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Straight Silver by Dan Abnett
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Oct 08, 2008

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Gaunt Six.

Somehow Abnett made this book about Imperial Guardsmen fighting a trench war, complete with infantry stalemates and arbitrary gas induced death. It is sort of cool and ridiculous to see the super advanced military-centric world of Warhammer 40k reduced to tactics used in World War I and Abnett makes sure that you are aware that the main characters in the story think this is a terribly ineffective way to fight, which manages to make the situation more believable.

There are a couple of cool/memorable scenes, especially at the end. Abnett splits the Ghosts up into a two groups, one infiltrating the enemy line to destroy their long range mortar type weapons and one defending a house in the wilderness from unexpected attack. Both have some really cool aspects that stand out and make the final leg of the book really enjoyable.

My main complaint would be that this book very obviously serves as a setup for the seventh book in the series. The actual events don't serve as much purpose, though they are still entertaining to read.

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