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Fell Cargo (Warhammer Novels) Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2006

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About the Author

DAN ABNETT is well known for his comics work and has written everything from Mr Men to the X-Men and currently scripts Legion of Superheroes for DC Comics and Sinister Dexter and Durham Red for 2000 AD. His work for the Black Library includes Lone Wolves, Darkblade, the best-selling Gaunt's Ghosts novels, and the acclaimed Eisenhorn trilogy.

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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844163016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844163014
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett is a novelsit and award-winnig comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on March 1, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Captain Luka Silvaro, a.k.a. Silvaro the Hawk, was thought to have been dead a year. Yet he appears, with an unknown at his side, to reclaim his ship, the Rumour, and his men, the Reivers. The high seas are now more dangerous than ever. This new menace is called "The Butcher Ship". Captained by a daemon lord and his band of zombies, the daemon ship sails the seas killing all it meets, giving no quarter. No ship dares sail and trading has come to a full halt. Therefore, there are no ships to pirate. Luka announces to his crew that he carries a letter of marque and reprisal, signed and sealed by his grace, the Prince of Luccini. The pirates are turning privateer! They are going to hunt and sink the Butcher Ship. The unknown gentleman is Sesto. Sesto will witness the job done. Upon completing the quest, Luka will return Sesto to the prince for report and claim his crew's reward.

Luka and his men must face daemons, curses, zombies, treachery, and even a leviathan before they can even clash swords with the Butcher. But Sesto is more than he appears, much to Luka's surprise and delight. They may have a chance after all.

***** If you enjoyed The Pirates of the Caribbean then you will LOVE this tale of horror, daemons, zombies, and pirates! Luka's attitude and wit is very much like Captain Jack Sparrow's! I used Johnny Depp's imagine as I read and could see little difference. In fact, I found quite a few similarities between this read and the "Legend of the Black Pearl". Consider this a MUST READ for fans of Depp's movie (soon to be two pirate movies). But those who simply enjoy the chaotic and bloody realm of the original Warhammer will find a strong attraction to this novel as well. Out-freaking-standing! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fell Cargo is a new Warhammer Fantasy novel that features a lively cast of jaunty pirates, demons, vampires, and zombies, and that's just the beginning in this rousing new fantasy adventure by Dan Abnett. Abnett is perhaps best know for his Warhammer 40,000 novels and his tales of Gaunt's Ghosts but shows he is equally adept at swashbuckling adventure. Captain Luka Silvaro, thought dead by his former crew, returns to challenge his would-be usurper who just happens to be his brother. After defeating his sibling he reclaims his ship "The Rumor" and his rightful place as leader of his band of cutthroats known as The Reivers. Soon the crew is out to sea but not to plunder and pillage this time. Luka and his crew are given a letter of marque from the Prince of Luccini and offered amnesty for the past crimes as well as a thousand gold crowns. All they have to do is find the marauding demon ship known as the Butcher ship and sink her. The Butcher Ship has been attacking ships throughout the seas and taking no prisoners.

Joining the crew is Sesto, a special envoy from Luccini who is working for the Prince to verify that Silvaro's crew follows through with their end of the bargain. The ship is filled with as lusty a band of pirates as one could ever hope to meet and include Tall Willm, Roque, and the creepy Sheerglas, the ship's master gunner. The crew discovers the ship of another notorious pirate Reyno Bloodlock, lying in a harbor seemingly deserted. A small party goes to investigate and discovers what's left of Reyno's crew. As the small band attempts to return to their ship they find themselves pursued and battling a horrific demon as several of the crew are killed. Only the intervention of Tende, a member of the crew familiar with the dark arts, manages to save them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg on April 11, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Captian Luka Silvero and his bloody Reivers are the most despicable, cut-throat, greedy, sea-wolves of the Old World and they're just the right stuff to rid the seas of something even more evil, the cursed Butcher ship. Of course it takes the right incentive of a hefty reward and for Luka, it's either sink the Butcher Ship or face his just reward at the end of gibbet. After all, a buccaneer does have his reputation to think of and there is always the unbreakable pirate code.

I don't know what it is about pirates, but we can't help but love them and Abett captures the salty ol'heart of a pirate story.

Wrap one fist around a cut-lass and the other (unless that ones is a hook) around your flint-lock pistol and prepare to board. Take on other pirates, zombies, vampires, sea-monsters and thrice-damned curses, not to mention, watch for a dirk in the back too. Pray to King Death that you'll survive to get the treasure.
Yo-ho, it's pirates life for me :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By black thumb on April 7, 2007
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I picked up Fell Cargo because of its obviously piratical title. This book has maybe the best back cover hook of all time:

"Long believed dead, pirate Captain Luka Silvaro returns to reclaim his ship and embark on a deadly new mission. But the high seas are now more dangerous than ever, and the captain and his scurvy crew of rogues must face pirates, curses, sea monsters and even worse foes. Can Silvaro and his allies track down the dread Butcher Ship and defeat her gruesome undead crew before they too are turned into mindless zombies?"

Who could turn that down?

So I got the book. Devoured it in two days. It has a density of incident that would make Edgar Rice Burroughs blush. In 250 pages, there are four major naval engagements, each involving at least three ships and each ending in a bloody boarding action. There is a treasure map, a stowaway, a voodoo ritual, a prophetic dream, chum in the water, kidnapping, a witch, a sea serpent, a cursed mummy, and a case of hidden identity revealed at the dramatically appropriate moment. Duels of honor decided with swords, drugged wine, sharks, walking the plank, abandoned death ships, and vampire feedings (yeah, that's right) each appear more than once.

Oh, and zombies. Fighting pirates!

Now, here's the crucial part: I read the whole book without gagging once. Years of grading student termpapers have given me an unusually low tolerance for bad writing. I suffered through Robert Jordan's Eye of the World, and Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule, but I'll go no further. I don't care what happens in the second book (or the twelfth, in Jordan's case), if I have to slog through prose that bad to find out.

But back to task: Dan Abnett's writing is, er, _good_.
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