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  • Necropolis

  • Gaunt’s Ghosts, Book 3
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (1,358 ratings)

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Summary

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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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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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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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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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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another great ghosts novel

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

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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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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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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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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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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
  • 02-06-20

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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  • Taylor
  • 05-06-20

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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  • Jason Heady
  • 28-12-21

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-22

It's very ok

This book is very much a product of its time. Dozens of characters only given names to try and make you feel bad when they die a few sentences after being introduced. A predictable grimderp 'everything you accomplished was pointless' ending mixed with many deus ex machinas.

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  • Delpheus
  • 15-09-22

You can't survive a bolter round to the heart.

As much as I love Dan Abnett and swear by his books, they are not without flaws. Unfortunately, what was an otherwise great story was undermined no less than 4 times by dues ex machina. Most tragically, this revered author and pioneer of Warhammer fiction forgot what a bolter is. I was shocked and disappointed to hear probably the worst "plot armor" offense ever written. It would have been 4-5 stars if that bolter trigger wasn't pulled or the shot was dodged somehow, but I cannot let this go without speaking up about how bad that ending scene was...it really ruined the rest of the book.

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  • Patrick
  • 01-09-22

Best ghost novel so far (in order of release)

Toby Longworth is a fantastic voice, can't imagine anyone else reading Abnetts works. Dan hit his stride with this one. The character building from the first two books pays off here, and the story has a satisfying ending that doesn't suffer from the long build up to small pay off of the first two. BUT like the first two if your listening, you'll have a lot of names in here to keep track of. several new faces are introduced in the beginning before the ghosts ever appear and they will remain throughout most if not all of the book. It will be a lot to remember if you try to start this series here like some have suggested. It can be a lot to keep track of. But all in all the best in the series ive read so far. A great book

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  • Beau Brissette
  • 15-08-22

excellent

such a great book and the last 1/3rd has been some of the best Warhammer I've read yet

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-22

listen and enjoy

possibly one of my favourite books. like a decadent treat that is simple yet so fulfilling. So many different side stories and arcs intertwined into a holistic masterpiece. why they have not made a tv series out of these books still leaves me bewildered!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-22

A long slog, gets much better in the final hours

Much of the beginning is full of battlefield exposition that doesn't drive much of the plot —action for action’s sake. The final few hours had a few shining moments for the major characters and the supporting characters are more interesting. The overall plot is linear and not full of surprises. Not as good as the first book, unfortunately.

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  • Quentin Westcott
  • 30-07-22

Fantastic

This was the book that got me hooked on the series. I liked the previous two, but this really got me!