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Belisarius Cawl: The Great Work

Warhammer 40,000
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

An Adeptus Mechanicus novel.

In the wake of the Great Rift, Belisarius Cawl turns his attention to the abandoned world of Sotha. Once home to the Scythes of the Emperor, it also hides a long-buried secret...and an ancient evil.

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Cawl is one of the most fascinating characters in the Dark Imperium, and Guy Haley gets right into his memory circuits as he seeks ancient secrets that will blow your mind.

The story: 

Belisarius Cawl, Archmagos Dominus of the Adeptus Mechanicus, is the most brilliant mind alive. For 10,000 years he has furthered the cause of mankind, working under the aegis of the Emperor and Lord Commander Roboute Guilliman to prevent the inexorable march of the alien and the traitor. Many call him heretic, but all must recognise the magnitude of his achievements, for who else but he was entrusted to create a new generation of Space Marines? 

Who else but the great Belisarius Cawl could even accomplish such a task? Now, in the wake of the Great Rift and the Indomitus Crusade, his ambitions bring him to the long-dead world of Sotha, once home to the Scythes of the Emperor, now a barren wasteland devoured by the vile Tyranids. Accompanied by Tetrarch Felix and his elite warriors, it is here that Cawl believes the lynchpin of his mysterious Great Work lies. But uncovering it is a near impossible task, one in which the Archmagos must overcome an ancient evil that threatens to extinguish the last hope of humanity.

Written by Guy Haley. Total running time 11 hours and 11 minutes. Performed by John Banks.

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

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Yet more revelations........

fantastic story, brilliant voice performance and a superb way to develope the characters and law.

By far some of the finest character develppment.

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Another fantastic addition to the lore

With cawl's new role in gullimans imperium, it is interesting to learn more about a character that has existed since 30k.

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It was okay..!

It was okay, I hoped for something more insightful to the workings of Cawl and was not totally disappointed.

If you like stories of the Mechanicum then you'll possibly enjoy your way through this book..

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A gripping insight into Belisarius Cawl

Brilliant story wonderfully executed. The full brilliance and arrogance of Cawl are perfectly captured in a story that grips you from end to end and shows the clash between the radical (heretical?) methods of Cawl and the indoctrinated loyalty of the Space Marines.

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Crossing two huge time periods

Great idea for a book. New and interesting character. I really enjoyed this one. Hopefully more to follow

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I now like Cawl.

I still find it amusing Dantioch of the Iron Warriors could figure out Necron Tech without anywhere close to the amount of assistance Cawl had.

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Actually quite good!

An interesting insight into the origin story of Belisarius Cawl. Let's be honest, that's the main reason why you would read /listen to this book.

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History of Belisarius Cawl

Everything you wanted to know about the Archmagos. Great back story and a look into his chosen personality and mind.

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A mixed bag.

Great in some parts, meandering in others.

It does require you to know a fair bit of the basic Warhammer 40,000 lore. So not a good starting point for anyone interested. On the other hand, if you know the basic lore this book fills in some interesting details.

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Cawl forever, forever Cawl

Most enjoyable storyline from start to finish into the insights of Cawl. The narration was, well...brilliant. Guy Haley brings you into the narrative from the very beginning and the picture of Cawl helps you to find yourself around Cawl, getting to know the character in depth, the serious side the troublesome side and the mischievous side. I hope there is more to come of Belisarius Cawl.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-09-19

loved a book about my favorite warhammer character

cawl is my favorite. he is was got me into the game. and i just love to get in his head.

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  • Rick
  • 25-09-19

Adequate

Cawl has been a controversial figure in the lore since he appeared in Gathering Storm. There are some interesting developments to his background in this story that help to justify some of his deeds(looking at you Primaris). That said Cawl feels so powerful and knowledgeable that there isn't ever any real danger to him or those around him. As a result, most of the tension in the book focuses on Cawl's relationship with a Primaris he personally helped create, the remaining Scythes of the Emperor, and Cawl's own past. Most of the lore here is accurate if not always respected given Cawl's literally a desu ex machina.

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  • luis
  • 22-10-19

A treat

Cawl is an interesting character and I highly look forward to more adventures with him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-19

whens the next book

I thought it was a great book I want to know more what's to happen with the overarching story of cawl and what's to come with next dark imperium

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  • Bill
  • 19-10-19

Masterful

Touching, genius, and insightful. A great work in of itself. It was a bit hard to follow at points due to jumps, however I am positive this was intentional and merely another layer to the masterpiece. Even if you don't follow the Adeptus Mechanicus, even if you can't stand Primaris, even if you are tired of the old Marines, please read this. I will absolutely be adding a physical copy to my collection. Well done, very well done.

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  • James C.
  • 17-10-19

New favorite character!

Cawl is a great character. Well written! The "bang" does get annoying though...must listen for 40k fans.

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  • snozek
  • 15-10-19

So much Lore!

1st, the narrator performed well, there were hardly any strange pronunciations of things from the Warhammer universe.

2nd, considering this book deals with a secondary successor chapter, the most boring aliens in all of Warhammer 40K, and the fairly repetitive Tyrranids, this book does very very well.

Belisarius is really fleshed out in this novel, pardon the pun.If the book is read from the perspective of Belisarius being the axis of the story, then the reader can have a really good time.

This book accomplishes the nearly impossible by making I actually care about some random successor chapter of the Ultramarines and the most boring alien faction in Warhammer 40K, the Necrons.

The setting for the story spans from before the great crusade to the very recent moments within the sundered imperium.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-19

Three proned story with great plot and subplots

Story ia well rounded and kept me listening like drg addict is addicted to heroin. The story is excellently paced and expertly written to make it easy to understand while also challenging the listener to think forward and back what has been and will be said and done. Belesarius was like a teacher to the listener and I habe to say with certainty that I was taken by the first hypothesis he laid out on Experience, knowledge and information and how the three are useless without each other.

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  • Richard Trollsworth
  • 12-10-19

A great work!

A fun story heavily featuring Cawl, much moreso than Master of Mankind featured the Emperor. Includes Cawl's origin plus a big step towards his ultimate goal.

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  • Aquaman & Mermaid Girl (collegekids unite)
  • 12-10-19

good lore

answered a lot of questions but also created a few more. Worth the time if you're into 40k