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For the Emperor (Ciaphas Cain) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Nov 2003


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (3 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844160505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844160501
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandy Mitchell is a pseudonym of Alex Stewart, who has been working as a freelance writer for the last couple of decades. He has writtten science fiction and fantasy in both personae, as well as television scripts, magazine articles, comics, and gaming material. His television credits include the high tech espionage series Bugs, for which, as Sandy, he also wrote one of the novelisations. Apart from both miniatures and roleplaying gaming his hobbies include the martial arts of Akido and Iaido, rifle shooting, and playing the guitar badly. He lives in a quiet village in North Essex with a very tolerant wife, their first child, and a small mountain of unpainted figures.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 May 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Commissar Ciaphas Cain asks to be transferred to a regiment - any regiment. Cain thought he would be safer with all the people he could pull rank on and put them between himself and the ammo. Needless-to-say, Cain thought wrong. The reluctant hero is sent to a Valhallan regiment. Problems occur from the instant he sets foot on the hangar bay of the Righteous Wrath.

Two Valhallan regiments have been consolidated from the survivors of 301st and 296th. One is a female regiment, one is a male regiment, and each believe themselves better than the other. Cain has his hands full keeping them from each other's throats and eventually welding them into a single cooperating regiment (597th Valhallan). This is barely accomplished before they are sent to help maintain order on an outpost world on the borders of Tau space. But when the alien ambassador is murdered and the situation quickly spirals out of control, Cain and his new regiment find themselves in the middle of a war.

***** This is the first of a series reporting the archived memories of Commissar Cain. Each is told as written by Cain, after his retirement. It also describes the first time Cain meets Amberley Vail, an agent of the Ordo Xenos, and the Valhallan regiment he spends most of his career with. Vail is the one putting Cain's archives together for her fellow inquisitors to read if they so wish. She has annotated several sections to fill in Cain's gaps.

As the reader, I found many of these footnotes interesting, as they made Cain's campaign seem more realistic; however, some of these footnotes are pointless. This novel covers the Gravalax campaign and will be referred to often in the upcoming books of the series. All-in-all, I believe this novel to have succeeded in creating a solid foundation for the Cain series to build upon. *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "shadowthief13" on 2 Feb 2004
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First of all this is a "relaxed" novel by the standards of Warhammer. It is not action packed such as Gaunt's Ghosts novels and does not have a scenario like the Eisenhorn novels. What it does have is Ciaphas Cain, a hero by mistake, a survivor, a figure that is easier to picture than the typical "rambo-like" hero. The book is very well written with irony, self judgement and humour being its main strengths.
Of course there is the usual shooting to keep in line and the "must-have" chase/last stand scenes towards the end.
I would recommend this book to all Warhammer readers. Just be open minded and try to focus on the character rather than on the battles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb 2004
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The Cain novels are two of the best novels so far to come from the 40k universe. Anyone who has read a flashman novel will enjoy this novel. Its about Cain and how a nice quiet life in the imperial guard seems to keep escaping him and he keeps finding himself considered a hero with a reputation that precedes him.
The book is written in the style of an inquisiter compiling the memoirs of a hero of the imperium and allowing only other inquisitors to see it. There are parts that tell how Cain is seen by others he serves with which are hilarious.
Anyone looking for an action packed novel like gaunts ghosts will be dissapointed. This novel is very different than other 40k books. Still if you like flashman you will probably like this.
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First off let me say that I enjoyed this book but having read many of the Flashman books they have been compared to they come off as a pale imitation. (Harry Flashman was a fictional Victorian 'hero' created by George Macdonald Fraser, who left papers behind much as the 'Cain archive' here revealing he was actually a complete coward, cad and womaniser and not the hero the public believed him to be).

The characters are not as colourful and frankly Cain does not come over as that much of a rascal, sure ulterior motives are given for Cains 'heroic' actions, but some of them are a bit weak so you actually believe Cain is being quite courageous at times... plus despite a couple of veiled adult jokes you are aware that the author knows the target audience will range from kids who are into warhammer to, well, supposed grown ups like me who are into warhammer so there are none of the amusing adult situations that crop up in flashman either.
I think comparisons with 'Black Adder goes forth' are probably more helpful than those with the flashman papers, with Gunner Jurgen standing in for Baldrik, the humour is also similar.

I would recommend this book if you wanted a 40K novel with a lighter tone and away from the usual grim battlefield heroics (not that there isn't plenty of action, and grimness..) but if your not bothered about it being a 40K book go and look up Flashman instead.
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