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By Sandy Mitchell

Whilst the realm of Quadravidia comes below assault by way of the insidious tau, just one guy can defeat the extraterrestrial beings and keep the planet within the Emperor’s identify: the mythical Hero of the Imperium, Commissar Ciaphas Cain. whilst the extraterrestrial beings demand a ceasefire, Cain expects the worst, and his fears are responded within the kind of the dread risk of the tyranids. As a hive fleet ways Quadravidia, Cain needs to try and forge an alliance among the Imperium and the tau – yet can he actually belief the inscrutable xenos?

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