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The Empire's Corps

The Empire's Corps [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Nuttall
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You Should Never Speak Truth To Power…

The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting…

Well, apart from the bandits infesting the countryside, an insurgency that threatens to topple the Empire’s loose control over Avalon, and a corrupt civil government more interested in what it can extort from the population than fighting a war. The Marines rapidly find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of political and economic chaos, fighting to preserve Avalon before the competing factions tear the world apart. They’re Marines; if anyone can do it, they can.

The battle to save the Empire starts here.

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Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has published ten novels (so far) through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. The Royal Sorceress is his first novel to be professionally published. Chris is currently living in Borneo with his partner, muse, and critic Aisha.

Christopher's novel, The Royal Sorceress, will be published by Elsewhen Press in paperback in Feb.

Chris has a blog where he published updates, snippets and world-building notes at and a website at

As a matter of principle, all of Chris's self-published Kindle books are DRM-free.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good - But A Little Black and White. 10 Feb 2014
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Nuttall is a very good writer of the military sci-fi book, however he does leave the subtle bit, at home sometimes. Having said that, his latest book, Ark Royal is more balanced so perhaps age, experience and maturity are coming to the fore.

If you want to avoid feeling a bit uncomfortable then you have to read this book very much on the surface because if you look too hard then the empire marines start to look a bit too much like the Waffen SS - with morals, admittedly. If I'm being charitable then perhaps more like Spartans.

In a nutshell, an understrength company of marines are sent to the back end of a crumbling empire to a basket case of a planet because of internal political issues on Earth. Of course the marines are supremely effective as fighters and moral to a person and bring much needed leadership and backbone to the colony. With them is an academic who is also exiled because of his naive publishing of a book pointing out that the Empire is failing.

Immediately I spotted the dead hand of Asimov there as Nuttall had in effect created his own Hari Sheldon. This character seemed to have a point early on but almost vanished by midway through the book. Maybe he makes a return in subsequent books.

What Nuttall does do very well is action and adventure and he manages this perfectly with this story. It's fun. fast paced and well written, if a little black and white at times. Overall a great read as long as you don't think too hard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit one dimensional 14 Nov 2013
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Its an OK read, but the plot and characters are too one dimensional and cliche for my liking.
Goodies, baddies and no grey areas. Bad guys referred to as "The pirates" and "The bandits" and good guy marines that are exemplars in all that is good and true might give you some idea. However as this was the first in the series I thought I'd give the second one a chance. Unfortunately I found myself skimming through it to get to the totally predictable ending. So no more empire corps for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable read 18 Feb 2013
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Picked this up by chance from an automated Amazon recommendation.

I really enjoyed the theme of the book and particularly the introductory "quotes" to each chapter which helped create a solid backing and a believable but thinly sketched (not in bad way) backdrop for the story to be told.

I look forward to reading the next installment which I purchased only halfway through reading this one. Which hopefully imparts how much I enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Empire's Corps 4 Mar 2014
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I think that the best stories are those that keep you up, way past your bed time, story in which you lose yourself, stories that you do not want to end. The Empire Corps have has this quality
There is a very good plot line and story arc, which is well written and develops nicely from book to book, the dialog of the central characters is believable, as is the way they are portrayed, but it is the creative of the writer that make this, such a good serious of books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A prelude to a rip roaring space opera? 17 Feb 2014
By PeterC
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A mix of hard sci-fi, space opera, adventure and swashbuckling derring do. This book appealed to my 13 year old inner child as much as my 35 year old inner cynic, given the social and political complexities explored. A bit rough around the edges in places but, one of the joys of e books is how easy it is to self publish which in turn allows authors to hone their craft. All in all a good start to what could be a great series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great military sci fi 15 Mar 2014
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The best soldiers in the empire exiled for telling the truth to the edge of inhabited space. There they struggle to maintain order and morals against the scum of humanity. Great action and plot with an adult content too boot. Makes a nice change from a lot of similar story lines populated by characters who have no social lives. Not reccomended for young readers. Reading book three now and still loving it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining if a bit of a 'pot boiler' 13 Mar 2014
By david
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There isn't much in the way of truly original thinking in the plot line, but the story is well enough told, though the characters are a little 2 dimensional and parts of the plot twists are predictable. It's well enough written though there are a few misspellings but not enough to irritate (why is it that 'breach' is so often misspelt 'breech'?). A good entertaining read on the whole.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange but true 3 April 2013
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The synopsis tells of a capt in charge of his marines etc. etc. However what it doesn't tell you and seems to be the main theme throughout the series is that the male leads fall back and the super intelligent and wily women are the main focus of each story. The men opposing them are all misogynistic raping cannibals and that's the good ones. It really reads like an advert for why women should run everything and leave men to sit it out as they are not clever enough to do anything else and when left to there own devices become extremely stupid, brutal, rampant rapists, unable to string coherent sentences' together without prompting. Sorry to say that it runs through the whole series. On the pus side they are well written enjoyable stories, I just wish that some of the baddies were a little less stereotyped and the male characters actually did something.
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Published 4 days ago by Stan Richmond
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
entertaining story.
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. Caroline Purbrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
liked the story line and really got into the characters
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of book
I really enjoyed this. Mr Nuttall keeps getting better!
Published 18 days ago by Bob Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If you like good old-fashioned space opera this is for you.
Published 27 days ago by Simon Prior
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent book. The first in the series. It raises some interesting philosophical points. Highly recommended.
Published 27 days ago by Jack Alvarez
4.0 out of 5 stars A very easy read a bit predictable though kept interested till the ...
A very easy read a bit predictable though kept interested till the end and did not want to put it down until I had finished it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Isle of man Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, if not entirely convincing
This book has echoes of both Asimov's Foundation series (a world cast loose at the edge of a declining empire) and Pournelle's Falkenberg series,especially Prince of Sparta (let's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mcdowella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great series! Similar in concept to the Dorsai series.
Published 1 month ago by A. Webber
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Brilliant series. Where's the next one?
Published 1 month ago by Mr Lindsay M Foster
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