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Necropolis

(Gaunt's Ghosts #3)

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On the shattered world of Verghast,Gaunt and his Ghosts find themselvesembroiled within an ancient and deadly civilwar as a mighty hive-city is besieged by anunrelenting foe.
On the world of Verghast, a grinding war between two hive cities - one loyal to the Imperium, the other fallen to the worship of the Dark Gods - is bolstered by the forces of the Astra Militarum, spea
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Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 21st 2005 by The Black Library (first published 2000)
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Simon Clark
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OK hear me out.

I don't often give out perfect ratings, and I'd like to stress that this book has flaws: as usual Abnett rushes the ending, the geography can be confusing, and sometimes it takes itself far too seriously. But for military science fiction this is as good as it gets. Just the right level of cliches, some incredibly imaginative imagery, and a huge amount of action. In fact if I was to isolate one aspect of the book to put on a pedestal, the scale of the action is unlike anything I've
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Andrew Ziegler
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is funny that Abnett states that he really got his groove writing about the Tanith Regiment by this novel in his introduction to the first Omnibus, The Founding. Funny because it is so true. Here the characters are matured and defined and stuck in Hell. The Ghosts don't show for the first 50 pages of the book, and when they do it is unheralded and anonymously as per usual.



Necropolis is a story of a knock dawn, drag out, to the last man defense of a city. The body count is in the 100,000s and
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Vinh-Thang
Welll isn't this the best Ghost novel so far !

This book is about heroism heroism cowardice cowardice heroism cowardice HEROISM HEROISM HEROISM.

Great female characters too, much needed.
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Martin
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warhammer-40k, sci-fi
Necropolis

The beginning of the novel is told from many perspectives - ranging from the rich nobility to low-class civilians - and tells of the opening phases of the siege on Vervunhive. The mega-city's neighbouring hive, Ferrozoica, amasses an army and marches on their former rival with an unknown agenda. The Vervun Primary militia prepares to repel the invasion forces, but as Vervunhive's High Master refuses to believe that Ferrozoica has mobilised against them, they are not given permission to
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Stuart
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read. Review to follow soon.
Duncanator
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about an assault by chaos, on a giant city. Gaunt's regiment and a few others are brought in to solve the problem, but they're facing ridiculous odds and a chaos warleader. This one is about a siege. Most of these books seem to concentrate on a particular aspect of warfare. They're all great so far. ...more
James Wetherill
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A definite highlight of the series!
Love this novel
Zach Perry
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Original Review at Journey to Nowhere: https://journey2nowhere.com/2019/09/1...

My epic reread of the Gaunt’s Ghosts series by Dan Abnett continues with the third installment, Necropolis. Coming off a victory on Monthax, the Ghosts, along with a number of other imperial guard regiments, are redirected from the next Crusade push to help resolve an inter-hive conflict on an industrial world known as Verghast. This world’s manufacturing facilities are one of the major suppliers of war resources for
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Zane Blanton
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A return to form for the Gaunt's Ghosts series. This one is sort of like the battle of Stalingrad, with of course a lot of political drama in the background. Sometimes Dan Abnett is very fanciful in his combat, especially in the climactic scene, but also hey it's Warhammere 40k. Other than that I don't understand Gaunt's shtick of "I'm just a common soldier" when he's from a storied military family and is also from the commissarial unit which presumably means he should understand the political i ...more
Bookhode
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Feth yeah, this is the Warhammer 40k book I was waiting for! Even though all WH40k novels I've read so far have had their fair share of interesting characters, action, Chaos plots, Imperial politics, blood, guts, bravery and duty, it was finally here in "Necropolis" where all those elements really meshed together, and combined with an exciting last stand story, to provide a completely engaging and meaningful experience for the reader.

When massive industrial city of Vervunhive is suddenly attacke
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Stewart Crichton
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the third in Abnett's popular Ghost series. By this stage (and in his own words) he's clearly getting to grips not only with his characters, but with the 40K setting as well. Whilst later books may be better laid out, or have more diverse characterisation, for me Necropolis is the best and most gripping of the series.

Throughout the violent siege of Vervunhive by the Chaos-tainted forces of Zoica, Abnett strives to show the war from the view of civilians, guardsmen and Lords of the Hive.
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Flyss Williams
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 The Ghosts find themselves on the trade planet of Verghast sent to defend the city of Vervenhive against an attack from a rival hive faction. It soon becomes clear this attack is not a takeover bid but an attempt to destroy the hive totally this can only be the work of Chaos, but who is the puppet master this time?
Adam Whitehead
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Supplying the vast armies of the Imperium with their weapons of war are the hive worlds, industrialised planets consisting of huge city-states called hives which churn out the hundreds of thousands of vehicles, millions of weapons and billions of munitions required for the Imperium to wage war on its foes. The individual hives on any one world are very competitive with one another, sometimes even to the point of open conflict.

