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4.0 out of 5 stars Leave your Prejudice at the Door and Enjoy, 15 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Founding (Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts) (Paperback)
I'm sure the intellectual policemen of 'Literary' Sci-fi would despise this novel; after all it is part of the growing agglomeration of identikit IP tie-ins that are taking over the geek-ghetto of your local bookshop. So if you're loking for painstaking world building, political comment, and subtly disguised real-world satire, you wont find it in a Gaunt's Ghosts omnibus.
But what there is, is entertainment; in spades. 'The Founding' reads like a remix of every war movie you loved as a kid, its characters are shameless cliches whose relationships are awash with sentiment, and you know what? - Its glorious.
Here the science always takes second place to drama; laser guns have recoil, force-fields crackle around lumbering battle-juggernauts, and nuking from orbit is never an option if it would spoil a good scrap on the ground.
And Abnett gets away with it all, with the dash of an audacious cavalry commander. Why?, because ultimately there is substance here.
Cliches are after all cliche because they have truth, and Abnett will always play down the war-porn to show us the real impact of Warhammer's cartoon-like mega weapons on both his characters, and the civilians they try to protect.
So dive in and enjoy a not so guilty pleasure.
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