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The Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy #4)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  4,423 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Having witnessed the events on Istvaan III, Deathguard Captain Garro seizes a ship and heads to Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus's treachery. But the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged by enemy fire, and becomes stranded in the warp. Can Garro and his men survive the depradations of Chaos and get his warning to Terra in time?
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Games Workshop (first published January 1st 2000)
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Apr 23, 2007 Justin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: The Primarchs
This is more like the books I've been wanting to read. Human drama is fine, military action is fine but want I want to read about is the Primarchs and this book had them. The primarch of the Death Guard was more accessible than others and spoke more than 4 sentences.

I found that the writing style lived up to or exceeded the other novels in this series and Swallow really redeemed himself from the Blood Angels books.

The strongest scenes in the book were towards the middle where you know those lo
David Guymer
Jul 26, 2016 David Guymer rated it it was amazing
It was with some horror that I started this book and realised that I'd never actually read a Black Library novel by James Swallow, my experience of him thus far restricted to a few Blood Angels short stories and his Star Trek novels. So it's fair to say that I didn't know exactly what to expect, but as you can undoubtedly infer from the star rating, I wasn't disappointed.

That headline rating does actually mask a little nuance because a bit like False Gods (which I also gave five stars) this was
Aug 16, 2007 Dan rated it really liked it
All of the Horus Heresy books have astonished me with how much better written they were than I expected. It's still not high art, but considering how puerile and simplistic they might have been, I was very pleasantly surprised.
Jun 07, 2011 Madcrit rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all who read the previous books
* The cover is great.

* The theme linkes perfectly to the previous Horus Heresy books.
The beginning is packed with action and centers on Garro (the main charakter) and his Deathguard brothers but there are the Sisters Sororitas and even Mortarion himself aswell.

* The middle is most statisfying especialy if you have read the previous books because now the storryline from Galaxy in Flames carries on.

* The ending is calm and leaves nearly no strings open. (if you are like me who thinks that most War
Alexander Draganov
Apr 08, 2015 Alexander Draganov rated it really liked it
Solid read in "The Horus Heresy", although almost half of the book retells the story of the superior "Galaxy of Flames". Here we follow Nathaniel Garro, one of the last Space Marines of the Death Guard, who takes a desperate flight on the spaceship "Eisenstein" in order to warn the Emperor of the rising Horus Heresy. Unfortunately for him, to reach Terra, "Eisenstein" must pass trough the warp and there the foulest of the Chaos Gods will rise unspeakable monsters against him...
While I was confus
Aug 04, 2015 Razael rated it it was amazing
So far, the best book of the Heresy that I read.
Jonathan Ensor
Occuring in rough parallel to the events of Galaxy in Flames, The Flight of the Eisenstein is the fourth book in the Horus Heresy series, and the first to feature the Death Guard in a major role. It follows the actions of a Death Guard captain named Nathaniel Garro and his escape from the Istvaan III Atrocity aboard the frigate Eisenstein.

First of all, I really enjoyed this look into the Death Guard. Their grim stoicism provided an interesting contrast to the more hot-blooded Luna Wolves who for
Mark Horejsi
Nov 28, 2012 Mark Horejsi rated it liked it
After a certain amount of heavier reading in the last little while, I turned to something lighter. This is the fourth book in the Horus Heresy series, and it takes us away from the characters we have met thus far, perhaps because many of them are now dead. If you haven't read the first three books, or if you're not a fan of Warhammer 40k, then this isn't a book you'll enjoy.

If you are a fan of the universe or the series, however, read on, because this book fulfils a key part of the story of the
Milo (Bane of Kings)
Read the Dual Review with Lord of the Night Here:

“An awesome addition to the Horus Heresy series, Flight of the Eisenstein is a very strong read from veteran Blood Angels author James Swallow.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Having witnessed the terrible massacre of Imperial forces on Isstvan III, Death Guard Captain Garro seizes a ship and sets a course for Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus’s treachery. But when the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged
Mouais bof. Autant la seconde partie est intéressante, autant la première, c'est malheureusement du réchauffé avec le tome précédent.
Jan 21, 2016 Jean-Luc rated it really liked it
Prior to the assault of Isstvan III, Horus' legions need to capture the early warning post on Isstvan Extremis. Nathaniel Garro, a straight-laced Terran-born space marine in the XIV Legion (Death Guard), is hideously wounded while leading the assault on the outpost's leader. He is assigned command of a legion frigate, the Eisenstein, while he recuperates. Enter Saul Tarvitz, the upstanding space marine from the III Legion (Emperor's Children). Realizing things are about to go horribly, horribly ...more
Sep 27, 2014 Nick rated it it was amazing
Although the first three books of the Horus Heresy are billed as a trilogy, this book pretty much picks up from the last one, "Galaxy in FlamesGalaxy in Flames" - This book's main character is introduced in Galaxy in Flames, and most of the surviving heroes from that book appear in this one as well. I can see why they didn't make it a quadrology, as this book doesn't follow directly on - there's a lengthy introduction before the other characters appear, and well over a hundred pages before the E ...more
Thomas Johnson
Jan 04, 2015 Thomas Johnson rated it really liked it
I have been told by many of my fellow Warhammer 40K fans that "The Flight of the Eisenstein" is not that great. To be honest, I am not certain how the novel creates that impression with them; I found it to be quite enjoyable.

