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Legion

The Horus Heresy, Book 7
Written by: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: David Timson
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
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A Great War is coming, and it will engulf the Imperium of Man. The Space Marines of the Alpha Legion, the last and most secretive of all the Astartes brotherhoods, arrive on a heathen world to support the Imperial Army in a pacification campaign against strange and uncanny forces. But what drives the Alpha Legion? Can they be trusted, and what side will they choose when the Great War begins? Loyalties are put to the test, and the cunning schemes of an alien intelligence revealed, as the fate of mankind hangs in the balance.

©2008 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-18

Starts up to be slow, but ended with a bang.

The first 2/3s of the story was meh... but the last part is awesome. The plot twists at the end made the story... but sad to say the rest of the book was slow and uneventful. Gave 4 stars as the ending was STILL that good. It’s a must read but I would give warning about the slow start of the story.

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  • Gill Jr.
  • 04-08-19

loved to read it, loved to hear it

This particular entry in the horus heresy series apart from the first 4 books of the beginning of this series had me enthralled from the very first chapter! It took a few books to get me to be interested in other legions like the Imperial Fists or Death Guard but only one book for me to instantly spark my interest in the Alpha Legion, THIS book. The story itself was a fresh take, the reader was easy to follow and the 11+ hours it took to listen to this audiobook seemed almost to go by faster than the previous books! That's not to say it was a bad thing or a short book, no that's just a realization that this book had my interest from the very start. My favorite book thus far by Dan Abnett.

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  • Edward
  • 01-07-19

A truly intriguing story

The alpha legion nothing is as it seem. Are the Alpha legion and their primarchs truly traitors have they really turned their back on mankind or were they trying to prevent a greater evil. Is it possible that the most secretive and trickiest legion in the imperium of man had themselves been duped find out in legion secrets and lies.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-19

best one yet

this is the best 40k book I have read so far by a long shot

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  • Josh
  • 12-05-20

Excellent book

loved the book. the performance was excellent. very surprised with how good it was actually

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  • Reagan
  • 06-05-20

Alpha Legion are so awesome

loved the story
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the plot twists were great and fitting for the main topic.

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  • Jerry Blake
  • 17-04-20

welcome to the CIA of the astarties.

The book was awesome and followed a large cast of characters in an almost seeming pulp fiction style that all ties together and the ways you would not expect. 10 out of 10 would read again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-20

A decent listen

The narration was well done. The only lacking piece was the misdirection that was consistently used became bothersome to follow at times.

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  • Jonathan
  • 12-04-20

Side story of the main that will tie in later.

uneventful and low action / fighting. The story is so simple that it can be explained in a paragraph or 2 after listening to it. Hopefully the very ending page is a dramatization, if it's not this book will be a two stars. As there is very little added to the current story plot. sigh.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-03-20

it was okay

essential to the plot but not as fun as some of its predecessors in the series of the Horus heresy.

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  • 451
  • 21-10-17

Fantastic novel - whimsical narrator

Reading Dan Abnett is often like going abroad with a minimum understanding of the language. If you're willing to throw yourself in at the deeper ends, decipher a few words for yourself and wait for things to unfold, you savour the immersion that much more.

A shame then that one of the outstanding Heresy novels is read in a tone more suited to a whimsical fantasy: indeed at times I was convinced it was Simon Prebble reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. While Abnett's novel is more complex and more subtle than some of the Heresy novels (Battle for the Abyss, Mechanicum) it's still pure space opera and deserves someone more adept at the voices of war. While the Legion themselves are given good enough voices, some of the Imperials veer between Carry On and Only Fools, always threatening to drop the listener out of the experience. Indeed at times one of the early characters is only moments away from tugging at his forelock and declaring "Gawd bless the Queen Mum". David Timson is a very good narrator and for the right material he's unbeatable - after listening to Fulgrim you can't imagine anyone else doing it justice. For Legion, he's just wrong.

Luckily, as a good narrator can carry a lesser novel the reverse is true. Legion is for the most part a thriller, very much in the vein of early Frederick Forsyth. It's well structured, deftly written and filled with interesting and compelling characters. If Abnett has a weakness, its his fondness for deus ex machina (most of the early Gaunt's Ghosts novels) but here it truly plays to the novel's strength.

As a standalone in the 40k universe it works extremely well, and as part of the Heresy its up there with Fulgrim or Flight of the Eisenstein. Buy with a little caution

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  • N A
  • 05-05-18

Pay attention at all costs.

You will go back to this book again and again. THe writing is tight, if you switch off for a moment you will miss a key character action or plot point. The prelude hooked me in and wanted to find out what happened throughout. It has great pacing, twists and turns and kept me engaged.
On the characters, these are great - John Grammaticus is one of my favourite in the Heresy. He has to make some key decisions about how he will achieve his goals - namely who he will use. The Alpha Legion are depicted really well and make for an interesting legion - "I am Alpharius" being a repeating theme which throws up hilarity and intrigue.
The dialogue is excellent and has an element of conflict that make the characters sound interesting.

