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Duty Calls (Ciaphas Cain #5)

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While assisting local forces quell widespread civil disorder, Commissar Cain and his regiment of Valhallans discover sinister forces are at work behind the scenes. With a rioting populace, aliens on the rampage, and the Inquisition poking their noses everywhere, how can the wily commissar ever find the easy life he prefers?
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Games Workshop
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Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This is the fifth book I read from Sandy Mitchell and Commissar Ciaphas Cain and his fateful sidekick Jurgen.

Again he returns to kick some Tyranids butts...
You've got Cain and Jurgen in Periremunda to quench a supposedly chaos riot. BUT because one enemy is not enough they soon discover that they are in the route of an invasion of Tyranids. OF COURSE, this was not enough and Cain and Jurgen have to deal with the Inquisition as well.

Not as fast as other books in my opinion and after reading 6 boo
Feb 10, 2011 Johnny rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The Harry Flashman of the Warhammer 40K universe is back (indeed, he thinks he is “behind the lines” so to speak) in Duty Calls, the second book of the second Ciaphas Cain trilogy. Unlike the second film of the “second” (actually released “first”) Star Wars trilogy, Duty Calls is more like Attack of the Clones (“second” film of the “first” but released “second” trilogy?) than The Empire Strikes Back. This is not to say that Duty Calls isn’t entertaining. It is rife with assassination attempts, s ...more
Oct 04, 2010 Angel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science_fiction
It took me a while to get through this one, but it was mostly because I have been reading other things, not a reflection of the book, which was excellent. Mitchell kept the excitement running all the way to the end making you wonder if the wily commissar would make it out alive. This is certainly a fine addition to the Ciaphas Cain series.

In this series, the commissar and his Valhallans have to help quell civil disturbances in Periremunda. However, the situation turns out to be much more compli
Apr 16, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
Ciaphas Cain finds himself in the middle of a political and civil skirmish on Periremunda, and discovers an evil scheme designed to bring the wrath of the tyranids to the plateaus of the planet. Not as humorous as the previous four Cain novels, but no less enjoyable as the mounting tension present from the soon to be arriving 'nids mixes well with the chemistry Cain exhibits with Amberley Vail, Jurgen, and other well-developed characters. Part of the great lure of this line of books is Cain's re ...more
Sep 21, 2007 Jeffrey added it
Recommends it for: Warhammer 40,000 fans
Shelves: nerdnovels
It's been a while since I've posted a review. I was going to try and post reviews for everything I read! Ambitious, but unrealistic. I don't even answer my emails in a timely fashion.
Anyway, 'Duty Calls' is another entertaining addition to Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain series, chronicling the exploits and accidental heroism of the reluctant protagonist.
Do I feel a little embarrassed that I'm reading mass market science fiction?
Apparently not.
Next to the Horus Heresy series and Dan Abnett's book
Dec 18, 2015 Dylan rated it really liked it
This book was pretty fun. Lots of Inquisitorial shenanigans that made me really want to play more Dark Heresy (one of the 40k RPGs). I don't have much else to say actually... it's more Commissar Cain, with all the tropes and cliches of the previous 4 books in the series. Good to see Inquisitor Vail come back though, she's an interesting character.
Jul 30, 2012 Tyler rated it really liked it
More of the same from the Ciaphas Cain series: Jurgen smells, Cain would've "gladly waked into the Eye of Terror" or whatever if he "knew what was coming," Amberly adds filler, etc. Good thing I always like all that. Also there's Chaos space Hitler.
Oct 03, 2008 Dave rated it really liked it
A quality finish to the Ciaphas Cain series...recommended! You don't need to have read all the other books in this series to get this one, but if you read the 4th book, it'll help as there are a lot of references to that one in this one...
Mar 25, 2016 Cat rated it it was amazing
This is a reread after roughly 4 or 5 years.

Ciaphas Cain is a clever antihero and the narrative (along with Vail's footnote commentary and inserts of relative information into the archive) is refreshingly candid, as well as hilarious. All of the books in this series are worth the read.
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It felt a little rushed at the end but it's still good stuff.
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Sandy Mitchell is a pseudonym of Alex Stewart, who has been a full-time writer since the mid nineteen eighties. The majority of his work as Sandy has been tie-in fiction for Games Workshop's Warhammer fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 science fiction lines. The exceptions have been a novelisation of episodes from the high tech thriller series Bugs, for which he also worked as a scriptwriter under his o ...more
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