DUTY CALLS CIAPHAS CAIN PDF
Sandy Mitchell «Duty Calls». It is the ‘Ciaphas Cain, regimental Commissar, th Valhallan. My aide ‘Ciaphas Cain,’ I said automatically. I gestured in. Duty Calls (Ciaphas Cain) [Sandy Mitchell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. While assisting local forces quell widespread civil disorder. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Sandy Mitchell is a pseudonym for British author Alex Duty Calls (Ciaphas Cain Book 5) – Kindle edition by Sandy Mitchell. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Cjaphas to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us vuty the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Duty Calls by Sandy Mitchell. While assisting local forces quell widespread civil disorder, Commissar Cain and his regiment of Valhallans discover sinister forces are at work behind the scenes.
With a rioting populace, aliens on the rampage, and the Inquisition poking their noses everywhere, how can the wily commissar ever find the easy life he prefers?
Mass Market Paperbackpages. Ciaphas Cain 5Warhammer 40, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Duty Callsplease sign up. Lists with Ccain Book. Oct 08, Paulo “paper books always” Carvalho rated it really liked it Shelves: Again he returns to kick some Tyranids butts You’ve got Cain and Jurgen in Periremunda to quench a supposedly chaos riot.
BUT because one enemy is not enough they soon discover that they are in the route of an invasion caain Tyranids. Not as dain as other books in my opinion and after reading 6 boo This is the fifth book I read from Sandy Mitchell and Commissar Ciaphas Cain and his fateful sidekick Jurgen. Not as fast as other books in my opinion and after reading 6 books by him I must say that my favourite one was also the smaller one. I think that most of this story could have been told with pages or something like that.
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Too much fillers and at times it feel I was reading things that happened in other books. Nevertheless, a good adittion if you like Ciaphas Cain and Jurgen. If you have read the last four books you are by now used to him Ciaphas and the author way of telling stories so you will enjoy this one as well. If you are new to this May 13, Adam Whitehead rated it really liked it. A planet-wide insurrection has broken out on Periremunda, necessitating the deployment of the Imperial Guard to the planet to help crush it.
The Valhallan th is part of the deployment, along with its increasingly legendary commissar, Ciaphas Cain, hero of the Imperium. As usual, Cain hopes for a quiet, simple assignment where he can sit out the trouble, and also as usual he finds himself instead at the cutting edge of danger.
This time, a simple rebellion is revealed to mask a whole number of A planet-wide insurrection has broken out on Periremunda, necessitating the deployment of the Imperial Guard to the planet to help crush it. This time, a simple rebellion is revealed to mask a whole number of other threats which Cain and his ever-faithful aide Jurgen have to deal with. In this case, operations are complicated by Periremunda’s unique geography, a world of burning, uninhabitable deserts with settled plateaus rising above them.
Duty Calls is the fifth Ciaphas Cain novel and, disappointingly, is a little bit of a let-down after the terrific Death or Glory. The good news is that we are reunited with the Valhallans th and also with Inquisitor Amberley Veil and her retinue of demented allies. The bad news is that Mitchell has seriously dialled down the humour and amusing references in this book. There are a few mostly restricted to the footnotes and the extracts from General Sulla’s ludicrously bombastic memoirs that provide a commentary on events where Cain is not presentbut this is a more serious novel than its predecessors.
Not that this is a bad thing. Mitchell is great at describing the action which is the cornerstone of any Warhammer 40, novel, and is also solid at handling horror and drama as well as the traditional black humour of the books.
So whilst Duty Calls won’t have you laughing as much as its predecessor, it’s still a solid and readable action-adventure tale, refreshingly short and to the point with a good line in characterisation. Whilst the book’s main storyline is self-contained, some dangling storylines are picked up from Death or Glory and carried through to the next book in the series, Cain’s Last Stand, resulting in the sense of bigger events unfolding outside of this one conflict.
Mitchell has created an interesting world in Periremunda and describes its scenery and geography with gusto. Elsewhere the book suffers from perhaps a tad too much reliance on the Ciaphas Cain formula – Cain is bluff and cowardly but emerges a hero, whilst Jurgen and his melta gun and psi-inhibiting abilities save the day more than once – as well as a sense of plot overload. As well as the rebellion, Mitchell also jams in genestealers, Chaos cults, a renegade Inquisitor and a meeting with a particularly fanatical branch of the Sisters of Battle.
As a result some elements are under-developed. The planetary arbitrator goes from being a major character at the start to virtually vanishing altogether, whilst Cain’s ideological clash between his pragmatism and the Sisters’ idealism is never developed to its full potential. Still, even slightly sub-par Cain remains highly entertaining and readable. May 11, Mark Austin rated it liked it.
The Cain novels are this in 40k. Sandy keeps the writing interesting, though not always fresh. Cain is secretly completely self-interested, Jurgen smells bad and has infinite pockets, the melta gun is heavy, bulky, produces an actinic glare when fired, and Cain drinks tanna tea If you’re looking for character development, growth, and change, look further.
