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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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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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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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

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.

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

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