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When betrayal and treachery bring the walls of a besieged hive city crashing down, bitter rivalry and corruption surface, bringing the Tanith Ghosts to the brink of destruction. Gaunt must find new allies and recruit more ghosts if he is to sa. Gaunt must find new allies and recruit more ghosts if he is to save Vervunhive from the dark legions of Chaos and pull the Tanith back from the brink. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Necropolis by Dan Abnett. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published April 21st by The Black Library first published Gaunt’s Ghosts 3Warhammer 40, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Necropolisplease sign up. Lists with This Book. It is funny that Abnett states that he really got his groove writing about the Tanith Regiment by this novel in his introduction to the first Omnibus, The Founding.
Funny because it is so true. Here the characters are matured and defined and stuck in Hell. The Ghosts don’t show for the first 50 pages of the book, and when they do it is unheralded and anonymously as per usual. Necropolis is a story of a knock dawn, drag out, to the last man defense of a city.
The body count is in the ,s and It is funny that Abnett states that he really got his groove writing about the Tanith Regiment by this novel in his introduction to the first Omnibus, The Founding. The body count is in the ,s and Abnett makes you care about each one. This is the last novel of the first Founding Tanith, much like the third book in the series about the Soul Drinkers Space Marines, another orphaned army group, the Tanith are given new troopers from the people of the very city they defended with their lives.
If you like movies like the Alamo, and Zulu, you will love this book of an epic siege. Sep 25, Vinh-Thang rated it it was amazing Shelves: Welll isn’t this the best Ghost novel so far! Great female characters too, much needed. Nov 03, Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Necropolis The beginning of the novel is told from many perspectives – ranging from the rich nobility to low-class civilians – and tells of the opening phases of the siege on Vervunhive.
The mega-city’s neighbouring hive, Ferrozoica, amasses an army and marches on their former rival with an unknown agenda. The Vervun Primary militia prepares to repel the invasion forces, but as Vervunhive’s High Master refuses to believe that Ferrozoica has mobilised against them, they are not given permission to Necropolis The beginning of the novel is told from many perspectives – ranging from the rich nobility to low-class civilians – and tells of the opening phases of the siege on Vervunhive.
The Vervun Primary militia prepares to repel the invasion forces, but as Vervunhive’s High Master refuses to believe that Ferrozoica has mobilised against them, they are not given permission to arm their defence batteries before the Zoicans fire the opening salvoes. Much of Vervunhive is plunged into panic and thousands perish in the first few days, and aid from the Imperial Guard is called for.
They learn that Ferrozoica, whom Vervunhive had fought in the Trade War ninety years before, had silenced communications with its neighbours in recent months and began arming. The influence of Chaos is evident.
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Colonel-Commissar Gaunt and his Ghosts face opposition from not only the enemy, but also their fellow Guard regiments and the local politicians. Necropolis is a significant point in the series; at the end abnwtt the novel, the under-strength Tanith First receives an influx of replacement soldiers from fan militia and general populace of Vervunhive.
A number of major characters are introduced in the novel. A short story titled ‘In Remembrance’ directly follows the siege of Vervunhive, and is included in The Founding the first Omnibus.
Feb 07, Stuart rated it really liked it. Review to follow soon. May 15, Bookhode rated it liked it. Feth yeah, this is the Warhammer 40k book I was waiting for!
Even though all WH40k novels I’ve read so far have had their fair share of interesting characters, action, Chaos plots, Imperial politics, blood, guts, bravery and duty, it was finally here in “Necropolis” where all those elements really meshed together, and combined with an exciting last stand story, to provide a completely engaging and meaningful experience for the reader. When massive industrial city of Vervunhive is suddenly attacke Feth yeah, this is the Warhammer 40k book I was waiting for!
When massive industrial city of Vervunhive is suddenly attacked by the hordes of Chaos, and when their lines of defense, communication and the will to fight start to wear down and break under the unrelenting assault, it is up to Commissar Ibram Gaunt to necropois his authority and take charge of the entire war effort.
Squared off against necropolsi of nscropolis most formidable Chaos warlords, Gaunt will need every bit of his diplomatic, organizational, combat and seductive skills to stop the impending disaster, and come up with a plan nrcropolis a Hail Mary style counterattack It was great to finally see Gaunt get out of his shell of being just a brave and honorable battalion commander, with a big chip on his shoulder, and start to kick ass and run out of bubblegums on a much bigger stage.
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Necrppolis is the Gaunt that I want to read more about: It was also cool to see that Gaunt’s beloved Ghosts, despite numerous casualties, were actually coming out stronger from this mission, as they were able to expand their ranks and include many new Vervun recruits, who have just lost their homes in this terrible and glorious endevour. May 30, Stewart Crichton rated it it was wbnett.
This is the third in Abnett’s popular Ghost series. By this stage and in his own words he’s clearly getting to grips not only with his characters, but with the 40K setting as well.
Whilst later sbnett may be better laid out, or becropolis more diverse characterisation, for me Necropolis is the best and most gripping of the series. Throughout the violent siege of Vervunhive by the Chaos-tainted forces of Zoica, Abnett strives to show the war from the view of civilians, guardsmen and Lords of the Hive. As well as brutal fighting there is political intrigue, greedy businessmen qbnett the relationships between the existing characters.
