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As one of the Imperium's many staging grounds for the forces serving in the Great Crusade, the verdant world of Tallarn has long served as a transfer point for vast numbers of military personnel and their war machines. Now, destroyed by a deadly virus-bomb attack launched by the battered Iron Warriors fleet, the entire world is reduced to a toxic wasteland where the surviv As one of the Imperium's many staging grounds for the forces serving in the Great Crusade, the verdant world of Tallarn has long served as a transfer point for vast numbers of military personnel and their war machines. Now, destroyed by a deadly virus-bomb attack launched by the battered Iron Warriors fleet, the entire world is reduced to a toxic wasteland where the survivors must fight to defend what little remains of their home. The remnants of the once mighty Jurnian 701st armoured regiment emerge from their underground shelters, and the opening movements of the Battle of Tallarn begin...


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As one of the Imperium's many staging grounds for the forces serving in the Great Crusade, the verdant world of Tallarn has long served as a transfer point for vast numbers of military personnel and their war machines. Now, destroyed by a deadly virus-bomb attack launched by the battered Iron Warriors fleet, the entire world is reduced to a toxic wasteland where the surviv As one of the Imperium's many staging grounds for the forces serving in the Great Crusade, the verdant world of Tallarn has long served as a transfer point for vast numbers of military personnel and their war machines. Now, destroyed by a deadly virus-bomb attack launched by the battered Iron Warriors fleet, the entire world is reduced to a toxic wasteland where the survivors must fight to defend what little remains of their home. The remnants of the once mighty Jurnian 701st armoured regiment emerge from their underground shelters, and the opening movements of the Battle of Tallarn begin...

30 review for Tallarn: Executioner

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    A bleak Horus Heresy novella that is essentially a WWI war tale set in a sci-fi setting with global scale use of lethal gases, action, thrills, betrayal and Space Marines Terminators and Titans added to the warring tanks. Loved the grimdark storyline and the focus on human soldiers against the IV Legion Iron Warriors, sadly the brutal and abrupt ending arrived just when I was getting more and more fond of the Lantern, Silence and Talon crews characters. Not at all a disappointment, but with a few A bleak Horus Heresy novella that is essentially a WWI war tale set in a sci-fi setting with global scale use of lethal gases, action, thrills, betrayal and Space Marines Terminators and Titans added to the warring tanks. Loved the grimdark storyline and the focus on human soldiers against the IV Legion Iron Warriors, sadly the brutal and abrupt ending arrived just when I was getting more and more fond of the Lantern, Silence and Talon crews characters. Not at all a disappointment, but with a few more pages of characters fleshing and development this could have been a 5 stars top review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    One thing you can always count on in the Horus Heresy series is that they won't hold back on the action, and that's what 'Tallarn: Executioner' delivers. In spades. Quite a lot of action actually for such a short novella. John French did a great job with the research that must have been necessary to create such realistic tank battles. The exhaustion, the claustrophobia, the thrill and terror of combat. What I enjoyed just as much was the character building between battles. Getting to know these t One thing you can always count on in the Horus Heresy series is that they won't hold back on the action, and that's what 'Tallarn: Executioner' delivers. In spades. Quite a lot of action actually for such a short novella. John French did a great job with the research that must have been necessary to create such realistic tank battles. The exhaustion, the claustrophobia, the thrill and terror of combat. What I enjoyed just as much was the character building between battles. Getting to know these tank crews that had basically been abandoned by the Great Crusade; left behind on a planet that had since lost it's strategic value. Some of whom had combat experience, some were completely inexperienced, all of whom are completely out of their depth when first thrown into combat with Adeptus Astartes. I enjoyed this book. Not many of the Horus Heresy book focus on the more human characters, choosing to instead to focus on the Space Marines instead. When you think about it the Horus Heresy was a life changing event for everyone (and everything) within that universe. Seeing that affect from the perspective of human characters is one that I think should be explored further. Be that from ordinary citizens or the Imperial Army. I look forward to the next episode in the Horus Heresy series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mhoram

