The Iron Star (WH40K: Gaunt’s Ghosts #11.5) ★★★☆☆

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Title: The Iron Star
Series: WH40K: Gaunt’s Ghosts #11.5
Author: Dan Abnett
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 58
Words: 10K


From the Publishers & Me

Set between the events of Only in Death and the forthcoming novel, Blood Pact, The Iron Star follows Colonel–Commissar Gaunt and the Tanith First and Only across an unknown and mysterious warzone. Here, they face the their old foes, the Blood Pact. But how are long–dead Ghosts able to fight at Gaunt’s side against the enemy, and who are the watchers? The key to it all lies in unravelling the mystery of the iron star.

This short story ends with Gaunt waking up from surgery after being rescued by the Tanith from the Blood Pact. He’d been tortured almost to death and only the efforts of the Ghosts keep him from crossing the bridge into death.

My Thoughts:

I knew this was a short story but for some reason I had completely forgotten that Gaunt had been taken by the forces of Chaos in “Only in Death”. So while I knew this was some sort of dream, I was pretty confused without the salient fact of HOW Gaunt was on death’s door.

I really should have read this immediately after Only in Death instead of waiting my usual time between books in a series. Abnett was aiming for the discombobulated, drugged out feeling and by george, he did an admirable of conveying just that. I was weirded out the whole time I was reading this.

For 58 pages I think these couple of sentences covers all that needs to be said.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

45 thoughts on “The Iron Star (WH40K: Gaunt’s Ghosts #11.5) ★★★☆☆

    1. Do you know which end of a gun to point? It’s an important distinction.

      Because if you’re going to do the choosing for our spotify list, I’ll be downvoting any Puppy Pitbull songs..

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            1. See, I’ve learned your code. When you use the word bunty, you’re right on the edge of capitulation but are curmudgeonly enough to not to know to work through it.

              Just say this:
              Bookstooge is the Captain. Bookstooge is Right. Bookstooge is ALWAYS right…

              see, that wasn’t that hard.

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  1. My oldest brother finished GG in the course of 2 months, i do not know how he reads so fast, but he has taken up Cain books. Told me the other day is almost very close to the Gaunts books…. 3 out of 5 I still take as a win even for 58 pages.

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    1. I “think” it came out as an ebook only special and then was included on one of the Gaunt’s Ghosts omnibuses?

      It pretty much just gives details about an event that is referenced at the end of book 11. If you didn’t read this, you wouldn’t miss anything though.

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