I just noticed that we had these on the used book shelf in Greenfield. If you've never read the Gaunt's Ghosts series and you are a fan of the Warhammer 40,000 universe at all then I highly recommend grabbing these before they are gone ($3ea!).
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the series:
The series spans 15 novels which document the efforts of the Tanith First-And-Only, a highly skilled yet unappreciated light infantry regiment of the Imperial Guard, during the Sabbat Worlds Crusade. The protagonist is Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt, one of the few political commissars of the Imperium to be officially awarded command of a regiment.
Although Gaunt is the primary character, the perspective from which the novels are told shifts regularly to encompass a wider view of events – it is usually told from the Imperial point of view, though the perspective is occasionally seen through the eyes of antagonists. The series alludes to other series by Dan Abnett, such asEisenhorn and Ravenor, and has resulted in three spin-off works.
The series began as a continuing set of loosely connected short stories in the Black Library magazine Inferno! (issues 4, 8, and 30). The next short piece, entitled "Vermilion Level", was written out to novel length as First and Only and published as the Black Library's first original novel (the book line up until that point consisting of reprints of novels from the pre-Black Library days and anthologies of short fiction taken from Inferno! magazine). The original short pieces subsequently appeared as flashback-chapters in Ghostmaker, the second book.
Dan Abnett, and this series in particular, has kept me interested in the 40k universe even when my gaming urges are waning. Definitely worth a look.