Saturday, 27 November 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Ciaphas Cain 7: The Emperor's Finest - Sandy MItchell

Release Date: 20/11/10


Commissar Cain is called to duty once more, saving a governor's daughter from a planet over-run by rebels. The uprising hides something far more sinister however - genestealer hybrids! The search for the source of the alien threat leads Cain to a drifting space hulk - a far safer place than beside the obsessed governor's daughter. But when the Reclamator Space Marines suffer devastating losses at the hands of the Great Devourer, Cain and his trusty aide Jurgen must go it alone. With the tyranids waking and a group of stowaway orks on the loose, there are no safe places to run or hide, and Cain must use all his ingenuity and cunning to escape the space hulk alive.


Sandy’s Flashman Hero is back to his old sarcastic ways as he fights for the good of the Imperium as fate has a way of twisting his amazing survival ability into a tale of epic proportion. A cracking read for fans of battle humour, a great sense of plot and backed with solid dialogue and overall story arc. Add to the mix a smattering of self-depreciative humour, a touch of classic radio melodrama and when wrapped up with Cain crossing paths with the Astartes you know that its going to have something for everyone. This, all in, makes this a great title in the continuing series of the Imperium’s greatest unmodified hero and one that will only add to his heroic saga.

I can only guess what Sandy will come up with next but with the way that it’s developed so far you can bet it will only get tougher. On a side note the only real downside is the fact that you know that Cain survives to old age so a lot of the danger is removed from the reader’s thoughts. That said, the fates of Cain’s co-patriots are always in doubt so you’ll be glued to find out who is and who isn’t likely to end up adding to his mythos.

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