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Salvation's Reach

(Gaunt's Ghosts #13)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,656 ratings  ·  84 reviews
The Tanith First-and-Only infiltrate an Imperial underwater ship and must wrestle it from Chaos cultists in the thirteenth book of this popular Imperial Guard series.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Games Workshop (first published October 1st 2011)
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Simon Clark
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The beginning of the end! Events have been set in motion which will bring us right to the very end of the series, and this book very much feels like a narrative which is just warming up. Rather like the first five minutes in a car on a cold morning, the book has the basic essentials of a novel - conflict, resolution, character development - similar to the car still having four wheels, three pedals, and a gearstick. But it also isn't satisfying on its own, leaves you a little cold, and misfires a ...more
Andrew Ziegler
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is number 13 in the Gaunt's Ghosts series. I basically read it in a day. It was like putting on a pair of your most comfy pants. Abnett took his time in this book and did the whole,"Let's Catch Up with EVERYONE" section of the novel that the last did not. Sure, it took 150 pages, but I loved it all, because...and this is Abnett's fault...because I love all of the characters. The Gaunt's series has become one of my favorites of all time. Some might look on that with scorn because it is ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Salvation's Reach was a new experience for me. Most of the Warhammer 40K books are centered around the far more famous Imperial Space Marines. This one is about an Imperial Guard Regiment- Gaunt's Ghosts aka the Tanith First.

This is taking place during the Sabbat Worlds Crusade and is under Warmaster Macroth. The Empire is in the middle of battling Archon Gaur of the Archenemy or Ruionous Powers. They have devised a strike plan to a place called Salvations Reach. If all goes according to plan th
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(That awkward moment when a Space Marine uses the phrase "sexual partner.")

Normally I wouldn't start a series on the thirteenth book but I came across the Salvation's Reach audiobook on YouTube and am always on the lookout for things to listen to during the long hours on my computer at work. Despite the large cast of characters, combined with the low sound quality of an illicit upload, Abnett pulled it off for me! The previous books would certainly have fleshed the story out more, but were ultim
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
One of my resolutions for this year was to read books about something other than Space Marines... Technically, I'm sticking to that resolution, because this is supposed to be a book about the Imperial Guard, so imagine my surprise when Space Marines show up!!

The Space Marines traveling w/ Warmaster Macaroth's Sabbat Worlds crusade have thus far stayed w/ the main battle group. They haven't bothered w/ the second front until now. 3, that's right, 3 Space Marines have agreed to join Colonel-Commis
Heinz Reinhardt
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This one sees the Tanith, fully reinforced by a new influx of Verghast and Belladon men and women, going back to war after a long absence. Their mission, this time, is not a front line stint, as per usual, but instead a deep strike, far behind enemy lines, to pilfer an Archenemy research station called Salvation's Reach.
As usual, Dan writes incredibly well done action scenes and smooth, life like dialogue. The issue I had with this one was that it just didn't do it for me. For whatever reason, i
David Ploss
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of doing the very first review of this book and had it featured on Black Library's website. here is a link to that review:

I'll quote some of it below:

Commissar Ploss returns to book reviews with Salvation’s Reach. The latest novel in the Gaunt’s Ghosts series of books.

“This book is bloody brilliant!”
~The Founding Fields

Note: this is an advanced review. The book will be available for purchase starting October 2011.

Well folks, i’ve final
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 13th in Dan Abnett's epic Gaunt's Ghost's series, not counting the Sabbat Worlds Anthology or the novella The Iron Star, and it's one of the better entries in the series.

Picking up where Blood Pact left off, Salvation's Reach begins with the Tanith 1st and Only preparing for a mission of such importance and secrecy that only a handful of them are even aware of their destination. Abnett spends a lot of time with the regiment during the muster before sending them off into battle, catc
Derek Weese
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the 13th book in the excellent Gaunt's Ghosts series, and it's a fantastic one.

