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The Blackhearts Omnibus (Warhammer Novels) Paperback – September 3, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer Novels
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop (September 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nathan Long has worked as a screenwriter for fifteen years, during which time he has had three movies made and a handful of live-action and animated TV episodes produced. He has written four novels, and several award-winning short stories. He lives in Hollywood.

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Nathan Long is a screen and prose writer, with two movies, one Saturday-morning adventure series, and a handful of live-action and animated TV episodes to his name, as well as ten fantasy novels and several award-winning short stories.

He hails from Pennsylvania, where he grew up, went to school, and played in various punk and rock-a-billy bands, before following his writing dreams to Hollywood - where he now plays in various punk and country bands - and writes novels full time.

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I find myself "missing them" when I finish a book.
Joel & Michelle Gates
`Blackhearts' is non-stop action and intrigue, well plotted and relentless.
M. Varden
The action is great and the battles have consequences.
Poisoned Blade

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch on December 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Hetzau's Follies
In this short story, the foundation is set. Wounded in his first battle, Reiner Hetzau is sent to recuperate in Vulsk, a Kislev border town. While there, Reiner single-handedly flushes out an evil priestess of Nurgle and kills her before she can spread disease and confusion throughout the army. However, no one believes Reiner. He is charged with murdering a clergywoman and perpetrating the very crimes he had stopped the sorceress from committing. But soon enough Reiner and his fellow prisoners are given a choice, they can either be hanged for their crimes or carry out dangerous and suicidal secret missions. Dubbed the Blackhearts, Reiner and the other unfortunates set out on their adventures.

Valnir's Bane
In this full length novel, the men are to escort Lady Magda, a Sister of Shallya, back to her convent. The convent has been overrun with Chaos. The group is to recover a relic (a banner) called Valnir's Bane. This banner could turn the tide of the war, leading the army to victory over Chaos. However, the banner has been tainted and Lady Magda is but another evil woman bent on power. Problem is that she has fooled everyone into believing the Blackhearts are the bad guys.

Rotten Fruit
Despite the fact that they helped Count Manfred Valdenheim reclaim his family castle from the Kurgan who had occupied it since the Chaos invasion and despite the additional fact that Reiner Hetzau and his group of Blackhearts had saved the count (and the Empire) from ruin, the Blackhearts were to publicly hanged. At least, that is what all will believe. Truth is that Count Manfred and a select few others will know that be the only ones to know that instead of the Blackhearts, other prisoners were hanged. This does not mean the Blackhearts are free.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Felix on February 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've never written a review before. Nor do I care for writing reviews. However, I just HAD to say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. No book has held my attention like this one.

I truly hope that all of Nathan Long's work is similar to the quality of writing this book contains, because I'm about to purchase a bunch of his other books.

Just buy it. Seriously.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Poisoned Blade on July 29, 2011
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In the Introduction, Nathan Long states that this is basically the Dirty Dozen modified for the Warhammer Universe, but great writing is great writing. The characters are memorable, the plot thickens as the characters progress through the adventure, and you're gonna laugh. The book is entertaining from cover to cover! In this Omnibus, you get two short stories and a trilogy with an actual ending.

Story:
A bunch of criminals waiting to be hanged are given a choice. March to the gallows or 'volunteer' for a top secret mission to recover an ancient and powerful relic behind enemy lines for the good of the Empire! So you have a band of sinister misfits on an all important secret mission in a dark fantasy world at war. What could go wrong?

World:
The Warhammer Universe is a blend between Lord of the Rings and Germany when it was under the rule of the Holy Roman Empire. It's Gritty High Fantasy in a state of perpetual war and turmoil. This omnibus focuses on Altdorf, Secret Cults, Skaven, Talabheim, and Chaos-Tainted Mutants.

Characters:
The characters all have colorful pasts and personalities because they've all been arrested for things that qualified them for the Death Penalty. They are led by Captain Reiner, a quick thinking scoundrel from the same mould as Han Solo or Captain Malcolm Reynolds from Joss Whedon's Firefly. The Blackhearts aren't the smartest, the most courageous, or the best fighters. They are (slightly crazy) desperate men in dire situations. There is also a great deal of camaraderie between the Blackhearts. As they share experiences, they either become bonded in blood or their criminal history and suspicious actions warrant scorn from other party members.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erica Duffy on August 31, 2008
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I have read around 35-40 warhammer books now. I have yet to find anything better than these 3 books. Once I started the store I was hooked. Read straight through. All three books in less than 4 days.

Go down the checklist and this book has it all.

From action, to comedy, to horror etc... The list goes on and on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mosquito007 on March 30, 2013
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Not sure why they changed the book cover to those heavy armored knights. The original cover (or at least the one I have) showed you all you needed to know. It was this thin looking, average Joe with black hair and a 1000 yard stare.

That's what makes this book one of the best Warhammer books. It is about a regular guy (Reiner) caught up in something waaaay bigger than him. He is no fearless hero, no amazing fighter; he is just a regular guy that has to find a way to get the job done.

The one thing he does have is AMAZING eyesight (if you ever saw the movie The Rundown...I imagine the main character Reiner has that "zoom in" vision like the Rock did) because he will describe what is happing just by glancing in a direction in a battle. But this "Reiner Vision" is good to keep the reader up to speed. I never felt like I did not know what was going on, even when it was really hitting the fan.

All in all a great read with great characters.
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