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Ghostmaker (Gaunt's Ghosts #2)

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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  1,954 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Join Commissar Gaunt and the Tanith First-and-Only as their adventures begin, from the tragic destruction of their homeworld to their first hard-won victories in the epic Sabbat Crusade.The Ghosts are dog-soldiers in the endless war of the far-future. The heroic troopers that live and fight and die, unsung and unremembered, yet they must survive. They must be ever-vigilant ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Games Workshop(uk) (first published January 1st 2000)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40K novels certainly deliver. This is the second Gaunt's Ghosts novel, and I enjoyed it even more than the first (First and Only (Warhammer 40,000)). I'm not an expert on the Warhammer 40K universe. I read the books because they come highly recommended by my brother in law. With good cause, I might add. I guess it all comes down to specific taste, but these novels do exactly what they set out to do, and there is no pretension to anything else. What we have here is military ...more
Henry
The second book in the Gaunt's Ghosts series by Dan Abnett carries on in the same vein as the first, in that it is truly excellent. The structure is in the same style as the first book, "First and Only", in that it does not follow a linear narrative, but makes use of flashbacks to fill in the history of the characters. What is really clever is how these flashbacks go right up to the current story line, which gives a better insight into the characters, than if we had just learnt about them in the ...more
Andrew Ziegler
Second book in the Gaunt's Ghosts series. And where the first one dropped you in the middle of the campaign with the Ghost's this book does not have a long running narrative. Sure there is a story that we visit on every other chapter, and it is the tale that gets you from point A to point B. However, the real story is every chapter is about one of the main characters in the Tanith 1st Regiment. You get one action packed vignette about all the big names. Gaunt, Brin, Bragg, Corbec, Rawne, Mkoll, ...more
Ren the Unclean
Sep 14, 2008 Ren the Unclean rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi/space warfare fans
Shelves: sci-fi
The second book in the Gaunt's Ghosts series is as good as the first one. More intensely violent military conflict in space against the horrifying forces of chaos, and it is again pulled off as well as any book of this type that I have read.

This story is a series of shorter events that each describe one of the main characters in more detail. This is a very cool way to tackle a complex group of individuals like this and really helps you learn more about their motivations and goals.

If you liked th
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Student Teacher
This is the second Gaunt's Ghosts book by Dan Abnett. This book was formed from a bunch of short stories that appeared in Inferno! magazine and I believe they were actually written before the first book.

This book deals with the back story of a lot of the main characters, we learn their thoughts and emotions and what makes them human, and what makes them "real" in a sea of billions of Imperial Guardsmen.
Tarl
The second novel in the Gaunt's Ghost series, this book collects together some of the stories published in INFERNO! as well as some new material. Primarily 'Ghostmaker' is a character driven collection of short stories tied together with an underlying battle that is about to take place.

One of Abnett's strengths when it comes to writing is character building. 'Ghostmaker' is a prime example of this as Abnett works through the various characters from Gaunt's Ghosts and explains their feelings, his
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John
Great fun for anyone whose interested in the 40k universe, but is unfamiliar with the operations of the imperium. A series of novellas explaining various aspects of the origination and development of Gaunt's Ghosts, a imperial guard division mustered from a doomed planet. Some great explanation of how the 40k gaming universe could support the constant casualties from never ending war. A nice mix of the grand scale of warfare and the close combat and challenges faces by individual soldiers. Reall ...more
Michael T Bradley
This is almost entirely composed of the earliest of Abnett's "Gaunt's Ghosts" stories, and it shows that Abnett is finding his feet with the characters and the limitations of 40K fiction. Which is not to say they're wincingly bad; they just often will ... end abruptly (a problem some of the novels do have), or transition with seemingly wild abandon. The characters and the idea, however, both come through very strongly. Most of this collection is given over to character building, focusing on one ...more
Paulius
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Brad Wheeler
Dan Abnett write the best military science fiction. Sure it's a tie-in novel, sure it's space-science-fantasy-grimdark-whatever, but Ghostmaker, just like the other Abnett novels I've read, is amazing.

Ghostmaker uses a short-story-vignette format, where alternating chapters explore the history of the titular Ghosts by focusing on short actions by specific characters, and then the other chapters focus on a single battle in the "present" that brings in elements from each of those vignettes. Normal
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Sean McBride
So i found out after I started reading this series that Abnett wrote the first two books of the Gaunt's Ghosts books as short stories in a Black Library Magazine. I read the first book confused as to the bouncing around, then I finally got into it by the last story. This book was a number of stories which gave the reader a much broader understanding of the Ghosts themselves, whereas the first book just established who Gaunt was and the perilous nature of his universe. you get a good understandin ...more
Dan Cowden
Though listed as the second in the series, Ghostmaker actually tells the origins of both the Tanith First-and-Only and many of the major personalities within the storied Imperial Guard regiment. The book is actually a collection of short stories published in magazines before First-and-Only went to press.

As a collection of short stories, there isn't much of a plot to discuss (though the book ends with a novella, as seems relatively common with Abnett's short story collections). But Abnett continu
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Marcos
Gran libro, me ha gustado incluso más que el primero de la saga.

