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BOOK REVIEW: The Ravenor Omnibus by Dan Abnett (Warhammer 40K)

REVIEW SUMMARY: A thoroughly enjoyable reading experience marked by it’s unstoppable narrative drive, realistic character portrayals, gripping action sequences, and expertly delivered plot developments.

MY OVERALL RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Follows Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor on a mission, initially to investigate the existence of evil-tainted drug-like substance, but that investigation uncovers an even greater conspiracy against a powerful enemy.

MY REVIEW:
RAVENOR

  • MY RATING:
  • PROS: The final act was non-stop, page-turning fun; Abnett juggles multiple story threads effortlessly; central characters evoke love/hate emotions in the reader; all characters are distinct; superbly written action scenes; the universe is well-drawn and alluring.
  • CONS: The story stalls a bit in the second act.

RAVENOR RETURNED

  • MY RATING:
  • PROS: The arc of the trilogy shifts gears to a greater conspiracy, upping the stakes; completely engrossing from start to finish; Abnett is not afraid to write off characters.
  • CONS: A couple of scenes where innocents are killed without question.

RAVENOR ROGUE

  • MY RATING:
  • PROS: Excellent presentation of action and drama; Ravenor being held accountable for his actions; delivers an epic finale.
  • CONS: One mildly-jarring time jump when Ravenor actually goes rogue.

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Cover & Synopsis: “The Unremembered Empire” by Dan Abnett (A New Warhammer 40K: Horus Heresy Novel)

We’re big fans of Dan Abnett around here. And look! Amazon has the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming Warhammer 40K: Horus Heresy novel The Unremembered Empire by Dan Abnett.

Here’s the synopsis:
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Words and Pictures: Living Dead Special: “Revival” and “The New Deadwardians”

Our zombie overlords have stuck around as an all-conquering pop culture meme a whole lot longer than I thought they would, to be honest. Although I’m not instinctively fascinated by the entire sub-genre, I do like certain iterations of zombie fiction. I’ve even kind of written some myself.

But I don’t read the head honcho of zombie comics, The Walking Dead, any more (all that suffering finally became too much for me, delicate little flower that I am). Fortunately, there are other takes on the risen dead out there in the world of comics, so I thought I’d take a look at a couple of them.

One, Revival, is the first volume of a new continuing series which is perhaps not strictly about zombies, but definitely about the living dead. The other, The New Deadwardians, is a self-contained story, complete in one volume, that’s certainly about zombies but also about vampires, thereby doubling its quotient of zeitgeisty pop culture icons.

They both demonstrate that a bit of imagination and lateral thinking can squeeze fresh and interesting blood even from a stone that’s been pretty much squeezed to death already .

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Cover & Synopsis: “Dragon Frontier” by Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett has posted the cover art and synopsis of his upcoming novel Dragon Frontier!
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BOOK REVIEW: Eisenhorn by Dan Abnett

REVIEW SUMMARY: My first Warhammer 40K novel — definitely won’t be my last.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Follows the adventures of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn as he fights evil in the name of the Holy Emperor…and chronicles his dangerous relationship with the ways of Chaos.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Stellar world building; superb storytelling; nonstop pacing; memorable worlds and characters; utterly engrossing; leaves you wanting more.
CONS: I kid you not when I say “none”.
BOTTOM LINE: A book that has rekindled my love of reading.

The Warhammer 40K novels have been on my radar for some time. I had dabbled in some audio short stories and enjoyed them quite a bit, but fellow sf fans had even better things to say about the novels, particularly those of WH40K veteran, Dan Abnett. Start with Eisenhorn, they said. I finally took the plunge and my only regret is that I wish I had listened sooner.
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Cover & Synopsis: “Pariah: Ravenor vs Eisenhorn” by Dan Abnett

Here’s the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming Warhammer 40,000 novel Pariah: Ravenor vs Eisenhorn by Dan Abnett.

Here’s the synopsis:

Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor returns to action to hunt the most dangerous enemy he has ever encountered, a disgraced inquisitor, driven by obsession to bind daemons to his will and consort with heretics. For Ravenor, this is more than just a manhunt; it is personal. This foe was once his greatest ally and most trusted friend: his old mentor, Gregor Eisenhorn.

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Black Library (October 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849702020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849702027

BOOK TRAILER: The Horus Heresy Books ‘A Thousand Sons’ and Prospero Burns’

Hey, Warhammer 40K fans…here’s a brand new book trailer for The Horus Heresy Books A Thousand Sons by Graham McNeill and Prospero Burns by Dan Abnett, two upcoming Warhammer 40K books from Black Library.

VIDEO: Dan Abnett Talks About The Upcoming Warhammer Film

Here’s author Dan Abnett talking about Ultramarines, the upcoming Warhammer 40,000 adaptation.

[via Quiet Earth]

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