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Register a free business account. Since he has been a wandering writer, working in both magazines and novels. He lives in Somerset with his wife and son, a malamute and an enormous, evil-tempered Norwegian forest cat called, ironically, Buddy. Graham McNeill has written more than twenty novels for Black Library. Originally hailing from Scotland, Graham now lives and works in Nottingham.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Highly recommend! Verified Purchase. The story of Baneblade is that of Lieutenant Marken Cortein Lo Bannick, a Leman Russ tank commander who suddenly finds himself assigned to the crew of a titular Baneblade superheavy battle tank fighting against Orks on the planet Kalidar. Bannick is a man haunted by a past which encouraged his application to the Imperial Guard, a past which is expertly and interestingly explained throughout the book by flashbacks.

Once again Guy Haley proves himself as an author who can take 40k and make it more than bolter-porn. Things I liked: - It was cool to see action from a perspective not often explored in 40K literature; tanks! But, leave them wanting more, right? I was really looking forward to this book when I bought it. As a former tanker my-self how could I not love a book about a tank that can level a whole city by itself!

While I still really enjoyed it and found the tank action to be compelling. I was a little disappointed with the story. First I was hoping for massive tank battles where enemy armor and human tanks forces clash in epic moving battles across a large area. While that happens at the start the book quickly becomes more about the newest member the tank crew with a dark past that haunts him this is incredible boring and not what I want from a book about a tank with eleven gun barrels.

Secondly, I had heard that is was a good book about the orks, and that it gave them more personality other than just a big green target for the humans to shoot at. While you do get to see them being clever, well cleverer then they usually are , I found it to be not any better than any other ork book I had read. This book is still a good book; just not as good as I had hoped it would be.

I would still recommend it just know what you are getting from this book going in and you will still have a good time. It's a great read if you love the Imperial Guard or any portion of the Warhammer 40, universe.

The story is decent. There were only a couple times I had to reread a section to make sure I knew what was happening. I own almost all the Warhammer 40, books so I needed this one.

I wasn't disappointed when I read it. Of course the Baneblade is impossibly large and unwieldy, but it is cool and the characters in the book are better drawn than many Warhammer books. The story is somewhat predictable, but not completely so. As a tanker I loved the battles. They were very realistically executed. Slow read which alternated between future and past of the central character. The main character, who is our 'eye' in this verse, was minimalized to the point where we finally were given the events that started him down his personal military career, who cared?

The super tanks really never achieved a workable level of reality and it never really became clear how ten man crew could work so closely. The planet setup was very interesting, but the orks and the soldiers were NOT interesting, except for the Mars Triumphant tank commander.

Too much 'character luckiness'. NOT recommended. Thanks, Harry! Book was good, part of plot going back and forth in time was overdone. Decent read but not exceptional, decent characters , decent story but has some holes. This book is a slow starter. Takes a little bit to understand where it's headed but when it's gets there, Baneblade is just awesome. As a warhammer 40, book, I rate this as a good read in the series there's plenty of action and never seemed to be a dull moment and I thought it was good from start to finish.

See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Translate all reviews to English. We have already been treated to a number of Imperial Guard novels, including a few where battle tanks and tank battles figure prominently. There has not been any, up to now at least, which focus on a young disgraced aristocratic Lieutenant but also on the ancient Martian super tank Mars Triumphant - hence the book's title - of which he becomes a crew.

In fact the tank itself, and its machine-spirit, is one of the book's heroes just as much as Lo Brannick, the young Lieutenant, or Cortein's, its veteran commander, or the Martian but very human enginseer Brasslock, who was perhaps the most sympathetic character of the lot. The characterization is therefore rather good, at least for some of the main characters, even if not overwhelming. The plot itself is also good, although not entirely original.

The young Paragonian aristocrat enlists in the Guard to fight an Orkish horde which has attacked Kalidar IV, a distant planet racked by incredible and very lethal sandstorms.

The planet is a strategic asset because of the rare minerals that it contains and the Oks has seized one the largest mines and hives, threatening to overrun it entirely. This time, the Orks show tactical, strategic and even psychic abilities since one of their leaders is a powerful psyker something new, I think. There not only the usual kind of mindless and bloodthirsty brutes. In other words, the Imperials really get a good run for their money. I very much liked some of the scenes, including the attack on the Imperial Guard camp in the middle of a sandstorm and the expedition through the desert to attack the Orks by surprise.

This was largely because they show that the planet and its climate are just as hostile to the humans as the Orks themselves. Another interesting feature was the huge sand lizards, although I will stop there to avoid any spoilers. Contrary to another reviewer on the UK site, for which this technique did not seem to work well, I also liked the way the author alternates chapters between Brannick's present and past. The former - the campaign against the Orks - always goes forward while the later goes back in time, chapter after chapter, until we learn the reason for Brannick's disgrace and flight off-world to escape his dishonour.

Granted, this technique is used to enhance suspense, perhaps somewhat artificially, but the ploy - if that is what it is - did just that and worked rather well for me. I did have a couple of grips related to the final battle, however.

One is a mix-up between the names of two of the Baneblade's crew members, both of which start with the same letter. One crew member who was killed a few pages before, runs away with the rest of the surviving crew. Apart from what is clearly a typo, I also moderately appreciated one of the book's last features which I will not mention to avoid spoilers - once again. This is because I get a bit tired, at times, with Black Library authors who feel obliged to keep characters alive - however improbable their survival may seem - because they are already thinking about the next book in the series.

This annoyed me a bit, although not enough to spoil the book for me.


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My Adeptus Titanicus Battlegroup is finally complete! Post a Comment. Thursday, November 12, Baneblade book review. Before I start the book review, let me first state that I own a Baneblade variant. Not the standard Baneblade, not even its sister tank Hellhammer, but a mere Stormsword. I could swap it for a Doomhammer, and I most likely wouldn't go for a Shadowsword because I'm not that desperate for a Strength D weapon, but I suspect the Stormsword is the variant I'll use the most, mostly because I want an apocalyptic blast-sized S10 AP1 attack that Ignores Cover. So yes, I'm a fan of super-heavy tanks.


Baneblade by Guy Haley (Book Review)

Besides looking totally kickass, it stomps a lot of ass too. It is supposedly one of the oldest and largest tank designs used by the Imperium, despite that it's actually medium-sized according to the old Epic fluff. Then again, the "big" tanks in Epic were closer to moving, gun-mounting cathedrals. This is an actual tank.


The original review can be found at The Founding Fields, here. A recommended read. On the whole however, it is not an area of the fiction that is explored all that well. And this one is almost all about the big-scale tank battles, the kind that you imagine play out in your head while you are tabletop gaming with entire divisions of tanks. And a few short weeks after that he did announce that very thing, much to my elation. Having finally read the book, I feel even more elated since with Baneblade he has justified my high expectations of his work and now I definitely want to read more from him.



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