- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Emperor's Finest (Ciaphas Cain) Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Completely happy with the purchase and it arrived quickly and promptly. Haven't got round to reading it yet, still on the previous book, though I am looking forward to it.Published on 11 Jan. 2014 by morgan john jones
This novel made a wonderful change of pace, seeing Ciaphas Cain accompanied by the Emperor's finest, the super human Space Marines. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2013 by Daniel
Great addition to an already fantastic series of books! I recommend all Ciaphas Cain books to any warhammer fan! I loved it!Published on 3 Oct. 2013 by Jake
A fine addition to the Ciaphas Cain stories he so such an anti-hero that makes his stories so appealing Sandy mitchell does him proud.Published on 27 July 2013 by Craig
It is the same style as the earlier books in the same series. You get to know some more about his contacts with the Reclaimer's chapter of the Empire's Super Soldiers.Published on 1 Jun. 2013 by Lind Robert