by Guy Haley
Book 12 in the Space Marine Battles series, published 2013
Publisher: Black Library
Having tracked a genestealer brood across the sector, Chapter Master Caedis of the Blood Drinkers calls upon his old allies in the Novamarines to assist in the destruction of the space hulk designated Death of Integrity. But before they can unleash their plasma torpedoes, the Adeptus Mechanicus intervene and task both Chapters with a secretive mission into the heart of the hulk. With deadly xenos creatures seemingly lurking around every corner, Caedis treads a fine line between glorious victory and the damnation of eternal bloodlust carried by all sons of Sanguinius.
This is a story about Space Marines clearing out a Spacehulk. Two different Chapters, tons of lore, Mechanicus, tyranids, and a space hulk. The author does a great job of immersing us in the dark gothic universe of Warhammer 40k and the way he crafts the language and culture of the various factions of the Imperium of Man that we encounter is beautifully done.
In the Imperium of Man there are hundreds or a thousand Space Marine Chapters but the focus seem be more on the first founding chapters such as the Dark Angels or the Space Wolves. Here, Guy Haley treats us to two successor chapters and their stories are allowed to be fleshed out. This is a favorite of Bookworm, when the short passages of the index are expanded.