Warhammer 40k – Malediction by C Z Dunn. Audio book review

Warhammer 40k – Malediction by C Z Dunn, The Black Library, Audio CD, 75 mins, £10

Reviewed by Steve Dean

On the world of Procel V, apparently, retired Imperial Guard officer Regan Antigone is being honoured for his contribution to the liberation of the aforementioned planet from the forces of Chaos. (These are mutated horrors from beyond the warp, not the British government.) The party is in full swing when a space marine turns up and starts asking awkward questions. Cue flashbacks and we hear the back story of our illustrious hero. You might guess where it’s going as the story goes along, but I’ll say no more or I risk spoiling it. The story itself is ok, for the most part, but the ending is muddled and somewhat inexplicable.

It’s well-made and well acted, by the suitably voiced Rupert Degas and Saul Reichlin, and narrated by the equally gravelly Sean Barrett, with sound effects and production values and everything. But there are two problems. The first is the eye-watering price. Ten quid for a single short story? We aren’t all Russian billionaires you know. You can get enough reading material to last a year on the Kindle store for that much.

The second problem is, despite all the values and gravel, it just didn’t grab me. I found it just took itself far too seriously, tried too hard for the amount of material available. Maybe if they cut the price to a pound or two I could recommend it to fans, but as it stands it’s one to avoid.