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The Flight of the Eisenstein

(The Horus Heresy #4)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  8,920 ratings  ·  332 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? ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Games Workshop
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Chris Berko
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think I connected more with James Swallow's writing than any other writer that I have read in the Warhammer 40K universe, and as a result this is probably my favorite of the Horus Heresy novels, so far. I say so far because there are a shitload more books and it seems like every one I read becomes my favorite. This series is brimming with memorable and captivating characters and Deathguard Captain Garro in this one continues with that tradition. One man clinging to honor where none is to be fo ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
An overall decent addition to the series, but nothing great. The first half of the book consists of highly unnecessary backstory before we finally get back on track, but from there on it was enjoyable.
Aug 16, 2007 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. ...more
David Guymer
Jul 11, 2016 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
Mark Miller
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can't help but feel like the entire heresy would've been avoided if they just shot everyone who had an evil sounding name. ...more
Thomas Edmund
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'd been warned that the Horus Heresy series got worse as it went on, and after reading FOTE I suspect it may be true.

My first problem with this story is the main character. Nathaniel Garro just feels in every way as Loken lite. Almost identical to the previous main character in every way except that Loken's natural disposition to question and consider lead to his position as a hero, whereas happenstance and fluke largely lead to Garro's actions. There is some effort made in the first act of the
Apr 23, 2007 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
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, warhammer-40k
“They say the warp has turned black with tempests and the freakish things that lurk within them! And here we sit, on a ship held together by rust and hope, with intent to dive into that ocean of madness.”

Another entertaining entry in The Horus Heresy saga.
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
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 damage
Jun 07, 2011 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 Wa
Alexander Draganov
Feb 22, 2015 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
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So far, the best book of the Heresy that I read.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit of a slower pace with this one as we get to see events from the previous book from a different perspective. Still, I thought the quality was consistently good, with Garro able to hold his own as a protagonist. It feels that each author is really trying to leave their own mark on the series which I think is keeping the quality a level above what I was expecting. There's a lot of action packed into a relatively short book, and the constantly moving pace is keeping me turning the pages and ho ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The only complaint I had was the Rashomon-esque re-telling of the story from he viewpoint of a Death Guard Astartes that took up about half the book before the narrative started fresh.
Todd Bristow
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the most exciting reads of the series so far. So far these novels have been military science fiction with big helpings of Horror.
Simon Clark
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Short version of the review:
A decent enough entry in the Horus Heresy series, undermined by the inevitability of the premise's outcome and so-so dialogue, but boosted by some fantastic naval action.

Long version:
This was my first foray back into 30k after completing Ben Counter's pulpy Galaxy in Flames a few years ago. Something impressive about the series so far has been the ability of different authors to pick up the baton left by others, with events, characters, and themes extending over seve
Mark Horejsi
Nov 28, 2012 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
Robert Mattey
Jun 25, 2012 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.
Andrew Dixon
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Outstanding novel with some serious questions answered, potential for a sequel with this one.
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s not the most fun of times for Nathaniel Garro. He’s an outsider in his own Death Guard Legion, with an assistant who manages to be the same.

‘I had one of those once. I think I lost it on an ice moon somewhere. It froze to death, weak little thing.’

…and it’s probably not an Imposter Syndrome when your enemies are rubbing both things in your face. Garro loses a lot in the Flight of the Eisenstein his closest peer, his aforementioned assistant, one of his legs. He kills a rival, then has to d
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
Flight of the Eisenstein is the fourth novel in one of the biggest events in Warhammer History; The Horus Heresy. Well, it's the fourth novel if you're following the recommended reading list on Goodreads. Really, I know and understand that there are a dozen different ways in which this event could be read.

The first move of the Horus Heresy involved the burning of Istvaan III – and those loyal to the Emperor, many of whom were unfortunately on the planet. However, not all of the loyalists burne
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Compared to the previous three books in the Horus Heresy series, this one stands out as one of the better ones.
I will admit first off, I am not a huge fan of Swallow's writing. I don't know what it is, but there's something with his style that just gets to me. Thankfully, out of all the books of his I have read, this is one where for whatever reason, it doesn't bug me.
In fact, I think this book is one of his better works. The characters are interesting, you can see their inner conflict and the
Jason Ray Ray Carney
This was great. Compared to the first three Horus Heresy novels, this one has a more individual and personal heroic scale. The first three were epic, incorporating a massive cast of characters, all of them interacting with the main stream of galactic history as important functionaries. This one, in contrast, had a more narrow cast of characters and tended to focus on the Battle Captain of the Death Guard's 7th Company, Nathaniel Garro. This is not to say the events related in this novel are not ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
While there were still a handful of editing oversights here, this seemed rather well-written - lots of vivid descriptions and neat character developments. I'm a little concerned that now that we're switching groups each novel (the next entry changes perspective again) we won't make much forward progress as far as the overarching plot, but I guess we'll see.

All of the usual comments still apply: the setting and meta-scale plot are typically more interesting than the micro-scale plot, there could
Rob Hayes
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 3.5.

The first 2/3rds of this one kind of felt like a "Last time on The Horus Heresy" recap. Sure, it was from a different character's perspective, and there was some nice flavour dotted around, but it spent a long time re-setting the scene of book 3. I wouldn't say I was bored, but I kept waiting for it to tread new ground, and for that reason it dragged a little. That being said, if I was a big Deathguard fan I'd probably have loved the extra flavour.

When the book did kick off, th
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, horus-heresy
This took me forever to finish because I've kinda forgot how to read over lockdown.

Great book though, I really like Garro as a character. Death Guard is the best Legion anyways and Nurgle the best Chaos God so this was just a treat all around.

I'm still very partial to Horus Rising being my favourite Horus Heresy book so far but this comes in as a really close second.
Phil Davies
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very solid Horus Heresy book that I had originally heard only okay things about. I admit it had a standard start with our hero being awed by his primarch (check) not noticing obvious betrayal (check) and lots of bolter goes boom (check). But it reads like an action movie and it never felt like filler, I was always wanting to know what was going to happen next
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book on the fall of the Death Guard and the conversion of Garro into the Lectitio Divinitatus.
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James Swallow is a New York Times, Sunday Times and Amazon #1 bestselling author and scriptwriter, a BAFTA nominee, a former journalist and the award-winning writer of over fifty books, along with scripts for video games, comics, radio and television.

His writing includes the Marc Dane action thrillers, the Sundowners steampunk Westerns and fiction from the worlds of Star Trek, Warhammer 40000, Do

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