If you want light, entertaining war action set in a grimdarkness future of onlywar, these are worth a read. Jun 20, Christian rated it really liked it. It was a fun read.
Feb 10, Johnny rated it liked it Shelves: It is rife with assassination attempts, subterfuge, betrayal, and plenty of well-crafted battle scenes. It is well worth reading even as Attack of the Clones was worth watching because the good parts outweigh its disappointments the horrid casting with regard to the romantic sections with regard to the film and the loss of humor in the footnotes from Amberley the inquisitor from the Ordo Xenos compared to the first volume and pacing in the novel.
Pacing, of course, is a personal issue. Everyone has an opinion about what that should be like and opinions are as ubiquitous as …well…as that tasteless comment about how everyone has an anus. So, I should probably explain my comment about pacing. For me notice the subjective disclaimer in that seeming innocuous openinga story with a good pace has an overall objective such that it seems like the protagonist s are making progress toward it at all times unless they are detoured by plot difficulties and sub-plots.
Even then, though, I again with the very first-person reference feel like the protagonist s should feel the tension, frustration, or despair of being sidetracked or hindered from making progress toward that objective. The military plan used by the Imperials in this novel is aimed more at containment and entrapment than searching and destroying, so it seems like more than half of the book is preparing for the inevitable major thrust while the characters one cares about are floundering about in the dark.
However, they are dealing with a dearth of military intelligence and that makes things uncertain though, as Nassim Taleb claims in The Black Swansometimes intel creates its own flaws.
Handled perfectly, that uncertainty would create tension. Once the plot web begins to get sticky too close to the end for my tasteit is well worth reading. It’s been a few years since I read a Ciaphas Cain novel, but this was my least favorite of the series so far. The novel felt stale. Although not surprising, the overall structure was very similar to the previous novels, and even dialog from Cain felt quite repititive. The number of times Cain would say fain along the lines of “knowing what I know now, I never would have done XYZ due to the danger it would place me in.
The first two Ciaphis Cain novels were my It’s been a few years since I read a Ciaphas Cain novel, but this was my least favorite of the series so far. The first two Ciaphis Cain novels were my favorite, and my enjoyment of them declined since then.
It’s less that the quality of the novels have gotten worse and more that they are all icaphas similar to each other. I still own Cain’s Last Stand, so I may consider reading that in the future, but if I didn’t already own the next book it’s unlikely I would be motivated to by the next one. Oct 04, Angel rated it it was amazing Ciahas It took me a while to get through this one, but it was mostly because I have been reading other things, not a reflection of the book, which was excellent.
Mitchell kept the excitement running all the way to the end making you wonder if the wily commissar would make it out alive. This is certainly a fine addition to the Ciaphas Cain series. In this series, the commissar and his Valhallans have to ciaphs quell civil disturbances in Periremunda. However, the situation turns out to be much more compli It took me a while to get through this one, but it was mostly because I have been reading other things, not a reflection of the book, which was excellent.
However, the situation turns out to be much more complicated than just some riots and civil unrest. It seems there may be an active Chaos cult or two behind the scenes. And what is the interest of the Inquisition, which seems to be a very active interest? And all happening while there is a Tyranid invasion going on. Will Commissar Cain be able to make it out in one piece and find the easy life he so likes?
duy Maybe, maybe not as he once again, albeit ciwphas, becomes the hero of the day. Life is not easy for the commissar who knows that once you have a reputation, you have to maintain it, and his reputation is that of a hero of the Imperium.
Mitchell takes us into the story right away from the beginning, reveals the plots and the intricacies a bit at a time, and the tale does not let you go until you reach the end.
Sure, this is military scifi, but it is military scifi with humor in it; these books are really fun to read. I am already looking forward to the next installment. Apr 16, Andy rated it really liked it. Ciaphas Cain finds himself in the middle of a political and civil skirmish on Periremunda, and discovers an evil scheme designed to bring the wrath of the tyranids to the plateaus of the planet.
Not as humorous as the previous four Cain novels, but no less enjoyable as the mounting tension present from the soon to be arriving ‘nids mixes well with the chemistry Cain exhibits with Amberley Vail, Jurgen, and other well-developed characters.
Part of the great lure of this line of books is Cain’s re Ciaphas Cain finds himself in the middle of a political and civil skirmish on Periremunda, and discovers an evil scheme designed to bring the wrath of the tyranids to the plateaus of the planet.
Part of the great lure of this line of books is Cain’s reluctance to be the heroic leader and yet somehow escaping long odds of survival and coming out smelling like a White Rose. The descriptions of swarming tyranids near the end of the book is frightening, told from Cain’s point of view in an escaping shuttle overhead as he once again dodges the proverbial lascannon.
Sep 21, Jeffrey added it Recommends it for: It’s been a while since I’ve posted a review.