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Traitor General (Gaunt's Ghosts)
Traitor General (Gaunt's Ghosts)
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dan is back with a new ghosts novel! - A rather weak start.., 16 Aug. 2005
The latest addition to the Ghosts saga has left me divided. The story is about a stealth mission in enemy territory with the target being a 'former'Imperial. The books kicks off quite nice with an excellent description (topology/background) of the battlefield.
The various characters throughout the book are vividly presented as we have come to expect of Dan.
The action is a good mix of stealth and 'straight silver' that should satisfy everyone.
The main drawback is that after a while you are left with a feeling of a 'rambo'story. Noone dies, nor fails... enemies are slaughtered (including chaos marines) by the dozens and the worst the ghosts get are some scratches!
I feel as if Dan wants to move into a new era of ghosts stories and based on the latest installment due in november i feel i am right.
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Grey Knights (Warhammer 40,000: Grey Knights)
Grey Knights (Warhammer 40,000: Grey Knights)
by Ben Counter
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The inquisition is here, 17 Jun. 2004
Straight to the point:
The major advantage of this book isthe Grey knights chapter itself. Rarely visited, rarely mentioned...Thw writer takes advantage of this and provides a few hints regarding its past. nice touch...
The story is good, with a logical flow and some welcomed intrigue. I could also say that the writer managed to find the balance between mindless butchering and storytelling.
The action is more than satisfying with good variance in locations that fit in completly with the story...
So why only 4 stars? 1 star down because of the lack of imagination when it comes to the enemies...The description focuses too much on the knights and leaves us with the generic notion of "bad huys" (i consider abnett's novel to be great in this area...).
Overall i would recommend this book to all warhammer fans irrespectively of thwther they are after death or intrigue!

Crusade for Armageddon (A Warhammer 40, 000 novel)
Crusade for Armageddon (A Warhammer 40, 000 novel)
by Jonathan Green
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced death!, 23 Feb. 2004
As the title suggests the story is set on the war-torn world of Armagedon. The Imperials are fighting hard a new ork crusade although this time things do not look very promicing...
The backbone of the story is based on a "revenge crusade" of the Black Templars chapter. The marines have set out to avenge their fallen brothers and finally the orks responsible for their death are found on Armegadon. You can guess what's coming next...
The book is not all about the Templars. We get to witness the fight fromt the eyes of a Titan Princeps and a low-life grunt. The "three" viewpoints of the story converge towards the end of the book where the usual final (and bloody) battle takes place.
The narration is of the highest quality. This divition of the story is a huge plus as the way that the marines, the princeos and the grunts each view warfare is quite different.
There is little (close to none actually...) plot here. But this is not a disadvantage as the action is so fast paced that you will hardly notice the absence of intrigue.
My only complain is the size of the book. This is quite a short story and despite having enjoyed it i found myself feeling (in a good sense) cheated. Adding one or two small battles could not be much of a problem. Well, one can not have anything...
If you are after a well written and typical -at the same time- Warhammer novel go for this one.

Bad Boys 2 [DVD] [2004]
Bad Boys 2 [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Will Smith|Martin Lawrence
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.46

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying, 6 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Bad Boys 2 [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
TO begin with i must say that i enjoyed the first movie. This sequel is based on the same recipe. A basic cop plot with the bad mafia people threatening our heroes...
The directors have to their credit added some nice ideas to the generic plot and manage to shift the focus to the stunts and the funny touches rathern than the overall scenario itself.
The stunts are great and as always we get the usual shooting. The action scenes are great and the two heroes deliver a solid and believable acting.
The major drawback is that the actual characters have not been altered at all. Let me explain myself: the first part was a success because of the huge contrasts between the various characters that were the basis of the "funny situations". In this sequel we get these contrasts as well but it feals as if its bad boys I stilli s funny up to some point but by no means as captivating as the first part.
Should you invest??? If you are into action movies and you are looking for a well directed and relaxed movie go for it. If you are a plot-lover go for another movie because this one borders on being a no-think one...

