I like Dan Abnett and think all his HH books so far have been top notch. Prospero Burns was a bit of a let down but it was still well written (as always) and obviously the product of an intelligent mind who knows what he's doing, which is not something you can say about the rest of the HH writers. Right, now that I've taken another s**t on the other HH authors, let's move on.
Pretty much the only thing that seriously annoys me about Dan's HH books is his sort of scitzophrenic depiction of the Primarchs. Every now and then he'll describe how awesome they are and about how no one but The Emperor and their brothers can match them etc etc but then, when he finally shows them in actual combat, they kinda, well, suck. Now, I'm not talking about Abnett's generally more restrained, conservative, depiction of the primarchs when they're fighting. This I don't really mind all that much since it fits with his much less fantasy themed vision of 40k for which he set the precedent I think it's fair to say (Having said that he could juice them up a bit more. There were times in Know No Fear when Ventanus seemed much more badass than his Primarch).
What I'm talking about, and this really annoys me, are things like the following:
Horus having a hard time in single combat with that Chaos corrupted general who managed to stick him with the anathame.
Dinas Chayne (an un-augmented human) giving Alpharius a hard time in single combat and wounding him in the process.
And, perhaps worst of all, after not so subtly hinting that he's one of the, if not the, hardest of the Primarchs, Rouboute Guilliman gets absolutely merked by Kor Phaeron's psychic attack and has to rely on the author to save him by having the villain commit a seriously cliched error of judgement.
That's basically it.
Could somebody have a word with him, please?