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The Guns of Tanith (Warhammer 40,000 Novels) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 5 of 14 in the Gaunt's Ghosts Series

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Dan Abnett is the author of the Horus Heresy novels The Unremembered Empire, Know No Fear and Prospero Burns, the last two of which were both New York Times bestsellers. He has written almost fifty novels, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series, and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies. He scripted Macragge's Honour, the first Horus Heresy graphic novel, as well as numerous audio dramas and short stories set in the Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer universes. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer 40,000 Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743443047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743443043
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,346,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Doc VINE VOICE on May 6, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once more, Gaunt's Ghosts are participating in the liberation of a world from the forces of Chaos. This time, there are some very different major obstacles to overcome if they are to win.
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.
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In this fifth installment of the Gaunt's Ghosts Saga, Abnett introduces us to the world of Phantine. Phantine is a world where everyone lives on aerial hive-installations which float above the toxic atmosphere that comprises most of the world. Phantine also seem to be a major contributer of promethium --- a form of fuel which is invaluable to the forces of the Imperium --- for the Sabbat Systems. It is also in this novel, Guns of Tanith, that Abnett introduces the Tanith's main opponent who are as skillful and disciplined a unit as Gaunt's own men: The Blood Pact.

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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In this book the Tanith continue the campaign on an intriguing world where, polluted by decades of gas production, the population live in spires on the highest mountains. This forces an interesting skybourne assault for the Tanith via giant airships against a crack chaos unit that has taken the planet. The storyline is fresh and original and there is further development of the integration (and lack of) between the Tanith and the Vergastites.
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The fifth book in the Gaunt's Ghosts series, and again we see the ghosts struggle with internal and external problems. The book starts off with the ghosts assigned to other impossible task; the task is a aerial assault over the world of Phantine. The world of Phantine is rich with promethium, pollution and loads of choas troops, the blood pact. Like all the other great Ghosts novels, Abnett takes little time in getting us into the action and turmoil. The guns of Tanith is one of the stronger books in the series, even with about a hundred pages in the middle with little to no action (I loved this part, by the way, this NOT sarcasim either), it still doesn't take away the intense level which all the other Ghost novels have. This is an awesome series and Guns of Tanith is other great addition. Highly recommend series.
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This is a fantastic book, first page, to the last! I highly recommend picking up The Guns of Tanith. Gaunt and the Ghosts have been ordered to help liberate the domed cities of Pantine from an elite chaos corps called The Blood Pact. Several of the Ghosts best soldiers are ordered to infiltrate the planet's Capital and assasinate a high ranking chaos (demon) officer named Gaur. Gaur finds a group of the assasins and learns about the plot, making it that much harder to accomplish the task. Please read, you won't be dissappointed.
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Aleksandr
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This is a great book in a great series (Gaunt's Ghosts). A must read if you enjoy the 40k universe. This is some of the best sci-fi combat action I've read. Dan Abnett brings the characters and action to life. You can smell the gunpowder when you read this.
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