On Verghast, the hive-states of Vervunhive and Ferrazoica, vital suppl
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Gilbert Stack
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Abnett finally hits his stride in the third Gaunt’s Ghost novel. Part of the reason he’s so successful here may be that this is the first true novel of the series. The others are braided collections of short stories. Yet in Necropolis, Abnett takes the time to fully develop a great hive manufacturing world falling before the onslaught of chaos and he puts his imperial armed forces—especially the Ghosts—smack in the middle of it.

The Ghosts are light infantry who specialize in infiltration, but ke
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Scott
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best Gaunt novel so far.

The setting of the hive city under constant siege by Chaos forces is grim and gritty, and provides a perfect backdrop for this novel. The novel opens with multiple POVs setting up the various factions and characters vying for power. Gaunt and his men are well written, with each major character having their own unique role to play, and mesh well (or unwell, depending) with the new soldiers and officers in this setting. I have particularly grown to like Colonel Colm Cor
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Krzysztof
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The premise behind this one is solid, but I found the execution lacking. Firstly, the fragmented POV of this book is, for the first in the series, an issue - it puts focus all over the place, often introducing names and places that are immediately discarded in favour of other names and places. Secondly, it completely shafts several motifs that are basically forgotten about until the very end of the book, when they are closed off in a very anticlimactic fashion. And then there's the climax of the ...more
Cloak88
A stellar book in a good series by celebrated author Dan Abnett.

This is the third novel in the Gaunt's Ghost series and features the Tanith 1st led by Commissar Gaunt in the defense of the Massive Hive City Vervun. As can be expected form this series there is much more to this than straight military action (of which there is plenty), but also internal politics, backstabbing and inter regimental animosity to content with.

Overall this is a novel I greatly enjoyed! The Voicacting of Toby Longworth
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Michael Dodd
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On the Imperial world Verghast, the inhabitants of Vervunhive are stunned when their old-enemy-turned-ally hive Ferrozoica launches an all-out assault. As Imperial Guard reinforcements, including the Ghosts, join in the defence of Vervunhive, it becomes clear that this is much more than a trade war – Ferrozoica has been turned to Chaos.

It’s easy to see why so many people consider this the best of the series, as it’s got absolutely everything. The scope of the book is huge, but by combining myria
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Sean Goh
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Starts slow by telling a story from the POV of some civilian /planet-side characters, before jumping into the deep end of siege defense culminating in off-world (read Gaunt's Ghosts and friends) aid being called in. Introduces some sorely needed female characters, and the interplay between the Ghosts and the planetsiders is refreshing to see. The tension is laid on throughout as the taint of chaos becomes increasingly apparent, and the build up is great, even if the climactic battle feels a litt ...more
Caitlin Maxwell
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another great story about the Tanith First and Only and Gaunt himself! I quite enjoyed this novel and it kept me captivated until the end! Seeing Gaunt really step up towards the end and take command, but sticking to his roots and still leading by example was fantastic. As someone who strongly believes in leading by example and only assigning work if I'd also be willing to get my hands dirty too, it really spoke to me. I only rated it 4 out of 5 stars due to a few grammatical errors and as m ...more
Ponge
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm continuing to enjoy this series.
The book starts off slow introducing quite a large amount of characters. You really get rewarded for the slower start in the middle and end of the book. I really enjoyed the whole story and everytime I had to stop reading I was looking forward to the next train ride to/from work!
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Daniel O'Brien
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Abnett keeps getting better. Great pacing, solid characterisations, brutal survival rate, decent prose, and masterful world building. At least by the standards of highly-entertaining action sci-fi trash :D

Super keen to read the rest of the series.
Adam
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into the story as it has quite a slow beginning. As soon as Gaunt and his ghosts show up the book steps up the pace and I was hooked.
A really good read from the warhammer 40k universe.
Wayne
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easily the best of this trilogy, now there is a feeling of familiarity in the characters. It is the first to follow one full mission with the Ghosts, and it is epic in it's vision of war and expertly delivered. ...more
John
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, owned
Abnett finally hits his stride in the series in this book. A huge jump in quality here. The grinding descent into the hell of urban warfare in a hive city against Chaos-warped fanatics is great, and really sets up the importance of the final last-ditch gambit.
Mario Acanda
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dan Abnett is REALLY good at drawing the scope of warfare in the 41st millenium setting. The loss of life is so staggering in this novel yet so inconsequential to the Imperium at large. Very poignant.
Jack Lincoln
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Personally, Necropolis was an outstanding read that added a whole host of new characters and settled a lot of lore-oriented questions, with plenty of harrowing action interspersed throughout. All in all, an excellent read.
Mark Durkin
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome

Have to say Dan Abnett is a great writer. He really painted a picture of scenery in this book so much so that I could see the places he described when I closed the book. Awesome
Harrison Holmes
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally done this one, took a while. Super strong intro, and some of the most emotional closing chapters in 40k literature, this would be a perfect 5/5 if it hadn't dragged in the middle. Might have to revisit this one in a while ...more
Ian James Hughes
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars.

Still absolutely shamelessly enjoying these books. Solid characters and great sense of scale but can be a little tough to follow exactly whats happening at some fast moving points. That's probably an issue caused by the audiobook though to be fair.
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