Halo: Combat Evolved (PC CD)
Halo: Combat Evolved (PC CD)

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed the target by a couple of years, 6 Feb. 2004
I will go straight to the point:
Graphics: Interior areas graphics are inferior to out-of-door ones. When the game started i was wondering if i was playing a badly made Unreal 2 mode. The levels on the planet are nicely made and i must admit that quite a few times i caught myself marvelling the design rather than playing...
The enemies are a dissapointment...Was it so difficult to avoid making the typical covenant grunt like a circus clown???? Even the "terrifying" Swarm of the final levels is just fodder for the shotgun....
Gameplay: Thigs improve here. Whenever you encounter teammates the game becomes hugely interesting and captivating...Enemies will use tactics rathen than swarm and the use of "flashing-out-tools" such as grenades is common and quite smart. The much advertisedx vehicles live up to the hype. They are an improvement to the game although i must point out that the AI controlled gunners could do with a little bit of target practice...
Sound: The sounds are nice and the background music could be described as epic. However i will not give too much credit to the game for this as most games nowadays have a satisfactory music background.
I will not go into the performance issues as the previous reviews have covered this topic. I will just say that owning a "heavy-duty" machine i had to drop at 800x600 to tget proper frame rate.
Concluding i do not believe that this game is worth its money...If you are aiming for a good FPS go for Call of Duty or if you are into sci-fi pick Knights of the Old republic

Execution Hour (A battlefield gothic novel)
Execution Hour (A battlefield gothic novel)
by Gordon Rennie
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More PLEASEEEEEEE, 4 Feb. 2004
Exec Hour with its sister novel Shadowpoint are among the best novels from Black library. Focusing on battlefleet Gothic they tell the story of a lost(?) war. The space action is great and the author is giving a lively description of the events. The battles are not one-sided and prominent characters are lost and new ones are brought forward. This brings about some feeling of casualties.
To his credit the author does not restrict the action to naval conflicts and has added boarding actions and surface warfare. These are by no means fillers as they are intense,vividly described and build upon the plot.
The overalll scenario is simplistic (typical bad crusade VS good defenders) but is presented in a very nice way. Although some may consider this a disadvantage, the nice characters and the thrilling action are more than enough to counter-balance it.
In general i would suggest the two novels to any Black Library reader

Blood and Steel (Brunner the Bounty Hunter)
Blood and Steel (Brunner the Bounty Hunter)
by C. L. Werner
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brooner, 4 Feb. 2004
Both Brooner novels can be seen as collections of short stories. These more or less relate to each other but there is no continoues flow. Is this a bad thing?
Not at all because there is no scenario in the typical sense. Brunner the bounty hunter, the killer (the nobleman maybe...?) has dark background that is revealed like pieces of a puzzle. Each piece adds another touch to the charismatic (in the ways of death...) "character" Brunner around which the story is built.
In terms of action any reader should be more than satisfied. Each story is action packed, with a nice variety of villains, and the action is presented in an extremely addictive manner!
The best points in the action scenes are probably Brunner's comments that can be humorous, ironic or depends on which side of Brunner's spirits you are!

Straight Silver (Gaunt's Ghosts)
Straight Silver (Gaunt's Ghosts)
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something is missing...., 3 Feb. 2004
The new Ghost story puts our beloved regiment in the middle of a civil conflict in which the two sides are considerably less technologically developed than a usual Imperial force (they are using bolt-action rifles....)
As usual the Arch-enemy makes its appearance by the side of the rebels and the Ghosts rise up to the challenge.
The differense from the previous novels is the focus on a specific battlefield i.e. it does not paint the whole picture as it did -say- in Necropolis or Ghost Maker. For this reason the action is not so thrilling and i dare say that at some points the narration becomes tiresome.
Overall it is a pleasent novel to read but do not expect anything special. An issue is that if you decide to skip it and move on witht he series you will be missing important clues that the author is building upon in Sabbat Martyr...

For the Emperor (Ciaphas Cain)
For the Emperor (Ciaphas Cain)
by Sandy Mitchell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mirror anyone??, 2 Feb. 2004
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.

Storm of Iron (A Warhammer 40, 000 novel)
Storm of Iron (A Warhammer 40, 000 novel)
by Graham McNeill
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE Siege, 2 Feb. 2004
It is refreshing to read a book in which the "mighty imperium" takes a beating. This book is all about a siege. Until the later stages of the story it is not very clear whether the Chaos Marines will break through the defenses or will be beaten back by the "traditional" last minute help( if that comes of course)...
There is a nice variety of warfare including tank and Titan battles. The battles are always bloody but the good thing is that until the final clash none can be seen as decisive.
An interesting point (also found in the novel "Dark Angel") is the imperial deceipt that will tip the scale...a nice touch overall.
Concluding this is an open minded book by the standards of Warhammer novels that is enjoyble to read again and again. The only drawback is the lack of intrigue. If you are into intensive battles go for it. If on the other hand you prefer novels such as Xenos and Hereticus then this book might not be the best choice.

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