Book Review 106 // Wanted: Dead by Mike Brooks

Welcome to Underhive!

Necromunda, as a hive world has been in the 40k lore for a while now. With its infamous Guard Regiment the Spiders, to the origins game of confrontation, Necromunda has inspired the imagination of many a gamer. With the most recent version of the game gaining new followers daily it should be no surprise that Black Library has supported the releases with a huge amount of new literature, from the new Kal Jericho stories to this novella titled Wanted: Dead.

A Necromunda novella

When an ambush in the underhive goes wrong, and a Guilder gets killed, an Escher gang suddenly find themselves outlawed. Now the hunters have become the hunted, and everyone is after their blood…

READ IT BECAUSE

It's a rare excursion into the underhive, where we'll see what happens when gang warfare turns sneaky…

THE STORY

In the teeming hives of Necromunda, from the highest peaks to the lowest depths, life is a constant fight for survival. When an ambush in the Underhive goes wrong, and a Guilder gets killed, an Escher gang suddenly find themselves outlawed. Now the hunters have become the hunted, and everyone is after their blood – enforcers, bounty hunters, even other gangs. With their leader dead, Jarene has to take control and save the lives of herself and her sisters in arms, as well as restoring the honour of their gang. For the fateful ambush was no accident, and the true culprits need to face justice.

My opinion

But what did I think of it I hear you cry. Well, I loved it. It's a well written, story of survival. Following an Escher gang as they are betrayed, outlawed and hunted through the Underhive. Soon the cast of characters is whittled down to three and the betrayals just keep coming. We get to experience exotic locations, that are weird and deadly, we experience creepy milliasaurs and gene forged Goliaths and we finally experience a resurgence and vengeance.

Considering the limited page space of 86 pages, Mike Brooks squeezes a lot in. I was hooked from the start and I hope we revisit the characters again in the future.

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