Wrath of Iron – Chris Wraight (Black Library)
After months spent in the service of the Chaos god Slaanesh, the ruling classes of the Contqual sub-sector have finally brought true damnation upon their people – innumerable hordes of foul and lascivious daemons swarm from a tear in the fabric of reality to embrace their mortal pawns and drive them on to ever more depraved acts of worship. It falls to the merciless Space Marines of the Iron Hands Chapter to cleanse these worlds of the warp’s unholy taint, and it is upon the surface of Shardenus that the fate of a billion lost souls will be decided.
As far as it goes, ‘Wrath Of Iron’ is everything you’d expect, hard as nails squad goes to another place, blasts the shit out of stuff, job done. Nothing stands out as particularly original or out of the box, but in all fairness, the battle scenes are as entertaining as hell, the dialogue is good and the backbone of the story is set firmly in place. It’s a good novel if you just want the space marine equivalent to an 80′s balls to the walls action movie, and that’s not a complaint, just a confirmation that that’s really all you’re going to get. Still, could be a lot worse… Gav