The Founding (Gaunt's Ghosts Series)

The Founding (Gaunt's Ghosts Series)

by Dan Abnett


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This omnibus edition of the first three Gaunt's Ghosts novels follows the story of the Tanith First-and-Only regiment (nicknamed the Ghosts) and their charismatic commissar, Ibram Gaunt. As they travel from warzone to warzone in the Chaos-infested Sabbat Worlds system, the Ghosts must not only carry out the most dangerous of missions but also survive the deady politics of the Imperial Guard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844163694
Publisher: Games Workshop
Publication date: 12/19/2008
Series: Warhammer 40,000 Series
Edition description: Omnibus
Pages: 768
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 2.10(d)

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.

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AmyLynn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book not as a warhammer fan, but as a spouse to one. Keep that in mind as you read this review.Gaunt's Ghosts, for those unfamiliar is about a regiment of Imperial Guard, led by a colonel commissar. What makes this band special is that the night they were commissioned, their commander saved them from the destruction of their homeworld. Viewed as homeless, barbaric and useless, this band is the underdog, striving through each war to win a new planet for themselves, usually undercut by dirty handed politics.The first book had a good plot, but characterization was weak. Abnett developed rivalries that lasted through the entire omnibus, and I assume into the following ones. The history of the Ghosts was hinted at, briefly explained, but characterization was weak.The second book brought the characterization deeply needed in the first book, but was composed mainly of flashbacks, finally detailing the death of Tanith, and the major 8 or 9 characters got their own chapters detailing their strengths and weaknesses. However, once the flashbacks ended, it took a couple of pages to realize there was a present tense to the story in the last few chapters.The third book had a good mesh of characterization and plot, though suffered from starting 30 pages too early. While not spoiling anything, Abnett gave five or six secondary characters two chapters to be introduced, while explaining their planet was under attack.The ending story was a nice way to end the book, with a remembrance for the characters, so rarely thanked for their work.
BruderBane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading Gaunt's Ghosts from the novel Honour Guard onwards and was enthralled. I held off reading the latest installment, ¿The Armour of Contempt,¿ on purpose, waiting for the release of ¿The Founding.¿ This omnibus collects the first three hard-to-find Gaunt¿s Ghosts novels into one large juicy edition and includes a short story. I¿m very happy I waited. ¿The Founding¿ is everything I expected and more. Here lays the foundation to Tanith¿s First and Only. It is full of blood, sweat, tears, life, death, action, suspense, love, honour and character. Even if you know nothing about Warhammer 40,000, the Imperial Guard, sci-fi or military endeavors, I highly recommend.
billthebloody on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Storming, action-packed war stories from the Warhammer 40,000 universe. This compliation contains the first three Gaunt's Ghosts stories; First and Only, Ghostmaker and Necropolis. There are many reasons why the Gaunt's Ghosts series is the most popular of all the Warhammer novelizations, Dan Abnett is a fantastic writer and fleshes out memorable and affecting characters that you will want to follow through all the books. Central to any book of this genre, (especially in the Warhammer 40K universe,) is the action which is well crafted and described and by turns suspenseful and resounding. I fully recommend this book and the rest of the series even if you're not a 40K Gamer, (think of the stories as Sharpe in space!).
Julie_Sidon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If the space marines in all their glory are too much you to handle due to their intensity then picking up any of the Imerial guard novels is a good way to intoduce you to the world of Warhammer 40K. The Founding is a combination of the first 3 books in the Guant's Ghosts series that is still going stong.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the Sabbat Worlds This splendid omnibus collects the novels First and Only, Ghostmaker and Necropolis. A bonus short story, In Remembrance is also included. This is the first series of novels I have read in the 40K universe that deals with “regular” troops, rather than Space Marines or Inquisitors as main characters. At first, I found this to be a little disappointing, just not as exciting as bouncing around the galaxy with some of the more outlandish cyborg super-hero types. By the time I made it to the third story, Necropolis, I was thoroughly won over. That story might be the best 40K tale I’ve come across. Amazingly well done, it reminds me a little bit of how Mark Bowden wrote Black Hawk Down. Immediate, scary and incredibly engaging. Necropolis is worth the price of admission alone, but if you add in the other stories what you have here is a meaty chunk of sci-fi, sure to hook any fan of military fiction. There is a reason why I try to get my hands on every Warhammer novel written by Dan Abnett, and why the Gaunt’s Ghosts series is one of the Black Library’s most revered.
jeremy_rorrer More than 1 year ago
I started on Warhammer 40K because a friend of mine suggested it and to date i have only read space marine novels. but this book is absolutly amazing. even if your new to the 40K univers this omnibus should be one of your first as it is well written, has a good story, and is really non stop action... a must read.
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Many books list intense war as their primary topic. Those who have read the Gaunt¿s Ghosts omnibus The Founding know what war in the grim darkness of the future truly is. It places you amid the heinous combats, through hope and fear, with roaring guns and rending blade, and everything else only a war-torn galaxy could spawn. This riveting book is recommended to Black Library fans and to anyone with any interest in war. People who have seen movies like Enemy at the Gates or play the Imperial Guard will love the charismatic main protagonists Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt and his Ghosts.