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Summary

Born to a life of political conflict, Perturabo was always considered a child prodigy among the people of Olympia - indeed, his philosophical and scientific works were beyond compare. But then, after his rediscovery by the Emperor and decades of thankless military campaigning on the Great Crusade, the primarch begins to resent his Legion's place in the Imperium.

When word reaches him of turmoil on his adoptive home world, he orders the Iron Warriors to abandon their campaign against the alien hrud and crush this emerging rebellion by any means necessary....

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Thoroughly enjoyable dive in to Perturabo

I enjoyed this Primarch book thoroughly, I only wish it would have been a few hours longer. Around a third of the book is on Perturabo's background on Olympia, before he was found by the Emperor. Another third is of he's slide to darkness and the last is on the legion and Antioch. The background part was the most enjoyable and unlike some of the other books in the series, this one describes how the primarch meets the Emperor. If you're at all interested in Perturabo and the Iron Warriors, I would recommend this book. Overall I think the story was decent, even though somewhat predictable and the writing was good.

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Needs more Dantioch

Perturabo runs exactly as you'd expect. A promising enough beginning gives way to the standard tale of a disillusioned Primarch and sets up the premise for his eventual role in the wider Heresy.

Part of the problem is the format - the Primarchs books are substantially shorter than the full length novels and in the case of Perturabo it's entirely for the worse. The early years on Olympia and his own campaign of Unification are fascinating so it's all the more disappointing that our time with the Primarch is cut short to address the (entirely unnecessary) motivation for his betrayal. The final speech by his adopted sister crystallises what took Haley a third of the book and again, it's to the detriment of the novel.

That said, Perturabo marks a very welcome return for Barabas Dantioch. The Warsmith's story is woven in with the Primarch's and its the latter who suffers. Dantioch is fascinating and his brief appearance here makes me long for more of the crafty ancient. Compared to his gene-son Perturabo comes off as little more than a cypher and while not as useless a creation as Angron, he's certainly no Lorgar. Perfectly read by Jonathan Keeble, Perturabo is by no means a must but worth it very much for Dantioch alone.

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Iron Within, Iron Without

An absolutely fantastic narration, and a truthful telling of Guy's classic book, would recommend to any true fans of the Emperor's architect.

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could not finish this

I did not find the story enough to keep me listening
Not the characters, the plot - the performance was very good - ive come to expect that however! Spoiled I suppose

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Iron ego

A really interesting tale of perturabo starting his ascent to being a Primarch and at the same time laying the ground for his eventual fall to chaos, it’s all about the ego, he may be iron within but that ego is paper thin

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Nice addition to the universe

An enjoyable short and sweet tale that meshes in nicely with the canon and the Horus Heresy stuff in particular. The primarch back stories fascinate me. recommended!

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The story of the rust inside the Lord of Iron.

As someo exwho has always admired the Iron Warriors and their Primarch, this was required reading for me. This book explores the dark side of Perturabo andchisxLegion and how the seeds of their rebellion were sown.

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brilliant one of the best primarch stories

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great insight in to the mind of perturabo
well written, narrated and easy to follow.. story flows very well.

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Great story

Fantastic story, slow to start but the really fleshes put the character of Perturabo and makes him so interesting and deep!

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I see his point

Ok, I kinda see how he started down that road to choas now. Don't get me wrong, I'm a salamander through and through but Perturabo is almost Human in his flaws which is interesting. Most of the primarchs (that I have read about) are either almost flawless or so flaws it's laughable. Perturabo had honest desires to be shown the love that he was denied on Olimpia and is then given the worst jobs going, I'd be miffed aswell. This book sheds a new and interesting light on a character that I had thought dill and iron.

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  • 04-01-18

Tedious and Uninspired

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who enjoys listening to the same boring description of unimportant events and little character development or prefers to hit themselves repeatedly with a hammer...

What do you think your next listen will be?

Already listening to Master of Mankind and relishing it!!!!

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

Yep, he's a brilliant narrator, but he can only do so much with what this author has given him. There's only so many ways you can play a spoiled teen who throws his toys out of the pram every time he's disappointed.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia?

Pretty much the first four hours of the book... The author tries to impart the difficulties the Iron Warriors had to over come but it just became repetitive and I had no connection with the characters. The description leads one to believe that the novel will be about Perterabo sorting out Olympia but that only consumes an hour of listening. Shame really because it could be so much more.

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Unlike the two previous Primarch novels - Russ and Magnus the Red - which are wonderful additions to the the story line and fit seamlessly with the 'Horus Heresey' novels, Hammer doesn't quite measure up to its kin Angel Exterminatus. If you must really listen because you're a fan of the Iron Warriors or the P-man himself, be prepared for a long slogging listen that truly requires a like determination, iron within, iron without.

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  • James Wagner
  • 10-04-19

Insight Into Perturabo Revealed

Excellent story, great narration. Revealing insight into a misunderstood Primarch in the Warhammer 40k universe.

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  • Spencer Frye
  • 18-12-21

Wish there was more of Perturabo

The chapters alternate back and fourth between Perturabo in the past on Olympia and the future, while it does all come together in the end I would of liked to hear more about Perturabo for a shorter book. The parts he was in I liked since I got to see what he was like.

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  • WeAreAllDavis
  • 19-08-21

Excellent lore and storytelling!

Really helps you get into the Lord of Irons headspace. Voice acting is Superb & the story is well paced. This is what 40k should be about, not waiting for GWs latest bout of insanity.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 28-07-21

Wow

Ok so full disclosure Pertuabo is one of my favorites. All of my favorite primarchs are the traitor primarchs. This includes, Alpharius Omegon, Kurze, Lorgar, Angron, Mortarion and Pertuabo. Unlike the loyalists their lives weren’t good before the emperor showed up and the emperor didn’t do much to make it better. Same goes Pertuabo. Able to see the eye of terror and robbed of the enjoyment of discovery. Growing up in a world of political unrest and betrayal. Wanting to prove himself and earn praise he works the most unforgiving and brutal jobs. Breaking sieges, digging trenches and fighting the most vile and dangerous Xenos. And here we see him and his legion deal with these creatures and humans worst aspects. Must read

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 14-06-21

deep, fantastic, impressive

The sin of what could of been through the barrier of self doubt and unrealized potential.

a true tragedy in the classical sense.

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  • Michael antonace
  • 31-03-21

Great novel about a lesser known primarch

The performance was excellent and the story itself is a great dive into an otherwise lesser known primarch.

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  • MacKenzie Glazer
  • 22-03-21

a remarkable tragedy, beautiful performed.

perturabo is a cautionary tale. it speaks to the little part of us all that resents and warns us not to let it take hold in our hearts. also space marines.

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  • Michael C Redl
  • 18-03-21

Good Read.

I enjoyed this book, and the narrator was amazing. I wish they would have had one more chapter of Perturabo's childhood so we could see more of him. Still a solid read.

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  • Patrick klyczynski
  • 24-02-21

Iron Warriors Essential Reading!

Guy Haley captures all of the aspects of Perturabo and his upbringing on Olympia excellently.
This book, and Angel Exterminatus are essential Iron Warriors reads.