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Marines (Crimson Worlds Book 1)

Marines (Crimson Worlds Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jay Allan
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For a limited time: 99 CENTS (reg. 4.99)

Book one of the bestselling Crimson Worlds series...

Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes.

In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

As Erik rises through the ranks he finally finds a home, first with the marines who fight at his side and later among the colonists - men and women who have dared to leave everything behind to build a new society on the frontier, one where the freedoms and rights lost long ago on Earth are preserved.

Amidst the blood and death and sacrifice, Erik begins to wonder. Is he fighting the right war? Who is the real enemy?

Now Included: A sneak peak at Crimson Worlds II: The Cost of Victory. Read the first three chapters, immediately following the end of Marines in this Kindle edition.

The Crimson Worlds Series:

Crimson Worlds I: Marines
Crimson Worlds II: The Cost of Victory
Crimson Worlds III: A Little Rebellion
Crimson Worlds IV: The First Imperium
Crimson Worlds V: The Line Must Hold
Crimson Worlds VI: To Hell's Heart

Tombstone: A Crimson Worlds Prequel
Bitter Glory: A Crimson Worlds Prequel

Coming December 2013:

Crimson Worlds VII: The Shadow Legions

About the Author

Jay Allan writes science fiction and fantasy from his home in New York City. His works include the bestselling Crimson Worlds series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: System 7 Publishing (28 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00902U0C2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I currently live in New York City, and I've been reading science fiction and fantasy for just about as long as I've been reading. My tastes are fairly varied and eclectic, but I'd say favorites are military and dystopian science fiction and epic fantasy, usually a little bit gritty.

I write a lot of science fiction with military themes, but also other SF and some fantasy as well. I like complex characters and lots of backstory and action. Honestly, I think world-building is the heart of science fiction and fantasy, and since that is what I've always been drawn to as a reader, that is what I write.

I've been an investor and non-fiction writer for a long time, a fiction author more recently. When I'm not writing I enjoy traveling, running, hiking, reading. I love hearing from readers and always answer emails. I think you stop growing as a writer if you stop listening to readers.

Among other things, I write the bestselling Crimson Worlds series.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marines 14 Feb 2013
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Another book purchased for my Kindle at a bargain-price.
I'm ex-infantry myself and somewhat critical of 'first-person shooter' novels, no matter when they might be set. They never seem to get it quite right...
However, I was pleasantly surprised by this book - despite being sci-fi, it has a ring of authenticity about it, which to me makes it seem more like some of the autobiographical works to come out of WW2 and Korea, or the conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan than a work of fiction.
The battle sequences are deftly handled, the action moves along at a good pace and the author has a very good grasp of what it feel like to be under fire and taking casualties.
We were always taught that 'no plan survives first contact with the enemy' or put another way: if it can go wrong, it will - and it's something this author has taken to heart when setting out his set-piece battles. If you've read Heinlein's 'Starship Troopers', the concept of armoured-infantry is nothing new, but the author manages to make it seem a little more believable and takes it up a notch or two.
Aside from a few typos and grammar-glitches which seem to pop up in almost every Kindle book I've ever bought (no matter whether they were purchased free or full-price), I have no qualms about recommending this series to fans of the genre or even to those who just like a good action-yarn.

In fact on finishing this book, I immediately bought the remaining books in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mental chewing gum. 19 Oct 2013
By ADP1965
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Holiday read, unlikely to read sequels, however for what it cost it was ok. This will never be a sci fi classic; mildly entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start 21 Jun 2013
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First book of the series is a promising start, though there are many similarities with Heinlein's Starship Troopers. Hope the following books move away from Heinlein's 'pattern'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Generation "Starship Troopers" 1 Feb 2014
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In a preface (to the Crimson Worlds Collection I) the author pays tribute to R.A. Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" and J Haldeman's "The Forever War" as influences. The imprint of the former is certainly evident - the first person narrative of a hero who joins an elite infantry corps that fights on distant planets in powered armour. Even the story layout is the same - kicking off with a sample battle, then backtracking to the hero's early life, enlistment and homicidally-tough training before going onto his involvement in other battles and promotion to officer rank. In "Marines", however, there are more battles, including starship engagements, described in much more tactical detail, and much less space devoted to boot camp and moral philosophy. Also whereas in Heinlein's work a united mankind fights bug-like aliens under an ideal (to the author) government endorsed by his hero, in Allan's future the enemy is human: eight tyrannical Earth superpowers contend for extra-solar colonies, and the hero despises the corrupt Western Alliance regime which he and the Marine Corps serve - this becomes important in the following books of the series. If there is a drawback it is that the first person viewpoint militates against seeing the other side of the hill, although this is somewhat offset by an appendix describing the various powers. Also Allan loses no opportunity to describe the guilt felt by the hero and fellow officers over troops killed under their command until it grates on the reader, while ignoring such issues as PTSD. Overall though a gritty, believable account of future warfare, with plenty of tactical meat for the military SF fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Military journal 6 Nov 2013
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I found it a strange challenge to keep reading a military journal, as that is what it felt like. I was going to stop reading it because I was expecting the normal kind of novel. Once I got used to the narative I found it a very interesting read with lots of interesting possibilities. I will purchase the second book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Combat Sc-Fi 2 Feb 2014
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If you are a fan of Starship Troopers then you will enjoy this book, picked it up on a Kindle deal but have bought the others plus Gehenna dawn, can't wait for the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cracking military scifi 14 Jan 2014
By Sam
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Nice simple read for when you are pretending to work with a great universe to develop more stories in bargain
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A series of dull encounters... 21 May 2013
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I am a fairly big fan of Mil Scifi and quite happy to give indie authors a go. I found this to be quite a frustrating book in that the author had plainly put together an interesting outline of a story but the actual execution was incredibly poor. An incredibly shallow book. Look elsewhere!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read compelling
I have to admit I have never heard of Jay Allan so on reading some of the reviews I thought what the hell read the first book see what it's like. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Andrew Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Really enjoyed this book. I don't read much sci-fi but this book gives me everything I enjoy...battles that are not all Gore and go on for chapters, political intrigue, interesting... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martin Sear
5.0 out of 5 stars First book in the Crimson Worlds series
A cracking piece of military space opera with great characters, back story and action. Pure escapism that sucks you in and carries you along for an enthralling ride. Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. Fergus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to series
A great start to a brilliant series. I find all Jay Allan books to be real page turners and they leave me really wanting the next installment. Read more
Published 4 months ago by iain - Bristol
5.0 out of 5 stars Best low cost/free book I have bought
Very well written book. The characters are well fleshed out and are not overly stereo typed. The plot looks to develop well in the next books and the description of a post war... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Leslie Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars cround battles
Very good starts on the ground, speedy interesting story , is this space opera going to good !! We will see
Published 7 months ago by Gingreau
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read recommend it
enjoyed the read made a very good change from my normal books, look forward to the next one coming out
Published 8 months ago by boggle
4.0 out of 5 stars top quality military sci-fi
Really enjoyable - a good story that moves along at a good pace (sometimes a little too quickly) -and it is set up nicely for the next episode (and the sneak preview suggest the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
Crimson Worlds is one of these few series which does not dilute itself at each new book. Allan takes us in a fascinating future, through the life of Erik Cain and his Marines. Read more
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