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Blood Pact (Gaunt's Ghosts) [Hardcover]

Dan Abnett
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29 Oct 2009 Gaunt's Ghosts
Following the disastrous events on the fortress world of Jago, where the Imperial troops are nearly defeated by Chaos, the Tanith First are pulled back from the front line for rest and recuperation. After two years' garrison duty on Balhaut, however, lack of action is sending the Ghosts stir crazy. Against a backdrop of increasing bad behaviour and insubordination, Gaunt is secretly summoned by Guard Intelligence. They have captured a high-level Chaos officer, but their interrogation is getting nowhere; the man is refusing to speak to anyone except Gaunt. The information the prisoner holds is crucial to Imperial war effort, but will he survive to ever tell it? As a crack force of Chaos insurgents closes in for the kill, Gaunt finds himself trapped in deadly game of intrigue and murder, where no one can be trusted, and the fate of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade hangs in the balance.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library; First Edition edition (29 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844166937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844166930
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett: Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan's website can be found at www.DanAbnett.com

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" If Dan Abnett held a military rank in the Warhammer 40,000 he would be the 'Warmaster'... Not only does Abnett portray the Imperial Guard structure beautifully but he also does the same job for those that serve within the regiments...'Blood Pact' was bang on the money as far as I was concerned. I'm going to be catching up with this series as soon as I get the chance..." - Graeme's Fantasy Book Review

About the Author

Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Before I discuss this review, I should point out that there might be spoilers. I should also point out that I'm a shameless Abnett fan and am therefore likely to praise his successes too far and equally whine too much about weka spots.
'Blood Pact' is a very strong novel, for a number of reasons, but first of all, I'd like to mention the previous installment of Gaunt's Ghosts, 'Only In Death'. OID had a decent story and the 'haunted house' element was great, but I couldn't help but feel that something was wrong. Gaunt's supposed death, hyped beyond all sane level before the release was an easily detectable bait-and-switch. The reactions of the Ghosts to their supposedly immortal commander was well played, but too much time was wasted on a see-through plot device. After that, I wasn't too sure how Abnett was going to play things.

Obviously, Abnett himself must have come to the same conclusion. A dozen books later, how does one freshen the concept? A lot of the characters are so well rounded that they don't need work, so they'll pretty much look after themselves, but how to give the reader something new and interesting? Well, after two years work, Abnett rises to the occasion.
The Sabbat Worlds Crusade is in deadlock, the Tanith have been retired from the front and are stewing in their own juices on Balhaut, a world we've heard so much about but never seen. But the commissariat have caught an archenemy officer. The Blood Pact aren't impressed and have sent a kill team to silence him. And that's not all that Gaunt has to worry about...
This is a book about power struggles and politics, which is fantastic. The Inquisition and the commissariat continually attempt to strongarm each other. Gaunt and Prisoner B are playing a game of trust and struggle.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quaternity in the Novels of Dan Abnett 19 Nov 2009
He is bounden to beleue in ye trinite. And ye felowe beleueth in a quaternitie: Sir Thomas More

Dan Abnett's "Blood Pact"" is the twelfth novel in his Gaunt's Ghost series and, in my mind, his most intimate investigation into the psyche of Gaunt. For the nervous, superstitious, conspiratorial among you, let's add another "Double Eagle," to make the series contain thirteen.

So there are thirteen novels in the series to date. However, Mr. Abnett tends to write quaternities with a single over-arching arc, so that brings us to two completed quaternities, a trilogy, and two extras--"Blood Pact," and "Double Eagle." Of these two, one is hors série--"Double Eagle"--and the other, "Blood Pact" is the beginning of a new quarternity.

The last quaternity began with the novel,"Traitor General" and ended with "Only in Death." In "Traitor General" an Imperial General, who is condemned to death, is captured (rescued)by the Chaos equivalent of the Imperial Guard--the Blood Pact--and taken to the planet Gereon. Gaunt and a select team travel to Gereon to assassinate the general.

