The last warriors of a dead world, the Tanith First and Only follow their charismatic commander, ColonelCommissar Ibram Gaunt, through the deadly wars of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade in search of glory and honour – if they can survive their Chaostainted enemies and the contempt of their fellow Imperial Guard units.
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Dan Abnett writes some good action scenes; although some of the actual warfare, weapons and tactics seem a bit out of place in a SF setting (it opens with a set piece that's more or less out of WW I trench warfare, complete with poison gas...)
Very little about the Warhammer 40K background, setting and tech level is explained - which mostly doesn't matter to the story, but is a bit frustrating as a ...more
In an overall, Dan Abnett is a great amazing writer. I'm not a fan of eternal battles but Dan puts into his writing humanity. And that, I confess, saves the day. He doesn't describe a battle to the boring detail of how many soldiers go to the front, how many bullets are lost, how many tanks go meeting their creator. No. Dan writes about people, for people. You f ...more
I studied History, military history being my specialty. I come from a Marine/Navy family. I know soldiers and sailors well, I know what makes them tick, and I am immersed in the culture.
Dan Abnett, comic writer, a man who has never served, understands m ...more
These works are military SF. Bad things happen in them. Good characters get killed. But they have very dramatic plots, and many vividly drawn characters. Filled with honor and friendship and valor. Ibram Gaunt is a deeply developed character, and at any time, a dozen or so Ghosts are major characters. He does a massively multi-POV that lets in him get in a large scope of the battles they are in.
(One trick he has is to develop a character in a sho ...more
If you are a Warhammer 40k fan, then basically anythig Dan Abnett writes should be automatically added to your library. Gaunt's Ghosts, in particular, is an excellent series, better than any other in Warhammer, from my point of view. When it comes to fiction, I have come to be in the habbit of judging extended series based on how many characters from it I remember the names and personalities of-in short, how many the author makes me give a damn about. For this.....the list is enormous. By the ...more
Not much on extended charcter descriptions, most development is done through the action and the way the characters act throughout action sequences.
Can be somewhat confusing if you aren't familiar with the Warhammer 40k universe.
Has plenty of action, and being an Imperial Guard novel, there's potentially a cast of billions. Abnett focuses on a few key characters, and throws in the occasional "red shirt" who gets name-checked just prior to being killed.
The Ghosts are a rough-and-ready bunch, and tend to be looked down upon by more established ...more
While on the one hand these three books are genre rubbish, a mix of military sci-fi drivel leavened with a dash of Warhammer 40,000`s blend of bloody gothic horror, the vast of characters have a lot of humanity spread among them. Most of the characters act with an internal drive greater than "because the plot required it at the time." This is most obvious in the third book in this omnibus, "Necropolis." ...more
First and Only: According to the introduction, at one point this was the best-selling book published by Black Library. I get the sense this book came out quite early in the Black Library's run, or at least in Abnett's career, as it's marred by some weird issues - The Guard is all male, Chaos Space M ...more
First and Only: It was after I read this one and the second that I found out that the second was partially short stories originally published else where, merged into a novel. There is a bit of jumping ...more
So: The Founding. I read this back in the day, several years ago, when I was beginning to be somewhat remotely interested in the Warhammer 40k universe. I needed background and plot seed fodder for my newly-minted Dark Heresy roleplaying group and I thought, "Hey, why not? It's a collection of novels about some Imperial Guard, who I'm not really all that interested in, because, quite frankly, ...more