Duty Calls (Ciaphas Cain Novels)

Duty Calls - Sandy Mitchell It took me a while to get through this one, but it was mostly because I have been reading other things, not a reflection of the book, which was excellent. Mitchell kept the excitement running all the way to the end making you wonder if the wily commissar would make it out alive. This is certainly a fine addition to the Ciaphas Cain series. In this series, the commissar and his Valhallans have to help quell civil disturbances in Periremunda. However, the situation turns out to be much more complicated than just some riots and civil unrest. It seems there may be an active Chaos cult or two behind the scenes. And what is the interest of the Inquisition, which seems to be a very active interest? And all happening while there is a Tyranid invasion going on. Will Commissar Cain be able to make it out in one piece and find the easy life he so likes? Maybe, maybe not as he once again, albeit reluctantly, becomes the hero of the day. Life is not easy for the commissar who knows that once you have a reputation, you have to maintain it, and his reputation is that of a hero of the Imperium. Mitchell takes us into the story right away from the beginning, reveals the plots and the intricacies a bit at a time, and the tale does not let you go until you reach the end. Sure, this is military scifi, but it is military scifi with humor in it; these books are really fun to read. I am already looking forward to the next installment.