• The Vincula Insurgency: Ghost Dossier 1

  • Gaunt's Ghosts: Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (245 ratings)

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The Vincula Insurgency: Ghost Dossier 1

By: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel.

In a brief respite between wars, Gaunt's Ghosts find themselves facing a hidden killer on a newly liberated world.

Listen to it because....

Witness a never-before-seen tale from the confidential Ghost dossier, following one of the earliest deployments for the Tanith First and Only.

The story:

In the ruined border town of Vincula, the newly formed Tanith First and Only and their commander, Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt, are assigned to enforce a permanent peace. However, this thankless police action will prove as dangerous as any frontline—something is stalking the Ghosts through the streets, and soon the Tanith First will learn dark secrets about themselves that will echo through their history.

Written by Dan Abnett. Running time 6 hours 8 minutes. Narrated by Toby Longworth.

©2022 Games Workshop Limited (P)2022 Games Workshop Limited

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Odd but poignant retroactive character development

There's a joke in this book that took nearly 8 hours of context and set up before its sprung up on the reader in a random chapter in a random moment and it sent me laughing for literally 5 minutes. That scene alone is worth a credit IMO.

Other than that, this is an extremely good entry in the Gaunt's Ghosts series. Pick it up after you've read the main series first. It takes place prior to the 3rd book.

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Ghosts are back for this enjoyable story

It was only 6 hrs long, but I think that helped my enjoyment of it. The setting is kinda neat. The Ghosts have to police an area with insurgents and it’s obvious Dan Abnett took cues from the real life conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The story gave some background on a few endearing characters from the novel series. One revelation was interesting and I cant wait to learn more.
I listened to the first 4 Gaunt’s Ghosts and gave up on the series. The books were well written, but it became a slog after a while. This shorter story was more enjoyable.

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Brilliant, a must listen if you love Gaunt!

This was a real amazing listen, Toby Longworth delivering a KILLER performance, the story was wonderful and refreshing and really gave a wonderful backdrop to the early days of the ghosts. Gaunt's Ghosts is one of those Warhammer series you should listen/read, this is no exception.

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Not Dan's best.

Entertaining, but Dan has written better. The story seemed rushed. Laboured if you will.

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wow

What a great story.
been a while since we had an update from Dan Abbnet. this one was fantastic.

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Good story

Loved it! Good performance, story and characters that was easy to keep track of.

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awesome story filling in some blanks

as always, the narrators for this series are unimpeachable. book after book the voices are the same, very well done.
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in the Gaunts Ghost series, you go from one fethed up mess to another; and that's just those running the wars! very entertaining, very easy to get emotionally invested in the stories and the characters.
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but what happens in between? this dossier is a nice addition, filling in the blanks of what happens after the world is liberated. so it helps if you've read a few of the first books in the series before this.
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well worth a credit and I can't wait for more!

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another solid Abnett book

It's interesting seeing the author bring his evolved writing style to chronological earlier events in the series, everything just feel more vibrant and gritty than the frist few books, which were great.

All round solid story and great narration.

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pretty cool

the book was good but I feel like it ended too quickly without closure.

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seeing old friends again

fantastic storyline, really fun to hear from Bragg and Corbec again, a must have for any ghost. as always, Toby Longworth did a fantastic job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-22

Throwback for the First & Only

This was an incredible return to the earliest days of Gaunt's Ghosts with returning characters to-boot. The story is structured and paced exceptionally well and provides a deep, cultural dive into Tanith as a planet and people. Toby Longworth maintains his own high standard of character voices throughout and makes for a compelling short tale which reveals much about our favourite characters. The mystery at the end leads to many questions, hopefully answered in a second installment or in the greater Gaunt's Ghosts storyline as a whole.

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  • Chros
  • 06-14-22

Watered-down Gaunt's Ghosts

**spoiler free review**

The Vincula Insurgency is the first entry of the new ‘Dossier’ series, a supplementary series of shorter length and scope titles to the main Gaunt’s Ghosts books. The story takes place early on in the overall campaign (appears to take place between the first and second books) and thus sees the return of some much-loved characters. Whilst enjoyable, the book has numerous problems.

