- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Games Workshop; Auflage: Original. (7. Mai 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1849703159
- ISBN-13: 978-1849703154
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 3 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 125.167 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Baneblade (Warhammer 40,000 Novels) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Mai 2013
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Guy Haley began his career on SFX Magazine in 1997 before leaving to edit Games Workshop’s White Dwarf, then SF magazine Death Ray. Since 2009 he has been a wandering writer, working in both magazines and novels. He lives in Somerset with his wife and son, a malamute and an enormous, evil-tempered Norwegian forest cat called, ironically, Buddy.
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I bought this book because I wanted tanks. Period. In this light, the author’s attempt to develop the main character via a simple family, honor, women plot (I don’t remember the details), feels contrived and cheesy. But, I forgive that, since there’s enough of tank fighting in the book.
The plot is predictable and simple, but I still liked this book, due to its, what I’d call, fitting descriptions of 40k warfare.
The plot itself is also good, although not entirely original. The young Paragonian aristocrat enlists in the Guard to fight an Orkish horde which has attacked Kalidar IV, a distant planet racked by incredible and very lethal sandstorms. The planet is a strategic asset because of the rare minerals that it contains and the Oks has seized one the largest mines and hives, threatening to overrun it entirely. This time, the Orks show tactical, strategic and even psychic abilities since one of their leaders is a powerful psyker (something new, I think). There not only the usual kind of mindless and bloodthirsty brutes. In other words, the Imperials really get a good run for their money.
I very much liked some of the scenes, including the attack on the Imperial Guard camp in the middle of a sandstorm and the expedition through the desert to attack the Orks by surprise. This was largely because they show that the planet and its climate are just as hostile to the humans as the Orks themselves. Another interesting feature was the huge sand lizards, although I will stop there to avoid any spoilers.
Contrary to another reviewer on the UK site, for which this technique did not seem to work well, I also liked the way the author alternates chapters between Brannick's present and past. The former - the campaign against the Orks - always goes forward while the later goes back in time, chapter after chapter, until we learn the reason for Brannick's disgrace and flight off-world to escape his dishonour. Granted, this technique is used to enhance suspense, perhaps somewhat artificially, but the ploy - if that is what it is - did just that and worked rather well for me.
I did have a couple of grips related to the final battle, however. One is a mix-up between the names of two of the Baneblade's crew members, both of which start with the same letter. One crew member who was killed a few pages before, runs away with the rest of the surviving crew. Apart from what is clearly a typo, I also moderately appreciated one of the book's last features which I will not mention to avoid spoilers - once again. This is because I get a bit tired, at times, with Black Library authors who feel obliged to keep characters alive - however improbable their survival may seem - because they are already thinking about the next book in the series. This annoyed me a bit, although not enough to spoil the book for me.
Baneblade: A Warhammer 40,000 Imperial Guard Novel
by Guy Haley
The Story: By the blessing of the Omnissiah was the Mars Triumphant born – from the forges of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the mighty Baneblade super-heavy battle tank comes to bring death and destruction to the foes of the Imperium. As part of the Paragonian 7th Company, Honoured Lieutenant Marken Cortein Lo Bannick commands the venerable war machine in a bitter war against the orks in the Kalidar system. As the campaign grinds on it begins to take its toll upon his crew, and old clan prejudices from the regiment’s home world arise once more. In a war which cannot be won by force of arms alone, such division may prove to be their undoing.
The Good: Stories about soldiers are always great reading but their is something special about the stories that involve soldiers and their vehicles, such as a tank, ship, or submarine. Even though they may be inanimate objects, the bond between master and steed is cultural pin that has pervaded the human psyche even after the horse become relegated to the sidelines of civilization. The vehicle becomes as much a character as the people inside of it. The Mars Triumphant is a living thing (so to speak) and the reader finds themselves rooting for it as much as the crew inside.
As for the inside, while Bookworm’s knowledge is limited, he feels that this book describes a not inaccurate summary of what life is like being a tanker. The cramped, noisy, dirty, interior of the Mars Triumphant probably brings back memories for tank crews of every era. Granted, there are no tanks in the real world as large as a Baneblade but Bookworm digresses. All of this makes the Mars Triumphant feel very real and the crew along with it. Anyone who has spent some time around engines can feel the rumble of the tank’s machine spirit in their minds.
The crew is not lacking all that much either. Lo Bannick is one of the main characters of the story and his tale of exile from his comfortable life is a very compelling one. Perhaps not the most original of stories, there is a universality about it that makes it a very good story.
A favorite character though is the Enginseer Brasslock of the Adeptus Mechanicus. The Adeptus Mechanicus are known for eschewing human emotions in favor of cold machine logic. They accomplish this through cybernetic implants. The Adeptus Mechanicus are responsible for maintaining the technology of the Imperium of Man and thus created the Baneblade tank. Brasslock is heavily modified but throughout the story we see the all too human reactions to his struggles and how even though he is supposed to reject such things such as faith, he still clings to them, even in his darkest moments.
That is what makes Warhammer 40K so compelling, despite taking place in a nightmare future where human lives are a penny a dozen and some of those humans can turn themselves into cybernetic and/or genetic monstrosities, things such as honor, duty, and faith are still very much a part of us. Still very human.
The Flaws: The main problem with this book is its formatting, in particular the non-linear narrative. This is a common problem with several Warhammer 40K Books and it is getting to be quite old. The story flashes back to the aristocratic lieutenant, Lo Bannick’s previous life on his homeworld and his subsequent disgrace and exile into the Imperial Guard. To add on to that, the story flashes back to the time before the arrival to Kalidar in the first place. The stories themselves are not uninteresting it is just that we’ve been reading about this timeline already and we have to suffer through yet another plot arc, just to continue it in the next chapters. At times, the whole thing can get rather clumsy and perhaps one more rewrite and editing session could have been utilized.
Also some of the characters are hit and miss. Some like Bannick and Brasslock are very interesting but some of them are little more than one shot caricatures. The only one that Bookworm can really remember is the one who has both icons of the Mechanicus and the Imperial Aquila around his neck.
Final Verdict: Even though Bookworm has not read that many books about the Imperial Guard, but he suspects that this may not be the greatest one to start with. Nonetheless, it does venture into a key angle of the Emperor’s Armies and tells a memorable story.
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