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First and Only (Warhammer 40,000 Novels) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2000
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One of the first I picked up is Dan Abnett's satisfying novel about an Imperial Guard Regiment and its commander: Colonel-Commissar Ibrahim Gaunt. The regiment is called Tanith First and Only for the fact that the homeworld they were recruited from was destroyed by a surprise attack on the day of their deployment. This fact gives the story and its many characters a certain humanity that most scifi action novel do not have. These are people who have lost everything they know and love. The only thing they have left is each other.
The action in this novel is fast-paced and very brutal. Its very reminiscent of the dime novels about battles during World War 2. This story doesn't glorify war and actually shows war at its most brutal and ugliest.
Dan Abnett has set up a good base from which to write successive sequel novels dealing with Gaunt and his Ghosts. This book really conveys the theme and idea behind the Warhammer 40k games. Fans of the games will love this book and fans of scifi books as well.
The day I finished this book, I ordered the second volume in the series: Ghostmaker. I can't wait to read it and others in the Gaunt's Ghost series.
I thought this book would be an origin story. It isn't. Instead the author slips back and forth between flashbacks and the events currently unfolding during the Sabbat Worlds Crusade, where the Tanith First and Only apply their backwoods skills as light infantry.
However, in addition to facing external threats, the Imperium of Man is rife with internal strife ranging from inter-service rivalry to open rebellion. So Colonel-Commissar Ibram_Gaunt finds himself confronting a conspiracy to usurp the crusade and snatch piece of archeotech.
I can see why Dan Abnett is such a popular Black Library author, even readers who haven't played Warhammer 40K like his work. Although I agree with the one 3-star rater here, in that there's a sequence of coincidences and prophecies that fall into place to advance the plot.
Unlike the Ciaphas Cain stories, First and Only plays the grimdark of WH40K straight, but was still an enjoyable book that I'll give a 4-star rating to.
I look forward to reading the further adventures of "Sharpe IN SPACE!"
The book was just what I expected: a dark and fast-paced war story with elements of honor, bravery, deciet and betrayal. The world of Warhammer 40k is absolutely brutal and engulfing and I really look forward to reading more novels in this unique setting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it! Very gripping story with just the right mix of action and intrigue. Memorable characters and unique planets.Published 1 month ago by Peter von Payens
My favorite book series. The story telling makes you get so invested in the characters, it has you duckin the bullets and jumping into foxholes with the guys.Published 11 months ago by bob
I loved this book. Dan Abnett has the ability to keep the pace up across the entire story. Great read.Published 19 months ago by sean bise
It's a great book, one of my first in English and I liked it very much. A must have for all Warhammer 40k fansPublished on May 22, 2013 by Osiride
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