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Summary

It is the 41st millennium, and an upstart alien empire has emerged on the Eastern Fringe. After a few skirmishes to retake human worlds from these blue-skinned invaders, the time has come to strike against the so-called Tau Empire.

At the forefront of the Damocles Crusade stand the Ultramarines, commanded by Captain Atheus, the Chapter's Lord Executioner. With his loyal sergeants Numitor and Sicarius by his side, Atheus vows to exterminate the aliens...but the cunning xenos commanders, Farsight and Shadowsun, have other plans.

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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Pure action

Loving both ultramarines and the farsight enclaves I found myself struggling on who to root for.
Packed with action between battles suits and assault marines, however, often the same phrases are used throughout and seemed almost repetitive.
Although a logical ending I felt it was a bit lackluster and definitely found the tau side more interesting
Saying this I enjoyed it thoroughly and John Banks narration was superb

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Really Enjoyed this book

Good to hear about the Tau from their perspective rather than just being purged or killed by the ultra smurfs

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great listen

nice insight into the tau and also shkwing how the astartes are not as perfect as we all believe.

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Loved it from start to finish

I found it gripping, it's my first grimdark novel of any kind. A space marine fan at heart I found myself rooting for each side. An interesting insight into the tau way of life along with vivid and intense battles. I will be relisting to this in the future. A great narrator who brings the characters to life.

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Surprisingly good for a Warhammer book

I find most warhammer books tend to just go through the motions, essentially do very similar stories with minute differences and usually containing multiple fights with an enemy that doesn't really have any effect on the story.

This one however was a big surprise, its a Spacemarine book hut it could also be a Tau book, both sides have say in the story and neither is purely good or bad.

The meeting of these two races who play off each other makes for interesting dynamics in both fights and conversations, and the internal struggles of each side also show that these are relatable characters not just copy paste archetypes.

So yes I would recommend this book :)

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Ultramarine v Tau

Well written account of Tau v Imperium of man. well read, enjoyable and told from both sides. ultramarines come across as intransigent brutes, unlike other novels.

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Brilliant intro to Tau and Farsight

I love most 40k books that I listen to, but may cringe when a story is pro-Imperium. This book is not - it’s great how it tell the story from both sides of the conflict - and I found it quite revealing about Tau civilisation and Farsight especially.

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fantastic book

great book, well written and read. with a good story. highly recommend will read again!

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Space Marine Battles, For The Emperor !!

I've listened to a few of these battle books now, all of which are pretty good without being awful or mind blowing......found the ending a little anti climatic - overall a pretty solid listen

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Enthralling

Great insight into the tau mindset and the differences in space marine, guard and tau operations and ideals

Well paced story and great reading

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  • Mike Sherwood
  • 17-01-20

Grim Dark

As a traveling sales rep i spend a lot of time in my car and I listen to a lot of books on Audible to pass the time. That is to say I’ve noticed my tastes of late have gotten more “refined”, not in the snobby sense but more that I know what I like and what I don’t like. Sadly I didn’t like this book. I love the Warhammer 40,000 universe and am always looking for more Xenos lore, but this book suffered from too much Grim Dark. Phil Kelly did a commendable job portraying the Tau and John Banks is a great narrator, but the Space Marines lack depth and are almost comically stereotypical. For a lot of the fans that is exactly what they are looking for, but sadly it wasn’t my cup of tea.
If you’re looking for Tau lore or are really liked other Space Marine novels then definitely pick up this book, but if you’re like me and can’t stand to hear another “For the Emperor!!!!” then give this one a pass.

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  • 19-10-21

Fantastic introduction to the Ta'u empire.

I loved seeing the Empire of man through the eyes of theTa'u empire. Although man is old we are still primitive And although the Ta'u advanced they are very young. Good Book 👍

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  • Kreniz
  • 23-08-21

Enjoying every moment from both sides of the war

I'm still fairly new to Warhammer 40k lore. As a Tau player, I enjoyed the combat between the imperium and the various forces of the Tau. The battlesuit combat was described in an excellent manner. Hats off to John Banks for the excellent narration and to Phil Kelly for the material itself.

On to the next book, For the Greater Good!

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  • M. Elliott
  • 19-09-20

great

xeno woman: would you harm an unarmed person?
Sicarius: Yessss!
lmao literally
loved this story

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  • Hector SepulvedaIII
  • 11-02-20

pretty good

Barely getting into 40k and the Tau are the only faction that really interested me so this book was the perfect thing to start me off on my 40k journey :)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-04-18

Amazing reading but the plot shield

The voice acting for this book was awesome a performance that was clean and on point from start to finish.
The main weakness was the plot shield for tge main characters. Now you know that main characters live through the impossible but when this point is made pointed out time after time it stops veing impossible and just annoying, the characters are saved by a thousand last second saves, miracles, and random one shots. This can be done well but in this case it seems just lazy on the writters part.
The rest of the story was fun though seeing each sude adapt to the other. The advanced tech of thr Tau put against the ancient Tech of Mankind makes for some really great battles.

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  • N. Lobato
  • 25-02-22

Great for Tau newcomers

I really don’t know much about Tau since I’m very much an Imperial/Astartes player myself, but I LOVED this book and the character of Farsight.

Looking forward for the next one.

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  • Daniel M.
  • 14-01-22

Farsight and the Ultramarines 8th Company

A well written book showing the perspectives of the Tau Empire and the Imperium of Man that takes place during the final months of the Damocles Crusade with interesting characters and heroes that develop well during the course of the story. This is a good audiobook to listen to. Overall I give this a 4.9 out of 5 if I could. Sometimes the accents / character voices do not stay consistent. The only complaint I have.

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  • Jake Fahey
  • 10-01-22

dissolves into a catalog of units pretty fast

there are some good bits and pieces of tau culture but ultra marines are ultra marines.

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  • Cody Bush
  • 24-11-21

Very interesting insight into backstories

I really enjoyed being introduced to Numitor and Sicarius back when they were Sergeants and getting to see their characters develop. Sicarius' character development was most interesting of all, right up to the very end; constantly being shaped. It was also interesting to see things from the Tau perspective throughout and getting to know Commander Farsight before he split off to create the Farsight Enclave. Very fun story.