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Duty Calls (Ciaphas Cain #5)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  718 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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
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
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
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
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
Timothy Holland
A good story, however it seemed to have a bit too much going on. Fantastic Ending.
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.
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...
Carlos Arsenio Garcia
It felt a little rushed at the end but it's still good stuff.
Dirk Heinz
Good stuff, yet again. The commissar never disappoints
another solid entry in the Commissar Cain series
this is an exciting book lots of action
Aug 31, 2010 Graham rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: pulp
good pulp
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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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