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Dawn Of War II (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Space Marine Battles) Mass Market Paperback – February 24, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Space Marine Battles
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; Original edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844166864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844166862
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Space Marines aren't merely dudes in powered armor.
Joshuabee
Yes, I freely admit I didn't finish it but this is a review of the first 1/3 of the book that I could choke down.
R. Bush
Chris Roberson really needs to stick to writing childrens and comic books.
WarbossSkullKrusha

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Miller on June 4, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In some ways, I think Roberson should stick to writing children's books (you'll find he wrote "Shark Boy and Lava Girl" novels). His prose are abysmal, his descriptions of things are absolutely horrendous (ex. He'd say "The marines were attacked by a Genestealer that jumped off a rock they were sheltering beneath", instead of something like "A humanoid creature with six-limbs, covered in thick, slimy carapace shells that resembled a mutilated spider with a human head sewn on, crawled over the granite rocky edifice with inhuman grace. With a savage hiss it jumped down to attack the prone marines sheltering beneath it"), and overall, I found this to be boring.

The only reason I can't give him a single-star is because of the fact that he did something which 40k fans have been clamoring for, for years; he actually incorporated real world science instead of pulling things out of his you-know-what (though he messed up saying that the Marine's specialist clotting cells, the Lahrimann cells, would travel with the Leukocytes seeing as how Leukocytes are White Blood Cells as opposed to Erythrocytes, which are Red Blood Cells, but it was a good effort none the less!), and he treated the lore with respect. Thus, even though I consider this novel to be a failure, I see good things coming from him in the future.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 17, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have a high bar for these novels. After reading the prose of Abnett, McNeil, Counter, and even several of the new authors, I expect a certain level of quality even in these splatterfest sci-fi books. This one is a blatant letdown in that regard. Its not bad per se, but no effort was put into it. The plot, although left open for possible exploitation and innovation, feels like the author was writing a term paper he wanted done with. Combat was slow and incredibly boring, and while I accept that its hard to write your thousandth combat scenario, and while I'll accept the flamers knee jerk response that I probably couldn't do better, it doesn't excuse the fact that there was no vitality in this. While its not the bottom of the barrel, it comes close. On my first attempt, I was unable to finish more than ten pages before a headache began to set in.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joshuabee on November 2, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There isn't too much I can add which others haven't already, except as an avid BL/WH40k reader this book is FAR more disappointing than even the lackluster first Dawn of War book.

The characterization is terribly flat and uninspired, the psychology and decision-making of the Space Marines is way off. It's obvious the author is not familiar at all with the source material and lacks any sort of understanding of the mentality or mind-set of Marines, not to mention the incredibly one-dimensional personalities. Space Marines aren't merely dudes in powered armor. I could cite half-a-dozen different glaring inconsistencies but it would be a waste of time.

Bottom line: Do not read this book if you enjoy 40k fiction. The 5-star reviews above are absurd, they were either paid for or the reviewers have not actually read the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Bush on August 9, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It isn't often that I don't finish a Black Library novel, but here's one that I had to put down before causing an aneurysm. Yes, I freely admit I didn't finish it but this is a review of the first 1/3 of the book that I could choke down.

The writing is drab and I can't find myself actually caring about what happens to the characters. Actually, I was hoping for a total party wipeout just to put a quick end to the book, but I wasn't so lucky. At times I felt like I was inside the head of a petulant teenager hefting a bolter and was waiting for him to throw a tantrum.

I will admit, Roberson did a better job with keeping with the details of the 40k universe than the trash C.S. Goto wrote. But in all, if I see Dawn of War on the cover, I'm going to quickly move on to something worthwhile. Like tax law.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Day on July 22, 2009
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Most of the Black Library writers are great! But this particular novel just plain stank!
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More About the Author

New York Times Bestselling author Chris Roberson is best known for his Eisner nominated ongoing comic book series iZombie, co-created with artist Mike Allred, and multiple Cinderella mini-series set in the world of Bill Willingham's Fables. He has written more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories, as well as many other comic projects including Superman, Stan Lee's Starborn, Elric: The Balance Lost, Memorial, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Dust to Dust. He has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award four times; twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; and has won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History in both the Short Form and Novel categories. Chris lives with his wife and daughter in Portland, Oregon.

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