Reviews of Only in Death (2007)
Review by johnafair (2009-07-11)
Although the Gaunt's Ghosts books deal with a regiment, however battered, Abnett doesn't make the mistake of just looking at the strategic picture, with his commanders just hearing the reports of far off actions (though this wouldn't fit in well with the 'Warhammer ethos' where commanders are expected to lead as well as command), noior does he make the mistake of splitting his point of view over a large number of characters.
Instead, we see the pressures that the Tanith First-and-Only are under from a relatively small number of characters spread throughout the command structure of the regiment. It's clear that Abnett is quite fond of the Ghosts and has put quite a bit of effort into making them feel like real people.
(This review refers to the 2007 version titled “Only in Death”)