I really can't give enough kudos to Richard Williams for this book.
Sadly, it seems that Imperial Guard books are going the way of the dinosaur. It used to seem that they were a testing ground for new authors. I don't know if flagging sales is part of the reason, or more of a plan that centers on Space Marines first and foremost (hey, go where the money is), and books that are slated to be series of three or so titles.
Personally, I love the 'rank and file', human aspect of the IG books. And even though I've only read this and Orphans of the Kraken by Williams, I really hope to see more titles from him (will read Reiksguard soon).
Imperial Glory was emotional and exciting. I can see how some might see the ending as corny, believe me. But for those that it works for, it works well. Stanhope and Carson were great characters, and I even enjoyed the portions with Commissar Reeve (especially the flashback with him and Blanks).
In the top 3 of IG books (along with Cadian Blood and Gunheads). The only thing I didn't like was the cover, the face of the centered guard was a little too much of a Judge Dredd rip-off (and the cover has nothing to do with Mr. Williams writing).
For a BL book: 8.5/10