The Last Ditch. Sandy Mitchell

The Last Ditch Sandy Mitchell Imperial commissar Ciaphas Cain returns to Nusquam Fundumentibus to crush the ork attacks which have been plaguing the frozen planet But when his ship crashes into the wastelands outside the capital i

  • Title: The Last Ditch. Sandy Mitchell
  • Author: Sandy Mitchell
  • ISBN: 9781849702898
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • Imperial commissar Ciaphas Cain returns to Nusquam Fundumentibus to crush the ork attacks which have been plaguing the frozen planet But when his ship crashes into the wastelands outside the capital it disturbs a far greater enemy, one which has lain dormant under the permafrost since long before the Imperium came to this world, and could now threaten the whole sector FaImperial commissar Ciaphas Cain returns to Nusquam Fundumentibus to crush the ork attacks which have been plaguing the frozen planet But when his ship crashes into the wastelands outside the capital it disturbs a far greater enemy, one which has lain dormant under the permafrost since long before the Imperium came to this world, and could now threaten the whole sector Faced with ongoing greenskin raids and keeping an over enthusiastic novice commissar under control, Cain must rally his men and confront whatever emerges from beneath the rapidly melting ice

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    1. The Last Ditch by Sandy Mitchell is the eighth novel in Black Library's Ciaphas Cain series. For those unfamiliar with the series, it is about a ostensibly cowardly commissar (political officer) assigned to a mixed-gender unit of the Imperial Guard. Set in the Warhammer 40K universe, it follows Commissar Cain as he recounts his biography and how he went from being a lowly junior officer to one of the greatest heroes of the Imperium. The joke being that Ciaphas Cain considers himself to be nothin [...]

    2. Anyone unfamiliar to the adventures of Ciaphas Cain need only know that he is a self-serving, incredibly paranoid, skilled liar, who is happy to put as many bodies between him and the enemy as possible in order to save his own skin.The only reason we sympathise with him as a character is because although underneath he may be completely craven, on the outside he has inadvertently created this persona as being a "Hero of The Imperium."Cain, having observed the tendency of many members of the Commi [...]

    3. Light entertainment, but the author begins to fall into a pattern. You have to compare to Dan Abnett who writes in the same shared world with more or less the same set-up. But where Abnett have a rich crowd of characters to choose from to support and sometimes overshadow the main character, Mitchell limits himaelf to one, with side-kicks. This, in combination with the same plot structure (Abnett uses the whole with of what can happen to a regiment in war) made me wonder if I hadn't read this bok [...]

    4. I adore the Cain novels and this one didn't disappoint. There is tons of action and a good dose of humor. Unlike so many 40k books, the Cain novels don't seem to take themselves too seriously. (Can a book take itself seriously?) Anyway, I love the self-depreciating wit of Ciaphus. Every bit of The Last Ditch is a page turner, as I found when I finished the book and realized it was 5 am. I can't wait to read The Greater Good! Keep them coming! (I would love to read about Cain coming out of retire [...]

    5. I really quite liked this, and much moreso than the last book as I have mentioned before. The pace is lively and never drags. The action is clear and well-narrated. The particular brand of humor employed by both Cain and Amberley's footnotes is a refreshing contrast to otherwise spartan military verbiage.

    6. Another enjoyable escapade featuring Ciaphas Cain. They're becoming a little bit formulaic, but Sandy Mitchell's slightly lighter take on the grimdark 40k universe always makes for an entertaining evening's read.

    7. Vanquishing the Emperor's enemies with the power of explosions, fire, Jurgen's body odor, and strategic cowardice that happens to be externally indistinguishable from outright heroism. It's a Cain book, alright.

    8. Ciaphas Cain, hero of the Imperium, is back, this time on the implausibly named frozen planet of Nusquam Fundumentibus. The locals have a bit of an Ork problem, and the stalwart women and men of the Valhallan 597th are looking forward to a relaxing bit of counterinsurgency in a suitable (for them, at leasy) climate. Then, naturally, everything goes to hell. This is the eighth book featuring Ciaphas Cain (in order of publication, that is; chronologically it takes place sometine after Duty Calls), [...]

    9. This particular story is set during Cain's time with the Valhallan 597th, and details the events occurring when the regiment is dispatched to the iceworld of Nusquam Fundumentibus to help suppress a secondary outbreak of orks following the original invasion which the Valhallan 296th had been part of defeating. Of course, the fact that Cain is involved means that nothing is anywhere near as straight forward as originally imagined, and there will be even further complications along the way.The boo [...]