Hacedor de Fantasmas realiza la mejor presentación de personajes que he visto desde hace mucho tiempo. Realmente nos encontramos en un libro de relatos cortos donde cada uno de los relatos está dedicado a uno de los personajes principales de Fantasmas de Gaunt.

Esto relatos son explicados como Flashbacks. Los van presentando según el comisario se va encontrando con cada uno de ellos en la "actualidad", para finalmente presentar ba
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Frank Mikes
This book is more several short stories, each featuring one of the 'Ghosts', set around an overarching final story which concludes at the end of the book. In his normal style, Abnett doesn't let the reader know this but lets one figure it out as one goes.

It's well written, like all of Abnett's work, but I found it hard to be drawn into this book and it took me a while to finish. For me there just wasn't a 'wow' factor and while the book was good and I enjoyed reading it, I don't think its one th
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Matthew
Warhammer 40k at their best, most own for all SF fans

May I make it clear from the off, those people who think just because this is a warhammer novel it's not worthy of reading, you are so wrong !, this is one if not the best science fiction series I have ever read, and I’ve read lots with the best included, dan abnett simply does action brilliantly, I’ve not come across a sf writer who does it better, also his character building is up there with the best also, this series grips you so you need t
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Wayne
Jun 22, 2015 Wayne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one who likes warhammer 40
Shelves: goodreads-books
IN THE GRIM NIGHTMAREISH FUTURE OF WARHAMMER 40K author Dan Abnett walks with no fear. lots of gruesome, descriptive, action very little down time. A good quick read for 40K lovers
Apteris
A series of entertaining vignettes about Gaunt and several of his prominent Ghosts, punctuated by an action-packed and satisfying final chapter.
Ubiquitousbastard
Admittedly, it threw me a bit when this book went back in time even further than before the first book, but I quickly got over that. I liked seeing how everything happened, and why certain people feel the way that they do (Rawne towards Gaunt). It helped put things a bit more in perspective, and made the later talk of Tanith have more of an impact. I really think that I would enjoy this series more if I knew half of what the places/things are, but I don't think that's going to happen any time so ...more
Efti
I found it quite odd that the second book of a story more than a dozen books was mostly made of short stories. I hope the third one will be more focused.
Nathan Avery
Gaunt's Ghosts succumbs to an obvious flaw merely two books into the series. The imperial guard are by their very nature expendable, and do not last long in the meat grinder world of 40k. Having an entire series of novels about a specific guard unit means that the main characters have to survive engagement after engagement. It only takes 2 books before the tales of miraculous survival against all odds change from unlikely to just plain silly.
Tufty McTavish
This book felt bitty; little segments of individual character back-story told in passing while we wait for the main story event. By the time I got to the end it seemed like a 3-way fight but without some background I really didn't understand quite who was involved or what sides they were on. TBH I was counting down the pages towards the end too, glad to finish. This Warhammer stuff is quite simply not for me.
Nathan
Not really bad, but it is obviously a short story collection that had a plot tied into it, with only some sucess. Having started with some of the later books Abnett wrote, I can see the incredible amount he improved as he went from these early books. Still, fairly entertaining, with one or two shining moments that by themselves would have been great short stories, bogged down by a couple run of the mill pieces.
Christian
This is a long campaign with a lot of flashbacks that look at individual characters. THIS is classic Abnett: Character AND action. It's different reading about mortal as compared to Space Marines, in a few ways LESS epic but also far more relateable. When characters die, and they die in droves, it makes the reader feel. I'm happy to have started this series. On to the next one...
Jason Hoff
As the Tanith First-And-Only wait for the Chaos army to make its move on The deathworld Monthax, we get to take a trip down nightmare ridden memory lane with Commissar Ibram Gaunt as re-lives some of the regiments previous exploits. Learn what makes Corbec, Rawne, Larkin, Bragg, Caffran, Mkoll, Milo, and Dordan some of Tanith's most memorable, and deadly, Ghosts.
Calyx
Where do I begin with Ghostmaker...

At first, and for bigger part of the book, I was annoyed by the format of telling-character-background chapters... but Amazingly(capital A intended), in the end it all felt so well, so great, now, i could take points away for starting feeling, but thats unfair, and for all my frouns and hisses it was amazing.
Lord Nouda
Pure awesome. It was a 3 star book until the final chapter involving Inquisitor Lilith and the Eldar. Milo's words at the end totally clinched what it meant to be a Ghost and compensated for the more confusing (although necessary in order to flesh out the background story) events earlier in the book.
Eric
Great book, love his work. He's very detail and injects so much action into his writing that I cannot put down his books. I literally spend nights reading until I finish the book. Does an amazing job of balancing detailed descriptions as not to over exaggerate or make things dull and cheesy
Odhran
This one is more a collection of short flashback snippets of early Ghosts history than a novel, linked together by a rather mediocre (and perhaps almost game-y) main story. The snippets are of varying quality, but generally are a nice little addition to the tale of the Ghosts.
Adam Mieszcanski
My least favorite of the series, more of a combination of short stories for the main characters then a novel itself, but necessary for the building of understanding for the characters.
Jerod Dunn
I really like Dan Abnett's style, but felt this book was a little less engaging than First and Only. Mostly I think I was thrown off by the flashbacks that are throughout the novel.
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