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Ciaphas Cain: Defender of the Imperium (Ciaphas Cain #4-6)

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The legendary Commissar Ciaphas Cain, lauded as one of the great heroes of the Imperium, finds himself thrust onto the battlefield again. Cain wants nothing more than to keep out of trouble and get to the other side of his commission in one piece, but the war-torn 41st millennium has other ideas. Confronted with the powers of Chaos and hordes of alien foes, our intrepid Co ...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published December 9th 2010 by Games Workshop (first published 2010)
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Jay Javier
I've almost given up on the 40K universe with its immensely purple prose and steroid-driven fatalism. More than a couple of novels I've tried have left me wanting to mount my own Waaaaaagh! in frustration with the thickly lathered on scifi angst but the Ciapahas Cain books reeled me back in. Quite happily too. The Cain books are smartly written, with our none too reliable narrator Ciaphas Cain appearing to be a cross between Harry Flashman and Blackadder but smack dab in the middle of the sci fi ...more
Sarah ♥ Vutch forever ♥
It was a fun read. Cain is one of my fave characters ever and let's not forget Jurgen. It was also great to get another glimpse of the necrons who are my fave species in the WH 40K universe.
Ray Thompson
If you like military science fiction, look this up. If you like Warhammer 40K novels, you definitely need to add this to your collection. This is the second omnibus in this series (and the first one I read, I forgot the first at home before leaving for vacation). It comprises three novels spanning Commisar Cain's career following a loose story arc. Also included are two short stories.

There is plenty of action, plenty of intrigue, and plenty of humor as the reader is hurtled along Sandy Mitchell'
The Imperium is a fascist, oppressive, and despotic institution. And yet it is the least of all evils in the 40k universe, and is thus worthy of preservation! Enter Ciaphas Cain, fervent and unyielding defender of the Imperium (or so the holo-picts claim)!

Commissar Ciaphas Cain is among my favorite fictional characters. Roguish and cunning, he sorta reminds me of Cudgel from Jack Vance's "Eyes of the Overworld"/"Cudgel's Saga".

Unlike another past Cain omnibus ("Hero of the Imperium", which des
Mary Catelli
This is an omnibus of Death or Glory, Duty Calls, and Cain's Last Stand, with two additional short stories. The second omnibus. They feature an adventure early in his career, one in the middle of it, and one after he had left active duty for teaching at a schola in retirement. Though there is a thread pulling them together, it's not the main plot line.

Cain is himself throughout. Whatever you conclude him to be: a self-absorbed dirty coward with fantastical luck, good and bad, and an exceedingly
Richard Tran
Another great entry in the Warhammer 40k universe and the Ciaphas Cain saga. This omnibus contains the fourth through sixth books of Ciaphas Cain. The stories tie in very nicely and shows how the actions of the first book continues to have consequences in the later ones. I think the best thing about this series is the amount of humor that Sandy Mitchell manages to interject. Ciaphas Cain is considered a Hero of the Imperium but believes mainly in saving his own neck and playing to the audience. ...more
Liam Cassidy
The sequel to Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium, Defender of the Imperium collects the second set of three books in the series (along with some extra short stories) and further flesh out the adventures of the intrepid Commissar Ciaphas Cain. If you were a fan of the first omnibus then you are probably going to enjoy this book, though some readers may find the books too similar to be worth their time reading. For my part, I found the stories in the second omnibus to be entertaining and useful fo ...more
I love the Ciaphas Cain books, even if Sandy Mitchell does repeat a lot of the same words or ideas in the books. For example he seems to absolutely adore the word 'lugubrious'.
Stephan Lindkvist
The second Ciaphas Cain Omnibus is at least as good as the last one. The difference between the last one and this is that the stories here a well connected in each other in a way that the earlier ones weren't.

It's the same recipe as earlier Cain stories: Cain stumbles in to trouble while trying his best to keep out of it just to be praised as an even greater hero. Rinse, repeat and laugh!
This one took me a long time to read, which I did in segments starting more than a year ago. Honestly the first book was good and the latter two dragged, but I am still a big fan of Cain and will definitely pick up the next omnibus.
Peter Smith
My personal saviour is back and ready for conniving and out right shenanigans. Like everything else Mr Mitchell does this series of stories is quality through and through.
A coward who inadvertently saves the day, and slowly becomes the hero he pretends to be. This just screams my kind of story, and it is very light hearted for a 40k book
Seth Smith
Another good Cain omnibus, however, this one was rather too easy to put down, so it took m longer to read than it should have.
Really just more of the same. There's nothing in this Cain omnibus that wasn't in the previous one, and that includes the flaws.
The first two books of this omnibus were better. The Cain stories are more enjoyable when he is with the Valhallans.
Timothy Holland
good book but you have to read the pervious story with the shadow light before it.
Shayne Wright
Great story and full of laughs
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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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Other Books in the Series

Ciaphas Cain (9 books)
  • For The Emperor
  • Caves of Ice
  • The Traitor's Hand
  • Death or Glory
  • Duty Calls
  • Cain's Last Stand
  • The Emperor's Finest
  • The Last Ditch
  • The Greater Good
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