Every two weeks we read a new book in the WH40k universe and discuss it on our podcast. We invite you to read along with us and join in on our conversation via comments, Twitter, email, or vox cast.
For this episode, we’re reading Outgunned by Denny Flowers. You can purchase it at Amazon, Black Library, or Audible.
From the back of the book:
The Aeronautica Imperialis are the masters of the skies in the 41st millennium, waging wars of breakneck aerial combat where only skill stands between victory and death. Flight Commander Lucille von Shard is an ace, a living exemplar of what it means to fly in the name of the Emperor… or so Propagandist Kile Simlex is told.
Braving the foetid waters of Bacchus and its rampaging greenskin hordes, Simlex is tasked with producing a cinema-pict portraying Shard as an Imperial hero. Shortly after his arrival planetside, however, he discovers the war effort is in shambles – the Imperium’s overstretched forces are in full retreat, the local planetary governor is desperately downplaying the conflict at every turn, and Shard is an arrogant misanthrope who only avoids sanction due to her consummate skills.
But these skills may prove the only hope of survival, for something vast and terrible lurks within the clouds. The Green Storm approaches.
Questions to ponder after reading Outgunned:
- Did you like the book?
- What parts stood out to you?
- Did you like Lucille von Shard as a “hero?” Was she a good subject for WH40k heroism?
- Did you like Kile Simlex? Was he a good protagonist?
- What did you think of the ork threat? Was it compelling?
- What did you make of the Aeldari subplot? Did it serve the narrative?