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Traitor General (Gaunt's Ghosts #8)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  1,189 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Under the orders of Archon Urlock Gaur, the forces of Magister Sek have pushed into the Khan group of the Sabbat Worlds and captured a high ranking Imperial Lord General. Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt and a hand picked team of his Tanith elite have been tasked with the re-capture or assassination of this vital officer.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Black Library Publishing (first published 2004)
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Andrew Ziegler
This is the first time Abnett spends the entire novel on one specialized group of the Ghosts for an entire mission. Unlike the first books of the series, the scale is much smaller, more intimate, and therefore the pace is much quicker.

I chewed through this one relatively quicker than the other novels, it was standard fare for the more character driven 40K novels. I found the first 7 books in the series to be much more epic, every book was another planet to take or hold.

This book, as stated in t...more
Nov 24, 2008 Pat rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Pat by: Gus
This is the first book in the Lost series by Dan Abnett and starts out with Gaunt assembling a team to to go on a top secret mission labeled as Gerond. As soon as that strike force gets there though all they see is hell its a chaos infected world where even the people have given up and there is only small amounts of resistance. this book is good and kept me wondering the whole time if the team was gonna survive.
Bruce Robertson
Incredible first novel to the continuing Gaunt's Ghosts series. He explores the weird world of Chaos as if he'd been there and met the many varied characters in person. He must have put a hell of a lot of thought into this, and it shows in the quality of the novel.
A smashing opening for the Lost cycle. Abnett really outdoes himself here, painting a frighteningly vivid picture of a formerly Imperial planet slowly succumbing to Chaos domination. The insidious, ill-defined nature of Chaotic corruption, one of if not _the_ central issues in the 40k universe, is on full display here. Abnett threads the needle perfectly, doing justice to both its Manichean and more traditionally Christian, choice-based aspects--the line between corrupt and pure is repeatedly bl...more
Mhoram Freeman
The eighth book of the Gaunt's Ghosts series sees Gaunt and half his command cadre and elite soldiers on a mission to the Chaos-held world of Gereon, their first mission without the presence of Colm Corbec. Their goal is to secure or eliminate a captured Imperial officer before he can reveal vital information to the Chaos forces. Making the mission more difficult still, Imperial high command have given them only thirty days to complete their mission before they will be considered corrupted beyon...more
Richard Tran
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Traitor General

Lord-General Noches Sturm, the disgraced senior officer relieved of command during the siege on Vervunhive when caught attempting to desert, is captured by the forces of Chaos while en route to a military tribunal. His memories are bound by a mind-lock, preventing him from revealing vital information about the Crusade. As enemy psykers work hard to remove the mind-lock, the Imperial forces move quickly to stop Sturm jeopardising the entire Sabbat Worlds Crusade.

By request of Van V...more
Kristian Reinertsen
Traitor General is probably the most memorable of the Gaunt's Ghosts series to me, which is hard to differenciate because they're all excellent reads. What struck me particularly strong, is the chance to see everyday Chaos up close and at its worst.

By placing characters under not only threat of death but also ever-present evil, coupled with their horrible powerlessnes while chaos seeps into their skin, Traitor General takes WH40Ks grimdark trademark to a very personal level; one you can't shrug...more
Jona Marklund
Traitor General doesn't need a long review, it deviates a bit from the norm as far as Gaunt's Ghosts are concerned, however, if you've come this far, and loved the previous ones, you'll love this one as well.
The best book on the series so far!
Edoardo Albert
The most reliable author in the world continues in character, producing pacy, exciting, page turning military SF. In this book, Gaunt and a select team of his Ghosts are landed on an enemy occupied world tasked with finding and killing the traitor general of the title. Naturally they succeed, but as always Abnett makes the journey as exciting as the destination is satisfying.
Gaunt and a specially selected 'Dirty Dozen' infiltrate into a Chaos held world to assassinate a traitor general. Aside from how easy the party dispatched a Chaos Space Marine Havoc squad, the action was at its usual pulse pounding level and we get to read more about some interesting Ghosts. Typical fantastic Abnett writing.
Guilherme Trindade
Entertaining read for sci-fi war nerds. If you're not into Warhammer 40k, a lot of the charm will zoom by you like so many stray bullets.

The best thing I can say about the book is that the latter books get better.
A high ranking general has been turned by chaos. Gaunt and his ghosts must battle through legions of chaos to eliminate him. In this thrilling book epic battles rage and more of chaos's plans come to light.
Gabor Hernadi
An usual WH40k book, which means.... it was good! :) Gaunt's Ghosts are landed on a Chaos-infected planet to eliminate a traitor before he could reveal any military secrets to the enemy...
Although I haven't read the other GGs, I hear this is unique in its scope. I much preferred the 'dirty dozen' aspect to it, rather than focusing on entire regiments and such.
For me this book was pretty good, gave it a five, but I really ought to give it a one as one of my most favorite characters "disappears".
Glad to finally see that douchebag General Sturm dead, honorably or not. Hope Gaunt gets off Gereon alive.

Gereon resists!
I probably would have gotten more out of it if i read more of the beginning of the series.
No review needed really, 250 pages of mind candy. Sweet, sweet, candy.
Great sci fi/war book.
Best Gaunts Ghosts novel.
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