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Summary

Book 8 of the Ciaphas Cain series.

The Imperium's least willing hero is thrown back into the fight against another alien threat as Commissar Cain returns to a frozen planet to battle an incursion by monstrous orks.

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It's a rip-roaring action adventure tale with a few daring twists and a whole load of that typical Ciaphas Cain humour. The opening sequence—involving a dramatic star ship crash—is particularly exciting.

The story:

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. 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....

Written by Sandy Mitchell. Narrated by Stephen Perring, Penelope Rawlins, Emma Gregory, Toby Longworth, Andrew James Spooner. Run time 9 hours and 30 minutes.

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

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Great as always.

not much to say other than if you liked the previous books you will like this one too.

More please.

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Add another one to this fantastic book series

Add another one to this fantastic book series, good voice actors, interesting story and kept me chuckling all the way through. 10 out of 10

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Classic Cain

great, though some lines do repeat without realisation or it being one of Cain's catchphrases

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less than average

The narrator was excellent, however overall the book felt like the same drawn out story, didn't enjoy it

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meh, not bad but not the worst

not the best, not the worst... starting to feel ol Mr.Cain is getting repetitive

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Bit of a slow start and felt like a rushed ending, but overall a good listen.

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  • J & E Tichy
  • 09-06-22

Weakest Installment

Unfortunately "The Last Ditch" is the weakest in the series to date. That's not to say it's a bad book because it's still enjoyable. It just suffers when compared to what has come before. The story is formulaic. Tell me if this sounds familiar: Cain thinks he is dealing with "xenos A" only for his palms to itch and to discover a much more dangerous threat in "xenos B." - this is how a few of the previous books went as well but they benefited from interesting side characters and locations. This story takes place on a boring planet, with boring politicians, and a boring threat. The presentation is top notch as always however.

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  • David Neptune
  • 15-04-22

Such a fun series.

Excellent voice actors.
Characters that are engaging.
A story arc that is fun.
Well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-22

Yet another great book

I can't get enough of the commisar's stories, I hope Sandy Mitchell just keeps writing them for as long as Games workshop allows him.

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  • MSG50
  • 12-04-22

Great book

Sandy Mitchell does it again. Cain has to be the luckiest Commissar in the 40K universe.

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  • Pondwrite
  • 03-07-22

more of these please

these are all excellent stories I hope that they will all become available on Audible soon

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  • Daniel Bridges
  • 30-06-22

Top 3 Cain story

10/10 Would recommend. Performance is great as always and the story is hilarious and the best ways

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  • atamez247
  • 24-06-22

another great story of the emperor's finest

Another exciting story from Mitchell featuring the emperor's favorite "hero". exciting, traumatic, funny, and always a good listen.

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  • Joshosgirl
  • 12-06-22

More Ciaphas shenanigans

Gotta love the story of a partially witting hero who thinks hinself a vieled coward.

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  • G. Marcelin-Williams
  • 21-05-22

Amazing

I love every Ciaphus Cain novel I have read and this is no exception. A great tale of a Hero of the Imperium.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-05-22

a little predictable and Formulaic

This was fun as most commissar cane books are but they just seem to keep using the works to show how dangerous the other aliens that happen to be there are it seems to be Something they keep going back to the well for.