Anyone who's already familiar with Dan Abnett's work will know that he has mastered the art of writing fast-paced, straight for the throat, action based sci-fi. Indeed, he has become a notably popular writer for his work on both the UK based sci-fi weekly comic 2000AD, as well as for his WH40K novels, with a frankly astounding volume of quality output.
The Founding is a collection of Abnett's first three novels in his Gaunt's Ghosts series: First and Only (Abnett's first published novel), Ghostmaker and Necropolis. Also included is a short story named Honour Guard.
The series follows the adventures of the Tanith First regiment of imperial guardsmen, led by battle-hardened veteran Commissar-Colonel Ibram Gaunt.
Abnett has produced a great character in Gaunt, a commissar who goes against the standards set by his peers, refusing to throw his men to pointless deaths, but still managing to take them to glorius victory after glorius victory.
This is a very human tale, taking the reader into the horrors of war and allowing you to share all the emotion and fear felt by the characters, and although its set in deep space in the 41st millenium, it never feels like its too far away.