Audio Review 120 // Blood in the Machine by Andy Smillie

I enjoyed the last Flesh Tearer audio drama so much that I had to dive into the next one. The only issue is I am definitely listening to these out of order! This week's review has back at Armageddon pre-rift, pre-primaris. A location that held a lot of charm for me in my youth. So I am excited to re-visit.

Title: Blood in the Machine (Space Marine Battles)

Author: Andy Smillie

Blurb: ++Today, I will teach your kind the meaning of wrath. I will kill a thousand of your filth-breed before your blood dries on my gauntlets.++

++Gabriel Seth, Chapter Master of The Flesh Tearers++

An armageddon audio drama by Andy Smillie. Produced by Heavy Entertainment for Black Library. Directed by Samuel Gunn. Music specially composed by Simon Slater. Performed by Gareth Armstrong, Seán Barrett, Martyn Ellis, Chris Fairbank, David Timson and Jane Wymark.

Format: Audible - Approximate running time 72 minutes.

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What is happening to me? Am I becoming a Son of Baal? This was an epic representation of the 40k stories and setting. This title by Andy Smillie has completely taken me by surprise. 

Of course, we have the Space Marines, classic characters, but to this mix, we get Orks, Inquisitors and the crushing scale of what it is like to live in the age of the Imperium.

Set on Armageddon, we join the Gabriel Seth and the Flesh Tearers as they aid the local Imperial Guard in defending a Hive city. With the Marines as an anchor, the line is holding against the brutal attacks of the Orks. Unfortunately, it is here that the Inquisitor enters and, through manipulation and blunt threats, forces the Flesh Tearers to leave their allies and aid her in retrieving a mysterious item of value. During this stage, we are treated to some great Armageddon descriptions and get to see the Imperium's corruption (there are no good guys in 40k).

Without too many spoilers, the mission's goal was pointless, and many of the loyal allies of the Flesh Tearers died in the process, especially the Imperial Guard protecting the Hive City. This ultimately sits poorly with Gabriel Seth and leads us down a dark path of revenge. Seth seeks justice and attempts to find the Inquisitor who is fleeing the system within a civilian convoy. Unsure which ship she is on, Seth let's loose the Chapter's darkest secret, and as the ships escape into the warp, we are left knowing a dark fate has befallen them.

That is a veiled ending description from me. But I genuinely believe you need to hear it yourself and not allow me to spoil it. I highly recommend the title and you should go treat yourself now to it.

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