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The Damnation of Pythos

The Horus Heresy, Book 30
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 30
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

In the aftermath of the Dropsite Massacre at Isstvan V, a battered and bloodied force of Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders regroups on a seemingly insignificant death world.

Fending off attacks from all manner of monstrous creatures, the fractious allies find hope in the form of human refugees fleeing from the growing war and cast adrift upon the tides of the warp. But even as the Space Marines carve out a sanctuary for them in the jungles of Pythos, a darkness gathers that threatens to consume them all.

©2014 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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Irrelevant and uniteresting

A complete sideshow, uninspiring. However beautifully read by Keeble. I Wish i had Skipped this book

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Get brilliantly lost in this

Jonathan Keeble is the best narrator of the series. everyone else pales in comparison.

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What a disposable book

I’m at a lose to where this book actually fits into the HH. It doesn’t further the plot, or bring any new ideas.

Pacing was sloppy and i finished this book because I paid for it, certainly not to enjoy it.

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My least favorite so far!

Trying to get through the massive collection that is the Horus Heresy, I find that this is one of those books that would have not mattered if I read/listened to it at all.

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Well written, but lacking in apparent progress

I enjoyed the writing and characters, but I feel the events of the book feel like a self contained story. That said, I have been wrong about just that in the past.

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An OK book but wouldn't be recommending it

As the title says this book was OK and had some interesting ideas that it ultimately didn't deliver on for me. I felt that no worthwhile conclusions were reached and that the characters and their motivations could have been further explored.

Overall the book didn't add anything to the Heresy storyline and left no interesting reveals or hooks to be picked up by later books. The characters were a bit too cliche for my liking although think elements could have been further explored like two Iron Hands having very different outlooks and opinions instead of the sergeant just giving up and deciding his captain must be right.

I was left feeling that there was no suitable conclusion to the story, as the struggle the characters went through and challenges they faced ultimately resulted in no notable change or worthwhile outcome. If your a fan of the Iron Hands you may still like this closer look at them and the action scenes are decent.

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  • Michael D. Marinacci
  • 08-12-17

Just skip this one

You could take every GW license out of this story and you have a horror/thriller set during wartime. It has no bearing on the overall narrative, the characters are gullible and bland seemingly just to advance the story to it obvious conclusion. Sry. Just skip it, I wish I did.

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  • Ben
  • 12-08-19

Don't listen to the bad reviews

Great book for fans of the Hands.
Prequel to certain events in the book Ruinstorm.

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  • charles craft
  • 21-04-18

A decent Lovecraftian horror in the 40k universe

This is a pretty poor Horus Heresy book, because its entirely a setup for The Pilgrim and some backstory on Pandorax and focuses almost nothing on the main plot at large. What Damnation of Pythos does do well though is offer a very pessimistic and hardlined eldritch horror story. Characters are flat but serve their purpose, the actual planet is the best character in the book as Chaos influences warp this death world into something far worse. The authors angles of description for the creatures and daemons is very well done and vivid. The ending was particularly satisfying in its grimdark setup.

Good book if your looking for a horror novel, if you want more Horus Heresy intrigues you will be found wanting despite some of the bigger connections to the future and Ruinstorm.

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  • evan montoya
  • 07-11-19

Powerful

You can fell the dread and hopelessness of the situation. One of the better stories.

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  • Sean P. Jamison
  • 21-07-19

An alright story. Neither great, nor terrible.

A hum-drum story well performed. There are worse 40k novels, and there are better. Like an OK action movie on TNT on a Saturday afternoon.

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  • Washcraft
  • 25-04-19

Iron Hands Rule

Iron Hands are the greatest, so interesting to see the fight between man and machine.

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 19-03-19

Fighting.... Happens....

A skirmish out in the middel of nowhere... Well written but inconsiqential... Would like to see what David Annandale could have produced given a more importent part of the heresy

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  • Per
  • 20-01-19

Not much content

This would likely have made for a great novella. After a while, I started suspecting a lack of content due to the initial great pace falling off very quickly. With my knowledge of the variable quality level of Horus Heresy novels, I dug around a little and quickly confirmed that this was not a book I would enjoy.

Not much happens, and what does happen goes very slowly. Some people apparently like it, though the only recommendation I can give is to pass this one.

Narrator is also overly dramatic in most passages, to such an extent that it makes the horror at times ludicrous and at other times quite annoying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-10-18

All good

narrator was great. great interpretation of the story the desperate ending was sublime indeed. ten out of ten.

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  • Christopher Anderson
  • 28-10-18

In Praise of the Unsung Heroes

Damnation of Pythos is a straight-up Film Noir for the 40K universe. Its not all happy endings and glamorous victories in the era of the Horus heresy. Good does not always defeat evil, heroes are not always remembered, and Innocents are not always spared. David Annandale gives surprising depth to a simple tactical scenario, and delves into the psyche of a damaged Legion struggling to survive. We gain more insights into the fabled stoicism of the Iron Hands, and confirmation of the Salamanders eternal compassion for the weak. The ending is haunting, and accentuates that the Horus Heresy was a conflict of many many casualties. And yet...the Astartes fight on. Jonathan Keeble's vocals & characterizations are awesome as always, and he is the best in biz with narrating scenes of action and gravitas.