Only in Death Paperback – Aug 2 2008
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About the Author
Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent, in England. Well known for his comic work, he has written everything from the Mr Men to the X-Men. His work for the Black Library includes the popular strips Lone Wolves, Titan and Darkblade, the best-selling Gaunt's Ghosts novels, and the acclaimed Inquisitor Eisenhorn trilogy. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
For reasons that will become clear to those who read it, the "ghosts" of the Ghosts come home to the veterans of the Tanith regiment. My one criticism of this book is that although Abnett develops the setting brilliantly, there is no real character development in this novel. Dealing with the past is fair enough, but I would have liked to see further progression. This criticism notwithstanding, I read the book in a day and a half because I couldn't put it down.
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Each member of the team begins hearing odd sounds. Echoes from people that do not exist. Ghostly footsteps seem to come up from behind them, pass, and then continue on down corridors. Teammates, long dead, show up to offer tactical advice, give a heads up on incoming fire, or leave small gifts. To make matters worse, the enemy seem to know all the hidden passages and use the information to set up ambushes. Lack of water is a major problem. Snipers keep attention to the areas and nowhere seems safe choppers to land and deliver the much needed water or ammo.
Commander Ibram Gaunt does his best to keep his people alive as the situation continually worsens. Dalin Criid, the first son of the Ghosts, has Hinzerhaus as his first mission. He has to do more than prove himself. It just may be up to Dalin to save them all.
***** This is probably my favorite of the Gaunt's Ghost series. Not only is this story well planned and executed, but the strange happenings seemed to have no credible explanations. There were scenes that sent cold chills down my spine. The story starts out unnerving and keeps getting worse until the very end. For perfect effects, read during a storm at night. Military warfare meets paranormal in this Ghosts installment. Absolutely wonderful! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
As usual, Abnett has the best characterization in his writing from any other contemporary author that I have encountered. Despite the underlying brutality of the overall storyline and the specific plot of this book, Abnett delivers humor, heartwarming moments, illustrating the self-sacrifice that soldiers in certain death situations have for one another, along with his exquisite descriptive abilities of not just battles and combat but the setting in which the characters find themselves.
Set in something of an alien haunted house, the Tanith First and Only are tasked with securing and holding a fort far from any friendly forces. From the start, the unit members are demoralized and disturbed by visions, hallucinations, rumors, and fear. Certain that they will meet their ends at this posting, they nevertheless endeavor to make certain to sell themselves dearly. Facing down an enemy they've fought in a number of the prior books in the series, they also have to deal with their own inner conflicts. Amidst all the combat, they are forced to deal with the losses of their comrades, who cannot be replaced as they are the last of their world, as every death is a dear friend.
Abnett manages to achieve all the plot points to advance the story for the next book, while whittling down the unit even further amidst the hopeless battle in which he placed them. And still, he moves characters through their own personal demons and completes them. Too often in sf and fantasy writing, characters are flat. While some, as part of their specific nature by intent, are flat, Abnett makes it look so easy to make round characters of the bulk of the cast.
It's such a joy to read Abnett's works, but so sad at the same time. The sadness comes from knowing that there will be an interminable wait for the next book in the series. And since his writing is so intense that all his books are page-turners, they go so fast that despite the fulfillment, the reader is left wanting more. This book was easily the best I have read in a long, long time, in any genre.
This is the last book for a while, apparently, as Abnett is working on other projects this year and next. So I've heard anyway. I really can't wait to find out what direction the storyline goes after this.
Mkoll is my frigging hero. That's the only "spoiler" you get. :)
But the plot ends up just not delivering, at least not for me. There is a lot of increasingly incoherent action, and a kind of sophomoric deus-ex-machina, but all the potentially interesting plot threads just dribble away. For example, one apparently real character is actually a 'warp echo' sent by an unlikely ally, but nothing is made of this other than the finding out that he/she was a 'warp echo'. What? In other books the unlikely ally would have slowly built with increasing hints and tied into the rest of the plot, here we just have things magically dumped in. Unless you are an ardent fan the simple jumbling together of characters from all the previous books with almost no explanation will make no sense. If you are a true fan go ahead and buy it, but compared to many of the other books in the series it's just not there.
This is the book i've been waiting for. The last book i read was Descent of Angels, and i was really in need of a book that wouldn't make me hate written word. Dan Abnett takes a semi-different approach to the story but, as always, never lets the story lag or in anyway feel like the themes are repeating. After finishing this book i find myself having trouble getting to sleep without my nightly dose of Ghost....."Dose of Ghost" sounds cool...But anyway, even if this story had ended the series i wouldn't have been mad. Because i have no problem going back and reading every book in the series over and over agian.... it is just that good.
Long live Dan Abnett and Ibram Gaunt....oh yeah,and the King too.