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A Sabbat Worlds audiobook.

The war-torn far future is laid bare as Brothers of the Snake follows the exploits of the Iron Snakes Space Marines as they battle against the enemies of mankind. 

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Dan Abnett brings his unique sense of the Warhammer 40,000 universe to Space Marines, crafting a series of encounters between the mythic heroes of the Iron Snakes and their foes that will leave you breathless and begging for more. 

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Best-selling author Dan Abnett turns his hand to the mighty Space Marines! The war-torn far future is laid bare as Brothers of the Snake follows the exploits of the Iron Snakes Space Marines as they battle against the enemies of mankind. 

First appearing in the pages of Inferno! magazine, the Iron Snakes Space Marines quickly gathered a loyal following, and now they wage war in a full-blown adventure, battling aliens and heretics as they defend the Imperium. 

Written by Dan Abnett. Narrated by Toby Longworth.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Brilliant change but still authentic

As a modern day addict of 40k audiobooks. I can find some stories droll and shallow.

but this story is incredibly authentic. and is beautifully written. the character development is exceptional, the story is perfectly balanced with action and plot.

its refreshing to listen to how the battle plays out in enough detail that you understand how they fight and what they do rather than a general recounting of "they came, they smash, the conqueror"

Toby Longworth lives up to what we now expect of him. that is excellent and authentic performances that a perfect for the 40k universe.

Bravo! more please Dan!!

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Probably the best 40k I've read

This was the first 40k book I bought and read, and it got me into the Warhammer 40k Universe.

Still an amazing read and I highly recommend it.

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The Snakes of Ithica

I did enjoy the story as a whole, not what I expected.

No spoilers.

Enjoy...

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A well crafted tale in a very busy universe

Having a chapter with no background story helps keep this space marine tale refreshing. Dan has done a great job keeping the story from turning into a ‘gore-fest’ and genuinely makes you feel as though the characters are individuals. It started slow but then you come to realise how each section has been crafted to weave the whole plot together cleverly so pacing is never an issue.

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Very Good for 40k but below par for Abnett

Abnett is the best 40k author by some distance but the dry perfectionist world of the space marine is not where he flourishes. Ultimately still very listenable it doesn't reach the heights of his other work.

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it has doggos

it has space marines that like to give belly rubs to doggos what more do you want

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Great entry to 40k universe

This was my first boom in the 40k universe. Choosing the first book within the lore isn't very easy with such a vast amount. However, I found this on the daily deals and decided to take the leap, thoroughly enjoyed it, and was a great book to start with. Definitely recommend!

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Is this good?

No. It's bloody fantastic! Dan Abnett is the man, and I pray I get to read more about Damacles Squad at some point in the future

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Awesome listening.

A very good story and it's nice to hear about the not so well known Chapters of space marines for a change.
These are a very interesting chapter with deep traditions and a structure based off the Ancient Greeks.

Highly recommend this book.

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A 40k Odyssey

Dan Abnett perfectly constructs a story for Damocles Squad across several short stories. Throughout each we are given a deep insight into the greek-inspired culture of the Iron Snakes Chapter as well as the interesting characters within it. The novel features a fantastic performance by Longworth and the inclusion of a dog. Who doesn't love dogs?

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  • 09-08-20

shoehorned political drivel

I love 40k very much, but this is not a book I can recommend. There is quite a lot of inserted modern-day political and social justice warrior narrative. It is not done tactfully, but simply thrown in your face. Not sure if it is coming from Mr. Abnett or GW themselves..

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  • 18-09-19

Masterful

Dan Abnett strikes gold yet again - introducing us to some of the most believable, endearing, and HUMAN space marines in the Warhammer World. Hard to believe this is his first time writing Space Marines!

Perfect for fans who prefer smaller squad-focused space marine novels. An excellent choice for Abnett fans. I love the Eisenhorn novels, but I think I actually like the Snakes even more!

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  • Sydney Vann
  • 20-05-21

don't listen to the other (sjw) reviews

There only one reference to any kind of new age SJW crap and that's a vague reference to a female with authority. (who cares). It was a great story with memorable characters. it was too short for a warhammer story though.

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  • Scotty
  • 28-08-19

Dan Abnett does it again

A unique space marines chapter gets a unique book written about them as we follow the leader of an elite squad of space marines through several deployments. Normally we only see a single mission in most 40k novels, while in this we get to see more of a "day in the life" take. And as a result, it makes for a very fast read/listen. And an entertaining one at that.

It has a "stylised" feel to it I can't fully explain. There came a point while listening to this where everything being described seemed like something out of a kick-@$$ Genndy Tartakovsky animation, which I then started to imagine, and that made it even more awesome. But the fact that Dan Abnett wrote this should be enough of a reason to check this book out.

My only complaint is that we don't get more of a feel for the entire squad, instead focusing more on their leader and their apothecary. This leads to the rest of the squad feeling somewhat samey, which is a little bit of a let down after Gaunt's Ghosts gave us such distinct characters, but it's not as egregious as other 40k books.

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  • 11-11-20

Solid Abnett and Longworth

There were a couple spots where a line was read twice, but it's a solid performance by Longworth all the same! Abnett consistently proves he's one of the best in Black Library's writers-bullpen.

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  • Bud Thomas Loper
  • 30-08-19

new to the 40k universe and this book was amazing

I am new to the 40k universe and this book was amazing. about to search for another

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-22

A triumphant exploration of an intriguing slice of the 40k universe

Rarely have I encountered a Space Marine story so soaked in great narrative and imaginative culture. You really get to know not just Priad and his brothers in Damocles squad, as they grow and experience their slice of the 40k universe, but the whole chapter. Their rituals and values seep into the whole book and binds it together. The different short stories that make up the squads undertakings come together into a united whole by their excellent characters and the readers desire to experience the world as they live in it.

My favorite of the shorter adventures that make up the book as a whole would have to be the opening undertaking, as I am a great fan of stories where you get the ground level view of a normal human interacting with the shear might of the Astartes. It reminded me in the best ways of Spear of the Emperor which I also read and enjoyed greatly.

If there is anything I can fault the story for it is that it opens so well that some of the middle chapters didn’t shine as bright as they might had they stood on their own. But even then by the end of the story pieces come together and various ideas and side characters that are lain in these sometimes less engaging parts come together into a satisfying climax.

And a special mention to the narrator who does a great job at taking the wide cast of characters and breathing life into them with their performance. The different voices, personalities and quirks of the characters help to elevate the reading to a true joy to listen to.

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  • T Scott Straight
  • 02-11-21

Excellent!

A very humanizing view of space marines! Definitely a must read! Also, ignore the reviews claiming “sjw”, they are completely untrue.

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  • Wes Brown
  • 26-06-20

Better than Eisenhorn?

Great story! It was nice to have a linear story that didn't bounce from subplot or memory scapes from past to present. I am hoping for more like this and perhaps a BotS2... again... GREAT STORY.

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  • Engel Boyd Becker
  • 27-12-19

Disappointing

SJW insert

Dan needs to stick with nonmarines. Too
Many little things that didn’t fit into the grand 40k timeline.

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