Angels of Caliban: The Horus Heresy, Book 38 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
With the Dark Angels spread across a hundred systems, primarch Lion El'Jonson stands as Lord Protector of Ultramar - though his true motives are known to few indeed, and old rivalries on the home world threaten to tear the Legion in half.
But when word comes of the Night Lords' attack on Sotha, the Lion's brutal actions bring Imperium Secundus once again to the brink of civil war. Not even the most fearsome warriors of the Dreadwing, nor any arcane secret of the Order, can guarantee victory if he sets himself against his loyal brothers.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 56 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 05, 2017|
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#9,415 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#899 in Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,842 in Science Fiction (Books)
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-Their are two stories in the book with chapters alternating between the two. Both feel like short stories which needed fluffing out collectively justify a full length novel.
-The characters act like playground children picking which people they like and don't like, rather than being battle hardened gods of war.
-Very tenuous reasons for the characters actions. It really feels like the author is trying to fill in gaps to reach a pre-set conclusion.
-It's dull and you don't form any connections to the charters, they all come off looking pathetic.
-Moves the Horus Heresy story along
-One good hand to hand battle
In summery: I would rather I had saved my money and just read the overview on wikipedia, the book really doesn't add anything more in depth. Based on this book I won't be buying "Corax", Gav Thorpe's next book.
The Imperium Secundus part centres around the three loyal Primarchs chasing a renegade Primarch. The tale reads like a long, drawn out story leading to a snappy punch-line. As others have alluded to - the Primarchs are a frustrating read. These guys are have conquered the galaxy, they are biological miracles, gifted super human powers by the Emperor, hyper intelligent tactical geniuses, yet I wouldn't trust them to run a cloak room. Gulliman is written the best I think, nothing great, but how you could expect him to act. The Lion seems to have inherited the gift of making every situation he finds himself into a complete mess and the ability to only make poor decisions. He totally lacks any common sense or wisdom, but he is good with a sword. Sanguinius for me is the biggest let down. Here we have not only a Primarch and all that brings with it, but he's talked about as a first among equals, respected and admired by his brothers, an angelic super human, a legend in his own time. Yet he just sits about and broods and basically does very little. I hope this character gets his time to shine as the series progresses. Anyway when the story does reach the ending it's quite good and it does move the series onwards.
The events on Caliban centre around Luther and his schemes. Some of the background, history, lore and secrets of the Dark Angels are revealed in this story, much of it new to me and thus made this part of the book my favourite. Like the other story arc in the book, it's too drawn out for my taste. However every now and again lore and secrets concerning the Caliban and the Dark Angels are dropped in which I enjoyed. Again the characters seem to lack much common sense but their actions fit the overall tale. The ending is quite good especially the parts featuring Cypher.
Overall I rate this book 3 stars. It's not the worst in the series, personally I would have preferred it if it had about half the page count, as a reader I prefer quality over quantity. It does move the series forward which was much needed in my opinion and I enjoyed the reveals about Caliban and the Dark Angels.