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First & Only [Paperback]

Dan Abnett
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

9 Oct 1999 Gaunt's Ghosts
In the War-torn future of the 41st millennium, the Sabbat Worlds Crusade has begun. With the massed ranks of the Imperial Guard hard-pressed by the evil forces of Chaos, mankind must prevail - whatever the cost in lives. Commisar Ibram Gaunt has vowed to lead the men of the Tanith First-and-Only safely through this campaign, but they must evade the treacherous scheming of rival regiments just as much as the lethal firepower of the enemy.
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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; paperback / softback edition (9 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184154101X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841541013
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett combines the pace and action to keep you turning pager after page... - Enigma A writer with a strong sense of plot and pacing. - SFX --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 in the last decade, and received particular acclaim for his five year run on The Legion for DC Comics. He is currently writing Majestic for Wildstorm, and Sinister Dexter and The VCs for 2000 AD. 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars from the lost planet Tanith 30 May 2002
the story follows the exploits of the the tanith first and only, the regiment under the command of colonel commisar ibrahm gaunt during the liberation of the forge world fortis binary and the search for a very rare STC unit capable of building the ultimate army.
a great book with colourful characters and dark plot twists I highly reccomend this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars An action packed book from start to finish. 3 April 2000
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Dan Abnett is the Sven Hassel of the sci-fi world! A colourful and descriptive writer who paints a grim and bloody picture of a universe thrown into turmoil. This is the first book in what promises to be a long series. From the start the reader is thrown into well written and choreographed battle scenes fought on a variety of weird and wonderful planets in the Warhammer 40,000 Universe by the men of the Imperial Guard. Unlike past Warhammer books the Guardsmen are not portrayed as men without feeling or fear, Abnett's characters are very human and often struggle with themselves to overcome their own fears and emotions, complex people who one minute show kindness and consideration and the next coldly and ruthlessly kill everything around them. Plus they're not the invulnerable and 'never-get-killed' characters to often conjoured up by other authors - these guys die in droves! The story line jumps back and forward somewhat between the past and the present but the author uses this technique well to let the reader see how current events were influenced by past and sometimes obscure happenings. If you like your books packed with battles and you don't mind seeing your heroes mangled, maimed or killed in interesting and hellish ways then this book is a must. If you're a Warhammer 40K fan then you'd do well to read this. I've been playing Warhammer 40K for years and this book has given me a whole new perspective of both the Warhammer World and the game itself. Keep 'em coming Dan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 22 May 2013
By Osiride
It's a great book, one of my first in English and I liked it very much. A must have for all Warhammer 40k fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The First and the best 8 May 2002
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Of all the Guant's Ghost books this is probably the finest. There are, essentially, two phases in First and only: the first phase is concerned with a WWI style war and the second is all about the intrigue surrounding a priceless data crystal.
The first phase has some great destruction and ideas. The construction of the narrative has clearly been carefully considered. The only thing I felt was not quite right was that the destruction of the 'big secret' was rather sudden and so leaves you with a feeling of an epic cut short.
The second phase is gripping stuff. Politics and espionage abound and the author makes some very simple plot devices really sing. A good ending as well.
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