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The First Imperium: Crimson Worlds IV by [Allan, Jay]
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Book 4 of 9 in Crimson Worlds (9 Book Series)
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Jay Allan writes science fiction and fantasy from his home in New York City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: System 7 Publishing (14 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CCY4WBK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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When the Crimson Worlds books started, the battle scenes were really great - the powered armour was grand. Unfortunately, this book seems to have gone for an overall strategy style - with the battles sometimes being skipped over almost entirely (especially the space battles - For example, what happened to the huge battleship the AI brought to the battle near the end? All you get from the book was "Right, we have to stop that, let's go, full acceleration" and then it cuts).

I still enjoyed the hopelessness of the fight against the robotic enemy at first, until as a reader I realised that nothing major was going to change and that the enemy would be defeated. Some of the repetition in the books felt a little galling; For example, the reader got it the first time it was mentioned that the AI were low on antimatter weapons, but this gets repeated numerous times until a strategy is developed around getting the AI to use antimatter weapons. Likewise, the reader got it that fighting an implacable for was bad for morale, but I can't count how many times you were told that officers had to rally flagging veteran troops.

All in all, the weak point of the series. If you've read the previous books, you're probably going to pick this up anyway though! Hopefully the next one will be better.
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Downloaded on spec, and what a lucky find, have down loaded cheap sci fi and been disappointed but not this time, and how happy to find it was part of a series, well written, not completely out there with with technology, about the people not the science, loved it.
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As a number of other reviewers, I had problems with this title. These were largely the same as those that had started to appear when I was reading “A Little Rebellion”, the title immediately before this one in the series, except that they were more visible and more acute.

First, reading the book gave me the impression that the author was starting to write according to a formula. Forces of Good, commanded by our hero (Erik Cain, now a bold and fearless general) fight against forces of Evil. They are, even more than usual, impossibly outnumbered and, here, also outgunned but will nevertheless prevail in the end despite just about everything else, including treason from their own side. Of course, all this comes at an extremely high price, once again, including the death of one of the hero’s dearest and most beloved.

Second, there are also some features that I could not help finding either mildly annoying or incredible. In the first category I would put the hero’s persistent and growing sense of guilt, what seems to be his paranoia and an acute case of quasi-permanent post-traumatic stress disorder. While all of this is possible, especially given the extent of the slaughter, I could not help the impression that the author was “laying it on a bit thick” and wondered how our hero managed not to jump over the cliff or out of a window from a high rise building, yet alone command – victoriously of course – the allied forces of humanity against the “evil” machines. Another rather unrealistic feature was the logistical weakness of the enemy which was low on supplies for its most powerful weapon.

This one was a bit of a disappointment to me. It was no more than an “ok” read.
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With the advent of an alien species, ground offences are diluted with spacial confrontations and a realignment of old antagonists. The Saga takes a more interesting route and challenges the imagination in this well-written (albeit "typo" riddled) volume. The next one is a must!
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Agree with some comments that the action has been diluted down a bit but again another great book in a can't put down series
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After devouring the first three books in the series I bought this as soon as i saw it was released. I was not disappointed the story was interesting and i loved some of the new characters introduced. Allan has also prevented the formula from becoming stale. Now i need to hold off until June...
(Lastly i would like to say that whilst my title suggests impatience i hope that Allan takes his time and writes another fantastic book!)
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Although there is less action in this book, the majority being at the end, it is still a very good story that keeps you reading all the way through, must admit I am looking forward to the next one in July.
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very good series of books good story line and good characters with a brooding black background I loved start ship troopers the book not so much the films so this a good follow on
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