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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 15 hours and 32 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 18 July 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KTWVT18
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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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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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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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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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I wouldn't say this is a space opera, even though it is set in a far off planet, because apart from the journey to Avalon, the book is set firmly on terra firma (or should that be Avalon firma). However, it is a solid tale of good vs evil, involving the Imperial Marines (good), Civil Guard (useless apart from a few), planetary council (corrupt), bandits (evil), and a liberation movement known as the Crackers (not really evil, but violent nevertheless).

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.
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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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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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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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