Outstanding entry in the Ciaphas Cain saga....Mitchell has truly mastered presenting Cain as a self-serving, opportunistic and reluctant hero to the men and women of the Imperial Guard that he presides over in action on the battlefront. In this one, Cain and his fellow Valhallans are sent to put down heretics in an uprising on Adumbria. While there, he gets more than he bargains for, again, and humorously yet thrillingly comes out as a grand hero, all the while looking for the easiest and safest way to fulfill his duty and basically save his own arse from the evil that Chaos is. This novel is again full of the witty dialogue and settings that were so prevalent in the first two Cain novels. This is brilliant writing, IMHO.