Last bit of the book, Abaddon states that the entire purpose of the war was to get forces for the next black crusade. I don't remember the page but it's there.
The way I see it is why waste resources going after a bunch of tanks on the ocean since that wasn't his goal why would he do it?
I'm referring to the reason why they though 5000 guardsmen were to many to assault a fortress, at this point that traitor failed in a number of different ways. They were pretty much saying why do you go infiltrate that fortress and do this thing it's not worth our time.
Because it makes strategic sense, is well within Abaddon's capabilities and he's not an idiot?
You dont just let your enemy escape with valuable military assests, not when you can easily prevent it. Ships are slow and can't hide. Abaddon had space ships and atmospheric craft aplenty, sinking a convoy of transport ships would be easy. It wouldn't require a significant expenditure of resources and wouldn't take long. It makes no sense not to stop them.
Abaddon had thousands of Black Legionaries, that alone is a force easily capable of taking a fortress held by a mere regiment. Thousands of Space Marines can topple star systems, eliminate civilisations. One fortress is nothing.
Abaddon destroying the tanks and taking the fortress gives him complete control of the situation. It's a strategically sound move, which wouldn't cost him much. Not doing so, when Dunn gives no valid reasons makes Abaddon look like an idiot and reeks of lazy writing. It's not a good sign if your book cant maintain logical consistency.
thanks for the review. I'm of a like mind that its disappointing to see such dross put out when we know the quality elements of the Black Library stable are capable of. 40k is such a rich tapestry, its one of the deepest settings around, there's so much good writers can do with it.