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By Sandy Mitchell

While the area of Quadravidia comes less than 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. while the extraterrestrial beings demand a ceasefire, Cain expects the worst, and his fears are spoke back within the type of the dread risk of the tyranids. As a hive fleet techniques Quadravidia, Cain needs to try and forge an alliance among the Imperium and the tau – yet can he really belief the inscrutable xenos?

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