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Summary

The Great Crusade has swept across half the galaxy, a million human worlds now embracing the truth and reason that comes with allegiance to the rule of Terra. But even such unparalleled success comes at a cost. 

Rumours abound that the Emperor plans to step back from the Crusade and raise one of his primarch sons to lead in his stead. Faced with the bitterly noncompliant human empire of Gardinaal and a leaderless host of Ultramarines, Thousand Sons and Emperor’s Children at his Legion’s command, the Iron Hands primarch Ferrus Manus decides to make an example that even the Emperor cannot ignore.

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Waste of time

A complete sidetrack offering No new insight Into ferrus. Only reedeeming feature is the narration by Keeble.

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Nice performance but...

It's called Ferrus Manus part of the collection of the primarcs but the supposed main character take 1/5 of the book, and barely mentioned in the rest of the book... they should called the book The Iron Hands...

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a bit difficult to follow at times

narration great, story a bit confusing was there thunder warriors in this ? or did the adeptus astartes kill all the thunder warriors or what ?

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  • 08-05-18

Not as good as the other Primarch books

The other books in this series give a solid look into the history that shaped a Primarch. This does not. It was a solid Iron Hands story but a poor Ferrus Manus story.

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  • AH
  • 09-04-20

Iron Hands gone mad. Run away.

“Spoilers” I really did not like the story/portrayal of Ferrus. His whole motivation throughout the story is he wants to be first among his brothers and declared war master by quickly conquering a noncompliant world with heavy industry. The world won’t surrender and bloodies his forces. So what does he do? He bombs the entire planet except for where the leadership is rendering the planet uninhabitable and wrecking the industry he was ordered to secure. Then he goes and kills off the planetary leadership. Really??

This is beyond stupid. ANY primarch could have just shown up and done the exact same thing. Was I reading about the night haunter by mistake?

At least in Fulgrim’s novel he tries to stand out by conquering a planet with only himself and a handful of warriors. A far more impressive feat than this idiocy.

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  • Jonathan Lopez
  • 24-05-19

Missed opportunities

The book barely had any ferrus in it and it focused entirely too much on the side characters. I learned. Nothing new or interesting on either the ironhands or their primarch. I am a huge ironhands fan and going through this in a primarch focused book is beyond disappointing.

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  • Michael C Redl
  • 12-04-21

Great story

A look into the mind of ferrus manus. Even though at times it felt like an Emperor Children book, still very well done, and show as to why the Loyal primarchs stayed loyal. They all had challenges that truly humbled them.

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  • Mat Brown
  • 07-04-21

One of the best of the primarch series

Several of the characters in this book could go on to have their own books. Awesome work!

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  • jeremy sanders
  • 29-11-20

ferrus manus is a di*k head

was good. probably wouldn't listen more than once. there was alot going on near the end.

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  • Christopher Bruner
  • 19-05-20

good window into the 30th millennium.

One of the better Primarch stories it's easy to see how the Sons that did turn traitor slid onto that track. The Great crusade was horrific.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-12-19

Worth listening to

It was hard for me to get over the use of thunder warriors. I always read that they were culled after unification. The book was good once I got around that. Really enjoyed how Ferrus Manus was portrayed.

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  • JT
  • 17-10-19

Almost nothing to do with Ferrus Manus

More like "the plot is weak". This is a story that should in no way be carry the title Ferrus Manus or The Gorgon of Medusa. The stories main focus is not Ferrus Manus, an Iron Hands legionary, or a base human attached to an Iron Hands expeditionary force. The main protagonist is a 3rd legion Capt who like a typical Emperors Children legionary is proud, vain, and self aggrandizing. Being so bold as to think himself a better swordsman than one of the most renowned of emperors children Lucius The Eternal. In most of the other titles in this series you learn more about the title character (The Primarch) David Guymer took a different approach. Instead of learning about Ferrus Manus's history on Medusa, his relationship with Fulgrim, or anything like that Guymer focused on telling us about a new character we weren't interested in learning about, NOT focusing on the title characters life or deeds, and constantly comparing him to a big angry charging land raider tank. Ferrus Manus instead of being a brooding ill fated and sometimes ill tempered forge master and battle commander is portrayed as a shallow 1 dimensional character that is just jealous and angry. When he is involved in the story at all. I wish I could return this audio book and I wish I could get back the 6 hours it took to listen to it.

That being said Jonathan Keeble read the pile of manure extremely well and did his best to make its characters engaging.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-19

One of the best Primarch books!

What a great story and a great glimpse into the mind of Ferrus Manus. Well written and very intriguing. Must read.