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I’m not sure if this is the right place for this… I know there is a section for ‘books’ under the ‘fiction & arts’ section… but that link isn’t working for me right now. Also the ‘40K Army Fluff’ seems to be for members’ army backgrounds and such.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good IG novel.

I’m not necessarily looking for a great award winning story, or a story that revolves around an unorthodox bunch of specialists or whatever, just something that gives you some insight into what the guard is all about (and also maybe the 40K universe as a whole).

I know that the IG is a pretty diverse organisation, but something that is close to the ‘standard’ guard (if such a thing exists) would be preferable.

And to sidetrack a little, is it just me that thinks this kind of thing (40K novels) would be perfect as audio books? i.e. read (well listen really ;) ) 40K fiction and paint 40K at the same time?
 

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Personally, I think you should read all the Gaunts Ghosts books. Throughout the story line they meet some aliens, heretics, Inquisitors, lots of Chaos, and fight in many types of terrain. If you pay close attention, you'll pick up a LOT of guard facts. Just remember that the regiment seems somewhat resistant to the losses that you might normally expect to see when IG fight in a campaign.
 

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RexTalon is right to suggest the GG novels although I wouldn't call them "standard" as such, they are basically painted as stealth specialists but they find themselves in all sorts of roles from airborne assault to trench warfare, wouldn't happen in any regular army unit, but Abnett is writing books for entertainment and there is only so much you can do with a standard war novel.

Gaunt is also weird by IG standards, remember IG doctrine is essentially the mission and only the mission if you have to wipe out an entire regiment to secure the objective then so be it, in a universe where survival of the fittest is the be all and end all humanitarian principles don't count, you live or die, that's it. Gaunt actually gets upset when he loses men and even tries to lose as few as possible, obviously this is to paint him as a "nice guy" for the reader but it perhaps doesn't reflect best the mentality of the standard IG Colonel.
 

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I highly recommend Fifteen Hours; just a very good portrayal of the life of a guardsman in the 40k universe.

edit: yea, dont know why i keep thinking it's thirteen...
 

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I recommend 15 hours! It's really a good read when it comes to a regular guardsman, i think it was this book Certemplar reffered to by his 13 hours...
 

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I have really enjoyed the Cain Novels. They have just the right mix of humor and action.

I've also read "Fifteen Hours" and "Death World", though more serious in tone they provide interesting variations of human perspectives in the 40 k universe.
 

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Oh yea, I'm also currently reading "Desert Raiders". It's a nice look into the infighting and the problems that arise from people of different cultural backgrounds being forced into the same regiment. It's also a good commentary on the political engine that keeps the IG running. The ignorance of commissars and how they try to bridge the gap between their training and where they're supposed to fall within a unit.
 

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Gaunt is also weird by IG standards, remember IG doctrine is essentially the mission and only the mission if you have to wipe out an entire regiment to secure the objective then so be it, in a universe where survival of the fittest is the be all and end all humanitarian principles don't count, you live or die, that's it. Gaunt actually gets upset when he loses men and even tries to lose as few as possible, obviously this is to paint him as a "nice guy" for the reader but it perhaps doesn't reflect best the mentality of the standard IG Colonel.
Actually Liffrea, Gaunt is only weird in that as a commissar he holds the lives of his regiment higher than many; but a great deal of IG officers are of a similar mentality. (It all comes down to 'acceptable losses' in the end. Keep in mind that Gaunt holds himself personally responsible for why the ghosts are known as the first and only.)
 

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I would also highly recomend the cain novels I have only read "Hero of the Imperium" but that book was very addicting. You get 3 short storys and 3 novels in this book and they all give you a glimpse into how the average guard looks at commissars. also one of the novels is based off of cain trying to regain control of a new formed regiment, that may be what your looking for.
 

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Thanks for all the recommendations… looks like I have some interesting reading ahead of me.

I’ve read a few reviews of some of the above suggestions on Amazon… and it looks like 15 hours might be a good starting place for me (someone compared it to WWI & WWII in places).

The GG novels also seem to be pretty popular, so I’ll probably check them out at some time in the future too.

Thanks again!
 

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Hello Kris,
the Caiphas Cain novels are a good, and a lighter approach to the IG. I suggest you read them, to get the feeling of a sneaky Commissar. Fifteen Hours, comes in a bit heavier, on description and gives a feeling of reality, as it seems it is based more in a WWII approach, giving you a different POV.
Have a look at them, I believe you will enjoy these.
 

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I have really enjoyed the Cain Novels. They have just the right mix of humor and action.

I've also read "Fifteen Hours" and "Death World", though more serious in tone they provide interesting variations of human perspectives in the 40 k universe.
Cain novels are good because they make the main character seem more human rather than a daredevil hero looking to get killed.

Another good novel is "Rebel Winter."
 

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Personally, I think you should read all the Gaunts Ghosts books. Throughout the story line they meet some aliens, heretics, Inquisitors, lots of Chaos, and fight in many types of terrain. If you pay close attention, you'll pick up a LOT of guard facts. Just remember that the regiment seems somewhat resistant to the losses that you might normally expect to see when IG fight in a campaign.
And after you've read all the GG novels the novel "double eagle" might also interest you, it's about a imperial guard unit which flies planes. It's set in the same war as GG and uses some of the characters introduced in GG.
 
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