- Series: Gaunt's Ghosts
- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Games Workshop (December 12, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844163695
- ISBN-13: 978-1844163694
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gaunt's Ghosts: The Founding Paperback – December 12, 2008
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About the Author
Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent, in England. Well known for his comic work, he has written everything from the Mr Men to the X-Men. His work for the Black Library includes the popular strips Lone Wolves, Titan and Darkblade, the best-selling Gaunt's Ghosts novels, and the acclaimed Inquisitor Eisenhorn trilogy.
Top customer reviews
Without getting into spoilers, you will find yourself reading through three very compelling stories about the Imperial Guard units that are fighting against the enemies of mankind to liberate the Sabbat worlds. The books build the campaign up pretty smoothly and give you a solid introduction to major characters that you will come to know and root for. Much of the second book in the omnibus goes into character development, and there are great battle sequences in each of the books as well.
Dan Abnett writes compelling war fiction and there is much to dig into here. The way the books are written, the battle scenes and action compel you forward, eager to find the conclusion of the battles and encounters. I found myself reading far more than I planned several times while working my way through these books, the story itself being exciting enough that I didn't want to put it down for a little while longer.
Interestingly, the human element of the 40k universe comes out in Abnett's writing as well. Many books in the 40k universe are written about Space Marine chapters, and while this is part of the package with 40k, many of their stories almost seem too super heroic at times. The Ghosts series of novels digs into the very human struggles of flawed but brave individuals fighting for the survival of mankind against determined horrible foes, and even goes into the very human politics that tend to surround military engagements and how they can affect things. The Ghosts are relatable. I think this is a big part of why these books are so compelling to many. It's the human side of war and struggle in the far future that keeps this series as one of the best.
These books tend to be harder to find these days, so if you can find yourself a reasonably priced copy, The Founding is a great addition to your collection and will give you a good look into the non-Space Marine side of the Imperium of Man and how it prosecutes its wars. It does have 3 full novels in it, so it should keep you busy for a bit if you are looking to fill your downtime with the endless wars of the 41st millennium.
Again, this is one of the best out there in the Warhammer 40k franchise. I'd say a must read if you are a fan, but even if you aren't a 40k fan, I believe this work would stand on its merits as a sci-fi novel.
I don't play Warhammer (though, maybe I'll have to start), and I have had no knowledge of their fantasy or 40k worlds prior to this book. But I loved it. It was entertaining. I did find characters I want to know more about. And I am anxious to know more about the world. I've even picked up the 40k rulebook for some more background. Abnett does a great job introducing the world by immersing you in it. And I am excited to read more. Very excited. I think the Warhammer worlds may be exactly what I'm looking for. Worlds to be explored in fiction without forcing me to follow series plot-lines. The episodic nature of the fiction is great.
You don't have to be a warhammer fan to love this, that's right, despite all the vast space and super weapons and daemonic antagonists and stuff that you would undoubtedly find in a science fiction novels, the stories are real, realer than real, so are the characters. I really love how the writer develops them thoroughly throughout the journey. The battles are epic indeed but not for the weak-hearted since there are many scenes that involve violent and gore.
All in all, the writing style is unique and very interesting. Unlike other books which you just finish and put out, this one with pull your eyes for a lot longer. It pulls mine. Still reading the third time, and still love it.
Buckle up guardsman you might not even live until this evening.