Part of what makes the Gaunt’s Ghosts novels of the primary series so great is the unexpected deaths of primary characters; characters are built up to the point the reader is heavily invested only for them be killed off in some tumultuous ‘wow’ moments. By taking a retrospective look at the Gaunt’s Ghosts between known events, the featured characters all essentially have plot armour which ultimately causes the reader to be less invested.

Another ingredient in the success of the primary novels is the uniqueness of each novel. Each one brings something new whether that be a shift in the theatre of war, highly interesting enemies, a perspective change, new allies or the previously mentioned ‘wow’ moments. This book has none of these things.

Moreover, the almost non-existent plot is overly simplistic and at this point in time, inconsequential. What we do get is an ominous introduction to some kind of plot which may or may not serve as a foundation to future Dossier titles.

Despite lacking in multiple areas, there’s some welcome character development or perhaps more aptly put -‘slightly different angles’ on known characters. Even if this was achieved by abandoning any effort to focus on a plot, the title does essentially improve the Gaunt’s Ghosts series in character development alone.

There are no glaringly obvious continuity errors to destroy the immersion. As other reviewers have pointed out, minor continuity errors may exist although these are unlikely to affect your reading experience.

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  • paul sparks
  • 05-29-22

Try Again Bragg!!

It was a joy to once again read of try again and his misadventures with the ghosts, a new role (at the time) for Gaunt and the Ghosts in counter insurgency and some very interesting lore about the history of Tanith

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  • Paul
  • 07-17-22

Back to black (and Bragg)

Also back in the Triassic period waiting for Friday football to start, I remember reading the very first Ghost novel in the car park outside - and thinking how fine indeed it was.
A fan ever since, and through the decades have followed Dan's maturity as a military sci-fi writer, with more character development and higher echelon input. After all, it's on the strategic level, not the tactical, that you win campaigns.
This book works well in the combination of Dan's trademark action sequences and now polished character development.
Ex military myself - the parallels with Iraq and Afghanistan is obvious.
I attended a Black Library weekender a few years ago in Nottingham, and much to my regret, when Dan put it out to the audience what city the conflict in The Warmaster reminded us of, only a Simpson's comic store guy proffered a rather pretentious 'Constantinople'.
No mate. Small unit action with automatic weapons fighting through houses against each other other with flapping sheets outside the buildings acting as anti-sniper devices is obviously taken from Stalingrad.
Is what I should have said...

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  • AudioCrook
  • 06-12-22

amazingly entertaining.

Dan loves slipping in esoteric symbolism in his stories. Always wonderfully detailed. Absolutely brilliant story. I cannot wait for the next installment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-22

One of the best!

Great story with the usual awesome narration from Toby Longworth All killer no filler and lots of interesting backstory on the ghosts!

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  • Alexander Rye Linné
  • 05-30-22

Great listen!

As always, gaunts ghosts deliver, action packed and the same tune and pace, with nigh unto flawless narration. Heartily recommend! Cheers!

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  • Dexter
  • 11-29-22

More greatnes

Dunno what I can really say other than more greatnes from Dan Abnett and fantastic voice work From Toby Longworth.
Highly recommended this in addition to the main series :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-22

Super

Good I love all this warhammer if you like warhammer listen to this story and you will love it all too

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  • JJ
  • 10-26-22

classic Dan Abnett

Just happy to get more of the ghosts so probably bias in my reviews.
But cheeky little deppening of the lore surrounding the ghosts at the same time in this novel, I like it.
good little addition to the series, went by as quickly as they always do l, with the quality writing, fast pace and brilliant Celtic style narrating of toby longworth look forward to more in this series.
with the jump back in time was nice to revisit some old names from the ghosts past and hear from them again, like old friend.
highly recommended as always.

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  • Chris
  • 05-23-22

Brag

More "Try Again" Brag. Nuff' said. . . . . . . . . . .

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  • Typhus.
  • 07-21-22

Great story.

I enjoyed this story as a fill in to all the other Gaunts ghost novels , I only hope more are published as I will be reading them all and narrator is awesome , write more and all fans should listern to this for sure.