    Some people - a lot, it seems - complain when a book focuses on any non-Astartes faction. I do not. The Horus Heresy was a galactic civil war that involved everyone it touched in any way, and that includes the Imperial Army, the Mechanicum, civilians - and yes, even xenos at times. Tallarn: Executioner focused on the Imperial Army, and I believe is the first book to do so. John French did a rather brilliant job with them, doing considerable research into armoured warfare in order to make sure hi Some people - a lot, it seems - complain when a book focuses on any non-Astartes faction. I do not. The Horus Heresy was a galactic civil war that involved everyone it touched in any way, and that includes the Imperial Army, the Mechanicum, civilians - and yes, even xenos at times. Tallarn: Executioner focused on the Imperial Army, and I believe is the first book to do so. John French did a rather brilliant job with them, doing considerable research into armoured warfare in order to make sure his book sounded as it should, and adding twists and hints of other things happening beneath the surface of the story. While I did not burn through it in a single sitting, the way I did "Aurelian", I found it an astoundingly good book. It does not, in any way, represent the whole story of the Battle of Tallarn (and nor should it; that was far too huge a battle for a single novella to fairly cover), but focuses on the early stages and the actions of particular tank crews. It also came with a cool little timeline of the battle as a whole, which was quite fun to go over, given the relative lack of detail we've been provided with up 'til this point. I hope John French continues to focus his efforts on the Battle of Tallarn, whether in novel or novella or short story format, or any combination of the above. He's certainly done a fantastic job thus far.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrey Nalyotov

    Awesome claustrophobic tank war in a desolation of nuclear winter, phosphex slug and fires of treachery! Plus the covert ops and suspence. Well done John French, well done

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Murphy

    By the Holy Pantheon this book was grim! I really liked that it was shown from the human perspective. It really added a level of despair to see the whole world virus bombed then have the beginnings of the massive tank battles on it. The story told from the inside of the tanks was phenomenal, and I really hope we get to see more stuff like this(It makes me want to read Guy Hayley's newish novel Baneblade!). The character interaction was great, and while reading, you couldn't help but fall in love By the Holy Pantheon this book was grim! I really liked that it was shown from the human perspective. It really added a level of despair to see the whole world virus bombed then have the beginnings of the massive tank battles on it. The story told from the inside of the tanks was phenomenal, and I really hope we get to see more stuff like this(It makes me want to read Guy Hayley's newish novel Baneblade!). The character interaction was great, and while reading, you couldn't help but fall in love with the crews of the Lantern, Silence, and Talon. The only thing I didn't like was how well the barely trained and well out of practice tank crews just destroyed the Iron Warriors. I mean, they are Space Marines! Don't get me wrong, a lot of those tactics worked wonders and were amazing to read about. And the whole Tank vs. Tank thing evens up the odds. But just on reaction time, a superior mind, and COUNTLESS years of experience, I thought the Iron Warriors would do a little better against the Tallarn Raiders. All in all, a damned good read, and I cannot wait until the next installment in the Tallarn series of novellas, or if they get a full novel or an audio drama or something.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Dodd

    Ten million tanks! Or maybe one million tanks. Whatever the number, the Battle of Tallarn is famed for the vast numbers of armoured vehicles that were deployed. In his Horus Heresy novella Tallarn : Executioner, John French chronicles the opening sequence of this infamous battle, from the initial virus bombing of the once-verdant world to the early engagements that demonstrated to the Iron Warriors that Tallarn’s population wasn’t going to let them have their world without a fight. Originally av Ten million tanks! Or maybe one million tanks. Whatever the number, the Battle of Tallarn is famed for the vast numbers of armoured vehicles that were deployed. In his Horus Heresy novella Tallarn : Executioner, John French chronicles the opening sequence of this infamous battle, from the initial virus bombing of the once-verdant world to the early engagements that demonstrated to the Iron Warriors that Tallarn’s population wasn’t going to let them have their world without a fight. Originally available only as a Limited Edition novella, it’s now been re-issued in standard format to coincide with the release of Tallarn : Ironclad, the next in the Tallarn arc. Read the rest of the review at https://trackofwords.wordpress.com/20...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cory

    Over too quick for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    The Horus Heresy series has been one long tale of betrayal, and this book is no different. Great story, you really feel as if you are in the tanks with them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ophelia Gunn

    Short, snappy novella. Tank battles and betrayal amid the remains of a virus-bombed world. A bit of fun on the daily commute!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patt

    A real good story always good to read about Iron Warriors and huge mechanised battles but the story was too short.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Biscuitz

    A good little story about an oft mentioned campaign but rarely detailed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Inkari

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marc Jones

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Dennison

  16. 4 out of 5

    John Rhodes

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jay

  18. 4 out of 5

    Juuso

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ben Christiansen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yohann

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rhys

  23. 5 out of 5

    Job

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dean Goosen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael Whitman

    the little nod at the end was lovely.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Kindness

  28. 5 out of 5

    EDWARD MCDONALD

  29. 4 out of 5

    Merv Daniel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hollows

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