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The Greater Good (Ciaphas Cain) Hardcover – 17 Jan 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184970287X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849702874
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandy Mitchell is one of Black Library's best loved authors, and has written fiction set in both the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 universes. He is best known for the nine books of the Ciaphas Cain series, along with a plethora of associated short stories and audio dramas. Also known as Alex Stewart, he writes screenplays for film and television.


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I bought this a little after publication, so other reviews are posted first and people seem disappointed. I am not.
But to be honest I would pay twenty quid for Ciaphas Cain reading scrumball scores, I do enjoy his view of life and it makes another day on what Bill Hicks would call "the ride" that much brighter.

Was this the best CC adventure ?NO, was the artwork a bit misleading ? YES. Would I still buy it (in hardback even) knowing all this ? YES.

Please keep writing them Mr Mitchell, you will always sell at least one hardback.
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This is the first of the Ciaphas Cain novels that I have ever read, although I have read numerous Warhammer 40K other novels and all of the Horus Heresy ones. My point here is that, unlike a number of other reviewers, I am unable to compare this title to any of the previous ones in the same series and state that it is either “better” or “worse” than the previous instalments.
What I can do, however, is compare it with other similar titles from other authors, including Dan Abnett’s Gaunt series, which is also about the heroic deeds of an Imperial Commissar in the war-torn Imperium of the 41st century.

Despite initially having low expectations, partly because I was assuming that Ciaphas Cain would be a character somewhat liked Gaunt, I rather liked this title it There are several reasons for this.

The first, although probably not the most important one, is that this volume is written in such a way that I could read it on a stand-alone basis without feeling that I was missing anything significant. In other words, and despite the odd allusion to some of Cain’s previous deeds, reading the previous instalments is not a prerequisite for fully enjoying this one.

The second (and main) reason, or more accurately the second set of reasons, for liking this title is because it is somewhat original and even amusing at times. Because of this, it, and, from what I gather, the other volumes in the Cain series tend to stand apart from other Warhammer 40K titles from other authors.
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I really enjoyed this book, its hard back, Sandy Mitchell is an amazing writer. Would say read others in the series first.
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The ninth 'Ciaphas Cain' book, 'The Greater Good' sees the unintentional Hero of the Imperium fighting against the Tau on the strategically important world of Quadravidia when the aliens unexpectedly wish to call a truce with the Imperium despite being on the verge of victory. The Tau have encountered a threat far greater than that of the Imperium and both sides must disengage and rearm if they are to survive the coming Tyranid advance.

I have never been much of a fan of the Tau and so I was a little reluctant to read this instalment of the Ciaphas Cain series but thankfully after the initial setup the Tau have very little presence throughout the rest of the book. As with all of the 'Ciaphas Cain' books, the plot is relatively self-contained despite some ties to both 'The Last Ditch' and 'Emperor's Finest' as the references to previous books are all given enough explanation within the narrative. The plot itself is quite entertaining but not without its faults as some of the plot twists were a little predictable and the ending of the book felt quite anticlimactic and a little lacking in resolution. The action scenes in the book were as good as ever for the series and the comedy was also nicely done as well.

The characters in the book are all well done with Cain and Jurgen being as good as always while many of the new characters in the book are very good as well, such as Magos Biologis Kildhar who is an interesting, if predictable, character. There are also a few characters who are only around for a few pages but who prove to be quite interesting as well such as the Death Korps Ridemaster Tyrie, as well as a couple of astropaths and a few others who I wished had had more screen time.

Overall this was an entertaining book even if the blurb is a little misleading about the plot. Despite the books faults I would probably still give it a high four or four and a half stars.
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I have always enjoyed the Cain books and when I read the blurb for this one I was tingling with anticipation! Having been a Tau player since their original release and a fan of the series, I couldn't wait to have a favourite character along with my favourite army come together in a book that I could enjoy while I updated my army with the plethora of new models from the recent GW Tau release....
Having now finished the book I can honestly say it was a waste of time... if like me you expected a Tau and Cain yomp against `nids... you too will be disappointed... The blurb is totally spot on, if in fact its referring to the first 20 pages. After that, apart from the odd chin wag with a representative of the Tau.... Nothing.... Yet again just another `nid story. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't badly written, but there was just nothing that made me want to recommend it to someone (a true way to note a good book) and has now left me very much not fussed about any future Mitchell releases.
For a book with a Tau based title, a Tau based front cover and a Tau based blurb, you could easily cut them out and replace them with nearly any other race in the 40k universe and the story wouldn't be any different. I feel this book was rushed out to coincide with the GW Tau release to get suckers like me to buy the book. Please please please don't follow in my footsteps...
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