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Traitor General (Gaunt's Ghosts #8)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,915 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Under the orders of Archon Urlock Gaur, the forces of Magister Sek have pushed into the Khan group of the Sabbat Worlds and captured a high ranking Imperial Lord General. Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt and a hand picked team of his Tanith elite have been tasked with the re-capture or assassination of this vital officer.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Black Library Publishing (first published 2004)
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Andrew Ziegler
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time Abnett spends the entire novel on one specialized group of the Ghosts for an entire mission. Unlike the first books of the series, the scale is much smaller, more intimate, and therefore the pace is much quicker.

I chewed through this one relatively quicker than the other novels, it was standard fare for the more character driven 40K novels. I found the first 7 books in the series to be much more epic, every book was another planet to take or hold.

This book, as stated in t
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Pat by: Gus
This is the first book in the Lost series by Dan Abnett and starts out with Gaunt assembling a team to to go on a top secret mission labeled as Gerond. As soon as that strike force gets there though all they see is hell its a chaos infected world where even the people have given up and there is only small amounts of resistance. this book is good and kept me wondering the whole time if the team was gonna survive.
Bruce Robertson
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Incredible first novel to the continuing Gaunt's Ghosts series. He explores the weird world of Chaos as if he'd been there and met the many varied characters in person. He must have put a hell of a lot of thought into this, and it shows in the quality of the novel.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best stealth WH 40k novel.
Adam Whitehead
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gereon, a Chaos-held planet in the Sabbat Worlds that has been under total enemy occupation for years. The local resistance forces, their hopes for liberation ebbing, are overjoyed when Ibram Gaunt arrives on Gereon, but less so when it is revealed that he only has a dozen troopers with him, and their mission is not liberation, but the assassination of a traitor...

Over the course of the Gaunt's Ghosts series, Dan Abnett has toyed with and tested the limits of what he can do with these books seve
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I když ve vesmíru existuje jenom válka, Abnett se snaží, aby byla pokaždé trochu jiná. Už jsme měli zákopové bitvy alá první světová, hájení města před nekonečnými útoky nepřátel... teď máme výsadek v srdci nepřítele. Žádné armády, jen malá jednotka, která se snaží nenápadně splnit úkol v týlu nepřítele, ve světě propadlém Chaosu... a stihnout to dřív, než se sami pod vlivem okolního světa promění.
Generálovu zradu zatím beru jako jednu z nejlepších věcí ze světa Warhammeru - možná i tím, jak je
Rosalie Morris
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I've been rampaging through the Gaunt's Ghost's series. This was the first book where I didn't always feel like reading. It was still a good read, but it was my least favorite of the series so far. The whole setting felt really confusing in the first 60ish pages. Like most of the books in the series it has a long build up and then finishes too fast in the last 50 or so pages. It's the first time this has bothered me.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, military
The mission was simple : kill him!
The general heading for the court martial was kidnapped by the forces of Chaos and his mind was stripped from layers and layers of psyker induced protection. If Chaos got in to his mind, the imperial forces would face anihilation.
Commissar Ibram Gaunt and his team was deployed into the enemy territory facing the Chaos ridden planet in desperate hope to finish the mission and not be devoured by heresy and Chaos influence.

Sean Scott
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my absolute favorite novel in the Gaunt's Ghosts series. There's just something about the small 12-man squad filled with the majority of the fan-favorites. Once I started, I couldn't stop until I finished it!
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
It was quite nice to see Abnetts original writing style - I mean not the translation. Good, harsh and awesome. So is the story. Well, I need next book more than ever before. By the Holy Throne of Terra, I really need to read the next fething book. ...more
Dan Findlay-Robinson
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great addition to the series, takes all your favourite ghosts on an undercover mission to the world of Gereon, very good read but one to pick up after you’ve grown to love the characters as knowing them and caring about them adds to the experience
Daniel O'Brien
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
2 stars.

A significant step backwards. Disappointing, slow, and lacking in any of Abnett's redeeming features. Even the world-building was a disappointment.
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Michael T Bradley
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very different sort of Ghosts book in that only a select group of Ghosts even appear. This book focuses on a team of maybe eight Ghosts dropped onto a planet overrun by the forces of Chaos. Our team has to deal with the ever-tempting spiral of turning to Chaos, as well as a bunch of villains, in order to fulfill their duty, which is on a need to know basis.

