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The Founding (Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts) [Paperback]

Dan Abnett
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18 May 2006 Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts
This volume brings together the first three novels, 'First & Only', 'Ghostmaker', and 'Necropolis', in the 'Gaunt's Ghosts' series.


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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library; New edition edition (18 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844163695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844163694
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 12.9 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,735 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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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. 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.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WH40k At Its Best 27 April 2008
By SJP
Format:Paperback
Anyone who's already familiar with Dan Abnett's work will know that he has mastered the art of writing fast-paced, straight for the throat, action based sci-fi. Indeed, he has become a notably popular writer for his work on both the UK based sci-fi weekly comic 2000AD, as well as for his WH40K novels, with a frankly astounding volume of quality output.
The Founding is a collection of Abnett's first three novels in his Gaunt's Ghosts series: First and Only (Abnett's first published novel), Ghostmaker and Necropolis. Also included is a short story named Honour Guard.
The series follows the adventures of the Tanith First regiment of imperial guardsmen, led by battle-hardened veteran Commissar-Colonel Ibram Gaunt.
Abnett has produced a great character in Gaunt, a commissar who goes against the standards set by his peers, refusing to throw his men to pointless deaths, but still managing to take them to glorius victory after glorius victory.
This is a very human tale, taking the reader into the horrors of war and allowing you to share all the emotion and fear felt by the characters, and although its set in deep space in the 41st millenium, it never feels like its too far away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 7 Jun 2011
By JJ
Format:Paperback
Gaunts Ghosts has to be the best imperial guard series out there! gritty, immersive, awesome story line and great character development! Abnett will have you caring about the tanith first and only so much that you only need to see a characters name once and you will be gutted if they die nevermind if they have a major role in the books! and Abnett has created some amazing characters namely your very own hero colonel-commissar Gaunt who while always leading his men from the front manages to steer them to victory after victory and keep his men alive despite the machinations of the archenemy and the willingness of the imperial high command to blithely feed the tanith first into the meat grinder of the sabbat worlds crusade. The men of the tanith first and only themselves will have you willing them on to greater glory, laughing hysterically and cheering them on from the first page!
If you like getting down in the trenches with the imperial guard i can't recommend gaunts ghost enough!
Abnett will draw you into the Sabbat World Crusade universe and have you dodging bullets before you know it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leave your Prejudice at the Door and Enjoy 15 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm sure the intellectual policemen of 'Literary' Sci-fi would despise this novel; after all it is part of the growing agglomeration of identikit IP tie-ins that are taking over the geek-ghetto of your local bookshop. So if you're loking for painstaking world building, political comment, and subtly disguised real-world satire, you wont find it in a Gaunt's Ghosts omnibus.
But what there is, is entertainment; in spades. 'The Founding' reads like a remix of every war movie you loved as a kid, its characters are shameless cliches whose relationships are awash with sentiment, and you know what? - Its glorious.
Here the science always takes second place to drama; laser guns have recoil, force-fields crackle around lumbering battle-juggernauts, and nuking from orbit is never an option if it would spoil a good scrap on the ground.
And Abnett gets away with it all, with the dash of an audacious cavalry commander. Why?, because ultimately there is substance here.
Cliches are after all cliche because they have truth, and Abnett will always play down the war-porn to show us the real impact of Warhammer's cartoon-like mega weapons on both his characters, and the civilians they try to protect.
So dive in and enjoy a not so guilty pleasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More excellence from Mr Abnett 4 July 2011
By A. Fox
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Dan Abnett is good. Very good. If you like military sci-fi, you'll love this series, whether you're a seasoned teenage Warhammer 40k aficionado or not (and I'm certainly not).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Sharpe 4 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
Having read books 1-7 when they were originally released I had some idea of what to expect when reading this series. Only remembering the odd scene or piece of dialogue meant that re-reading this series was a real treat, and with the benefit of age and experience I can see why I enjoyed these books so much growing up. Unlike Eisenhorn or Ravenor (both of which are must buys for Black Library fans, or any sci-fi fans) which focus on a set of key characters to develop the story, this series moves freely between the main players within the regiment to the lowest and most inconsequential troopers. Abnett does an amazing job of animating even the most minor of characters, often with only a paragraph or two before moving onto someone else. This really gives the impression of moving around the battlefield and the feeling that the fight is a living and ongoing thing. This is possibly the best known series in the Black Library catalogue and for good reason. Within a publishing organisation that puts out waves and waves of some of the best sci-fi and fantasy fiction available this series stands out amongst a very strong crowd. For beginners to the Warhammer 40,000 universe this is a good first purchase to introduce you to novels within the setting, and even when you have read more widely within this universe and the Warhammer universe (which is equally amazing), this will likely still rank among your favourites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph
After starting 40k novels with Eisenhorn omnibus editions and getting hooked, it was decision time, who or what next? Read more
Published 10 months ago by DanT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Just a shame that games workshop has not done more with gaunt and his army there were such possibilities for war gaming for those who read the books
Published 10 months ago by john alan curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid 40K omnibus
I liked this book very much. Much reading for the money and the four separate novels differs a bit stylewise. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mats Johansson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Abnett strikes again!
My boyfriend is a great fan of Abnett's work, and this one didn't disappoint.
From my point of view, it was a great gift, as it arrived quickly and well-packaged, and it kept... Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars The Founding (Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts)
Daniverse!!!
Gaunts Ghosts shows the tragedy, the irony , the grandeous galactic penny pintching that is the imperium its like world war one in space
The xeno will get... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pen
4.0 out of 5 stars From a non-reader
I think this was a good book having knowledge of the game it is based on. not so sure it will completely grip an unkown reader. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by Nashee87
4.0 out of 5 stars a good start...
Well ive finished this book and i have to say i have become fond of colonel commisair gaunt and the tanith fighting company. Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2011 by Robin G. Symons
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the word Epic was created
I have been captivated by the Gaunt books, so consistently exciting and action packed. There is no way to really convey the intensity of this epic sprawling series but for any... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by NorsieMk2
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Force
I purchased this book after reading the first in the trilogy having found it whilst on holiday and being genuinely impressed with it. And wow, this omnibus delivered! Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2010 by Annakin
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