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The Guns of Tanith (Warhammer 40,000 Novels) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2003
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Phandine is an industrial world, and has been so for centuries. The planet has been so raped as to be uninhabitable save in extreme elevations, and even then the air is toxic and domes are required to survive. The planet is essential to the war effort through provision of fuel and similar necessary chemicals.
Gaunt and Company are tasked with subduing one of three domes on one of the various habitats. As has come to be the norm for them, the Ghosts quickly find that their plans are not quite achievable. fortunately, they are masters of improvisation, and it helps to get a little precognition before the battle.
While they always seem to be in hard-fought battles, this time they are facing some truly talented opposition in the Blood Pact. Not only these chaos troopers are after them, though, as there are aliens that have allied themselves with the Blood Pact in hating humanity. And since the Blood Pact have held this world for some time, you can be sure that they have prepared well to defend it.
Abnett consistently puts out high-quality work. All the Gaunt's Ghosts novels are above par, and they are the best of the Warhammer 40k novels (only Abnett's Eisenhorn novels come close). If you have tried any of the other Ghosts novels, you'll find nothing in this one to disappoint.
The Blood Pact is one of the better scifi creations I've ever read. This elite unit of Chaos-worshipping soldiers are almost the mirror-image of what the Tanith regiment has been described so far. Abnett's writing continues to impress and with the new location and its special environment, Abnett shows that he can write battle scenes that is not just a muddy, confusing amalgam of men fighting it out. Guns of Tanith showcases the Tanith's skills as elite, light infantrymen. This novel has more of a special-ops feel to it than the previous four novels.
In the end, Guns of Tanith is another winner in Abnett's growing portfolio of scifi novels. I was wholly impressed and satisfied by this story and will continue on to the next novel in this series.
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The Guns of Tanith is the fifth in the Gaunt's Ghost's series and trucks along at the same raucus pace as the last two novels. Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by jroe