Audiobook review: Steel Tread by Andy Clark, narrated by Remmie Milner (Astra Militarum series, book 1)

Published by Black Library

Synopsis:

A Warhammer 40,000 Audio

Follow in the footsteps of Hadeya Etsul as she is consolidated into a Cadi9a0000an armoured regiment and put in command of a Leman Russ Demolisher, Steel Tread. Can she win the trust of her dysfunctional crew and pilot the tank to victory on a do-or-die campaign?

Listen to it because: against the backdrop of an increasingly desperate conflict, tanker Hadeya Etsul finds herself consolidated into a Cadian regiment and placed in command of the Leman Russ Demolisher Steel Tread, where she must try to rally a dysfunctional crew together in order to survive a death-or-glory offensive.

The story: on the war-torn world of Croatoas, the armies of the Astra Militarum do battle with the twisted servants of the Ruinous Powers. Against the backdrop of this increasingly desperate conflict, tanker Hadeya Etsul finds herself consolidated into a Cadian regiment and placed in command of the Leman Russ Demolisher Steel Tread. Haunted by nightmares, surrounded by a dysfunctional crew and striving to find her place amidst a proud and insular regiment with a culture so different from her own, Etsul must guide her crew to victory. But as her regiment rolls out beneath the poisonous light of the Great Rift to join a death-or-glory offensive, the crew of Steel Tread are about to face the fight of their lives. If they cannot learn to work as one, how can they hope to survive?



I’ve only recently discovered the Warhammer 40k novels and they are totally changing my life (I’m poorer for a start, the audiobooks may be available on offer fairly regularly but the Warhammer miniatures are not! I also couldn’t resist buying one of their branded scented candles but we’re just not going to talk about that…).

I would consider this book to be a great starting point for someone new to the universe, it’s a straightforward tank battle – a ragtag group of strong personalities are thrown together and have to work through their differences in order to survive and save the day. I boil it down to it’s simplest elements but this book is more than just that, the soldiers are all complex and well written characters and the way they interact with each other under pressure and after surviving terrible events is something really worth reading.

Nice, simple, filled with action, heart and cool mutants, robots and heretic armies. I never knew before this book how much I’d enjoy a good tank battle, not normally being of the pew-pew-kaboom persuasion but this series has really taught me a lot about myself.

Remmie Milner is a perfect match for this book and complements the main character, Hadeya Etsul, perfectly, she brings all the characters to life and keeps the suspense at a constant high. I was completely hooked from the very beginning!

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