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Rogue Star (Warhammer 40,000) Mass Market Paperback – September 12, 2006


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184416375X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844163755
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Hoare works for Games Workshop as a games designer, where he writes and develops games systems and intellectual property. He lives in Nottingham, UK.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Dooley VINE VOICE on February 12, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rogue Star by Andy Hoare is an interesting entry in the 40k canon. It doesn't follow any of the major playable factions in the 40k miniatures game. It isn't represented by any of the GW board games. It'd be a stretch to say it was represented in any of the specialist games (though the argument could certainly be made for Battlefleet Gothic). Before the Rogue Trade RPG, there was little in the way of information about the namesakes of the original Warhammer 40k universe. With all that being said, Rogue Star is easily one of my favorite books in the 40k universe.

The first thing you really have to understand going into Rogue Star is that it is a far different book than any other 40k books you've probably read. It is more about political intrigue and misdirection than direct conflict. There are no Astartes. Hell, we barely get a glimpse of the Imperial Guard. It is the story of Lucian Gerritt, his daughter Brielle, his step-son Korvane, and the fragile hold they retain on their Rogue Trader dynasty. Lucian, simply put, is low on funds, and his dynasty (I gather this as a trade title via name similar to the Medici and Strozzi family names of the renaissance) is in jeopardy of crumbling.

Enter Culpepper Luneberg, Imperial Commander of Mundus Chasmata-- a backwater Eastern Rim planet--with visions of trading grandeur. Luneberg has come into technologies that could potentially swing the Gerritt trading fortunes into the profitable. Thus the tale begins down a road of political intrigue, betrayal, and the unexpected.

The strength of Hoare's writing comes in his ability to develop his characters. Lucian, Brielle, and Korvane are real characters, fleshed out with their strengths and weaknesses.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean B. Schoonmaker on November 30, 2006
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Andy Hoare dabbles on both sides of Games Workshop's product lines: game development for the Warhammer 40,000 (W40K) tabletop miniatures game, and in the Black Library fiction upon which it's based. He's done numerous short pieces, and this is his second novel, though clearly the first of a series. This work is more of a lengthy prolog to the series than a stand-alone book. The main characters include: Lucian Gerrit, the brash and insensitive dynastic father; Korvane, the bookish obedient son; and Brielle, the rebellious intuitive daughter.

The book abruptly, some might say inelegantly, thrusts the characters into their assigned roles. You know the personalities of the main characters before finishing the first chapter, and they don't deviate from those patterns for the rest of the work, even when there's clear evidence that to do so would be in their best interest. They form what is clearly the most dysfunctional family in the Imperium. The father blusters, issuing orders without any explanation, and even revels in the concept that his children won't understand his commands. The son, the heir apparent of the dynasty, is blindly obedient to his father and sullenly hostile towards his sister. The daughter is overtly rebellious and completely without consideration for anyone beside herself.

Action scenes provide welcome respite from the Gerrit family affairs, and both the personal- and starship-level conflicts are well written and agreeably paced. However, M. Hoare seems to have based much of his starship terminology from the age of sail, slightly at odds with previous 40K material. The helmsman turns the wheel to steer; Lucian is constantly referring to the drives as "the mains.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Long VINE VOICE on February 22, 2008
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This book, the first in what appears be a good ongoing series, follows the travels of Rogue Trader Lucian Gerrit and his family as they attempt to salvage the dynasty of their fleet and family. Lucian enters into a somewhat risky arrangement to keep the family fortune afloat, and ends up being caught in the middle of a budding interstellar war.

This entry of Black Library was very well done, and a blessed deviation in tone from the grittier and more gothica language of other authors works. It pays homage to all of the standard 40k mystic, with praises to the machine spirit and the Astropathica, but its still grounded firmly in space physics, with naval warfare references of crossing the T and commands being given in a form and diction that would be required to fight in a 3d field. The author glides through some of these sections a bit quickly for my tastes, but the action is intense and well written, with some wonderful scenes of politika and familial backstabbing. Equipment descriptions are a bit awkward, as I knew what he was trying to describe in some instances, but his language to do so was very different from what I'd seen used previously. His attention to detail in regards to ship armaments and personal weaponry is very well done, as his the political undertone of the meetings the main character has with the ruler he encounters at the beginning of the book.

The two children of Lucian are a bit flat, rarely deviating from their assigned roles of obedient son and rebillious daughter, but given the story was almost 1st person from Lucians perspective, this can be forgiven, seeing as how they have many opportunities to be fleshed out in Star of Damocles.
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