Dawn Of War
Overview: Brother Captain Gabriel Angelos of the Blood Ravens Space Marines throws his men into a last ditch defence of Tartarus Ė a planet with a long and troubled history. A brutal ork invasion has left the world in ruins, and ther are more ancient evils at work. The mysterious eldar and the forces of Chaos are fighting a battle older than humanity itself. Gabriel must confront his own daemons as he leads the Blood Ravens through a spiral of intrique that could expose the shadowy hand of the Inquistion, and the long forgotten secrets of both the Tartarus and the Blood Ravens themselves.
Pages: 412 Pages
Review By: Browncoat
Hey, Wake Up!
You're doing the "Dawn of War" review.
Eh, does that mean I finished the book then?
Yes, it does.
Well alright then.
Man, this was a hard one. I put the book down during the Prolouge because I got pissed at it. I told myself you canít review a book based on the Prolouge, you have to finish it. Man was that a decision I have regretted since. First off C. S. Goto is very techinical with his writing. But he doesnít get his facts straight! Guardsmen do not fire bullets, Eldar do NOT yell ĎBlood for the Blood God!í, and most importantly, Space Marine Captains are not that bad ass! (Iíll admidt they are cool, but this is ridiculous) Ok reader, Iím going to throw a few spoilers at ya. I donít think they ruin anything about the story, but if youre a stickler you might want to stop reading now.
My biggest gripe is simple. The captain kills everything with one strike, everything! Chaos lord, one strike. Daemon possed Libraian, one strike. Daemon Prince, one hit. Címon! Get real.
This book is actually at its worst during a fight sequence. I told someone who had read the book, ĎAll these things exploding shouldnít be this boring. Honestly. Imagine Ben Stein reading you a fight sequence. Yeah that bad.
The best part of the book is section three, the last part. He manages to build a little suspence, but by this time in the book you really could care less. The characters are dry and one dimensional. What little good interaction between charcters is ruined by the sudden wishy washiness of the characters. Thatís right I said wishy washiness. Any supporting character you want to like is quickly removed from the story, leaving you wanting for resoulution. I actually slammed this book down when I had finished it and flipped it the bird. Yes, I was that angry. I realize that there was an item of Chaos power messing with everyoneís head one the planet, but it is not done well. I laughed out loud when I found out that there are two more books in this series by the same author. Really? The Black Library didnít get enough from this guy? Humph! Anyway to cut my rant short, this is a crappy book. Itís on the same level as Farseer, but Iím tempted to elevate Farseer up just to make room for this piece of crap. Donít read it. Play the game. Even on the back of the book they couldnít find nice things to say about the book, so the used comments about the game. Bottom line? Avoid at all costs.