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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 32 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Podium Publishing
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 18 July 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KTWVT18
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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.
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.
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.
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.
After being exiled to Avalon from a slowly disintegrating empire, Captain Stalker with his marines land on Avalon to find a state of affairs that one might find in a feudal state, with most of the citizenry left in permanent servitude. He finds his hands full with all of the factions mentioned above, while at the same time trying to create a new army for Avalon.
It's a good page turner with plenty of action to keep it going, and I will be purchasing the next in the series, which is what every author wants.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I mistakenly gave this review for Book 3 "When The Bough Breaks". So, read that instead please.Published 6 months ago by Dave O
This is Christopher Nuttall at his best. Blood, gore and all the action you can handle. A strong sense of justice prevailing throughout. Seen through the eyes of many characters.Published 6 months ago by JohnF
Great characters, story and grips you all the way through, a real and true page turner, I am now hookedPublished 6 months ago by John Bonner
A fantastic story, lots of interesting plots and some comments that make you think about society and government control today.Published 6 months ago by DogLover
Every book that comes out of Christopher's imagination just gets better & better I can see that my reading future is going to be very busy indeed for some considerable time to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by paul mather