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Summary

A Sabbat Worlds novel.

The war on Enothis is almost lost. Chaos forces harry the defenders on land and in the skies. Can the ace pilots of the Phantine XX turn the tide and bring the Imperium victory?  

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It takes the famous Sabbat Worlds Crusade to the skies, with fast-paced aeronautical action, memorable characters and compelling emotional arcs from Dan 'Master of War' Abnett.  

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High-speed air combat in the war-torn Sabbat Worlds! 

When the elite fighter pilots of the Phantine XX arrive on the beleaguered world of Enothis, they know it is a desperate hour. The forces of Chaos are closing in, and their final push could well wipe out all human life on the planet. Thousands of refugees flee the dark armies, and the infamous Chaos fighter pilot Khrel Kas Obarkon is always hunting the skies for more prey.... 

And so it falls to the brave men and women of the Phantine fighter corps. Can they hold off the Chaos advance until reinforcements arrive? In the high-speed, white-knuckle terror of aerial combat, can they defeat an enemy possessed by daemons?  

Written by Dan Abnett. Running time 10 hours and 17 minutes. Narrated by Toby Longworth.

©2019 Dan Abnett (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Air War in the 41st Millennium.

A great, character-driven story that depicts the brutality of air warfare in the 40K universe. Strong characters, vivid depiction of both battle and behind the scenes interaction and admirable voice acting combine to make this a very enjoyable listen.

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brilliant

my favourite author combined with my favourite narrator. excellent work listened to it again straight away

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Toby Longworth stellar as usual

Voice acting fabulous
Overall an incredibly exiting insight to 40k aerial combat
Story is great, sometimes struggled with working out which viewpoint was which between the main arcs - a usual Abnett issue for audiobooks but it was still really good and I highly recommend

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  • 29-09-20

Air war in the (19) 40K

Brilliant adaptation of (mild spoiler) the RAF in May to September 1940 to the 40K universe. Fab portrayal and voicing by Toby Longworth, maybe the best of his I've heard with a very large number of characters to portray. For the story think of the RAF forward force sent to France, facing off against a numerically superior force, operating from temporary bases, the air rearguard over the retreating land army as it falls back to the coast in May and June 1940 then skip ahead to the desperate days leading up to a climax of Sept 15th. Just awesome.

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Wonderful

A beautiful mix of ww2 and 40k. Engaging and moreish. Great characters and far easier to listen to than any of the astartes stuff.

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The Battle of Britain in 40K

This audio book takes a look at dogfights in Warhammer 40k.

I love how you can almost picture being in the cockpit with these characters, who you may actually see like people, each with their quirks and flaws. Even he machines can have a character, like 'Serial 99'.

Recommended for those who love the lore and especially for those getting into the Aeronautica game.

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Warhammer Top Gun

A interesting change from space battles and space marines, Dan abnett can really write stories that suck you in and make you care about the characters and then he kills them 🫣

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Amazing book. A must if you like war stories.

Dan Abnett is always a guarantee for great books, but this one is amazing. Very simple story, which leaves plenty of space to describe characters and the air war with plenty of details. Reference to the 40K universe are minimal and could very well be story on WWII. And, of course, Toby Longworth voice is spot on! highly recommended

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Difficult to get into.....

But once you're into it and have worked out whats going on a great listen.

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A Thrilling 40k Story of Aerial Combat

A truly underrated 40k novel with thrilling action scenes and interesting characters.
A go-to for any Imperial Guard fan!

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  • 29-09-19

battle of Britain Warhammer 40k style.

You will find no strange mythos, angsty and godlike primarchs and no space Marines here. This is no space opera and you will certainly not find a glistening view of the future here. Instead you will find pilot's and their machines, the absurdity of war, and the grim dark determination of an Imperial world standing against all odds. As a pilot and a reservist, I cannot recommend this book enough. it reads like a far more desperate and far more relatable version of the Battle of Britain. It is well read, well narrated and a good book all around. This is a story that Warhammer 40k was meant to tell. Good luck, the emperor protects and check your six for bats!

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  • Charlie M.
  • 18-09-19

One of my all-time favorite 40k books

There is no other 40k book like this one. Air combat is a subject not many BL authors are willing to focus on, so it's truly unique that the entire book focuses on Imperial fighter pilots. it's one heck of a ride!

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  • James C Hobbs
  • 17-09-19

This is going to cost me some money

This book was amazing. Now I have to go buy $300 of forgeworld models. Seriously though, the characters are great and believable and the dogfight scenes get your heart racing. this should be his next series, I'd buy them all!

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  • Marshall McPhink
  • 07-05-22

Slow to start

This book had a slow start, it was difficult to become invested in the story. However, I found myself becoming more and more invested starting at the half way point. My interest in the characters continued growing steadily from that point until the end.

I see that, ultimately, the author's goal was to make readers interested in Umbra flight as a whole, rather than any of its' individual components.

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  • Em
  • 13-04-22

I need a second book

Amazing. The visuals, the plot, the dogfights everything amazing I definitely need more books like this.

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  • alex mcmayhem
  • 02-03-22

Engaging!

Loved this, especially as someone new to war hammer 40k. Also, incredible narration. Highly recommend!

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  • RookieBytez
  • 26-02-22

Pure Abnett/Longworth 40K Goodness!

no war series is complete without the viewpoint of the pilots involved! Dan Abnett has long been a genius at putting the details and intricacies of war and war machines into writing, and his knowledge of these things is proven yet again here.

And with Toby Longworth at the audio helm, you know this wild ride is just going to be that much more exciting! I absolutely cannot recommend this book enough!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-02-22

not very 40k not very sci fi

The performance was excellent The interpersonal stuff was just fine there are characters with flaws and they're supposed to be flawed But I didn't seem much like 40K it seemed like a dog fighting novel Which is exactly what it is so if you like dogfights this is for you if you want more modern combat involving tracking missiles or anything you will be disappointed you will be disappointed if you want space Marines you will be disappointed. And the plot is pretty much bog standard 440K the good guys get the crap beat out of them until they kill the bad guy because hes overconfident and then suddenly they win the war

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  • Agoose
  • 25-01-22

Fantastic

the 40k story I didn't know I needed. great characters, but as with most I wish there was more. depth to some of them.

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  • Zane
  • 25-01-22

One Of 40ks Best

This is a fantastic example of WW2 historical fiction, only with more lasers. The story is ironically grounded to a point that you forget this is a book based on some plastic models. Gone are the silly Ork Waaghs (No offense, I did love Brutal Cunnin) or Space Marine melodrama, this is just men, women, and the sky.