The Ghosts have been sitting for quite a while, they've not been in the fires of war for quite some time. Their officers (And some of the Ghosts themselves) are concerned that they're losing their edge. If they don't get blooded soon, they'll lose their edge and never regain it.
Thankfully a golden opportunity arises.
A special ops mission, something the Tanith First and Only excel at, arises. The mission is to
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dan Abnett is a genius at this type of book. Alot of people throw scorn at the warhammer series of books especially warhammer 40,000 - But they don't realise there are authors like Dan Abnett writing within these series. He is a genius. He writes big war and campaigns better than most other authors out there, and he managers to give meaning and worth to the minature micro aspects of planning and organising a major offensive, so you get the whole picture. It makes it more believable, real, and it ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of the series and most thing Abnett, I was excited for this since completing BLOOD PACT. Well SALVATION'S REACH is no let down. The series we're already attached to and love suddenly takes them to a different place until you almost loathe what it does to them. However, this makes you realize the power and genius of Abnett's writing altogether. The story is delivered in great time and well packaged in a way that keeps it up paced and waiting for more. It is truly a fantastic read wi ...more
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love the Gaunts ghosts series of books.
The way the various stories and characters intertwine and move on is facinating.
That and knowing that none of them are actually safe makes for an edge to some of the situations that is missing in the books where you know certain characters are safe.

This book kicks off another Ghosts story arc and Dan does a really good job of ratcheting up the level of intregue and the feeling that it's actually all being put on the line this time.

If you are a fan you wo
I'm not sure how to classify these Warhammer books.

Military: Yes
Science Fiction: Kind of
Fantasy: Kind of. There is magic based horror.
In many ways they are post-apocalyptic. Technology has stagnated, although humanity continues to expand and exterminate anything not human.

Having said that, I am enjoying this book. The characters are engaging, and it is well written. I highly recommend reading it, if you enjoy military science fiction, or military fantasy. Is there a military fantasy category?
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

The Ghosts, Space Marines and space battles.....epic, Dan Abnett has done it again. The only problem is I have to wait for another book to be written now. Hopefully in the next book Ibram and Ana will finally realise they are meant for each other and get together, but then again he might drag it out a bit longer!
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warhammer-40k
Gaunt's Ghosts are always really cool! A bit slow to get started as they go through some of the manusha a military company. Still good and once the assaulted Salvation's Reach, absolutely awesome! I really loved the depiction of the boarding action that took place. The Space Marines were a lot of fun here too. ...more
Dec 21, 2015 added it
A total knockout. 3 Space Marines (Iron Snake, White Scar and Silver Guard) join Forces with Gaunt Ghosts to preform a suicidal cover op to the Archenemy HQ known as Salvation Reach. Those heroes will be also remembered as the Suicidal Kings. In addition, for the fans of Commisar Gaunt, there is the subliminal "I'm your father" moment which I will not spoil. ...more
Adam Whitehead
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Tanith First and Only, the Ghosts, have been newly-reinforced by fresh troops from Belladon and Verghast and are preparing for their most audacious operation yet. Using intelligence gained at great cost from a Chaos prisoner, the Imperium has located Salvation Reach, a top-secret research facility for the Sons of Sek, their most tenacious foe in the Sabbat Worlds Crusade. The Ghosts and several powerful allies having to mount a spaceborne assault on the facility, a single surgical strike whi ...more
Raymond Cox
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yet again I greatly enjoy when past events come back to haunt, or aid, a story. It shows good continuity and that the author actually cares about his own lore (shame on you Marvel and DC!). I also love to see a character arch grow and change and reach the denouement, as happens for more than one in this story. Bravo Mr. Abnett!
The action of this story is enjoyable, particularly the naval battle. And the interaction with the marines was intriguing. The continued assassination plot was a nice touc
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Sean McBride
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are ever looking for some incredible writing surrounding warfare, holy crap look no further. Abnett is a master, and somehow, he is able to keep each of these books unique. This is the 13th book in the series of Gaunt's Ghosts books, and we finally get to see some action with the Adeptus Astartes..otherwise known as Space Marines. I was really hoping for some amazing action with these Space Marines beside the Ghosts as they infiltrated the ship "Salvation's Reach", but there is only a cou ...more
Mark Thomas
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
So, the Ghosts are back on the front line where they belong! But they have been reinforced by new troops from vervunhive and Belladon. Due to this there are lots of new characters, new main characters and that for me is the fatal flaw of this book.

