Gaunt's Ghosts: The Saint
In the blood-soaked Sabbat Worlds Crusade, the massed ranks of the Imperium battle the dark forces of Chaos for dominion. At the forefront of this conflict are the Imperial Guard - untold numbers of ordinary soldiers fighting to preserve the Emperor's holy realm. Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt and the men of the Tanith First and Only are at the heart of this struggle. Force...more
It won't be to everyone's taste, but if you like a good shot of testosterone with your coffee, tempered with mysticism and half an eye on historical conflicts, this is a book t ...more
Sabbat Martyr is literally one long cityfight, with a small break between a skirmish at the beginning and the real battle about a third of the way in. It makes the book feel rather shorter than the previous three, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, and only fitting for the climax of t ...more
This is ripping good military fiction with great characters that make me think of some of the people I served with. Each new battlefield is fully realized, with new challenges and complications. The thrust ...more
Dan Abnett continues with another excellent omnibus of Ghost novels.
The Tanith have new blood added to the regiment fresh from their pyrrhic victory at Verghast. The disillusioned verghast ghosts bring new heroes and new discord to the senior staff as the Ghosts arrive in new deadly battlezones and begin to face the archenemies elite soldiers, The Blood Pact.
This omnibus contains books IV-VII of Dan Abnett's amazingly good 'Gaunt's Ghosts' series detailing the exploits of a single regiment of the Imperial Guard during the Sabbat Worlds Crusade. As I said, amazingly good. If you've not read these, even if you don't care for Warhammer 40,000, do so. They're among the best military science fiction EVER written (truly) and they all have ...more
At least, from what I can remember. The early books were great too, and subsequent novels missed the mark (Honour Guard in particular). This is a return to form.
Abnett explores issues of faith, as Chaos prepare to launch a massive attack on a tactically worthless world: why? Because Saint Sabbat has been reincarnated.
Gaunt is sceptical in the beginning. He knows in his heart the saint is an imposter, simply a pawn Lugo is attempting to use for his po ...more
Fantastic omnibus. I'll admit I find it hard at times to adapt to the whole idea that, for all their awesomeness, the Ghosts aren't the heroes of the war (yet, anyway). Each book tends to end rather suddenly, usually with an epilogue that ties up the current conflict in a few pages, a conflict that's won by, well, everyone else.
It's more about the soldiers than the war, how the ac ...more
Very good, would recommend..
I have jjust bought the next series, the Lost and was laughed at a lot by my wife who noticed the 'Geek chic' sign right above the books...ok yes I may have got involved with the warhammer world about 20 years ago and am now ...more
The best thing about The Saint is that I never felt like anyone had too much 'plot armour.' There was always enough risk to your favourite characters to feel, y'know, actually dangerous. After all they're only the ...more
Wondering if Dan Abnett has spent time in New Zealand - some of the language he uses certainly seems to indicate as much.
Bloody good novel thus far, anyway. Now up to Straight Silver.