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The Outcast Dead

The Horus Heresy, Book 17
Written by: Graham McNeill
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins

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Publisher's 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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  • Andrew vanderwilt
  • 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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  • Sight47
  • 04-05-20

Good read.

Albeit slow to start, given time this became a great read! the narration was excellent and characters pretty well developed. The ending itself leaves open questions and continuity whilst still finding it's own end in a good twist.

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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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  • Mitchell
  • 25-04-20

worst 40K book I've ever wasted time on. SKIP IT

this book has convinced me that Graham McNiell uses ghostwriters. what a shit show. mild spoiler ahead.
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the book gets Magnus' spirit visit to Terra wrong by 2 years and makes it make no sense then later tops itself in ridiculousness by having a fully armed and armored custodian lose in a 1 on 1 fight to a naked World Eater. This is C.S. Groto level writing. skip this book.

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  • Peter M.
  • 06-11-19

fantastic

loved it, GW always chooses good authors and voice actors, and this story was fantastic. the ending was very unexpected.

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  • Val
  • 05-11-19

Lacking but not bad.

I think Graham was consulting CS Goto when he wrote this cause you have to suspend a ton of belief in order to swallow this pill. That's saying something when it all takes place in a fictional universe. Diehard lore fans will not appreciate the inconsistencies but might find comfort in some of the interesting tidbits throughout.

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  • Tyler Chernosky
  • 23-09-19

awesome book

this is a great book it has a great narrator too, you need to read the short story Wolf's Hunt after this to understand the timeline discrepancies

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-19

twists and turns

I will admit I started getting lost in the connection between the different characters in this book, and for a while I was lost to where it was going, but it all came together very well and as a whole this book is solid.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-19

better than i was expecting

it starts slow but gets awesome as you go, great story! well told and read

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  • paul sparks
  • 23-03-20

More background on thunder warriors

There is a lot of lore to absorb in this book and it weaves it well making the listener want more and more, great narration too

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  • Kareem
  • 04-02-20

Fascinating insight

I'd read the book of this a long time ago but had forgotten the premise. A deep insight into psykers and the warp.

the characters were strong and likeable, the story building and rising into the final moments.

Great read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-20

Surprisingly enjoyable

I always favored the books that focused more on the adventures and tribulations of mortals versus those that focus on space marines. And this is one such book, expertly written and narrated. Sure, the timeline of the Horus Heresy does not advance in this story, but we get to see another perspective of how the Heresy affects this universe.

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  • Ciaran
  • 24-09-19

bad timeline

good story but timeline out of order making it disappointing. as ever performance is great and made up for it somewhat.

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  • Sam
  • 05-07-19

Easily the worst Horus Heresy book so far

Greatly struggled to finish this book. The marration was fine but the story itself was boring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-19

The performance shines brightly

A good story with fantastic narration. Keeble really brings it to life.

As a stand alone it would probably be rated even higher, but there is a glaring plot inconsistency with the rest of the Horus Heresy that stands out like a sore thumb to readers of the series. It would be okay if it was just a one off mention, but it is repeatedly brought up and is a major underlying background piece for the plot and brought me out of the immersion every time.

That being said the parts of the story unrelated to it are exceptional, the characters are rich and diverse, the setting is clear and immersive and the links and mysteries of the past and future are dealt with tactly. With it all coming together neatly into a very satisfying conclusion.

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  • Mr LC Ford
  • 02-02-19

A decent story taken to exceptionalism by the performance

The story is mediocre and as far as I can tell doesn’t have too much to add to the main storyline however it goes into an unprecedented amount of detail about the astropathica and gives that mysterious part of the Imperium’s infrastructure some character.

This book also gives a great look at life on Terra right at the peak of the Imperium’s might which is as you’d imagine, sufficiently Grimdark.

All in all, a good story with some interesting characters with dimension and people you really want to succeed even if the “big reveal” that is built up is something that we already know.

The real quality of this story is the Narration of Jonathan Keeble. From the off his voice brings this book to life in a way no one else has quite managed in the Heresy Books so far. I’d recommend the listen just for him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-18

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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  • Sean
  • 02-03-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-20

Outstanding Story and Narration

I simply could not get enough of this audio book! A twisting in depth story which comes together beautifully. Jonathan Keeble is a narrator of unmatched skill. He truly is second to none and going to other audio books without him narrating is like leaving your favorite place on earth, for somewhere you'd rather not be. One of my favorites in the Heresy series thus far.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-19

Amazing

Amazing! One of the best books in the Horus heresy series! Have read it multiple times and listening to it on tape is just as good or better!!