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Double Eagle

Warhammer 40,000
Written by: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A Sabbat Worlds novel.

The war on Enothis is almost lost. Chaos forces harry the defenders on land and in the skies. Can the ace pilots of the Phantine XX turn the tide and bring the Imperium victory?  

Listen to it because:

It takes the famous Sabbat Worlds Crusade to the skies, with fast-paced aeronautical action, memorable characters and compelling emotional arcs from Dan 'Master of War' Abnett.  

The story:

High-speed air combat in the war-torn Sabbat Worlds! 

When the elite fighter pilots of the Phantine XX arrive on the beleaguered world of Enothis, they know it is a desperate hour. The forces of Chaos are closing in, and their final push could well wipe out all human life on the planet. Thousands of refugees flee the dark armies, and the infamous Chaos fighter pilot Khrel Kas Obarkon is always hunting the skies for more prey.... 

And so it falls to the brave men and women of the Phantine fighter corps. Can they hold off the Chaos advance until reinforcements arrive? In the high-speed, white-knuckle terror of aerial combat, can they defeat an enemy possessed by daemons?  

Written by Dan Abnett. Running time 10 hours and 17 minutes. Narrated by Toby Longworth.

©2019 Dan Abnett (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Jonathan M Trdan-Schmidt
  • 29-09-19

battle of Britain Warhammer 40k style.

You will find no strange mythos, angsty and godlike primarchs and no space Marines here. This is no space opera and you will certainly not find a glistening view of the future here. Instead you will find pilot's and their machines, the absurdity of war, and the grim dark determination of an Imperial world standing against all odds. As a pilot and a reservist, I cannot recommend this book enough. it reads like a far more desperate and far more relatable version of the Battle of Britain. It is well read, well narrated and a good book all around. This is a story that Warhammer 40k was meant to tell. Good luck, the emperor protects and check your six for bats!

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  • Charlie M.
  • 18-09-19

One of my all-time favorite 40k books

There is no other 40k book like this one. Air combat is a subject not many BL authors are willing to focus on, so it's truly unique that the entire book focuses on Imperial fighter pilots. it's one heck of a ride!

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  • James C Hobbs
  • 17-09-19

This is going to cost me some money

This book was amazing. Now I have to go buy $300 of forgeworld models. Seriously though, the characters are great and believable and the dogfight scenes get your heart racing. this should be his next series, I'd buy them all!

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  • Jake
  • 21-05-20

I expected a good book. I got better.

I don’t know what I was expecting. It’s a 40k book by Dan Abnett so I knew it’d be good. I picked this one randomly as it’s a one off story and not a part of a long series. I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. The characters were great and really tied things together. Story is good and wraps up to a satisfying degree. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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  • Pam Godwin
  • 19-05-20

I've listened to this book 10 times already!

This is my favorite Warhammer 40k book. Great narration and fantastic story! It's great listening to the dogfights and getting caught up in the intense action.

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  • Michael
  • 18-03-20

Amazing

This is a very good book to listen too . I would definitely recommend this book to anyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-20

good book

enjoyed listening to the book would listen to it again will listen to it again and probably four to six months recommend it to anyone.

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  • David
  • 21-02-20

Okay, but not great

You can tell Abnett wanted to write a WW2 novel about the British pilots, but realized he wouldn’t get paid unless he slapped “Warhammer” flavor on it. While it’s an interesting aspect of the universe we don’t see often, most of the pilots are painfully dull and/or unlikeable. They are all so very, very dour and British... well, you can easily tell if you read it, almost no one actually ever displays any real emotion, they’re all to busy keeping a stiff upper lip. He introduces about a hundred different characters at the beginning of the book and the narrator can’t really be blamed for using the same low, gruff voice for nearly all of them. The book is more “boltporn” than I’m used to from Abnett (almost always an indication that the author doesn’t really have interesting characters or an interesting story to tell).

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  • Seth Foster
  • 06-02-20

GREAT READ

Double Eagle is one of my favorite books. It combines two of my favorite subjects: air combat and Warhammer 40,000. Dan Abnett is a very talented 40k author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-20

Really good.

I enjoyed this very much, even tho I am not familiar with the pilot lingo and don't know starboard from port.
The way flight combat is told is amazing, and Toby Longsworth, does an even more amazing job doing so.
Great book for all imperial citizens.
Emperor protects.

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  • InquisitorRex
  • 21-09-19

Air War in the 41st Millennium.

A great, character-driven story that depicts the brutality of air warfare in the 40K universe. Strong characters, vivid depiction of both battle and behind the scenes interaction and admirable voice acting combine to make this a very enjoyable listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-19

Wonderful

A beautiful mix of ww2 and 40k. Engaging and moreish. Great characters and far easier to listen to than any of the astartes stuff.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-20

My Favourite 40K Novel Yet

To keep this short and sweet. If you love aircraft (especially in 40K) this is a must. Really interesting story and feels quite unique. Toby Longworth does a great job of this, but there are perhaps a few too many characters for one man's voice, I think this would have really been taken to the next level with female narrater working alongside.

I'm going to recommenced this to any 40K fan, especially those who have an interest in 40K aviation or the Imperial Guard.

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  • Rich Brooks
  • 10-05-20

Largely great, but inconsustent voice acting

Excellent prose, focusing on the more human aspect to conflict in the setting; but, while his overall narration is strong, Toby Longworth's voice acting is patchy. His attempts at female voices, in particular, are pretty embarrasing.

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  • Chris
  • 24-02-20

Ace's High!

Very good read. Very action packed. Read by the best too! Would highly recommend it

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  • Will
  • 22-02-20

Awesome aerial story

Theres great detail, Toby longworth is a great narrator and a very good listen all round!!

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  • Joseph McMahon
  • 20-02-20

Inspiration for Aeronautica Imperialis players

Like the Eisenhorn and Ravenor books before it, both the combination of Dan Abnett's writing and Toby Longworth's performance make this an enjoyable listen and inspiration for anyone getting into Warhammer 40k and particularly the Aeronautica Imperialis game.

Having read the physical book years ago, listening to this made for nice reminder and in some cases improved upon the story. If you're not a fan of 40k then it won't appeal as much but if you like aerial dogfight stories then it might be up your alley.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-20

Entertaining and gripping

Gripping story and characters that I really liked and cared about. The dogfights were tense and very exciting. Story threads and story arcs came together very well. I couldn't stop listening and I'm planning on a relisten within long. Can't recommend this gem enough, it's up there with Eisenhorn as one of Abnetts best Black Library works!

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  • Steven paxton
  • 20-12-19

great storytelling

if you like the Warhammer 40k universe you will love this story. characters are great and the story keep is you engaged.

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  • Feanix
  • 07-12-19

Worst Dan Abnett Book I've Read/Heard

Normally I love everything Mr Abnett does but I found this one a but confused and luck luster. I found it hard to care about the characters and even harder to care about the story. Maybe someone more into air warfare would have appreciated the detailed blow by blow dog fights more than I did but I got tired of them quickly. Oh well. No author is perfect (not even Terry Pratchett).

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  • Andrew
  • 01-12-19

Amazing

I could not stop listening, ended up finishing in a single sitting. An excellent amalgamation of the Red Baron, the Battle of Britain and warhammer 40k.

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  • Andrew
  • 18-11-19

stiring and fast paced air battles

I had a lot of fun with book. Dan Abnett did a great job with it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-19

Amazing.

Could be Dan's best one yet! Toby really manages to bring it to life and gets the tension going. My blood was racing through out and I even punched my fist into the air a few times when the unit did well.