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Ben Counter is the author of the Soul Drinkers and Grey Knights series, along with two Horus Heresy novels, and is one of Black Library's most popular Warhammer 40,000 authors. He has written RPG supplements and comic books. He is a fanatical painter of miniatures, a pursuit which has won him his most prized possession: a prestigious Golden Demon award. He lives in Portsmouth, England. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Warhammer 40,000 Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; paperback / softback edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844160874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844160877
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Sandoc on August 11, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ben Counter starts off his new Warhammer 40,000-based series with a bang. Already known for his excellent Soul Drinkers series set in the same universe, Counter introduces his readers to a new fighting unit called the Grey Knights Chapter. This fighting unit would be considered the elite of elites. They're Space Marines just like the Soul Drinkers Chapter in his other series, but they're training, fighting prowess and mission directive puts them even above the other Space Marine Chapters. Grey Knights act as daemonhunters for the Imperium and as such they're seconded to the Inquistorial Order that deals with all things daemonic and Chaos: the Ordo Malleus.

The book centers on one specific Grey Knight Justicar (a veteran leader title) by the name of Alaric. In addition to being a hardcore and dedicated soldier for the Imperium, Counter has fleshed out the character by making Alaric act and behave beyond the psycho-conditioning and training given Space Marines. Alaric never expresses any doubts about his role as a Grey Knight but he does contemplate the role Grey Knights must perform to keep humanity safe from the daemonic and its allies. Alaric acts beyond his training and shows initiative that Space Marines are not well-known for.

The story itself centers on Alaric, his men and the Inquisitors who command them fighting a side, but pivotal battle to the raging Black Crusade currently being waged in the 40K universe. The battles scenes are well-written and action-packed. Counter doesn't pull his punches in describing the horrific consequences of these battles on the human body and even on the superhuman physiques of the Grey Knights.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Coolidge on July 28, 2004
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If you ever played the game Warhammer 40,000 or read any of the books based on the game then this book is an excellent read. This book just isn't about your run of the mil Space Marines, its about the Grey Knights. These guys are the elites of the elite. Psycho doctrinated from youth to be the unwaivering servants of the Imperium, to right the most grevious of wrongs, to kill the most foul things that ever existed... Deamons. To anyone who knows the game, Deamons were the meanest thing to exist untill these guys came along.

Written like his previous books (Soul Drinkers and its sequel Bleeding Chalice) this has all that any Warhammer 40K fan will want. Action, adventure, mystery, gory details, and the triumph of good over evil no matter the costs. It begins with a epic battle and ends with an epic battle. It gives you the run down on the Ordo Malleus and what their job is in the grand scale of the Imperium. It keeps you on your toes with a few twists and turns that while are almost expected are suprising at the same time. All in all a very good book. I had a hard time putting it down.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2004
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Any fan of the Warhammer 40k universe should already be familiar with the Grey Knights. And to most of us, they are one of the most interesting yet mysterious Space Marine Chapters in the Imperium. With this in mind, one's expectations would be pretty high when beginning this novel, but once again, Ben Counter delivers a solid and impressive story. Well, for those of you benighted souls who don't recognize the Grey Knights Space Marine Chapter, the Grey Knights are the Chamber Militant of the Inquisition's Ordo Malleus. Translation: They kill daemons for a living! Yes, that's right. Grey Knights are Marines specially trained and outfitted for the sole purpose of killing anything that comes out of the warp. So, of course, any novel about the Grey Knights should have, say, inquisitors? Check. Daemons? Check. Intrigue? Check. Psykers? Check. Ferocious, bloody, detailed, all-out warfare? Check. Yes, that's right, this novel has it all. Ben Counter provides, in my opinion, his best work yet, giving Warhammer 40k fans almost everything they could ask for in one nice, long (400 pages!) novel. Now you might have noticed that I really haven't gone into the details of the plot, but really, think about it. What do you think a novel about the Grey Knights should have? Make a wish list. Then keep it with you while you read this novel, because you're gonna get everything you asked for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Varden on October 23, 2005
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"Grey Knights" starts with a bang and keeps the action coming. The story concerns the elite daemon-slayers of the Imperium, the Grey Knights Space Marine Chapter, and their race against time to stop the reincarnation of one of the most powerful daemon princes ever seen. The story is fairly straightforward, but takes a few twists and turns I didn't see coming. Justicar Alaric of the Grey Knights is an interesting character, and hopefully we'll see more of him in the future (a la Ragnar from the "Space Wolf" series). The fight scenes are tense and bloody, and Counter pulls no punches when it comes to character death and dismemberment. Make no mistake, every Imperial character in this story is put through the wringer and then some.

If I have a criticism, it is that several of the supporting characters (mostly the Grey Knights themselves) are not given much character development until they're being eulogized by the author. I'd rather get to know and like the character BEFORE they meet their gruesome fate. Apart from that, "Grey Knights" is a great example of WH40K storytelling, and left me wanting more. What more can you ask for than that?
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