Steve Lyons lives and works in the UK. He has written several 40K novels and short stories for the Black Library
The Madness Withinby Steve Lyons
Desperate and isolated, Sergeant Estabann and Brother Cordoba of the Crimson Fists Space Marines are hunting the daemon that destroyed their battle-brothers. Their only hope remains with a Librarian on the edge of sanity, a potentially tainted Astartes who they are forced to trust. His psychic abilities can lead them to the daemon, where Estabann and Cordoba can
Desperate and isolated, Sergeant Estabann and Brother Cordoba of the Crimson Fists Space Marines are hunting the daemon that destroyed their battle-brothers. Their only hope remains with a Librarian on the edge of sanity, a potentially tainted Astartes who they are forced to trust. His psychic abilities can lead them to the daemon, where Estabann and Cordoba can avenge their brothers’ deaths. But is the greatest threat a foul denizen of the warp, or the power contained within a psyker’s mind?
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This review is brought to you by TheFoundingFields. The leading source for book reviews and fiction news from leading science-fiction publishers including BL Publishing (Black Library), Angry Robot Books, and more! ------------ In this case, The Crimson Fists, the second founding chapter, sons of Rogal Dorn and descendants of the Imperial Fists are in action, and written by an author who I've enjoyed most of his novels. Desperate and Isolated, Sergeant Estabann and Brother Cordoba, both Crimson Fists, find themselves hunting a daemon that has destroyed their battle brothers, after the Space Marines landed on a world to try and gain some potential recruits following the events of Waaagghhh! Snagrod and the besieging of Rynn's World that left their chapter depleted and endangered. Estabann and Cordoba's only hopes to defeat the Daemon lie with a Librarian on the edge of sanity, one who is potentially tainted and whom they are forced to trust. His psychic abilities can lead them to the Daemon, allowing the surviving astartes to extract their revenge. But is the greatest threat really a denizen of the Warp? Could it be instead, the power contained within a psyker's mind? Working alongside Steve Lyons, we have John Banks, who brings the audio drama to life, and adds to the grim, dark and bleak setting of the monastery in the recruiting world, as well as delivering a great storyline that has one, huge - 'big reveal' at the end, that will surprise you unless you are one of those who likes to take lucky guesses at what it will be. Having listened to a large amount of Black Library's audio-range, I do believe that The Madness Within is defiantly in the 'upper tier' of these dramas. But, there are a few flaws in this audiobook, as to be expected from most of its ilk. The 90 minutes or so length of this isn't really enough to flush out the story as much as it could have been. Even though, left as it is - I would've preferred the audio to the text; I still think that it should have been expanded more for example, telling the back-story of how the astartes has become potentially tainted, and the fights which cost the rest of the squad their lives. Ideally, if you've managed to get through the novel Rynn's World by Steve Parker, this provides a 'sort-of-sequel' to it. Basically, this means that they're not related to each other in terms of the plot (Cordoba and Estabann don't feature in the novel at all), but I find you will know more about the Crimson Fists after reading the Novel. Rating: 8/10 Should you buy this Audiobook? Yes For Fans of: Warhammer 40,000, Black Library, The Crimson Fists, Steve Lyons, Rynn's World, horror, science-fiction.