Monday, 27 July 2009

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Heart of Rage - James Swallow


Aboard the Imperial Navy frigate Emathia, Brother–Librarian Nord and Brother–sergeant Kale of the Blood Angels make a startling discovery – an alien tyranid hive ship, half–destroyed and drifting through space! Under orders from the Magos Xeren, the Blood Angels board the ship to locate a lost scout team. But their fate is far from straightforward. Little do Nord and Kale realise the horrors awaiting them. For they not only risk their bodies, but their very sanity as well.


As a child I used to love audio books. They were great offerings to help you not only get to sleep but could be enjoyed time and again with no real effort. So when Black Library sent this offering it was pretty much a chance to not only enjoy a book from perhaps my favourite ongoing Sci-Fi Universe, but also the chance to relive some childhood memories.

What unfurled from the get go was a well written beautifully voiced epic adventure for the Adeptus Astartes which really got into my head as I wondered what was going to happen as they faced off against the Tyranids in a space hulk encounter. The real beauty of this was there were no pauses for you to try and puzzle out what was going on so as the tale was told you were just carried along on the aftermath of bullets, blood and carnage that continues to bring fans of all ages. Definitely a title that I’m going to recommend and a great way of introducing reluctant readers to a series that they’ll soon decide to devour the books for their own pleasure. I look forward to future audio titles in this as well as the Warhammer series.

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