Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Book Review: Execution Hour
It starts out with a couple of short stories that don't really have much to do with the main plot line other than give us an antagonist and a bit of foreshadowing. We meet Leoten Semper, the captain of one of Battlefleet Gothics ships, the Lord Solar Macharius. In the first couple of stories he seems newly appointed, but by the main story, it seems as if either quite a bit of time has passed (I'm not sure how long the Gothic War lasted) or that just the pressure of fighting against during the 12th Black Crusade has forged the crew into a tight knit family.
As we get into the main story, Abbadon is using his new super weapon, the Planet Killer to, well, kill planets pretty indescriminatly throughout the Gothic sector. He now sets his sights on Belatis and heads off in that direction. Astropaths on the soon-to-be doomed world feel the disturbance in the force... er warp and this alerts the Imperium and they start to evacuate the planet and the Macharius is one of the ships sent to protect the evacuation fleet.