As one of the later omnibus's I read, I was speculative on what I might find. I had not read any Imperial Guard novels before, believing them to lack the vividness and brutality of other novels featuring superhuman Space Marines fighting daemons and aliens. Boy, was I wrong.
The Founding is one of the best sets of Black Library novels I have read to date, if not the best. Its a close competition between this and Eisenhorn, another of Abnett's omnibus's. With tons of detail, fantastic characters and enough brutality to make most 18 rated films look like childrens movies, The Founding delivers on all levels as a in-depth and fascinating look at warfare in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, where simple men stand against the greatest horrors of the universe.
Recommended to ALL Warhammer 40k fans, both new and old, and any science fiction fans with a penchant for brutal war and complex characters.