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Dark Imperium: Plague War

Warhammer 40,000
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)
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Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel

Intent on rebuilding Ultramar, the returned primarch Roboute Guilliman wages war on the treacherous Death Guard - but as he battles his corrupted brother, the intervention of a greater power threatens all he works for.

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The story of the resurrected Ultramarines primarch continues and brings him face to face - and sword to scythe - with Mortarion....

The story:

In the void and upon the worlds of Greater Ultramar, the battle for the Imperium continues. Intent on rebuilding his home realm and using it as base to reconstruct the ravaged stellar empire of mankind, the returned primarch Roboute Guilliman proceeds with his war to drive Mortarion and his Death Guard Traitor Legion from the domain of the Ultramarines. But when Guilliman brings his brother to battle upon the diseased plains of Parmenio, the intervention of a greater power in their fraternal struggle threatens to upend the Imperial Regent’s understanding of the galaxy and his place within it. Primarchs and ideologies clash in this second, thrilling part of the Dark Imperium trilogy.

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by John Banks.

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

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Disappointing entry

I am relatively new to the Black Library, but have thoroughly enjoyed the audiobooks offered. I started with dark imperium and enjoyed it thoroughly.

After that I sunk my teeth into Ciaphas Cain, lords of silence and Eisenhorn and enjoyed myself with the amazing story telling, character and world building in the wh 40k universe.

After release, I got this as soon as possible, but found the entry to be sorely lacking and inferior to the previous entry, with it being slow, plodding, uneven pacing and dull at times.

I hope the 3rd entry works out better.

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Brilliant

All round excellent story and narration to back it up. Highly recommended and cannot wait for the next

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Very good

Very enjoyable narration and the story has me hooked I'm looking forward to the culmination of the story in book 3

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Great

A great insight into guilliman's thoughts and distaste for religion. Some great action peices and lore await

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provides new insight into the 40k universe

if you're a 40k fan this is a must - adds layers to the universe including who the emperor was (is!) and the motivations behind the primarchs

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Editing mishaps

This is an evocative story in the timeline of the “current” history of the Warhammer 40000 universe. Guy Haley’s turn of phrase and pace makes me want to get to the tabletop and recreate some of this conflict. My only detraction from this epic performance by Mr Banks is that the editorial team have left in several “takes” on the way lines are delivered and as much as this is an interesting insight into the way audiobooks are made it sows a little confusion and detracts from the overall enjoyment of a really good book.

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  • gc
  • 23-05-19

Better than Dark Imperium

RG is an interesting character but the others in this book not so much. Overall C+

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  • Jason
  • 19-05-19

An Excellent Introduction Into the 40k Universe

If you're interested in the lore of Warhammer 40,000 but don't know where to start, this novel is your best bet. It conveys the grim darkness of the Imperium's forever war in an interesting fashion, covering it on several levels. It also reads very fast, with much of the drama entertaining throughout.

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  • Spencer
  • 17-05-19

The Avenging Son clashes with Nurgle's legions

A great continuation of the story begun in Dark Imperium! Guilliman continues to navigate the Imperium he returned to. Brilliantly narrated, as per usual from John Banks!

Looking forward to the third!

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  • Taffy
  • 15-05-19

wow

A must listen to in your into the new 40k law and stories. The ending is just jaw dropping!

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  • David
  • 14-05-19

Primaris Marines!

This was a decent book, especially the parts that aren’t focused on the Space Marines, who are dull as dirt. Speaking of which, as with the other Dark Imperium books, it reads like the Games Workshop marketing department got ahold of the final script and decided to put PRIMARIS marines (you know, since they couldn’t copy write “Space” Marines) in EVERY sentence. Super annoying to read/listen to when it comes up so awkwardly and so often, sounds like a bad commercial stretched out over 12 hours.

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  • Malone
  • 14-05-19

Eager for more!

the dark Imperium storyline and setting has me on the edge of my seat but the release pace is torturously slow. if you are at all interested in the 40k story, get this book.

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  • snozek
  • 14-05-19

important, good but not great

the reader, John Banks, it's not my favorite reader of the black Library set of options. he misses the tone often when the author specifically States that the character spoke in a particular fashion, thanks will not represent that in the line which he is delivering. Sometimes I just work some, most of the time it works out all right anyway.

Haley is one of the better commonly employed writers for black Library. this book does a good job of bringing the Stories full circle within the overarching novel, but certain threads were clearly teased out a little bit too long.

some of the threads dealing with the plague God and his minions just could not end soon enough, they became tedious.

I have noticed some authors showing a difficulty to represent the opposite sex as fully a character has their own sex. Unfortunately, I think this sometimes takes place with Haley. Not often, but on some occasions it does.

now that I have said everything negative, let's get to the positives.

I said that the book was essential, and the total course of events that the novel includes is certainly essential course of events. if a reader were to skip this novel, there would be a very significant hole in the understanding of the lore of the 42nd millennium.

Haley's flaws that I mentioned above are outnumbered by his merits. Haley makes characters able to be felt through their descriptions and their words.

it seems as though black library has not held guy Haley to a specific chapter, or topic, or character, but they appear to allow him to apply his skills to novels that move the story forward. This is good because Haley does a good job of making the Warhammer 40K world stay consistent and come to life between the table top and the pages of fiction.

not every black Library author accomplishes this. Some authors, even some that seem to be lauded, like Aaron dembski-bowden, manage to work their lack of life experience and ignorance of the Canon of the lore of Warhammer 40K into fiction novels in such a way as to make the novels marginalized in the eyes of fans that actually pay attention.

Guy Haley rights in accordance with Canon. He writes well. He writes in such a way that you can follow his understanding of what is taking place.

although Guy Haley's writing should not be considered formulaic, it is sometimes certainly predictable. to be fair however, in the "grim darkness of the far future", the lowered anxiety of a little predictability is appreciated on occasion.

guy Haley writes the primarch roboute guilliman well. He also has a good handle on mortarion and his internal struggles. having read recently novels which focused on mortarion, the translation from a different author to Haley has been seamless. Haley took the tone and feeling of the characters and brought them through in a true fashion.

a final compliment is that guy Haley does a marvelous job providing a sensory experience for the reader, one which the character is in his story are placed. you can taste the actinic quality in the air. the foul sweetness of Decay fills your nostrils. the uncomforting slosh and give of the earth beneath your feet in the mud seems to be felt as you are reading or listening.

I look forward to his next book.

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  • QWILLBANKS
  • 13-05-19

Love the fluff

The fluff for this game is so enthralling ! I couldn't stop listening to this book, I laud about all day listening until it was over. I will always hear the Space Marines with this guys voice lol

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  • Eric Harrison
  • 12-05-19

Excellent, well written, and well read.

I'd highly recommend this book. I loved it, a fantastic exploration of the Guilimans world.

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  • Scarlet Stark
  • 10-05-19

The avenging son reigns

I enjoy anything with the sons of the emperor and this entry into the current times of the empire of man is truly enjoyable. However I don’t enjoy the parts with the armies of nurgel as I am not a fan of chaos. For those who are they will enjoy those parts. Another interesting and wonderful entry in true dark imperium saga.

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