Hero of the Imperium, fighting the grim-derp since "Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it. John B. Putnam Jr. He spent most of his career in active service attached to Imperial Guard regiments from the ice world of Valhalla —most notably the th, and accompanied by his aide Jurgen. He retired to become a professor at a Schola Progenium later in life, but this did not mark the end of his exploits, being recalled into active service during the 13th Black Crusade. He was also called upon at many points throughout his life to assist the Ordos Xenos Inquisitor Amberley Vail , who is almost certainly his lover.
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Shelves: favorites Following in the footsteps of Hero of the Imperium, this collection has all the adventure one could want. The supporting characters Cols. Kasteen and Broklaw are given a real opportunity to shine when Comissar Cain is embroiled in an Inquisitorial mission and is therefore less involved in the ordinary tasks of managing their Guard campaign. While the Following in the footsteps of Hero of the Imperium, this collection has all the adventure one could want.
I liked this omnibus less than the first one mostly because the middle novel dragged a bit. I prefer Cain out on his own, forced to be the hero everyone thinks he is rather than when Amberly is pulling the strings. The first book in the trio was probably one of my favorites as Cain cobbles together an army to fight orks while trying to flee to safety. The short stories were both fun and the last novel more or less tied it all neatly Ciaphas Cain is definitely one of my favorite characters.
The short stories were both fun and the last novel more or less tied it all neatly together. Overall, if you are a Cain fan definitely pick the second omnibus up. It will not disappoint.
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Additionally, on the same date For the Emperor was released as an audiobook, narrated by Stephen Perring and Penelope Rawlins. Character[ edit ] This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience. Commissars are charged with maintaining the morale and loyalty of Imperial troops, an important matter when one considers the horrific odds and staggering casualties of the "grim dark future" of the WH40K setting. Despite holding no standard rank and being outside the chain of command , commisars have wide discretionary powers, including summary execution or even decimation , in pursuit of their duties. Cain, having observed the tendency of many members of the Commissariat to fall victim to "accidental" friendly fire , prefers to lead by example and encouragement instead of fear, and has gained a reputation for charismatic leadership, self-effacing heroism and concern for the common trooper. The truth, as presented in the novels, is that Cain is the sort of person he himself is supposed to execute: self-serving, incredibly paranoid, a truly skilled liar, and happy to put as many bodies between him and the enemy as possible in order to save his own skin.
Ciaphas Cain: Defender of the Imperium