and written by Josh Reynolds.

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  • Darryl Miller
  • 04-12-20

All sides done well

Both the Imperium and the Chaos sides were done well. No major stupid acts that made them the scapegoat for the story. Each strived to out do each other without relying on "authors prerogative' to advance the story. Josh Reynolds gave both sides their due.