Gereon is one of Abnett's greatest creations. It is here that Abnett begins to show what happens to a planet that is conquered by Chaos. Of course, we have seen the images of conquered planets before through the battles but we have not seen the day-to-day existence of those who live under the rule of Chaos before nor have we seen the chain of command of Chaos or its administrative echelons to the degree that we now do.

In "Traitor General,' Abnett begins a descent into detail and world-building that he carries through to the last book in the quaternity--"Only in Death." The third quaternity now called the "The Lost," contains some of Abnett's best writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Blood Pact is the new entry in the hugely popular Gaunt's Ghosts series set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Being the 12th entry in the series it's usually quite wise to be familiar with the characters as jumping in at this stage more often than not causes confusion, head scratching and the general feeling of being lost. Not being one for tradition this is pretty much exactly what I did. I'm not a complete newbie to the Gaunt's Ghosts books - I read the first, First and Only, at the end of 2008 - and reading Blood Pact left me with only one feeling: why haven't I read more of them?

First, I have to say that despite being part of such a long running series Blood Pact stood up on its own very well. Yes, there were references to what has happened in the past, but Dan Abnett has managed to tell a focused stand-alone story here that was easy to follow and extremely enjoyable. He hasn't sold over a million books world wide for nothing!

Blood Pact starts off really well with some of the Tanith First, bored with the excessive time they have spent away from the front line, embarking on a rather dubious side venture. This does the best thing possible - it introduces the characters and shows that it's not all about war. As we are introduced to Gaunt and his senior officers it quickly becomes clear that they are awaiting new deployment orders and are anxious to get back into the action. Being set on Balhaut, a safe world that isn't too far from the front line, we get to see a city home to the average person and see just how an Imperial World works. Balhaut is also the place where the dead are commemorated and its industry revolves around both this and catering to the Imperial forces stationed there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I was almost non stop in reeding this book just under two days gripping enjoyable from start to finish just a good book
Published 12 months ago by john alan curtis
2.0 out of 5 stars Where did it all go wrong?
Firstly, I'm aware everyone is going to rate this as an unhelpful review; that's what people do to 2-star reviews. Read more
Published 20 months ago by NoPoet406
4.0 out of 5 stars not the best but still pretty darn good stuff
ok just finished this so i will be brief as i am at work lol. As a standalone book this is a no no.Stories overlap and hints from other books are just so much richer if you have... Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by Robin G. Symons
3.0 out of 5 stars All right, far from his best
Full credit to Dan for trying some interesting ideas. This book is essentially Traitor General with he roles reversed. If you liked that book, you will like this one. Read more
Published on 14 May 2011 by Komerade Snowflake
4.0 out of 5 stars A claustrophobic, intimate and, ultimately, dark journey
"Blood Pact" is the twelfth book in the Gaunt's ghosts series. It's also very different in feel to the other eleven. Read more
Published on 4 May 2011 by Sidney Roundwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody-fantastic-Pact
As the awful pun title to this review will suggest this book is up to Abnett's usual standard, and if you've ever read any Abnett within a Warhammer 40,000 setting then you'll be... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by Matthew Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I have read all his books in this series and this one is one of the best. All I can say is if you like either sci-fi military books or warhammer 40K read this book. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2011 by Scot Macnaughton
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Pact
If you love all the previous Gaunt's Ghosts then you'll also love this, pure and simple. Abnett is a wonderful writer who knows esactly what his readers want - some plot and then... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by P. Holroyd
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful stuff
Abnett is probably one of the best sci-fi writers i've ever had the pleasure to read his work.

best to read gaunts ghosts from the start but it doesn't really matter... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by Mr. P. D. Carswell
3.0 out of 5 stars Its not bad just a bit slooooooow
Coming from a fan of Dan Abnetts work I was particularly disappointed with Blood Pact, I personally thought it could have done with more drama and action like the material you get... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by Generic 40K Reader
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