This is both one of the most depressing of the Ghosts books, as there are no real "right" choices, and everything just presses home the the
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The eighth book of the Gaunt's Ghosts series sees Gaunt and half his command cadre and elite soldiers on a mission to the Chaos-held world of Gereon, their first mission without the presence of Colm Corbec. Their goal is to secure or eliminate a captured Imperial officer before he can reveal vital information to the Chaos forces. Making the mission more difficult still, Imperial high command have given them only thirty days to complete their mission before they will be considered corrupted beyon ...more
Richard Tran
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warhammer-40k, sci-fi
Traitor General

Lord-General Noches Sturm, the disgraced senior officer relieved of command during the siege on Vervunhive when caught attempting to desert, is captured by the forces of Chaos while en route to a military tribunal. His memories are bound by a mind-lock, preventing him from revealing vital information about the Crusade. As enemy psykers work hard to remove the mind-lock, the Imperial forces move quickly to stop Sturm jeopardising the entire Sabbat Worlds Crusade.

By request of Van V
Richard Thomason
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gw-sci-fi-read
As Strong As Ever

This series carries on from The Saint omnibus with four new stories in the sabbat worlds crusade, starting off with a mission on Gereon where a general known to the ghosts has been taken captive, either that or he turned, a small team of Ghosts try to track him down to either rescue or assassinate him, and in the process have to deal with a chaos world in the making, whilst Gaunt is away the ghosts are disbanded and when he returns he has to bring them back together, His Last Co
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it
A smashing opening for the Lost cycle. Abnett really outdoes himself here, painting a frighteningly vivid picture of a formerly Imperial planet slowly succumbing to Chaos domination. The insidious, ill-defined nature of Chaotic corruption, one of if not _the_ central issues in the 40k universe, is on full display here. Abnett threads the needle perfectly, doing justice to both its Manichean and more traditionally Christian, choice-based aspects--the line between corrupt and pure is repeatedly bl ...more
Kristian Reinertsen
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Traitor General is probably the most memorable of the Gaunt's Ghosts series to me, which is hard to differenciate because they're all excellent reads. What struck me particularly strong, is the chance to see everyday Chaos up close and at its worst.

By placing characters under not only threat of death but also ever-present evil, coupled with their horrible powerlessnes while chaos seeps into their skin, Traitor General takes WH40Ks grimdark trademark to a very personal level; one you can't shrug
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the background scenes in the first half where we got a very imaginative and interesting take on a world under Chaos rule, but in general I much prefer the entries in this series with large military engagements involving the whole regiment rather than the special mission ones focussed on a small number of characters or at least the ones that blend the two approaches.

Still even though this is licensed fiction, it is hands down my favourite military SF series.
Edoardo Albert
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The most reliable author in the world continues in character, producing pacy, exciting, page turning military SF. In this book, Gaunt and a select team of his Ghosts are landed on an enemy occupied world tasked with finding and killing the traitor general of the title. Naturally they succeed, but as always Abnett makes the journey as exciting as the destination is satisfying.
I.F. Adams
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Best in the series by far. A small special ops team inserting deep behind enemy lines to perform an assassination. Neat on many levels, excellent setting, good imagery. As opposed to the usual pulpy crap (which I admittedly like) I actually can recommend this one to people who aren't necessarily fans of the universe as a whole.
Gaunt and a specially selected 'Dirty Dozen' infiltrate into a Chaos held world to assassinate a traitor general. Aside from how easy the party dispatched a Chaos Space Marine Havoc squad, the action was at its usual pulse pounding level and we get to read more about some interesting Ghosts. Typical fantastic Abnett writing.
Guilherme Trindade
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Entertaining read for sci-fi war nerds. If you're not into Warhammer 40k, a lot of the charm will zoom by you like so many stray bullets.

The best thing I can say about the book is that the latter books get better.
Jona Marklund
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Traitor General doesn't need a long review, it deviates a bit from the norm as far as Gaunt's Ghosts are concerned, however, if you've come this far, and loved the previous ones, you'll love this one as well.
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A high ranking general has been turned by chaos. Gaunt and his ghosts must battle through legions of chaos to eliminate him. In this thrilling book epic battles rage and more of chaos's plans come to light.
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gaunt smiled at Feygor. “You know,” he said. “I knew there was a reason I brought you along.”
Again and again Dan Abnett manages to keep it all fresh and non tiring. This time group is smaller times running out. And tensions get stronger.

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