The fourth installment of the Horus Heresy series chronicles the adventures of Nathaniel Garro, a captain of the Death Guard legion of Adeptus Astartes. He witnesses Horus' betrayal at Istvaan III, and leads the last loyal remnants of his legion to flee aboard the Eisenstein
Robert Mattey
Jun 25, 2012 Robert Mattey rated it it was amazing
I was on the verge of putting this book down until I got about halfway through it. The first half was pretty boring and pretty much rehashed the last book in the series. However, once I hit the second half, it was full speed ahead and action packed. I would even say this became my favorite novel in the series so far because it ends well, there is a lot of action and demons and such, and it kind of wraps up the previous three novels in a good way. Good stuff.
I liked this book. It had a good pacing, considering it was the fourth sequel of the series but, for the first time, it had a completely new protagonist, Nathaniel Garro.

I was a bit surprised at the abrupt beginning, but soon realised that they started a bit earlier than the events of the third book, in order to establish more the major characters and their relationships and standing in the legion. I found that extremely good.

The book continued with all the events that happened in the third boo
Nov 21, 2015 Wulfburk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horus-heresy
This book details the escape of Nathaniel Garro and the Eisenstein from the Isstvan system, and how great it was. From start to finish i coudnt let the book down, and like all 3 books before it, i read it so fast i surprised myself (because to be honest i always take my time to read novels and etc).

Though the opening books of the horus heresy are a "trilogy", meaning, it ends after Galaxy in Flames, i'd say this book is just as linked as to the first 3 as they are with each other (not in the ch
Edgar Pérez
Sep 16, 2015 Edgar Pérez rated it it was amazing
El cuarto libro en esta saga, aquí me quedo. Creo que no necesito leer nada más; los jugadores han realizado sus movimientos, las piezas han sido colocadas, las líneas trazadas y las suertes echadas.

Se habla del vuelo de una nave, pero dicho vuelo es una parte tan pequeña de la historia que no trasciende. Comenzamos hablando del personaje principal y los hermanos que le rodean, se cimienta las relaciones y la forma de pensar de estos individuos.

Poco a poco se van observando cambios que se dan de
Mar 11, 2014 Derek rated it it was ok
An interesting story with some great set pieces and battle sequences. The problem is that the Death Guard really aren't that interesting. The story focuses heavily on Nathaniel Garro, Captain of the 7th Company. Few other characters get much development, and it doesn't help that Garro comes across as very rigid and stoic.

Mortarion receives little attention, and his motivations for supporting Horus are never really explained. What's more, we don't receive much insight into the motivations surroun
Apr 17, 2014 Ketchup_suicide rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jak na razie najsłabsza z wszystkich 5 wydanych w Polsce książek z serii HH. Jest dużo gorzej napisana, a akcja, mimo że jest porywająca (jak to w całej histori Wh40k) przedstawiona już dużo słabiej niż w przypadku innych wydań. Za dużo się działo, by opisać to w jednej książce, która i tak w 60% skupia się na tym co działo się w trzech pierwszych częściach. Malkontenci mogliby zarzucić Swallowowi wykorzystanie metody 'copy, paste', a ja nie mam zamiaru go bronić. Tak jak zawsze lubiłam przedsta ...more
Craig Little
Jul 29, 2016 Craig Little rated it liked it
Shelves: gaming-books
As ever, the caveats of gaming fiction apply.

A solid entry in the Horus Heresy series that extends the narrative beyond the initial trilogy, though only incrementally, as the first two thirds of the tale present the events of "Galaxy In Flames" from the perspective of Nathaniel Garro & the Death Guard.

While the titular Flight represents a very small section of the story, it's a tale well told. Swallow is excellent at depicting battles, corruption, and the aftermath of body horror to great
Sep 08, 2014 Nathan rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
On the plus side, I found this a fast and undemanding read. The protagonist - Nathaniel Garro - reminded me a lot of Loken from the previous 3 books, which is slightly troubling for the rest of the series.

