Book Review 38 // Double Eagle by Dan Abnett
Author: Dan Abnett
Publisher: Black Library
Page Count: 416
Commerical Fluff: In the blood soaked Sabbat worlds crusade, Warmaster Macaroth's Imperial Crusade Force is attempting to halt a massive counter attack led by the Chaos legions of the dread-lord Anakwanar Sek.
Double Eagle reads like a history reenactment and easy parallels can be drawn between the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Enothis. The tale follows the war efforts of a small number of Imperial Planes holding back the tide of Chaos.
Lucky for the reader this is a Dan Abnett book which means it's not just gore and violence. Instead we get a very human story of the battle. We have a main cast of maybe fifteen characters that Dan Abnett isn't afraid to kill off, so don't get to attached. We get combat that is nail biting and furious, we are also left wondering who is going to win.
What I really enjoyed was Abnett's ability to bring Enothis to life and how/when it fits into the Gaunt's Ghost series. We learn of the war on the planet and the failed final offensive, we learn how the planet is located on the flank of the Macroth push campaign, we learn of the people, the cities, even the churches and we even mourn their loss throughout the campaign.
Having read this book it is hard not to go log on to the Forgeworld Website and purchase a thunderbolt plane of my own.
A great tale and so different to anything I've read before. Go treat yourself and read this inspiring novel.