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Outgunned

By: Denny Flowers
Narrated by: Phillip Sacramento
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Summary

A Lucille Von Shard Novel

Flight Commander Lucille Von Shard is an ace pilot in the Aeronautica Imperialis, with a bit of a chip on her shoulder. Follow her as she faces off against the aerial forces of the orks.

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High-flying dogfights unfold in the skies above Bacchus, as the Imperium clash with orks, and an arrogant hotshot uncovers a secret that could doom the entire planet.

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The Aeronautica Imperialis are the masters of the skies in the 41st millennium, waging wars of breakneck aerial combat where only skill stands between victory and death. Flight Commander Lucille von Shard is an ace, a living exemplar of what it means to fly in the name of the Emperor… or so Propagandist Kile Simlex is told.

Braving the foetid waters of Bacchus and its rampaging greenskin hordes, Simlex is tasked with producing a cinema-pict portraying Shard as an Imperial hero. Shortly after his arrival planetside, however, he discovers the war effort is in shambles—the Imperium’s overstretched forces are in full retreat, the local planetary governor is desperately downplaying the conflict at every turn, and Shard is an arrogant misanthrope who only avoids sanction due to her consummate skills.

But these skills may prove the only hope of survival, for something vast and terrible lurks within the clouds. The Green Storm approaches.

©2022 Games Workshop Limited (P)2022 Games Workshop Limited

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Absolutely superb...

To see another Aeronautica novel was due for release had me very excited as they're relatively rare - as a fan of the tabletop Aeronautica Imperialis game and someone who absolutely loved Double Eagle, I couldn't wait to check this out and hoped it would live up to my expectations.

However, Denny Flowers' writing ( and Phillip Sacramento's performance) flew right over those expectations and delivered an absolutely superb tale that had me hooked from the first few minutes right until the very end. The action was wonderfully done and immersive, the political intrigue was handled expertly and the underlying almost WW2-esque aspect that the Aeronautica Imperialis setting touches upon was just right in my opinion.

There are arrogant aces, waxed moustaches, airborne antics and a very generous amount of dakka - all the important parts of a good Warhammer 40,000 air-war...and that's without even considering the plot itself!

Hopefully we see another installment or two of these as I, for one, would love to read and listen to more and Outgunned will definitely be a tale I come back to again and again.

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excellent

amazing work once again from denny flowers. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story telling.

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Aces High

love it. I hope to hear more about Lucille. Both story and telling are compelling.

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An absolute rollercoaster.

Loved this book. A tremendous story of action and adventure, with twists and turns. Philip Sacramento is excellent, and it's such a pleasure to hear his accent reading a 40k novel.

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

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likeable story

interesting way to tell the tale since it covers enough of the 40k feel with a good enough rationale for any hand waving details

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Are we surposed to like any characters?

First off let me say Sacramento does an exceptionally good job here with his Narration however the story left a lot to be desired. All the characters save one or two were stuck up asses and that includes Shard herself. I wish I knew why Flowers gave the seer skulls so similar names. I also didn't understand why each piolt can fly every craft from a Valkyrie to aMarauder.

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  • 29-08-22

it a jumble but it's good

This book adds a lot of nuances that I liked. Like the idea the Schola Progenium breaks war orphans into something the imperium can use or a propagandist in the 40k universe. Witch is such a great and clever idea that I hope some author takes that Idea and makes a book series out of that. The characters are great and well written but it feels like the book is more concerned with set up for the next books rather than finish this one.

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  • Erik W Pepper
  • 24-08-22

Incredible

Another great tale from a talented writer. This has jumped up into my top five easily!

This story shows us the dark underbelly of the Imperial propaganda war machine, how tales are spun and whom truly is a hero and which ones are not. A fun, fast dive into a fascinating world, one wrecked by war from Orks. A propagandist imbeds himself with a flight squadron of the Aeronautica Imperialis, intent on capturing a realistic vision of war and to truly show what a hero is… Yet politics, personalities, xenos and everything else rears their ugly heads to destroy the truth…

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  • Jesse Alexander
  • 20-11-22

Terrific Yarn!!

Great story! well written! well performed! fun, exciting, mysterious, scary and thoughtful! reminded me of the ability of genre writers to explore universal human truths. strong recommend. Got to go... about to look for more books by this author. :)

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  • M.R. Thomsen
  • 18-11-22

Another great 40k novel

One of my new favorites and expertly narrated by Phillip Sacramento. This was an awesome 40k novel. With action, a kind of a mystery and aerial dogfighting. Whats not to love!

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  • Elizabeth Charlesworth
  • 18-10-22

absolutely fantastic

Really unique way of portraying a Warhammer story. Well written and well performed I strongly recommend this title!

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  • Sam
  • 13-10-22

Great high flying stuff!

I'm always game for 40k books that are slightly out of the normal scope of what you see, and both the look at the imperial "media" and the aeronatuca imperialis was a instant buy for me. And i wasn't disappointed. This book gives a great look into both of those worlds and expands upon some things with the operation the imperium has with its scholas.

If i had to give one gripe about the book it would be that the narrator's pronunciation at times was downright odd. It was like he was trying to do a imperial voice which he did succeed at, however the emphasis he put on some words and some sentences really threw me off at times.

I highly recommend the book however for anyone new to 40k, or any old hands like me who are looking for something they can bite into that isn't usually covered in the standard scope of the rest of the books black library has on offer.

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  • Em
  • 23-09-22

Surprisingly very good

New comer to 40k but this book caught me off guard abit with how well it was put together. if you like aviation, a good narrator, 40k politics and orks outsmarting Einstein with their big brain moves this book is for you. The dogfights have you feeling like you’re in the cockpit! the action is there. I’m on the lookout for more like this. fantastic read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-22

A High Flying Adventure

I hope Denny writes more Warhammer books for this is one of a kind. Captivating story and while written characters, it was a novel I enjoyed.

I hope Phillip narrates more Warhammer books because he gave life to this novel. His voice entrapped me into the story and did an excellent job give life to the story.