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Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel.

In a brief respite between wars, Gaunt's Ghosts find themselves facing a hidden killer on a newly liberated world.

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Witness a never-before-seen tale from the confidential Ghost dossier, following one of the earliest deployments for the Tanith First and Only.

The story:

In the ruined border town of Vincula, the newly formed Tanith First and Only and their commander, Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt, are assigned to enforce a permanent peace. However, this thankless police action will prove as dangerous as any frontline—something is stalking the Ghosts through the streets, and soon the Tanith First will learn dark secrets about themselves that will echo through their history.

Written by Dan Abnett. Running time 6 hours 8 minutes. Narrated by Toby Longworth.

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

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Try Again Bragg!!

It was a joy to once again read of try again and his misadventures with the ghosts, a new role (at the time) for Gaunt and the Ghosts in counter insurgency and some very interesting lore about the history of Tanith

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Throwback for the First & Only

This was an incredible return to the earliest days of Gaunt's Ghosts with returning characters to-boot. The story is structured and paced exceptionally well and provides a deep, cultural dive into Tanith as a planet and people. Toby Longworth maintains his own high standard of character voices throughout and makes for a compelling short tale which reveals much about our favourite characters. The mystery at the end leads to many questions, hopefully answered in a second installment or in the greater Gaunt's Ghosts storyline as a whole.

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amazingly entertaining.

Dan loves slipping in esoteric symbolism in his stories. Always wonderfully detailed. Absolutely brilliant story. I cannot wait for the next installment.

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One of the best!

Great story with the usual awesome narration from Toby Longworth All killer no filler and lots of interesting backstory on the ghosts!

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Great listen!

As always, gaunts ghosts deliver, action packed and the same tune and pace, with nigh unto flawless narration. Heartily recommend! Cheers!

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Watered-down Gaunt's Ghosts

**spoiler free review**

The Vincula Insurgency is the first entry of the new ‘Dossier’ series, a supplementary series of shorter length and scope titles to the main Gaunt’s Ghosts books. The story takes place early on in the overall campaign (appears to take place between the first and second books) and thus sees the return of some much-loved characters. Whilst enjoyable, the book has numerous problems.

Part of what makes the Gaunt’s Ghosts novels of the primary series so great is the unexpected deaths of primary characters; characters are built up to the point the reader is heavily invested only for them be killed off in some tumultuous ‘wow’ moments. By taking a retrospective look at the Gaunt’s Ghosts between known events, the featured characters all essentially have plot armour which ultimately causes the reader to be less invested.

Another ingredient in the success of the primary novels is the uniqueness of each novel. Each one brings something new whether that be a shift in the theatre of war, highly interesting enemies, a perspective change, new allies or the previously mentioned ‘wow’ moments. This book has none of these things.

Moreover, the almost non-existent plot is overly simplistic and at this point in time, inconsequential. What we do get is an ominous introduction to some kind of plot which may or may not serve as a foundation to future Dossier titles.

Despite lacking in multiple areas, there’s some welcome character development or perhaps more aptly put -‘slightly different angles’ on known characters. Even if this was achieved by abandoning any effort to focus on a plot, the title does essentially improve the Gaunt’s Ghosts series in character development alone.

There are no glaringly obvious continuity errors to destroy the immersion. As other reviewers have pointed out, minor continuity errors may exist although these are unlikely to affect your reading experience.

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  • Peter Örhalmi
  • 22-06-22

Good story

Loved it! Good performance, story and characters that was easy to keep track of.

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  • Daniel V
  • 21-06-22

awesome story filling in some blanks

as always, the narrators for this series are unimpeachable. book after book the voices are the same, very well done.
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in the Gaunts Ghost series, you go from one fethed up mess to another; and that's just those running the wars! very entertaining, very easy to get emotionally invested in the stories and the characters.
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but what happens in between? this dossier is a nice addition, filling in the blanks of what happens after the world is liberated. so it helps if you've read a few of the first books in the series before this.
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well worth a credit and I can't wait for more!

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  • M.M
  • 20-06-22

another solid Abnett book

It's interesting seeing the author bring his evolved writing style to chronological earlier events in the series, everything just feel more vibrant and gritty than the frist few books, which were great.

All round solid story and great narration.

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  • Rachel
  • 06-06-22

pretty cool

the book was good but I feel like it ended too quickly without closure.

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  • Austin Moore
  • 24-05-22

seeing old friends again

fantastic storyline, really fun to hear from Bragg and Corbec again, a must have for any ghost. as always, Toby Longworth did a fantastic job.

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  • James Lloyd Plowman
  • 22-05-22

More of this pls!

Definitely a Gaunt’s Ghosts book. Goes back to the early days of the Regiment where they end up dealing with some crazy feth. I won’t go too deep into it, but it feels like there are one or two points where it seems inconsistent with the older books, but otherwise it’s action-packed. Also, there’s a subplot to the story that deals with explaining the nature of the Ghosts’ tattoos and how Tanith’s culture is interconnected with other worlds in the Sabbat Worlds that was interesting as well. If they’re setting up for a second Ghost Dossier book to follow up on this, I’m in.