Xenos

Xenos

by Dan Abnett

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Overview

The Inquisition moves amongst mankind like an avenging shadow, striking down the enemies of humanity with uncompromising ruthlessness. When he finally corners an old foe, Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn is drawn into a sinister conspiracy. As events unfold and he gathers allies - and enemies - Eisenhorn faces a vast interstellar cabal and the dark power of demons, all racing to recover an arcane text of abominable power: an ancient tome known as the Necroteuch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849708739
Publisher: Games Workshop
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Series: Eisenhorn Series
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 161,877
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dan Abnett is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning comic book writer. He has written over forty novels, including the acclaimed Gaunt’s Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies. His Horus Heresy novel Prospero Burns topped the SF charts in the UK and the US. In addition to writing for Black Library, Dan scripts audio dramas, movies, games, comics and bestselling novels for major publishers in Britain and America. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.

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Xenos (Eisenhorn Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
d3r1v3d on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The stage is set masterfully for the events unfolding within the Eisenhorn cycle with the first book - Xenos. Gregor Eisenhorn, a hard-line member of the God-Emperor's Inquisition, makes it his duty in life to track down those tainted by Chaos - wherever they may reside - and crush them with the weight of his stubborn resolve and gilded Naval pistol. Part future warfare science fiction yarn / part gritty noir detective story, Xenos follows his investigations across the galaxy as he hunts down the conspirators responsible for a mass genocide on the Imperial outpost of Hubris.Abnett has a remarkable talent for creating vibrant characters from the bleak, apocalyptic environments inhabiting the Warhammer 40K universe. Whereas the majority of the official 40K source books are filled to the rafters with the lore and history of formidable Space Marine chapters, bizarre alien races, or the inherently obscene Chaos races; Abnett prefers to focus on the plight of the human condition in these times. While, admittedly, Xenos can feel like a half-dollar science fiction pulp novel at times, Abnett frequently includes insights or expositions in the midst of the backdrop of exaggerated violence that lends an air of realism to the whole affair.Overall, Xenos is a strong first novel in the Eisenhorn series and I look forward to reading the rest.
Magus_Manders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is, more or less, exactly as it presents itself to be: a pulpy sci-fi fantasy about a guy with an impossibly cool outfit and a big gun. However, that does not mean that it's no good. Dan Abnett is perhaps most well known for his 'Gaunts Ghost' series of Warhammer 40000 novels, following a company of unusual Imperial soldiers with an even more unusual leader. With the Eisenhorn Trilogy, he takes a rather different route. Released nearly in tangent with the Games Workshop 'Inquisitor' game, the books follow the investigations of an Inquisitor Eisenhorn and his coterie as they uncover numerous plots of heresy and corruption within the Imperium. They are not fantastically written, but measure up to an author like Clive Cussler in both pacing and engrossment. Abnett makes his character's smart, but just enough that the reader can keep up with them, mixing both mystery and action in a read you just can't put down. Often, the protagonists will speak in a sort of improvised cipher, which can be fun to try and figure out. I'll be honest, after reading all three books in quick succession, I began to inadvertently drop words of this code into my own language, which may or may not have been a good thing. If you are already a fan of the Warhammer 40k Universe, these books give a great peek at the civilian workings of the Imperium of Man and showcase many different strange and frightening worlds. If you are not learned with the background material, they may be a little hard to follow at times. Luckily, it is more or less character driven, and every time one of them meets a fate worse than death, you'll be sorry to see them go.
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I have been into the world Abnett describes for quite some time, and have read short stories, novels, and series before, but this one takes the cake. This book actually has depth to it, character development, cool action scenes, and people you can actually like. For all players of 40K and even people who have never heard of the game, this book is highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend at work loaned this book to me and once I started I could not put it down. I enjoyed every minute of it. Even though I am not familiar with Warhammer 40000 universe I was able to pick up and follow the book. From the start the book was fast pace bringing me right into the action. There was good character development and some background.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Abnett does a wonderful job of introducing the dark future of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It is involved enough for someone who is not a fan of the wargame series. The book definitely has a dark, forboding feel to it which some people have descibed as menacing. All together, it is a good read for any sci-fi fan.