Everything goes against our plucky Abnert 1st as they lead the defence of necgopolis Hive, but the brave men from the dead forest world stand their ground. Abnett manages to intersperse necropo,is combat scenes with calmer ones set amongst the conniving nobles and the necropolls of the shattered city. At no point was I bored and often felt desperation set in as all looked lost for the troops. My only complaint is the ending.
A great beginning, fantastic middle are let down by an abrupt ending that whilst rounding off the siege perfectly well, doesn’t do the build up justice. This is the book I have read most of the entire series. I’ve gone through two copies that were read to tatters. Recommend for any 40K fans and especially Guard fans Apr 12, Peter De Klerk rated it it was amazing.
It follows the adventures of the unit from Tanith under Gaunt, this time to Berghast to help in the defence of the hive city Vervenhive. This book was just fast paced and unrelenting from the start, but also managed to flesh out the different characters thoroughly and there were many great ones!
The action and battle scenes were harrowing and intense and you really felt at times like you were there witnessing the siege. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to get into this universe and an understanding of the Imperial Guard. Strangely enough, I really enjoyed the small follow up story at the end of the book almost the most out of any part of the book, but it was littered with spelling mistakes!
Even so it didn’t matter, the writing and the way the author conveyed the emotion of it all was great. I really with they would make this into a movie! Dec 10, Flyss Williams rated it liked it. It soon becomes clear this attack is not a takeover bid but an attempt to destroy the necropilis totally this can only be the work of Chaos, but who is the puppet master this time?
Dec 12, Adam Whitehead rated it it was amazing.
Supplying the vast armies of the Imperium with their weapons of war are the hive worlds, industrialised planets consisting of huge city-states called hives which churn out the hundreds of thousands of vehicles, millions of weapons and billions of munitions required for the Imperium to wage war on its foes. The individual hives on any one world are very competitive with one another, sometimes even to the point of open conflict.
On Verghast, the hive-states of Vervunhive and Ferrazoica, vital suppl Supplying the vast armies of the Imperium with their weapons of war are the hive worlds, industrialised planets consisting of huge city-states called hives which churn out the hundreds of thousands of vehicles, millions of weapons and billions of munitions required for the Imperium to wage war on its foes. On Verghast, the hive-states of Vervunhive and Ferrazoica, vital supply posts for the Sabbat Worlds Liberation Crusade forces, have long been bitter rivals, fighting a brief but bloody conflict called the Trade War ninety years earlier before settling down into an uneasy peace.
When the Zoicans launch a surprise assault on Vervunhive, destroying its offensive army in the field and besieging the city, the hive’s proud leaders are forced to call for aid from the Crusade fleet.
As elements of the Imperial Guard arrive to reinforce the city, it becomes clear that this is more than just a small-scale planetary feud, and the Siege of Vervunhive will become one of the greatest and most legendary battles of the entire Crusade, especially for the Tanith First-and-Only and their commander, Gaunt.
Necropolis is the third novel in the Gaunt’s Ghost sequence and, according to Abnett’s introduction to the omnibus edition, is where he ‘got it’ in terms of what he could do with the Warhammer 40, universe and his characters. The book opens in a rather unusual manner, with the first 50 pages almost a full sixth of the book taking place in Vervunhive as the war begins.
We meet numerous characters, from city administrators to nobles to industry-workers to gang members, and see how their lives are thrown into tumult by the attack, and how the outnumbered defenders manage to hold off the enemy long enough for a few Imperial Guard regiments to reach them. This gives us a battery of different POV characters, including children, women and civilians people not well-catered for by the first two bookswho give us a very different viewpoint on the setting and world to that of the Guard or Space Marines who are the normal focus for WH40K fiction.
Needless to say, things kick off big time and Abnett unleashes what can only be called the closest science fiction has ever come to its own version of the Battle of Stalingrad. Vast armoured engagements and ferocious artillery bombardments precede a desperate battle for the city and its millions of inhabitants, with Gaunt and his Ghosts, but also numerous other, new characters, in the thick of the action.
Necropolis is, hands down, one of the best purely military SF novels I’ve ever read.
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Between the moments of carnage Abnett also delivers some solid character development for the likes of Gaunt, Rawne, Milo, Bragg and erstwhile antagonists like Gilbear and the other Bluebloods. The battles are violent and vivid, and those who have studied Stalingrad will find some interesting points of comparison in the desperate battles between men armed with just grenades and mines and heavily-armoured main battle tanks in industrial wastelands, tightly-packed streets and bombed-out commercial buildings.
Abnett also makes some interesting points here about the sheer wastefulness of war, particularly in the maudlin ending, which is unusual in a military SF novel. The book manages to be based around an epic and violent battle without glorifying it, which is an impressive balancing act to achieve. Apr 02, Krzysztof rated it liked it. The premise behind this one is solid, but I found the execution lacking.
Firstly, the fragmented POV of this book is, for the first in the series, an issue – it puts focus all over the place, often introducing names and places that are immediately discarded in favour of other names and places.
Secondly, it completely shafts several motifs that are basically forgotten about until the very end of the book, when they are closed off in a very anticlimactic fashion.
And then there’s the climax of the The premise behind this one is solid, but I found the execution lacking.