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The Emperor's Finest (Ciaphas Cain) Paperback – 2 Feb 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849701261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849701266
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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"An engangingly rougish hero, and realistic combat at both the strategic and very personal levels. First-rate Military SF!" - New York Times bestselling author David Drake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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.

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Format: Hardcover
It's been a while since I read a Ciaphas Cain novel (I think the last one was The Traitor's Hand), but reading The Emperor's Finest I was quickly reminded of how much I enjoyed this slightly unorthodox Warhammer 40,000 series.

The novel's plot takes a little while to really get going, but we are immediately re-introduced to Cain and his particular way of looking at things (i.e. self-involved). Once Cain and the Reclaimers Space Marines he is accompanying arrive on Viridia - an agri-world currently in the throes of a widespread, violent uprising - they are quickly thrown into action as Cain inadvertently volunteers for a search-and-destroy mission. In the process of executing this mission, he is introduced to Mira, the governor's daughter, who irritates Cain from the very first moment he sees her (their relationship develops as the novel progresses, not always for the better). His first mission also reveals the depths of the conspiracy tearing Viridia apart, plunging Cain into an even deadlier mission with the Reclaimers, as they hunt a Space Hulk.

From the tunnels below and war-ravaged streets of Viridia, to the corridors of the Space Marine vessel and the Space Hulk, the various atmospheres (of menace, tension, and also pious calm) are well-realised on the page, and because the action is never far away it is very difficult to get impatient with the story. Mitchell is very adept at writing battle scenes and skirmishes, and Cain's perspective offers something new and different from the usual perspective of devout and heroic warriors that make up many of the Black Library's WH40k novels.
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Sandy's Flashman Hero is back to his old sarcastic ways as he fights for the good of the Imperium as fate has a way of twisting his amazing survival ability into a tale of epic proportion. A cracking read for fans of battle humour, a great sense of plot and backed with solid dialogue and overall story arc. Add to the mix a smattering of self-depreciative humour, a touch of classic radio melodrama and when wrapped up with Cain crossing paths with the Astartes you know that its going to have something for everyone. This, all in, makes this a great title in the continuing series of the Imperium's greatest unmodified hero and one that will only add to his heroic saga.

I can only guess what Sandy will come up with next but with the way that it's developed so far you can bet it will only get tougher. On a side note the only real downside is the fact that you know that Cain survives to old age so a lot of the danger is removed from the reader's thoughts. That said, the fates of Cain's co-patriots are always in doubt so you'll be glued to find out who is and who isn't likely to end up adding to his mythos.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book but I've been a fan of all the Ciaphas Cain books. He's a hero who would cope in any time and whilst he would continually continually denigrate himself, often with good reason, he always gets the job done with wit, cunning and a sharp chain sword.

I particularly liked Cain's reaction when Mira is disrespectful towards Jurgen, Ciaphas may have be cynical and irreverent but he won't tolerate disrespect to the man who has always been there when he's needed, either with a well placed melta blast or a good cup of tanna.
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I have literally just finished this book and i found myself thinking if i want to finish it or go off to something else. The first five books were excellent....good action, good stories and humerous in places which is bizare in the world of 40k but it worked so well. Then i read cains last stand in the second omnibus and i became worried as it was a bitty story and i felt a bit of a mess at times. But i soildered on and got to the emperors finest. Oh hell yeh i said as off we go to a space hulk with spacemarines...how could this fail?. well its so slow to start and you have to wait untill the last 80 or so pages untill the book gets to the good bit. I forgave that as the book set the scene well so i braced myself for the action that was to come. Out came the terminator spacemarines...down they went in a brief fight (what idiot sends terminators into tight corridors?)and we are left with a run around some corridors before the anticlimactic end.Ive got the 8th book ready in my hand (the last ditch)but im really worried that its going to be rubbish. It looks like orks and maybe necrons are to appear which will be awesome but i thought the emperors finest was a no brainer slam dunk of a story and i felt it was a mess in the end.Only time will tell but i just pray last ditch gets back to the action and fun evident in the first 5 books which incidently i couldnt put down .
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Format: Hardcover
`The Emperor's Finest' sees Commissar Ciaphas Cain serving as the liaison between the Reclaimer Space Marine Chapter and the Imperial Guard forces mobilised to quell the rebellion on the planet of Viridia. While reluctantly performing his duties Cain uncovers the truth behind the uprising, a truth that leads to him and the Space Marines chasing a space hulk and far more danger than Cain is comfortable with.

While nowhere near the best book in the `Ciaphas Cain' series of books, `The Emperor's Finest' is an enjoyable book with some nice plot twists and some enjoyable battles. The book is written as well as the other books in the series and although it isn't as laugh out loud funny as some of the other books in the series, there are still some nicely humorous moments here and there. The characters in the book are nice and I especially the Reclaimer Techmarine Drumond

The book only really has one problem which is that the main plot does seem to be stretched somewhat thinly in places, especially in the first half of the book. While still enjoyable, the book doesn't really get going until the second half, with the first half seeming somewhat light on plot. Other than this though `The Emperor's Finest' is a nice read and anyone who enjoys the `Ciaphas Cain' series should like this latest instalment.
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