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Book 3 in the Gaunt's Ghosts series.

On the shattered world of Verghast, Gaunt and his Ghosts find themselves embroiled within an ancient and deadly civil war as a mighty hive-city is besieged by an unrelenting foe.  

Listen to it because: The return of a classic Gaunt's Ghosts novel! The Tanith First deploy to Verghast to help break the Chaos siege of Vervunhive. Tanks clash with daemon engines, Imperial Guardsmen make brave last stands and Colonel-Commissar Gaunt steps up and takes control of the war effort, showing for the first time the command abilities that will go on to make him a legend.  

The story: On the world of Verghast, a grinding war between two hive cities - one loyal to the Imperium, the other fallen to the worship of the Dark Gods - is bolstered by the forces of the Astra Militarum, spearheaded by the Colonel-Commissar Gaunt and the Tanith First and Only. But bitter rivalries and treachery threaten to derail the defence of Vervunhive, and it falls to Gaunt to take command of the Imperial forces and forge victory from an almost certain defeat.  

Written by Dan Abnett.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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Simply awesome!

Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts series is such a joy both to binge read and listen. Here's hoping they would release the other books soon.

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You line them up and I’ll buy them up!

There is no better series to start with for Warhammer 40k than the Gaunt series. Necropolis is a wonderful addition to it. I can’t wait for book 4!

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The third novel is where the story really starts

I think this is the real beginning of the Ghosts story. The first novel is an introduction to the cast and to me, it feels like Dan Abnett is still getting his feet under him for the characterization and feel for the Ghosts and the direction of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade.

The second novel is a collection of short stories reprinted from other sources with a new story linking them together. I enjoyed both of those novels but they feel a bit different than the other books in the series. It is here, in Necropolis that the series begins to take shape.

This novel introduces characters who will shape the Ghosts for all the novels that follow. This is also where the Ghosts begin to morph into the more viable formation that is featured in many following novels. As they reach Verghsst in this novel, they are just the last survivors of lost Tanith, selling their lives for vengeance against the Chaos forces in the Sabbat Worlds. After Verghsst, they become a force better suited to stand take that vengeance and more, to be a force which can stand against the larger and more powerful armies of Chaos.

I do not want to give spoilers but if you start reading after Necropolis, this novel is where Kolea, Criid, Curth, Haller, Banda, Muril, and many others were introduced. This is also from where the name Cuu (Fething Cuu) originates but not where he first appears.

My recommendation is to read and enjoy "First and Only" and "Ghostmaker" as introductions to the cast and setting with the knowledge that the tone of those books is a little different than what follows. Read Necropolis for the beginning of the Ghosts saga.

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My favorite so far.

Loved almost every minute of it. Small inconsistencies don't ruin the overall story. Great time.

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love it it was a great experience and I will be reading more of the series

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One of the best in the series

One of the most memorable moments in the Ghosts of Tanith's history, and especially Gaunt's history. It shows the true nature of war; Grisly, Grimey, and Gruesome. I love it and all the narrator's unique voices.

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more ghosts?

it's a gaunts ghosts book. very solid entry to the series, great ending. as always great narration by Toby.

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Fantastic with one slight.

Great military sci-fi. Toby is fantastic as usual.

The only slight against it is the ending is rushed.

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a masterpiece as always

never a dull moment and the writing and narration are almost as they're done together in tandem.

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Gaunt!

excellent! a good read for the astra militarum lover and anyone who wants to hear about Gaunt and his ghosts!

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  • 07-08-20

One of the very best pieces of 40k fiction

One of the best pieces of 40k fiction, showing a realistic sense of the chaos of war, with a wonderfully evocative reading performance.

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  • David Slattery
  • 06-30-20

Absolutely fantastic..

Just a bloody fantastic book.. Get all the Ghost books and sit back to hours of the best listening on the platform, but we do need the rest of the series.

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  • Steven paxton
  • 06-28-20

wonderful book.

loved reading the book and loved listen to it. As always Toby give you a great view into the 40k universe.

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  • MR A G Sinclair
  • 06-03-20

another great ghosts novel

more from the ghosts great story and pacing with interesting new characters really enjoyed it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-15-21

Excellent narration

Toby's excellent narration and character add a whole new depth to the Ghosts stories i never got from the books.

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  • Owen Thomas
  • 01-28-21

into its stride

this series of books is moving from strength to strength, capturing the relentless grind of war in the 40k universe and with enough humour so that it doesn't become too grim.

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  • Callum hynd
  • 07-17-20

Blown out of the water

Wow, can't wait for the next
I can not wait to see where they go next and for all the little things like reunions to be resolved

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  • Charlotte
  • 06-26-20

Must have. Great book and a great story.

Great story and not a boring/slow moment. Loads of epic moments and loads of twists in the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-22-20

Fantastic continuation on the story

Been waiting on needles for this book to be voiced, and it's finally here and doesn't disappoint at all.
Toby Longworth yet again does an absolutely stellar job on the narration and brings every character to life.
The writing by Abnett is also great, and he's doing what he does best.
Absolutely loved it, start to finish and can't wait for the 4th installment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-15-20

Epic as always

Perfect, absolutely perfect. I started reading these when they first came out and now I can catch up where I left off with audio while I work.
Please release the next one soon.

voice acting is the best. capture how i thought Gaunt would sound in my head. Dan as always knocks it out the park with his writing.

if you have not read Gaunts ghosts yet go buy the first one now! you won't be disappointed.

bring on Honor Guard

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-20

Abnett + Longworth = Best 40K Audiobook Content

what the title says, but stretched out enough to constitute being a full review. pudding

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-21

Exceptional

Amazing story telling once again from Dan Abnett.
Spectacular narration from Toby Longworth.

This is an amazing follow up from Ghost Maker and I can't wait to listen to more of my favourite series.

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  • matt wood
  • 10-08-21

Another Great Gaunts Novel

Good Story, abnett continues to tear them out! good narration aswell. i love this series and highly recommend it

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  • Typhus.
  • 08-03-21

Remember

This is my favourite Gaunts ghost novel have read it multiple times, first time listening to it still ranks as one of the best in the series, if you are a fan make sure you listen to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-20

Another amazing book!

The gaunts ghosts series is without a doubt one of the best warhammer series ever, and necropolis is no exception.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-20

really enjoyed able

another great story by Dan Abnett. Toby longworth is a great voice actor for the 40k setting.

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  • Tim
  • 09-09-20

hope the next one is along sooner than later

was well written, like all Abnett, but it still irks.me they released number 13 and 14 before going in the order in order publication..bloody stupid.

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  • Lucas
  • 08-31-20

Please do the Rest of GG like this

Longworth does such a good job narrating, the fact that its Gaunts Ghost is perfect. Really hoping they do the other GG books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-20

amazing

another amazing book by Dan. I did find a bit much with the battle scenes but the the book definitely fits the story of redemption for a regiment of ghosts.