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Old Earth

The Horus Heresy, Book 47
By: Nick Kyme
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 47
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

Reborn in body and spirit beneath Mount Deathfire, the primarch Vulkan gathers his most trusted sons and prepares for the final part of his journey. 

The Legions shattered at Isstvan V have stalled the Warmaster’s advance across the galaxy, but fresh cracks are spreading through the alliance between the Iron Hands, Salamanders and Raven Guard, along with mysterious rumours of the return of Ferrus Manus. Haunted by a sense of destiny unfulfilled, Vulkan must choose between joining their war of vengeance against the traitors and following his own barely understood path all the way to the Throneworld itself.

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Slow but welcome addition

I like Vulkan and while his Legion does tend to be stereotyped a little, one can never get enough of the Lord of Drakes. Old Earth is essentially a journey home - padded out with the return of Meduson. Two fairly slender threads each slowly but expertly woven to reveal the final fates of both Shadrak Meduson and Vulkan as he makes the journey back to Terra.

What keeps the story from true greatness is the addition of Eldrad Ulthran. I'm happy that the markers are moved in place for certain characters but all they did was to slow the pace of the novel and as a result its skewed. What should have been a one-two gut punch at the end is smoothed out by the addition of the Eldar - its like the heavy, soulful dialogue that always cuts into the finale of every season of Supernatural. Sometimes you just have to obey the story.

Ultimately the book completes the saga of the Shattered Legions and Vulkan. The latter in particular is finally given a role in the run-up to the final assault on Terra and while his particular story is rather rushed at the end, it is still one hell of an ending.

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tense and interesting

My first real audio book. generally listened on My way home from work. it was a great story for those interested in the salamanders and to an extent iron hands. as usual the background and descriptions put you right at the scene and the narrator brings this to life with excellent storytelling and plays each part well.

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Brilliant

As with all Horus Heresy complete novels, a great work. Vulkan being brilliant, as always.

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Good story let down by poor writing.

This is an interesting character arc for the Iron Hands and the Salamanders. Both Vulkan and Shadrak Meduson are well developed and the story is engaging without collapsing into Bolter porn. The usual excellent voice acting of Jonathan Keeble elevates the characters further. However, nothing can disguise the fact that, despite being a good storycrafter and world builder, Nick Kyme is a truly dreadful writer. He consistently reuses words to the point of distraction (pugnacious and feral being his go to cliches). His pacing is all over the place and he regularly rambles. He desperately needs edited but no one seems willing to do so. It’s a shame because the clumsiness of his art form drags down an otherwise fine story performed by a talented actor.

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great story<br />

loved it from start to finish
good to understand how Vulkan gets to where he needs to go and the emperor's vision for him as a primarch

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Brilliant

a absolutely fantastic read great to see what has happened to Vulkan and his quest to reach terra. a perfect build up to the siege of terra and what is to come

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Vulcan lives !

The lord of drakes is back and kicking ass on his route back . excellent novel for all Salamander lovers.

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  • Courtney K.
  • 29-10-18

Several HO hum short Stories

I was disappointed with this short story collection. Even though A lot of the stories were a continuation of earlier tales that Jonathan Keeble has read, his character voices were all different and the overall writing of the stories was subpar they were just boring. I think he is an amazing reader and his voice is awesome the accents he used were just different and the plot lines of the Heresy story jumped all over the place. I expected to take another step toward the gates of Terra instead it felt like this book was two steps back

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  • Daniel D. Johnson-King
  • 04-08-19

Awesome 👍

Finally got to enjoy this great book. So can I assume that if Vulcan would recover from the Emperor's Fail-Safe device that the notion extends to the emperor himself?

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  • ODA doc
  • 31-07-19

fantastic read and an even better listen<br />

the narrator was awesome. And the story was great. I love it. I can't wait for the final battle in Terra

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  • Bridget Cramblit
  • 11-10-18

Easily one of the more entertaining 40k books.

I listened to this audiobook in hopes of learning more about Salamanders and Vulkan, particularly after the events at Istvaan. You do learn some about them but not much. The story itself is quite good though and I especially enjoyed the Iron Hands arc and all its zaniness. The narrator does an absolutely fantastic job and I'll gladly listen to any other audiobooks read by him. He goes to great lengths to do voices, proper voice acting and is an overall joy, barring a few select characters that seem almost forced (particularly Aug and the Great Unclean One near the end of the book).

This story managed to hold my attention entirely and I almost finished it in 2 days while working. Great read. Highly recommended.

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  • Robert K. Vaughan
  • 12-09-18

Not bad at all...finalizes several story lines.

As Kyme's stories go this one is not half bad it definitely helps if your read or listened ro his other Vulkan books in the Heresy series (even if most are rather sub par)