    10. Another Ciaphas Cain book. There are only a few points that might boggle the reader who has not read the previous books in the series, but there are some.Cain is, of course, Cain, recounting his adventures with his usual professions of cowardice and total self-interest, with Amberley making her usual comments in footnotes including pointing out that he's missing his own virtues, as his regiment heads back to an iceworld to fight orks -- much to the delight of the troopers, who stem from an icewo [...]

    11. I managed to read the entire book in one go, It took me about eleven hours if I remember correctly. So it is safe to say that the story pretty much gripped me and did not let go. It was a true Cain tale filled with witty dialog and unlikely escapes. The only thing that was missing compared to most Cain tales was a female counterpart which in this case only added to the dynamic flow of the story instead of bog down the twist in the intervals between the action.I can not wait for the next book whi [...]

    12. A solid return to the brisk action, pure tension, and hilarious backstory comedy of the reluctant hero, Ciaphas Cain, as Cain and his band of protagonists set out to wipe out a band of orks invading a desired planet and sector of the galaxy and discover a much larger and more dangerous foe has set up residence (tyranids!!). This is the book that Cain's Last Stand wanted to be, and I really enjoyed the author's stepping up and slamming the story in a format that was easy to read and exciting as w [...]

    13. One of the better Ciaphas Cain novels so far. Mitchells use the same ingredients as before and manages to create an exiting, thrilling, engaging and, above all else, hilarious, story!Cain and his regiment crash lands on the ice planet of Nusquam Fundumentibus (yes, really) when on their way to help the local garrison with a minor ork-problem. The orks never seem to be any big problem, it's almost too easy fighting them But very soon Cain & Co find them selves knee deep in a war that might th [...]

    14. Formulaic but fun Ciaphas Cain (ahem Black Adder) adventure. Some elements are in danger of turning into 'Sandy Mitchell Boiler Plate'.- Cain references he's a coward.- Cain uses 40k Gamer speak no one else on the universe seems to use.- Cain references unwashed socks and halitosis.- Cain is grateful for a cup of Tanna.- Cain references that while he is uncomfortable, it is all going to get so much worse.- Amberley shows up after they cheat death and the scene cuts to black as they have dinner a [...]

    15. The first half of this novel is a brilliant read, cults, daemons, all sorts of bad guys and action, treacherous space marines, old school tough guy characters that seem as if they were written for Arnie back in the day, the second half though, slows down considerably, it is still well done but just compared to the beginning it just lacks the same punch to the junk that was already delivered. Good effort, really cool idea but just sort of suffers at it's own hands a bit?

    16. This was another fun Caiaphas Cain adventure. What starts as a routine cleansing of Orks from an Ice World soon turns into a fight for survival against much more terrifying foesThis was an interesting story, with a good set of events that were fun to follow. It's got a lot of re-used material in terms of how Caiaphas views the world and his aide, but I guess that's for the benefit of new readers.Worth a read if you like a more human element in your 40K novels.

    17. Good old yarn by Sandy Mitchell of our favourite Imperial Commissar, Ciaphas Cain. Not especially novel or really different to what came before, but a good fun nonetheless, in which Cain meets Orks, Tyranids, a fellow if gung-ho commissar, and an imbred, imbecile aristocrat planetary governor. In other words, pure, unadalterated Cain.

    18. This is by far, my favourite of the series. The amount of different Tyranids was fantastic. My only complaint was that I would have loved to hear a better description of them from Cain. Other than that, I loved it.

    19. I love Ciaphas Cain! He's a witty, charming, and thoroughly relate-able character. I imagine he handles his dangerous with much of the grace and poise that I would! And if that sentence doesn't make you laugh you haven't read any of the Ciaphas Cain books!

    20. Another classic Ciaphas Cain novel, though there is more than the usual worlds and character building. I hope to see some of the new characters in future Black library novels.

    21. This series continues to deliver fun quality character with a consistent and excellent voice. well worth reading.I almost (almost) want to play 40K every time I finish one of these.

    22. The Emperor's Finest was a bit of a disapointment, given how long we had waited to see Cain paired up with the Space Marines. The Last Ditch, however, is a return to form and a cracking read.

    23. Another hilarious exploit by the Hero Of The Imperium, Commissar Ciaphas Cain. Ork and Tyranids in this one. Good thing his aide, Jurgen, has his melta-gun.

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