On the negative side of the ledger, starting the book before the events of Isstvan III was annoying and it felt like half of the book was playing catch up. In terms of the broader story arc, I didn't feel this book advanced the story that much. Yes, the Emperor has been informed of treachery, b
John Back
Feb 16, 2014 John Back rated it it was amazing
Stunning. Absolutely redeems it's horrible predecessor in the series with beautiful prose, vivid descriptions and a thorough injection of glory and horror in equal abundance. This is a must-read book in this series - in fact, it's so good I would say it's fine as a standalone novel in the 40k universe. The span of its attention is astonishing - as a reader, you are stunned that where previous books have literally been stuck in a few square kilometres of mud, this one is - well, no spoilers but i ...more
Andrew Dixon
Jun 12, 2009 Andrew Dixon rated it really liked it
Outstanding novel with some serious questions answered, potential for a sequel with this one.
Profundus Librum
May 23, 2016 Profundus Librum rated it really liked it
Az előző kötet végén Hórusz Hadúr lázadása „végre” elkezdődött, a suttogó utalásoknál, titkos találkáknál több is történt. A XVI. Légió tántoríthatatlanul császárhű erőit gyakorlatilag kipurgálják maguk közül a káoszfertőzött árulók, csak egy maroknyian menekülnek el az Eisenstein fedélzetén, utánuk is erednek azon nyomban. A rész fő eseményei így – némiképp eltérve az eddig megszokottaktól – az űrben játszódnak, testközeli akció nem is rémlik, hogy komolyan lett volna benne. A szerző stílusa át ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Garry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-swallow
One of the best books in the series! The story is excellent portraying the creeping treason spreading through the ranks of the Astartes that will eventually culminate in the Isstvan III Atrocity.

The first part of the story introduces us to "Straight Arrow Garro", a consumate proffessional soldier with a firm sense of right and wrong. Garro later becomes a conflicted character as the reality of his world comes crashing down through the betrayal of those he once called brother. This first part of
Jul 16, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing
After the initial trilogy charting Horus' fall, most Black Library fans expected the books to move swiftly onto the war itself, yet James Swallow takes us back in time to retell the roots of Heresy from the point of view of the Death Guard. Nathanial Garro steps into Garviel Loken's shoes as the new hero of the piece and the primarch Mortarian takes centre stage as chief traitor.
What follows (once all the character development is out of the way) is a blisteringly tense race against time as Garro
Alain Dewitt
May 23, 2012 Alain Dewitt rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I am going to refrain from an extensive analysis of the individual volumes in this [quite long] series. This is volume four in what I now know to be a 20 (!!) volume series. This series is probably best classified as military sci-fi and space opera.

The books depict a civil war among the Imperium of Man and the war literally spans the galaxy. This fourth book deals with the journey of a ship from Horus' expeditionary fleet to carry a warning to the Emperor of Horus' treachery. the book focuses on
Emil Söderman
Mar 26, 2013 Emil Söderman rated it it was ok
So, the Flight of the Eisenstein as usual does the bit annoying thing where it skips back to before the events of the previous books, and tells the story of protagonists from a different Space Marine legion, this time Garro of the Death Guard. Showing the specifics of how corruption takes root in that legion, and the fast-forward to the events of Galaxy in Flames, where Garro (who had a cameo earlier) ends up scooping up a cultist of the Emperor-as-God, an old loyalist Luna Wolf and his own crew ...more
Jul 10, 2011 Ken rated it really liked it
The Flight of the Eisenstein is the fourth book in the Horus Heresy series by the Black Library. This book takes place around the time of the tragic events on Isstvan III and tells the story of a group of loyal Death Guards and their journey back to Terra to deliver message of Horus's treachery.

Swallow does a marvelous job expanding on the character of Nathaniel Garro, who had a small role in Ben Counter's "Galaxy in Flames". For the past three books, the lead Garviel Loken seemed a little woode
Dylan Murphy
The Flight of the Eisenstein was just as amazing as the first 3 Horus Heresy novels.
One thing I love about the HH(so far) is that the action and war take a back seat to character development and politics and such. Don't get me wrong, the actions scenes in FotE were god-tier as usual. The battle aboard the Jorgall(?) ship, Istvaan Extremis, the Eisenstein and finally Luna were amazing to read. Really fun battles, and I only wish we got to see more pre-heresy Death Guard because they seem like su
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James Swallow is a British novelist and scriptwriter. The author of New York Times and Sunday Times Bestsellers and a BAFTA nominee, he has written over forty original books and tie-in novels, as well as numerous short stories, audio dramas and videogames.

His writing includes the action thriller Nomad, the Sundowners series of Western fiction steampunk novels, Jade Dragon, The Butterfly Effect and
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