Over the last 12 books I have come to love the Tanith. Gaunt, MKoll, Rawne, Daur and the rest of the regiment. But now a dozen new Majors, Captains and Commissars have been thrown into the mix and to put it bluntly.... I just dont care!

I'm previous boo
Michael Dodd
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This follows closely on from Blood Pact; after their two-year stint cooling their heels on Balhaut, the Tanith First and Only are shipping out for their next mission, a task considered so suicidally dangerous the details are only revealed en-route. Aboard the battered, ancient ship the Highness Ser Armaduke and guided by unproven insider intelligence, the Ghosts make for remote Chaos outpost Salvation’s Reach where even their specialist skills will be sorely tested if they hope to succeed…and su ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
2.5 - 3

I see the urge to come up with something fresh and new in each book. It´s OK.

And the urge to come up with something quite well known what once (sadly) was solved in the previous books and now it´s missing a little bit. Yes, something what should draw attention and pull the trigger. Like to let stand out a cruel fething arsehole bastard and his comrades. Because we all miss someone like L. C., aren´t we?

And because there is so many good men dead, give the readers a compensation in a form
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What to say what hasn't been said, or isn't expected. Again 5 stars, cuz it's that good(doesnt mean that every one before it should get lower rank, its just you can't rank books higher when they do series justice). 13th time went into this series, few times before i expected fatigue or repetition, and it never happened, so now I just went in with joy, like returning home to your family, some you miss alot, some are good to see, some bring new additions. It is amazingly well done book, every para ...more
Riley Feldmann
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Warhammer 40,000 Universe: Pain, suffering, hopelessness, demonic creatures of the Warp, and death. In many ways, I should get sorely depressed reading the various novels that flit around within the world originally brought into being as a board game featuring miniature soldiers.

And yet, for one reason or another, I'm always dragged back. Part of the appeal is all of the horrific realism of life in the Imperium of Man; this ain't no set of novels for young adults. Another (and more importan
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
It took me a while to get used to the narrator's accents, and I had no idea this was book 13 when I started it, but I did quite like the story. I didn't like that so many story lines were incomplete, but now that I know this is a series, and the story lines are likely to be addressed in future books, I am not upset. Not great writing, but a nice pastime. I am definitely interested in finding the first of the series and starting from the beginning. ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 40k
I think Gaunt's Ghosts is reaching the point where too many side characters have been elevated into main characters. With so many characters though, it turns less from being about Gaunt and Rawne to more of a tale of the entire regiment. However as this is a relatively short book, I feel it was too spread out for it's length, Abnett needs to increase length as he increases amount of characters. About 2/3rds of this book is about characters en-route, with little combat. ...more
Brass Witch
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Abnett continues to deliver good action sequences, good character work and all the other stuff he's known for. However, Salvation's Reach feels less developed than the rest of the series, and becomes mostly build up with a somewhat disappointing resolution. There are traces of a great book here, but it lacks a few hundred pages to be one, as it is, it's just about the bottom end of the Gaunt's Ghosts saga. ...more
Carl Phillips
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A superb book in the series that showcases Dan Abnett at his best. A great story that was layered, structured and delivered superbly (and without the too-early peak that the author is often guilty of). Felt the new plot and character additions added a new layer to the series now that its heading into the final plot-arc.

Possibly the best book of the series so far.
Flyss Williams
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book 13 in the Gaunts Ghosts series, continues where blood pact left off, using the information provided by the chaos defector, Mabbon. The ghosts launch an offensive on the Chaos held stronghold of salvations reach a mission so important it could turn the tide of the Sabbat Worlds crusade. A mission so dangerous they are even afforded the help of three Space Marines! !
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