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The Devastation of Baal

Warhammer 40,000
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (450 ratings)
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Summary

The Blood Angels Chapter of Space Marines is under threat. Having obliterated all human life in the Red Scar region of space, the largest tendril of Hivefleet Leviathan ever seen in the Imperium has converged and is making relentlessly for Baal. 

To face this awesome foe, Commander Dante has called upon the Successor Chapters of the ancient Ninth Legion. The Sons of Sanguinius gather in numbers not seen since the dark days of the Horus Heresy. Thirty thousand Space Marines stand ready to thwart the Great Devourer, save the homeworld of their primarch, and prevent the consumption of billions in the Ultima Segmentum beyond. 

But the tyranid swarm numbers in the trillions, and they are not the only danger to the chapter’s future. As the galaxy slides toward a terrifying new era, events far away threaten to unleash a greater evil. A further enemy must also be overcome, that of the Black Rage that lurks in the souls of all Sanguinius’ bloodline.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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Great book

I’m a fan of the Blood Angels, but I think anyone who enjoys tales of Astartes, and flawed ones, will enjoy this. Dante is an intriguing character and the tension between the autonomous chapters is portrayed really well here. The Tyranids and the threat they pose are brought to shocking life and Guy Haley has done a great job with pacing and description, showing the slow, but seemingly inevitable, defeat of the Blood Angels. Great ending which, surprisingly for 40K, leaves you feeling hopeful. Worth listening to for anyone looking for some action while advancing the story into the 42nd millennium.

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Nobility and Humanity

Guy Haley writing and performance by Gareth Armstrong brought me to the edge of my seat and to the brink of tears, this story adds so much to the advancing narrative of the 40k IP.

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Brilliantly performed and excellently paced

This book takes care to explain aspects of the astartes and the tyranids in detail without hindering your enjoyment. The set pieces feel suitably epic while more subtle aspects of the story are also captured. Highly recommended

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If your a 40K fan

If your a 40K fan you have to listen to this if you play this chapter as I do its a fantastic insight into our History and you learn our Primarks First Name if you did not know it

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For Sanguinius!

Amazing sequel to Dante and brilliantly connects the new Imperium to the old Imperium of the 41st millennium

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Worth a listen!

Definitely one of the best 40k stories that I've listened to. Good performance by the narrator too.

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Essential for recent Blood Angel Lore

A loose continuation from Dante, Devastation of Baal gives a very up to date account of the Blood Angels as of Gathering Storm. This is an essential book for fans of the Blood Angels who are interested in the recent plot developments of the setting as a whole.

It portrays the feeling of the Sons of Sanguinius facing an impossible task incredibly well. Once again Guy Haley does a great job at showing Dante's humanity in the form of his doubts and hopelessness. But his Astartes traits in his determination regardless. It was cool to see some sections dedicated to Mephiston also.

From an action perspective, this book has a bit of diversity, with some void combat as well as aerial and ground combat. The combat scenes are not as well written as some of those in the HH books however. The meat of the book is the impending destruction of the Blood Angels and their reactions to it. There are many successor chapters mentioned and a few (such as Gabriel Seth and the Flesh Tearers) are given a decent amount of prose.

Narration wise, while I enjoyed Gareth Armstrongs narration in Descent of Angels and Dante, it feels a bit weaker here. Its harder to tell the characters apart. So the range of voices used isn't great. But it gets the job done and doesn't create any issues

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excellent.

for anyone how like 40k this is a must!, book is fantastic, gave my chills.

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all in a food read, all in space marine epic with

Thier usual romp and pomp that makes them ,them...great to see Hive mind and Tyrnanids on that scale much like the excellent paper book when they Tyrnanids swarm is repelled by an ultramarine army ...

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loved it

This was simple a really good listen. Great story and really engaging. loved it highly recommend it to anyone even if your not a fan of the fanctions involved

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  • Al
  • 22-05-18

Where is chapter 30????

Chapter 30 is missing which is the epilogue!! This audio book is incomplete. I have no idea if this is intentional.

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  • Ivan
  • 23-05-18

Missing last chapter

I would have rated this all 5s, but it's missing the final chapter, one that is fairly important to the overall story. Especially annoying, since it's advertised as being "Unabridged".

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  • Christopher
  • 16-11-18

Amazing book and Narration!

The Story is amazing Chapter 30 has been added, I know some reviews were saying it was missing but the complete book is here and it is worth every minute. I would highly recommend the book Dante as well it is a great back setting or prequel to this book.

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  • Bean Counter
  • 05-11-18

Great Audiobook and includes Chapter 30

Well versed in the Warhammer 40K lore and this book added to my knowledge about the sons of Sanguinius. Great story and characters. A lot of reviews said the book was missing the last chapter, but mine included chapter 30 so I believe Audible fixed the issue. Definitely worth the listen.

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  • Al Valentyn
  • 04-06-18

Missing chapter 30

Well written and narrated; but sadly missing the 30th and final chapter. Despite being advertised as the unabridged version.

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  • Jorrahn
  • 02-06-18

missing the last chapter

i loved reading this book but i was disappointed when listening to it to find that the full ending is not there... it ends early and leaves out a huge plot point with the Flesh Tearers

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  • Chris C.
  • 26-05-18

Great story, but Audible is missing Chapter 30.

I enjoyed it, but it was a real bummer when Audible didn't include Chapter 30. WTF?

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  • David Kaplan
  • 18-05-18

Good, but missing the last chapter.

The book was good. The narration was good. The fact that the last chapter is MIA is doubleplusungood.

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  • Joshua Calhoun
  • 14-06-18

Missing chapters

This is missing the last 2 chapters. Rating 1 star until this is fixed. I listened to the whole book just to find out the very end is missing....

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  • Shawn Murray
  • 01-08-18

Fantastic! and includes chapter 30

It was fantastic, regarding previous reviews complaining of missing chapters. This has been seemingly fixed.

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