I finished reading Salvation’s Reach by Dan Abnett last night and I was very happy with this book 🙂 This is the 13th book in the series if I remember rightly and it’s one of the best. The opening of the book pulled me along impressively and I had read 150 pages within about 3 days. I’m a slow reader so this is a very good sign. It did slow up in the middle of the story but as I came into the last third of the book I found that I could not turn the pages quick enough. I am a BIG fan of Dan Abnett, in particular his Gaunt’s Ghosts series which this is one of them. These stories are set in the Warhammer 40, 000 universe in a war that has been raging for many decades. Colonel-Commisar Ibram Gaunt takes his Tanith 1st regiment on a mission which is one of the most suicidal that they have had, and with the Tanith 1st thats saying something. It is a hard military Sci-Fi universe which is inspired by the Games Workshop table top game. It would have had to of been a very bad story for me not to have liked this book. Despite the gloomy universe that it is set in there were times were I literally Laughed Out Loud and others where I felt a little choked up. Having followed these characters for this many books I’ve become attached to some of them and one of my favourites from book one died at the end of this book. So Abnett is not afraid to kill off his darlings which I always admire in a writer.
In this book there seemed to be a few loose ends left hanging at the end of the book, a couple of them pretty big so I’m eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. I’d strongly recomend this book to anyone that enjoys military sci-fi, although it is the lastest in a series you dont need to read all of the books before hand but I would recommend doing so because it will make it a much more rewarding experience and you’ll get a few of the little references to the regiments history which are in this book.
Mr. Abnett, you rock and I can’t wait to see where you take Gaunt and his Ghosts in the next book 🙂