Audio Review 100 // Eye of Terra: Red-Marked by Nick Kyme

Back to quite possibly my favourite ever Ultramarine! We are being treated to a Sergeant Thiel short story. As he takes the fight to traitors. Or at least the cover image has me believing that is the case. Let's see what it is actually about.

Title: Red-Marked (The Horus Heresy #Audio Drama)

Author: Nick Kyme

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Blurb: A Horus Heresy audio drama

Sergeant Aeonid Thiel frustrates his superiors in the Ultramarines Legion once again by leading a handful of rogue veterans against the traitor warbands still at large in Ultramar.

Though the Word Bearers’ attack on Calth and the subsequent Shadow Crusade into Ultramar are but a memory, the borders of Imperium Secundus are far from secure. Sergeant Aeonid Thiel, stranded on the garrison world of Oran on his way back to Macragge, frustrates his superiors once again by pointing out the holes in their defence – traitor Warband activity is increasing, and a series of key listening posts have fallen silent. Leading a handful of rogue veterans and wearing the red mark of censure like a badge of honour, can Thiel uncover the truth behind the mysterious ‘Nightfane’?

It's another chapter in the tale of everyone's favourite maverick, Ultramarine. Last time, disobeying orders put him in the heart of the greatest battle the Ultramarines have ever faced. What will he end up part of now...?

Format: Running time 75 minutes. Performed by Gareth Armstrong, John Banks, Steve Conlin, Jonathan Keeble, Toby Longworth, Saul Reichlin & Luis Soto. 

Review

If you are new to the Horus Heresy series, I recommend reading Censure before this. If you are a vet like me, you will be surprised to learn this falls between Censure and Stratagem. Which is strange as both those tales have been out for a while. So this title seems a little late to be entered into the series.

So what is Red-Marked about? It is an origin story of sorts following Thiel and his elite squad. It has some incredible moments and even references the Furious Abyss. The story is mainly composed of action scenes full of incredible sound effects. Thiel is still a fantastic character which really brings up the story. He even gets his own Indy Jones scene as he blasts a traitor in the face rather than face down in combat (I love it).

Overall an enjoyable read. I would have been much more excited if I had read it in order; I don't understand why they released this one so late? What's your thought on it all?


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