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  • Elizabeth Redrup
  • 06-12-17

Action packed

First heresy book to contain non-hostile xenos interaction and gives a much more human perspective on the heresy than we've had so far. Awesome book

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  • Alec Stratton
  • 03-04-19

Fugging book.

It was sometimes hard to follow and alittle slow but i enjoyed this one. Worth a listen

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  • Adam Adamant
  • 28-05-18

One of the best Horus Heresy books

Okay let's be clear this is not essential to the Virus Heresy Timeline it informs more in the Alpha Legion and the Cabal making their choices and involvement clearer and richer but it indent an vital part of the story think of it as a side quest.. That said what a side quest Dan Abnett introduces a new group of Imperial Army very different to his better known Ghost series but more fun than that group also there's the mysterious Alpha Legion and their core secret revealed and the explanation of why thecXX legion sided with Horus in arguably the ultimate act of loyalty You could read this alone without the wider context of the Heresy it could even be an introduction before Horus rising but personally I feel any point after Flight of the Eisenstein works for this fun intriguing stiry

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  • Andrée
  • 16-05-18

A thriller in the Dark Millennium.

When I first read this book a couple of years ago it was my first dive into Warhammer. And and as I went on with with other books I held them up to the standard of this Legion.

I love legion. It has grim action and a story that twists and turns. Characters that are memorable and relatable.

It's pacing is a little different from most other HH novels, then again this book is about spies and conspiracies.

Take a listen. It's well worth the money.

John did nothing wrong.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-20

Love it.

An amazing book that give a wonderful and astonishing insight into the amazing Alpha Legion, there breathtaking Primarch’Alpharius and Omegon. A book full of breathtaking characters such as Hurtado Bronzi and Peto Soneka, along side many many more.

Probably my favorite book so far along side Descent of Angels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-20

Great!

I felt the series took a dip in quality in terms of compelling story lines after the first 3 books, this one showed to me, the heresy, of my thinking. The narration was on par with previous titles, and i very much enjoyed it.

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  • Gareth
  • 05-05-20

Amazing book

very interesting book from a perspective I haven't known about before. an enjoyable listen as the story sheds light on the mysterious 20th legion and the lengths they will go to in order to protect the imperium.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-20

The most interesting book in the series so far

This book gave me pure shivers constantly , this book is one of most detailed and intricate stories and is 100% my favourite so far on par with the knights of Caliban

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-18

Great writing and great voice acting

This is one of the better books in the Horus Heresy series. Dan Abnett is a masterful writer and he shows us his strengths in this book. David Timson also did great work and he tells the story well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-20

legendary

love this book! a good precursor to the events that take place beautifully written and read. I had given up hope for David Timson after Fulgrim but after hearing him read this rendition I can cleanly state he is an excellent audiographer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-02-20

Not my fav, but still very interesting

Focuses a bit more on humans than space marines, but still a good listen. .

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  • Thomas Stubbings
  • 20-02-20

Dark, gritty and captivating.

Legion is by far one of, if not, best books in the Horus Heresy saga that I have read. Dan Abnett is a truly talented writer who captures the grim and depressing lives of the lowest of human soldiers to the fear inducing and awe inducing persona of a Space Marine in the 40K universe with absolute perfection. This novel covers a range of different factions experiences throughout from enlisted Imperial Guardsman and a range of Space Marine chapters without being steeped in an excess of cheesey bolter porn commonly associated with 40K books. Do yourself a favour and give this book a listen, you will not regret it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-20

Good introduction to the Alpha Legion

good introduction to the Alpha Legion. storey line was quite captivating. I enjoyed the variants of characters and their roles involved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-19

Legion is amazing

Dan Abnett has once again outdone himself- the twists and turns of this story are amazing, the characterisation is wonderful. It’s great to find ourselves viewing things from the perspectives of Imperial soldiers, rather than Astartes, as it gives us another lens to view this universe through. It contains enough intrigue, twists, turns and reveals to be truly fitting of an Alpha Legion novel.

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  • Mezm
  • 15-11-19

Solid Alpha Legion intro

Interesting and likeable human characters that aren’t just backdrop to a bunch of space marines stomping around.

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  • Steven Shilling
  • 01-08-19

Great book but needed more Alpha Legion

I started reading this book on its year of release but work got in the way. I decided to revisit it here over Audible.
All in all Its a great book and I would recommend purchasing. Some great action and a few nice twists I didn't see coming at the end, even with up to date Horus Heresy lore knowledge. The narrator also does a fantastic job. I would have given this review a 5/5 (probably should have) if there was more Alpha Legion and coverage of their ethos. Don't get me wrong they are in the book and do get to shine but they seem to take more of a secondary position to an Imperial Guard Army. Aside from a small skirmish near the start of the book and a bit at the end the Alpha Legion don't really see as much combat as i would have expected. There is a massive battle before entering the supreme ordeal and they do not even appear let alone take part. Even still the story based off the guardsman is awesome and the Legion get enough to be satisfied.

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  • jhan
  • 25-03-19

Amazing

Great book, ordered the hard copy as well. Good acting and storytelling had me wanting more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-01-19

Best HH so far

Outstanding performances by Timson, fantastic plot and characters from Abnett.

Hydra dominatus. I am Alpharius.