Book 8 of the Ciaphas Cain series. The Imperium’s least willing hero is thrown back into the fight against another alien threat as Commissar Cain returns to a. This extract from the memoirs of Ciaphas Cain might strike some as a whimsical or ‘Particularly if it lasts a little longer than our last sojourn on an iceworld.’. Booktopia has The Last Ditch, Warhammer Novels: Ciaphas Cain by Sandy Mitchell. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Last Ditch.

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However, Vail defends her decision by explaining that the first visit, while instructive enough, was nowhere near as significant as this one Feb 22, Gavin Gates rated it liked it. This is a near-suicidal risk, but for Cain the choice between certain death and near-certain death is always an easy one. Cain is, of course, Cain, recounting his adventures with his usual professions of cowardice and total self-interest, with Amberley making her usual comments in footnotes including pointing out that he’s missing his own virtues, as his regiment heads back to an iceworld to fight orks — much to the delight of the troopers, who stem from an iceworld once invaded by orks, as it affords them a chance to live in climates more normal for them, and fight the hated orks.

There are a few terrific set-pieces, including a battle against Orks on a crashed spaceship on the surfact of a melting ice lake and an alien attack on a refugee column which brings to mind scenes from the earlier Death or Glorybut much of the action including the climax involves repetitive bug-hunts through icy corridors and Mechanicus shrines. This was another fun Caiaphas Cain adventure. Ciaphas Cain, hero of the Imperium, is back, this time on the implausibly named frozen planet of Nusquam Fundumentibus.

Dealing with legions of alien xenos or armies of depraved heretics should be no problem for the “Hero of The Imperium. Sandy Mitchell is a pseudonym of Alex Stewart, who has been a full-time writer since the mid nineteen eighties.

After several hours, the passenger crawler he is riding in is attacked from underneath by a Mawlocwhich punches through the viewport nearest to Cain.

The Last Ditch by Sandy Mitchell

Ciaphass it is virtually unheard of for Tyranids to move in such small numbers, he is worried enough to check it out. Cain is as wry and self-interested as ever, and Jurgen as phlegmatic.

I almost almost want to play 40K every time I finish one of dotch. The exceptions have been a novelisation of episodes from the high tech thriller series Bugs, for which he also worked as a scriptwriter under his own name, some Warhammer roleplaying game material, and a scattering of short stories and magazine articles.

My only complaint was that Citch would have loved to hear a better description of them from Cain.


Badly outnumbered, they commandeer one of the downed Warbuggyz and speed clear of the lake. Ciaphas Cain is a man who is utterly insincere with all the people around him who believe he’s a ridiculously talented warrior.

It’s just I expect the author to try to come up with a new story. Since Forres has already volunteered to lead the first wave of Nusquans sent in as reinforcements, Cain can hardly decline the invitation to lead the Valhallan contingent. The Imperium ‘s first official contact with the Tyranids was in In her enthusiasm, Forres charges forward to finish it off, and Cain, keenly aware that all eyes are on him, runs forward to restrain her.

Retrieved from ” http: Cain is, of course, Cain, recounting his adventures with his usual professions of cowardice and total self-interest, with Amberley making her usual comments in footnotes including pointing out that he’s missing his own virtues, as his regiment heads back to an iceworld to fight orks — much to the delight of the troopers, who stem from an icewo Another Ciaphas Cain book.

Based on the progress of the Tyranids’ cohesion, Izembard estimates that they have only hours before the Hive Ship is fully awake, at which point the Tyranids will not only be poised to overwhelm them, but it will send out a psychic call that will draw any nearby Hive Fleets to overrun the entire sector. The th establishes its headquarters in the capital city, Primadelving, and gets “stuck in” to the Orks with all the enthusiasm and competence of any seasoned Valhallan regiment.

No one considers this very important, but Izembard begs to differ: I mean, it took me until Fate of the Jedi to realize the Star Wars Expanded Universe had burned every last bit of goodwill it had with me.

If they can deliberately induce an overload, of the kind that claimed the other one, the lasst volcanic explosion will destroy the Hive Ship and the now-all-but-empty city, but that’s unavoidable. The majority of his work as Sandy has been tie-in fiction for Games Workshop’s Warhammer fantasy and Warhammer 40, science fiction lines.

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Surviving that, they find fighting the orks rather easier than expect. Cain gets ominous vibes from the Fires of Faiththe run-down merchant vessel commandeered as the regiment’s transport to Nusquam, but the captain, Miresassures him that the ship is sound. Relying on speed and his natural sense of direction underground, Cain leads Jurgen on a snaking path away from the station, and finds a surface exit, emerging into safety just before the tunnel belches flame from the volcanic eruption.

The book features the usual sarcasm and lack of heroism from Cain who, ably assisted by his aide Jurgen, interacts with the members of the regiment, the crew of a transport ship, governor of the planet, the Commissar attached to another regiment already in place on Nusquam Fundumentibus who is of course not at all aligned with Cain’s way of thinking, and of course innumerable xenos who die in massive numbers. This series continues to deliver fun quality character with a consistent and excellent voice.


I managed to read the entire book in one go, It took me about eleven hours if I remember correctly.

Commissar Cain returns to an icy planet to crush a new wave of ork attacks, but inadvertently disturbs a far greater threat which has lain frozen and dormant for centuries in a new hardcover ditcn. It’s not that I expect epic character arcs, Ciaphas Cain is a static character by nature since we know he remains a arguable coward for the entirety of his life.

Kasteen butts heads with the Nusquans’ newly-minted CommissarForreswho seems determined to prove herself by encouraging her troops to charge the greenskins head-on as often as possible. Imperial commissar Ciaphas Cain returns to Nusquam Fundumentibus to crush the ork attacks which have been plaguing the frozen planet.

It’s hard to say which of the two is snarkier and those are qualities I like in my protagonists. Using the winch from one of the Scout troop’s SentinelsCain and Jurgen are lowered to the surface of the ice, carrying demolition charges.

Riley Nelson rated it it was amazing Mar 10, Really, though I think my favorite character is probably Kasteen. Cain tries to minimize the blow, reasoning that the chances of another lash Hive Fleet invasion are minimal adding ruefully with hindsight that he was wrong not oncebut twice over.

The Guard re-target their weapons, and rupture one’s stomach, causing a chain reaction as its contents burst into flame and ignite the other Pyrovores, immolating the Tyrant and its Guards. I can not wait for the next book which according to the friendly sales person in my local Games Workshop store is laast to be available to me in the week before christmas instead of January as the Black library advertises on their website.

It’s good to see Mitchell continue his tradition of writing strong female characters into the Warhammer 40k universe, something few of the Black Library stable of authors seem able or willing to do. No trivia or quizzes yet.

The orks dihch seem to be any big problem, it’s almost too easy fighting them Feb 05, Robert H rated it really liked it. The Last Ditch feels like a retread, repeating the same basic story arc of a number of previous books.