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The Outcast Dead

The Horus Heresy, Book 17
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)
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Summary

The galaxy is burning. The Emperor's loyal primarchs prepare to do battle with Warmaster Horus and his turncoat Legions on the black sand of Isstvan.

Such dark times herald new and yet more terrible things still to come, and when Astropath Kai Zulane unwittingly learns a secret that threatens to tip the balance of the war, he is forced to flee for his life. Alongside a mysterious band of renegades, he plunges into the deadly underworld of Terra itself, hunted like a criminal by those he once trusted. In the face of betrayal, Kai must decide where his own loyalties lie and whether some truths should be buried forever.

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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Great Book

Doesn’t have the usual enormous battles or crazy fights but a really solid book. Fantastic performance as usual and a great story. Not my favourite book of the series but certainly well worth listening to.

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Jonathan Keeble is perfection

Any book read by his Perfect voice is a treat. The story is interesting but one if the more bland.

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Timeline!?

The narrator is exceptional. That’s the only redeeming feature of this book. It doesn’t fit in the timeline and jarringly so which takes you out of the experience trying to figure it out. The details that are given such as background of the astrotelepathicus etc could have been delivered in a short story or novella. That way it wouldn’t feel like a chore just to pick up these few details that are only important for fleshing out the universe rather than being pertinent to the continuing story. If it wasn’t for the narrators stellar performance I would have given Just one star.

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took me by surprise

I really enjoyed the story, I didn't expect it to be that good. Fits well into the rest of the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-18

hard to get into.

the book turned out to be really good, but i found it hard to get into because of the story and how long it took to build up, it did however get very interesting and enjoyable. narration is very good.

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  • Alpharius77
  • 20-03-18

Wow!

Easily one of the best in the Horus Heresy series. The author does a great job of making the listener (reader) develop an attachment to the tragic characters. You won't be disappointed in this book.

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  • Corey C.
  • 04-01-19

Painful

McNeil again displays that, while he is prolific, he certainly is not the strongest author working for Black Library.

This story suffers from bland descriptions, awkward shifts between present and past tenses, weak characters destined only to die without serving any real meaning and one of the most sleepy and dull segments of “bolter porn” ever put to pen.

And that’s too bad because the exchanges between the the main character and his regicide opponent are fantastic and so painfully heart breaking that they deserved a far better vehicle than this story.

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  • JT
  • 25-12-18

not my favorite story but reading was fantastic

Graham McNeil has written better in this series but the subject matter is a tough one too really get behind if you are a big horus heresy fan they are tertiary characters but do come along again later in the series. I guess this is just a bit deeper into the back story to make everything seem even more machiavellian.

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  • Hedrick
  • 14-12-18

a great story

great reading, awesome story with a worthy mystery that keeps me locked in at all times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-18

Move on to the next book in the series!

Very slow start, and the overall story was a waste of time. I recommend you skip this one and move onto the next in the series!

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 17-10-18

Grimdark before true Grimdark

A look into just how horrible the Imperium was before the fall of the Emperor, as seem through the eyes of an astopath.
A sad broken world, shaped by paranoia and hatred.... And to think it only goes down hill from here *shudder*

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  • Brian Graham
  • 07-06-18

This one rules

Outcast Dead takes the reader through a very long and twisting tale with everything coming together at the end. McNeill really captures the torment of faithful Emperors servants being cast aside or brutally betrayed by those they serve.

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  • Sitpaintandplay
  • 27-01-18

Holy crow

This was probably my favorite book so far of the series, I can’t lie, it really gives light to the uncertainty that the traitor legion marines went through and how “evil” the emperor could of looked at times. Great story, great narration, everything really hit home and kept the pace of the story exciting and moving.

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  • 19-05-18

Awful

McNeill is usually quite good at setting the stage, but his dialogue often leaves a lot to be desired. His best books are okay. This is not. It starts off well, with neat descriptions - but gets locked into this stage for far too long, making it boring. Finally, someone speaks, and it all falls apart. Characters appear dull or infantile, and it helps not at all that the book does not advance the series action one bit. Keep clear.

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