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Anarch

Gaunt's Ghosts, Book 15
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
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The battle for Urdesh has begun - and the outcome will determine the fate of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade. Ibram Gaunt, now right hand to the Warmaster, and his Ghosts hold the key to victory - but can they defeat the sinister Anarch and his Sons of Sek?

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It's all been leading to this. The Victory arc concludes with an epic story that weaves together plot threads from throughout the entire Gaunt's Ghosts series and puts the beloved characters in more danger than you'll be able to bear. Fair warning: they're not all going to get out alive. 

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Men of Tanith...do you want to live forever?

On the forge world of Urdesh, the massed forces of the Imperial Crusade engage in a final bloody battle with the Archenemy commander known as the Anarch and his elite warriors - the barbaric Sons of Sek. A victory for either side will decide more than just the fate of Urdesh...it will determine the outcome of the entire Sabbat Worlds Crusade. Ibram Gaunt - now serving at the right hand of Warmaster Macaroth - finds himself at the very heart of the struggle. His regiment, the Tanith First “Ghosts”, holds the vital key to ultimate success. But as the forces of the Imperium and Chaos square up for the final, large-scale confrontation, Gaunt discovers that the greatest threat of all may come from inside rather than out.

Written by Dan Abnett.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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loved the book but the audio was so quiet on this

great book, fully redeemed after a lack luster previous novel. i highly recommend however my one compliant is that the audio in this one was so quiet, the narrator was incredibly hard to hear at times. I've heard plenty by him ( toby longworth) and hes normally amazing, I'm not sure if the issue was with their equipment this time or what but it explains the 2 month delay after the book was released.

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Astonishingly vivid presence

The Anarch does not disappoint. The lively descriptions create the scene where you can see the battles clearly, sometimes smelling the discharged weapons or tasting the rain. Story wise the characters are better developed to be cared for and painstakingly missed when the book is finished.

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Just gets better

Anarch continues the journey of Gaunt and his ghosts. I read the book then immediately got the audible version of it and I have to say that Toby Longworth reads the book to perfection. The voices are almost spot on with what was in my head. I hope he does more books in this line. As for the book itself? Well ends the story for a lot of the plots threads that have been building for years but it also creates new ones that I hope will be continued in more Ghost novels.

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  • ScubaSteve
  • SAN ANGELO, TX, United States
  • 03-22-19

Twists, turns, tragedy, and triumph

Another quality work by Dan Abnett. We start to see some real character development of some hitherto understated characters, with promises of more to come. There are a few twists, some more obvious than others. my only complaint is that the recording was a bit low on volume compared to The Warmaster.

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  • Chris Dann
  • 03-21-19

An amazing follow up to Warmaster

Abnett has done it again. A stunning completion of the story begun in Warmaster. (And with much better narration, which was my only issue with the previous book.) The pace is perfect, switching between the various ongoing stories and keeping you on the edge of your seat, guessing what is coming next.

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  • Printguru
  • 02-25-19

Fantastic ending

Once again Dan Abnett has written a cracker, Gaunt's Ghosts continues to be one of the best 40k series. The Anarch is a fitting end to the current storyline and the narration by Toby Longworth is spot on. If you have enjoyed the previous titles in the series you will not be disappointed. I really hope that some of the earlier books from the series come to Audible as they certainly are excellent also.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-19

still the best of the best

will have to listen to that again. Dan abnet is still one of the best at his craft. couldn't put it down. loved it

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  • alan
  • 03-15-19

Great Read

great book with alot of twists and turns. I can't wait till the next one is released

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  • James Burton
  • 03-13-19

Abnett god of warhammer

Ain’t none of the black library a patch on my man Dan (bar you Aaron, you’re legit).

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  • declan
  • 03-06-19

great book

usually it's the astaties that come out looking like badasses but the gaurd are the back bone of the imperial army. and this does them justice.

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  • johnmaxwell
  • 03-05-19

Best ghosts novel I've heard so far.

Great story, characters and narration. Not one of the several branches of story bored me, and it really led up well to the final conflicts. Great book

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  • Ashleigh Brown
  • 03-04-19

work of a master storyteller

The roaring conclusion to the Ghosts victory arc, Anarch concludes what Warmaster set up and indeed much of the longest running story lines of the entire Gaunt's Ghosts series. With shocking twists, turns and reveals this is easily one of the very best books Dan Abnett has crafted.
The book is split into four focuses which while linked don't intertwine and so feel almost like separate stories. One an out and out horror the likes of which makes me crave for an Abnett horror book set in the 41st millennium. The second deals with a very typical ghost military story with lots of action and grit. Third feels very much like the last hurrah of a very determined and veteran squad of elites denying objectives to the archenemy. Final one takes us back to the feel of traitor general or guns of Tanith, behind enemy lines on what might well be a suicidal run but it makes for excelent story.
For long standing fans of the series this is easily the most painful reads you ever deal with as characters you have stood shoulder to shoulder with are killed off with such ease to make GRRM stagger in surprise. When casulty rates are announced at 30% you feel it (the horror section is undoubtedly closer to 90%).
While this could end the series on a glorious high note (yes there is light at the end of the blood stained tunnel) Dan has said this is not the last we'll see of the Ghosts (thank feth) although their journey does feel like it is coming to an end. 1 more arc of Dan's usual calibre and we will have a series that can not be topped in raw human emotion and realities of war in the 41st millennium.
My only critique is the sheer amound of dead ghosts make me question how many are left and how scared physically, emotionally and psychologically are they now? i have no doubt Dan will knock it out the park with their next installment as he is showing a very talented hand at crafting characters with trauma and psychological problems.

9.5/10 Well done Mr Dan Abnett!

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  • Chris Morgan
  • 03-02-19

Absolutely awesome!!

After listening to the Warmaster I was more than excited to find the Anarch was now available, so what can I say about the story well it starts much where we left off from the end of the Warmaster (which was epic also) and once again Abnett does not disappoint so many twists and turns and a massive roller coaster of emotions it was hard to stop listening each night !! I will not go into the story only to say that my most favourite character Mckoll is his normal epic stone cold killer self ! I can’t wait to see what Mr Abnett has planned for the Ghosts next but I can’t wait for either the book or the Audible version, DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER !!

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  • david crane
  • 02-21-19

sensational!

This is fantastic, maybe my new favourite of this series which is high praise. Great twists, so much story! Really the book this phase of the series deserved! To date the black library's mater piece! only criticism from an audio side is the change in Narration. Longworth was great in the eisenhorn/ravenor books but he seemed to struggle at times here. Accent selections at times baffling and also a couple out the pronunciations like Baskeville and Beati. Doesn't detract however from an amazing book

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