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The Last Ditch (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Ciaphas Cain) [Mass Market Paperback]

Sandy Mitchell
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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29 Jan 2013 Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Ciaphas Cain (Book 8)
Imperial commissar Ciaphas Cain returns to Nusquam Fundumentibus to crush the ork attacks which have been plaguing the frozen planet. But when his ship crashes into the wastelands outside the capital it disturbs a far greater enemy, one which has lain dormant under the permafrost since long before the Imperium came to this world, and could now threaten the whole sector. Faced with ongoing greenskin raids and keeping an over-enthusiastic novice commissar under control, Cain must rally his men and confront whatever emerges from beneath the rapidly melting ice...
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Black Library; Reprint edition (29 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184970290X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849702904
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandy Mitchell is a pseudonym of Alex Stewart, who has been writing successfully under both names since the mid 1980s. As Sandy, he's best known for his work for the Black Library, particularly the Ciaphas Cain series. Currently, he's in the final stages of a two year MA in Screenwriting at the London College of Communication, which has left far less time than usual for having fun in the 41st Millennium, but is continuing to chronicle Cain's progress at every opportunity. His most recent project as Alex was the short film Ruffled Feathers, a comedy about a catastrophic hen night, which premiered in July 2010. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Oh dear.The first half of the book kept a formidable pace as it set the scene and then it happened again.I got bored...only a bit mind you but it was boredom. The book ends and i was left feeling once again that the formula of cain and jurgen with the comedy that made these charecters so amazing to begin with has dried up. The last three books so far in the adventures of cain have been par,sub par and par where as the others were amazing. I suppose it was new and fresh and now it just doesnt seem to work aswell any more.The interuptions in the text by amberly are more annoying than clever now and im so bored of frequent end of chapter 'if only i knew' and 'i should have known how wrong i was'. Also im bored of some of the plots. Its becomming obvious that jurgen will blast the bad guy with his meltagun or kill its power with his special 'gift', or blow a hole in a wall to freedom with his melta or a grenade he keeps in his pouches for such occassions. Look im not saying it wasnt ok but its just so bla! now. I want a new guants ghosts book as dan just keeps hitting the mark time and time again. Also is it me or are the tyrnids used alot. Genestealers, genestealer cults ,im just bored.Strange because gaunt just fights chaos human cults with occassional traitor marines and deamons thrown in for good measure.The point is sandys work to me is getting boring which is such a shame.The books of cain just seem to be loosing something.Im jumping ship to read about the ultramarines in the horus heresy but i am disapointed with the last ditch and if you are a cain fan you will be too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Getting a bit tired. 1 Mar 2012
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I love reading the Cain novels, so when this came out in Hardback only I was prepared to spend the extra cash rather than wait for the paperback copy.

I have to say this is disappointing work from Sandy Mitchell. There's nothing new in the pages, the comedy element has dropped considerably and you feel like the later campaigns of Caphias Cain should be best left untold if this is anything to go by.

Sandy don't go out this way! I would prefer to read about his very early days rather than the end of them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cain is just so addictive 2 Feb 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Whilst a lot of the universe in the future is deeply dark, there's something of a carefree attitude with any Caiphas Cain title as its not only full of humour but a hero of man, with no super powers (apart from getting into trouble and a good dash of common sense which if we're honest these days pretty much is.) The writing is fun, light in places but also gives the reader a story of combat, glory and smarts as he ends up this time in the middle of an Ork/Tyranid sandwich with himself and Jurgen often being that little worm on the big hook.

Add to this Sandy's writing style that has you gripped, great use of pace and action sequences, it never fails to entertain and a series that stands out for completely different reasons in the Warhammer 40K universe. Tons of fun for the reader and whilst my own Dad isn't glued to a lot of Science Fiction he can't wait to get his hands on the latest exploits of the Commisat's greatest hero.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 9 Jan 2014
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This was a stocking filler for my son (aged 23!). It arrived about a week after Christmas and I had forgotton I ordered it! Book was appreciated and enjoyed.
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I still enjoy reading these Cain novels and will continue to but the new ones as I like the style of writing, the characters and the action in the books. The humour, action and story of the book is good, but unfortunately is followed a similar theme to previous novels, with Cain once again on a snow covered world hunting orks, only to run into another unseen foe. This has been the format of several of Sandy Mitchell's Cain novels and although still enjoyable it is starting to get a bit to similar, with little separating the different novels. However, many novel series follow a similar story path in each book and it does not stop them been enjoyable and successful.

I would still recommend this book to fans of Warhammer 40K and Ciaphas Cain, full of the action, suspense and humour your would expect from the hero of the imperium!
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