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Ghostmaker (Gaunt's Ghosts #2)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,206 Ratings  ·  47 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
Dec 28, 2010 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Feb 07, 2016 Stuart rated it liked it
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Jul 02, 2013 Henry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Aug 04, 2011 Andrew Ziegler rated it liked it
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 really liked it  ·  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
Dec 15, 2015 ArumaGesta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El estilo de Dan Abnett sigue siendo muy entretenido de leer. Las batallas son directas, y para tratarse de combates en los cuales los soldados caen como moscas, la descripción suele ser más imaginativa que repetitiva.
Además tiene auténticos párrafos puntuales llenos de genialidad y sentimiento.

Warhammer 40.000 tiene un mundo que me arrepiento de no haber abordado antes. Aquí hay material para mil novelas.

Los personajes mejoran con respecto a Los Primeros de Tanith,en parte porque se dedica cada
Nov 27, 2015 Matimate rated it liked it
Shelves: military, sci-fi, 2015
Warhammer 40k universe is the nasties place to live and frankly even die. The plot was simple: drive the xenos - eldar out of the jungle planet and took with them some chaos mongrels in the process. However the main plot was lost in series of flashbacks about various campaigns of the Tanith First-and-Only unit and its commander commissar-colonel Ibram Gaunt.
Inquisitor Lilith was searching for revenge on eldar plus some nice psyker pest to kill. She did not manage either.
Ibram Gaunt dealt with
Student Teacher
Jun 20, 2010 Student Teacher rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 20, 2016 Bookhode rated it it was ok
The second novel in the Warhammer 40k Gaunt's Ghosts series is actually a collection of short stories spread around the main plot of the Imperial invasion of a mysterious jungle planet. Each short story basically serves as a quick re-introduction of some of the most prominent members of Gaunt's unit (who have all already appeared in book one of this series, but did not get much individual "screen time"), focusing on their particular skills, or on their relationship with the commanding officer. A ...more
The second book of the Gaunt's Ghosts series. It was nice but it had two major flaws in my opinion. First, the story was woven as "main story chapter -> flashback chapter with main story ending preparing the next flashback...."etc until the final 2-3 chapters which were the climax based on the main story, which was actually a sequel of the first book (where some of the flashbacks acted as prequels). It was, again, a bit weirdly written, so I had to read up until the middle to actually underst ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Tarl rated it liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
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
Sep 27, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-sci-fi
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
Nov 07, 2014 Michael T Bradley rated it liked it
Shelves: w40k
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
Jun 04, 2014 Paulius rated it liked it
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Brad Wheeler
Aug 15, 2012 Brad Wheeler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera, tie-ins
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
Sean McBride
Oct 15, 2013 Sean McBride rated it liked it
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
Appy Apperson
Apr 20, 2016 Appy Apperson rated it really liked it
This was, all-in-all, a pretty good book. Just like the previous, it was a collection of short stories connected by an overarching plot. In this case, however, the stories were presented in the form of flashbacks to flesh out specific characters and were not a cohesive part of the whole.

I found the short stories themselves to be wonderful because my reading enjoyment tends to come from character-driven stories. Having more of an opportunity to get into the heads of one or two characters at a tim
Dan Cowden
Dec 06, 2013 Dan Cowden rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 2013 Marcos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Frank Mikes
Feb 02, 2014 Frank Mikes rated it liked it
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
Jan 01, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: gw-sci-fi-read
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
Jan 31, 2016 David rated it it was amazing
The opening was somewhat less epic that I expected, but that probably makes the book even better because it shows how unpredictable war is...
Aug 02, 2014 Apteris rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40000
A series of entertaining vignettes about Gaunt and several of his prominent Ghosts, punctuated by an action-packed and satisfying final chapter.
Sep 16, 2012 Ubiquitousbastard rated it really liked it
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
I.F. Adams
A collection of short stories of Gaunts Ghosts. S'alright.
Sep 08, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Another fun book in the Gaunt's Ghosts series of books.
Kc Adviento
First book is better
Andrey Nalyotov
Jul 30, 2015 Andrey Nalyotov rated it it was amazing
Jan 08, 2015 Efti rated it liked it
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
Mar 10, 2013 Nathan Avery rated it liked it
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.
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