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His Last Command (Gaunt's Ghosts #9)

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Returning from a long mission on a Chaos world, Commissar Gaunt finds that his old regiment - nicknamed Gaunt's Ghosts - has been disbanded and redeployed under a new commander. But when the fighting becomes bitter, Gaunt is finally reunited with his men as the Imperial forces make one last attempt to hold the line against the invaders.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 12th 2006 by Black Library Publishing (first published 2005)
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Andrew Ziegler
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although I greatly enjoyed the last novel, Traitor General, I was really pleased that His Last Command brought back the entire regiment and the grand scale from the other novels in this series.

I love that even more division is driven into the Ghosts, with the new mutt unit. I loved that even more division was built in with the small return cadre of heroes from the secret mission from the previous novel.

I moved through this novel quickly and ate up the action and characters. Abnett wears these ch
Richard Tran
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"His Last Command" has Gaunt and his team return from the suicide mission on the chaos-held world of Gereon, only to be presumed corrupt by Imperial high command, who refuse to believe anyone could endure the taint of chaos for as long as Gaunt and his team have - more than two years have passed since the events of "Traitor General". Although they manage to avoid execution, their return is bittersweet, as they discover that with Gaunt and Rawne gone, the Tanith First-and-Only was merged with a B ...more
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k, sci-fi
His Last Command

After sixteen months of fighting as part of the Gereon Resistance, Colonel-Commissar Gaunt and his team escape the Chaos-held world and return to Imperial territory. Instead of praise and acknowledgement of their actions, the Ghosts are met with deep mistrust and abuse. Saved from execution in Camp Xeno on Ancreon Sextus by Junior Commissar Nahum Ludd, Gaunt and the Ghosts are briefly re-united with Lord-General Van Voytz before facing trial by the Commissariat. However, halfway
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Hilmi Isa
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
My latest obsession of Warhammer 40000 (40K) drives me to read this novel! Last Command (LC) is actually a part of series of novels under the main title ; Gaunt’s Ghost. Based on my research in the internet, there are 16 in total! Please check it out in the internet for further information regarding on Warhammer 40K and Gaunt’s Ghosts.
In my opinion, Dan Abnett is a good writer and story-teller. Not only the story of the novel has a steady and exciting flow and plots, but, the narration style mad
Igor Markovic
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well written, with a wide pallete of new characters (the first gaunts ghosts book I read was traitor general, so 80% of the characters were new and few old characters dont appear in this book), His Last Command gives the reader a nice view of ground level of vast Imperial Guard forces, command and bravado of regular humans (unlike astartes novels). The plot is a bit too undertoned and you have no actual idea what is going on until the very end, with few unanswered questions probably concluding i ...more
Jul 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: WH40k Fans, military fiction fans
Shelves: justfinished
Yet another Gaunt's ghosts book from Dan Abnet, and yet another battle against the Blood Pact. You would think that the formulas would get old, but the introduction of a few new characters makes this one interesting. Abnet really seems to nail the grit of light infantry combat, at least for the layman. The futuristic/fantastic elements which are present in a warhammer 40k novel are present here as well, but aside from some genetic engineering and some teleporting, are fairly small elements, reli ...more
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy
Recommended to Pat by: Gus
His last commmand is the second book in the lost series series by Dan Abnett and is following the story of "Gaunts Ghosts". after the Gerond mission Gaunt and his special team return to find themselves branded as traitors and heretics and eventually the ghosts are able to join there old squad again except for their leader Gaunt who gets restationed with a new regiment. This book is a good installment of this series and constanly keeps you wondering if Gaunt can return to his Ghosts.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-scifi, scifi
This one frustrated me at first but quickly overcame that frustration with how interesting the storyline was. We get to glimpse deeper into the heart of Gaunt and into the minds of those that know only war and more war, while also seeing those exposed to war at the first. It truly shows the carnage both physically and mentally wrought by war.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another rip-roaring Ghost's novel from arguably the best black library writer.

The set-pieces and characterisation are excellent with POV from both imperial and chaos combatants. Dan Abnett more than anyone else brings the imperial war machine to life with descriptions of the commissariat, non-coms and the whole routine of war.

An excellent addition to the series.
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Sprawling alien cities shelter the forces of chaos as the imperial crusade battles them, for evey inch of them. Gaunt and his ghosts return in this noel to face chaos on different terms. This book expans the adventure of gaunts and his ghosts in this thrilling sequel!
Patrik Olterman
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
This book was a brilliant read at a neck breaking pace. The Gaunt's ghost series is the best series of war novels I have read to date. It is band of brothers set in a dark distant future.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For all my readings by Dan Abnett it never gets dull or repetitive, after last book we get to see its impact again on everyone. There are changes in people and i love to read it. another great book.
Anamaria Ionescu
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
well i play chaos but i could not help but like this book.
John Scott
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! Loved it, one of the best of the series, even referenced it in one of my own books. In fact, I think I used it as an actual weapon!
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Simply incredible series... does not disappoint.
Seth Smith
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is, THE BEST book released by black library, in my honestly opinion.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have read better books in the Ghost series
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
My first Gaunts Ghosts novel and I was hooked from there on in. Science fiction in a ridiculously grim setting with characters you can actually care about.
Lord Nikon
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very cerebral for an Imperial Guard book, but that was actually a welcome change of pace. And the ending has a few really amazing moments.
Andrey Nalyotov
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another charming story that will left you crying for more! Awesome!
Adam Whitehead
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Sabbat Worlds Crusade has moved on to the world of Ancreon Sextus, where Chaos forces have dug in and fortified the planet's vast, ancient steppe-cities. Returning from his horrific mission to Gereon, Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt discovers that his beloved regiment, the Tanith 1st, has been reassigned to another officer and he is to return to commissariat duties. However, Gaunt discovers his new task is especially difficult and thankless, not helped by zealous members of the Inquisition who ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k

This was... a shitstorm event manifest. Pretty crazy manifest. Filled with a dark humour, intense feeling that something about the whole Astra Militarum and Commissariat is absolutely misshapen and of course I forced myself to suppress the immense urge to cry when I saw those characters who should not speak about something they apparently dont know but they still talked too much instead. Just shut up and do the fething job or listen, you gakheads... Oh, Feth... Will they ever learn?

Funny and
Daniel O'Brien
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
A step back up from Traitor General, but still a far cry from the heights of Sabbat Martyr. Pacing returned nicely, but the book still felt lacking in consequences. Much of the narrative was lazy and Gaunt and his Ghosts got out of their predicaments through some painfully blinding plot armour rather than any sort of logic or sense.
Of course, they were also thrown into a lot of those situations without any logic or sense, so I guess turnabout's fair play.

There was some decent character building
Dan Findlay-Robinson
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed reading this instalment, does a fantastic job of bringing the Gereon elements of the ghosts back and reuniting them with the remainder. Also brings a new element of intrigue and opposition from other elements of the commiserat and the inquisition.

A key part of the novel was showing how the members of the ghosts have changed their styles and approaches through the way, particularly Hark.

Looking forward to how armour of contempt grows on that
Mari Harju
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
oh my feels
Jun 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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Michael T Bradley
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: w40k
I am really digging The Lost series. Traitor General was odd in that it focused only on a select group of Ghosts, off on a secret mission, and now we skip to a few years later, with their reintegration. What's amazing is the series as a whole doesn't particularly feel like Gaunt's Ghosts anymore - it's more like The Sabbat Worlds Crusade - but I'm loving that even more than the GG stories. Or, maybe, it's a natural progression of the overarching story. Just following one unit might get a little ...more
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