Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy)
About this deal
DARK HORIZON, his new stand-alone thriller, is out now from Welbeck; OUTLAW, the 6th Marc Dane novel, is published by Bonnier, and the 4th book in the series - SHADOW - is available in the USA from Forge. Some issues with the story; Death Guard and characterization, beyond Mortarion or Typhon, I actually found the character boring. The middle is most statisfying especialy if you have read the previous books because now the storryline from Galaxy in Flames carries on.
It's still not high art, but considering how puerile and simplistic they might have been, I was very pleasantly surprised. The Eisenstein becomes stranded in the Warp until it is rescued by Rogal Dorn and the Imperial Fists. London-based author James Swallow has written about science fiction, games and oriental media for more than sixty different publications, and has written scripts for the TV show Star Trek: Voyager. It’s a fight and flight scenario and one that is well told – though at times the story gets swamped by the authors overuse of descriptive narrative. That headline rating does actually mask a little nuance because a bit like False Gods (which I also gave five stars) this was slow to get going, the effort of catching up to where we left proceedings at Isstvan III while we examined the buildup to the betrayal from the perspective of the Death Guard a little hard going at points.It was with some horror that I started this book and realised that I'd never actually read a Black Library novel by James Swallow, my experience of him thus far restricted to a few Blood Angels short stories and his Star Trek novels. Set slightly before the events of Galaxy in Flames, The Flight of the Eisenstein introduces the reader to more of the Death Guard and puts Captain Nathaniel Garro in the driving seat for most the novel.
Jonathan Keeble does an outstanding job given the sheer number of imposing voices he has to conjure and never lets interest falter for a moment. There's also some great cinematic moments scattered throughout the book which create some truly awesome mental images. The story is caught up with the far-reaching ramifications of Istvaan III as I mentioned and by extent the first three novels. Solid read in "The Horus Heresy", although almost half of the book retells the story of the superior "Galaxy of Flames". In addition to this, Nathaniel Garro is definitely the most Mary Sue marine I've come across outside of Matt Ward's territory, and to be honest he was a bit dull.Wir vermissen Loken, lernen jedoch bald das unser neuer Protagonist, Battle-Captain Nathaniel Garro, aus ähnlichem Holz geschnitzt ist.