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Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy)

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I read a lot of historical fiction so that was a cool parallel, and coming from professional men aboard these enormous gothic starships was particularly jarring, in-keeping with the whole process of faster-than-light travel through hell! The narrator goes pretty much overboard with the acting; half the Death Guard (even in their uncorrupted state) sound like zombie orcs, there are some that speak like Gollum (Kaleb, most notably), and some are so posh (Voyen maybe), that such an acting could only fit an arrogant playboy like Fulgrim.

However, Swallow pulls off some strong characters including Garro, managing to deliver some memorable scenes such as Mortarion signing Garro’s death warrant, helping to prevent the book from becoming your typical Bolter-Porn book. Overall I enjoyed this book a great deal, from the character interactions to the descriptions of the action, and it left me really wanting to read more of Swallow's Garro. Everything from the rot of the warp, to the gore of battle and the serenity of the environment has been captured in very tangible prose.His writing includes the Marc Dane action thrillers, the Sundowners steampunk Westerns and fiction from the worlds of Star Trek, Marvel, Tom Clancy, Warhammer 40000, Doctor Who, 24, Deus Ex, Stargate, 2000AD and many more. The first half of the book consists of highly unnecessary backstory before we finally get back on track, but from there on it was enjoyable.

Flight of the Eisenstein actually backs the story up to tell us the story of Death Guard Captain Nathaniel Garro and his men, who, shocked by the treason of their Primarch Mortarian and their fellows, steal a small ship and make flight to warn the Emperor.If you've made it this far, you're probably familiar with the past three books, which tells the tale of Horus and his betrayal up to this point.

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