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Summary

Having witnessed the terrible massacre of Imperial forces on Isstvan III, Death Guard Captain Garro seizes a ship and sets a course for Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus' treachery.

But when the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged by enemy fire, it becomes stranded in the warp - the realm of the Dark Powers. Can Garro and his men survive the depredations of Chaos and get his warning to the Emperor before Horus' plans reach fruition?

©2007 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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The best Heresy novel to date

For newcomers to the 40k universe, the Heresy novels are set - much like the Clone Wars - in the build-up to the most pivotal moment of the saga. The known universe is controlled by the Emperor and his sons control legions of super-soldiers that fight for survival against alien races and ultimately, each other. This last is where the Heresy novels focus.

The Flight of the Eisenstein tells of a moment where one of the soldiers is faced with a moment of choice and a matter of conscience. Ordinarily the hero would be a cypher, ultimately doomed to die and serving little purpose except to drive the arc forward. Here instead, we're given a book of fully-fleshed characters with dreams, desires and motivations, set against a backdrop of war, intrigue and a literal fight for one's soul.

The Heresy series is not easy to get into without a little understanding of background of the 40K universe but as with False Gods (Book 2) this is a fine place to start. It works almost as well as a standalone as it does in the series and I would rate it as high as Fulgrim or Legion as the best of the series. Garro is a fascinating character, bound to serve but with his own scale of morality that sets him apart from the dour, unimaginative heroes of most space operas.

As the book goes on, we're treated to glimpses inside a fascinating society, great battles and a tense chase before things really start to get nasty. Flight of the Eisenstein is one I often come back to. Jonathan Keeble does an outstanding job given the sheer number of imposing voices he has to conjure and never lets interest falter for a moment. Buy and savour with confidence

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Epic

This is an awesome book, the heresy really starts to take off. The performance is spot on ad always

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I should have finished this book 8 years ago.

I decided to give this book another shot after listening to James Swallows other HH title Nemesis and my only regret is not finishing it sooner.

It's a great book and a good starting point if you want to listen to all of the Garro audio dramas.

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Superb book and storyline

The story was excellent, death guard really is an excellent chapter. The only thing I struggled with was the narrator as every time he pronounced an "S" I felt like I wanted to gauge my ears out. He also spoke softly which made me turn my sound up to hear properly, only be slapped by a loud S. One thing I did like about the narrator was how he gripped the reader with the voices for the characters.

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emperor protect me I enjoyed this too much

extremely entertaining listen books in very well written very tense in some parts a huge twinge of excitement during end. the narrator conveyed the characters well and was extremely descriptive.

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Solid continuation but not quite as engaging

I found the fourth book to be a good continuation of the story set out in the first three novels. It gives us a different perspective in the lead up to the events in the Istvan system.

However I felt it was a bit slow to get going. With the best work of the book being after the halfway point. The narrator here is good, with only a little time getting used to the new voice. Overall good and it's kept me interested in the series

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continuation of the heresy of the warmaster

continuation of the horus heresy books its an excellant book leaving you desperate for the next installment i need more ........

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  • P. Hopkins
  • DERBY, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
  • 05-09-18

Classic HH story, with added gross body horror

Some classic moments in the heresy here from the start of the civil war, and you really feel the heroism of the main characters. Though, of course, they cleave pretty strongly to the Gruff Marine stereotype (there's no Torgaddon or Lucius like in the first books for more levity).

There are strong horror elements (there's certainly an influence of films like Event Horizon and The Thing here) which, to be honest, I could have read a whole book of with less political machinations. Still, the central section dealing with the Eisenstein is great, and the section with Garro and his 'rescuer' later is also good.

If you're a fan of the HH books this is a great one to read right after the opening trilogy, or even standalone if you're a fan of the Death Guard and Nurgle.

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Good stuff

I found it hard to get into because of a lot of the same story from book 3 but the second half of the book was a blast , :)

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Perfect

The narrator brings this novel to life. This is an audio book that rivals many audio dramas. I was very impressed with the narrator doing various voices for different characters. The best audio book I have listened to so far. Highly recommended. May the Emperor protect us all!

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  • Daniel Clifford
  • 15-04-18

Great continuation of the Horus Heresy

What did you love best about The Flight of The Eisenstein?

The rich language and detailed descriptions Swallow used in this book impressed me and Keebles performance kept me engaged.

What other book might you compare The Flight of The Eisenstein to and why?

Galaxy in Flames : The Horus Heresy. This book provides a deeper look into plot from other character's perspectives.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Overall Voice and characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but I often found myself listening to 1 more chapter than intended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-17

The Emporer Protects

get into this series. now. the Emporer demands it. he demands that you listen with all intent

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  • malcolm
  • 13-01-19

love it

this is where the book series said. when are done with ground work. let the battles begin

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  • Johnnie Miller
  • 10-01-19

i love this series

the horus heresy has got to be the best series I've ever read and listened too. i would absolutely recommend these books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-18

great

slow start but when it got going it was really good had it play wail i worked

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  • Malcolm R.
  • 13-12-18

Another epic tale of The Grim Darkness

Another solid tale from the Horus Heresy. The story isn't as epic feeling as the first three, but is still a lager than life adventure. The first half of the book is basically a retelling of book 3 but from a very different view, and it helps tell the aftermath of the betrayal on Istvaan III. Although this book isn't as "epic" feeling, it is the most exciting volume so far! We see the horrors of the warp in a way we haven't yet in Horus Heresy. It's a solid story and good follow up to the trilogy that came before. Beyond recommended.

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  • Scott
  • 13-12-18

One of my favorites in the series

This book really felt like the Horus Heresy series hit its stride. The first three were good reads but this novel is were it felt that Horus’s treachery became real and the actions of a few propelled the rest of the series.

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  • Patrick
  • 29-11-18

continuity failures between BL authors...

continuity failures between BL authors sums up my criticism of it. This book is dissonant with the previous, enjoyable, books, rather than presenting an interesting fresh take in the first half, and then pressing the story properly forward in the second. The story follows that format but fails in all the details. Garrow is cool though

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  • LaPassmore
  • 26-11-18

Eisenstein: A Critical HH Novel

This book was the perfect capstone to the initial Heresy trilogy. We see the first glimmer of hope for the imperium. Features Death Guard, Sisters of Silence, and Imperial fists. Focuses on a smaller crew escaping from galaxy-sized events. More action than brooding, an exciting chapter of the Horus Heresy.

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  • Alan Kennedy
  • 26-11-18

An excellent addition to the Horus Heresy!

An excellent addition to the Horus Heresy. Well read and compelling. Now I look forward to hearing more!