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Straight Silver Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 2002

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop (Dec 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844160823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844160822
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #964,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A gripping. all guns blazing story of heroics and violence - Enigma Rattles along at a breakneck rate - SFX magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dan Abnett is the author of the Horus Heresy novels The Unremembered Empire, Know No Fear and Prospero Burns, the last two of which were both New York Times bestsellers. He has written almost fifty novels, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series, and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies. He scripted Macragge's Honour, the first Horus Heresy graphic novel, as well as numerous audio dramas and short stories set in the Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer universes. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hmm, I nearly fell into the trap of comparing this book with the others in the series, which are easily superior to this one. That is not the issue, though, what matters is: how good is THIS book considered on its own? Again, we find the Tanith First embroiled in a conflict in which they are forced to follow asinine orders which do not use their abilities appropriately. In this manner, Abnett subjects them to one of the more antiquated forms of combat, that being trench warfare as in World War I, with chemical weapons in use. While antiquated with respect to their usual mode of combat (something mentioned explicitly several times), it is occurring on a planet for which that is the level of development. Also, they are constrained to follow the orders of the planetery officials in prosecuting the war. More of that hell that is war, it seems.
Little progress is made in advancing the characters from the state they occupied at the end of the previous novel. It seems almost like Abnett hit a length limit and simply stopped the book, making this novel almost a brief transition in the series. There is more mysticism like that used in Honor Guard, which seems basically to foreshadow something in the next book. The really likable characters do well, though as before a lot of them get shot up. There is one REALLY unlikable character who again comes through (in Guns of Tanith he murdered one of the major characters in the regiment), it seems to me, simply to have a villain in the ranks (nevermind that there are already several who hate the commander, Gaunt; I guess we needed someone for the regular ranks to battle).
All in all, this is the weakest book yet in the series. It does serve well, though, in introducing new readers to the present state of the characters and the setting.
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Straight Silver is my favorite book out of the Gaunt's Ghost's series. The book starts off with the Ghost's arriving at a world which as be engulfed in a 40 year tench war, wow. Straight Silver, like all the other Gaunt's ghosts books has wonderful detailed battle scenes, but that is not the reason why this is my favorite. I felt this book had wonderful character development and emotion. Unlike the other books in the series, Straight Silver was the only one almost to bring me to tears. Rawne, Larkin, Caffran, Criid, Soric, Gaunt, and all the ghost seemed to get a upgrade in this book. The writing and descriptions of the characters and the settings were Abnett at his best.
Some fans of the Gaunt's Ghosts don't really like this book, other like myself,absolutey love this book. So give it a try, but read all the other first.
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I have really enjoyed the Gaunt's Ghosts series so far, and I have thought that Abnett's use of characters and setting has been imaginitive and enjoyable. In Straight Silver however, the plot never seems to draw the reader in, and the end of the book left me very unsatisfied. Also, the trench war setting seems on an exact par with WWI, and as a result, there are numerous inconsistencies with a 41st millenium battlefield. I guess that I only voice my disappointment, because I felt his other books were so good. I would highly reccommend the previous books, but this one is not as good.
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Like Necropolis, Dan Abnett introduces us to the society of the host planet where the story takes place. We meet a worn veteran of the planet's decades-long war traveling to the local capitol. Through personal observations and reflections of this character, we learn about the history and mind set of the locals, which we know will play prevalently in the unfolding of the plot. Once again, the story truly begins once Imperial Forces arrive from orbit. From there it's an ongoing illustration of the entrenchment of military doctrine going against all attempts to evolve, resulting in stalemate upon the battlefield and nearly contributing to the victory of Chaos forces secretly bolstering the strength and tactics of the local enemies. Once again, Dan Abnett weaves a tale composed of numerous individual experiences where human beings overcome or are overwhelmed by adverse circumstances, emerging from the receding tide as heroes (martyred or surviving as the case may be) or tragic examples of human failings. There is little mention or description of Chaos in this story, rather it's solely about individuals and how they deal with the futility of their situations. It is a collective account of perserverence. There is a segment in the story where Gaunt is able to get half of his regiment taken off the brutal front lines and assigned to some "lighter" duty geared more towards their light infantry skills. In his mind, it is a glass half full - to be able to save at least half of his troops from the mindless butchery of the trenches. There are numerous other character-driven episodes in the book that will add to your appreciation of the story. I could go on, but I will complete this review by saying, that no matter what kind of subject matter you prefer in a novel, you will not be disappointed by this.
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