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- 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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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.
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.
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.
The story develops at a good pace after the Marine Corp is basically marooned on a distant planet of the Empire where the marines have to stand or fall on their own merit. I like the quotes form a banned book which open most chapters, and the comments from a military leader which open other chapters.
I did empathise with some of the characters although they are not as deep as I would like. The action is fast and furious but the story is well paced and held my interest throughout. One thing I liked was showing that although the marines are highly trained and well equipped they are not gods. There are some interesting sections where the motives of the characters are questioned or explained.
Recommended if you like the author, which I do. His standard is consistently high, apart from the odd typo, but if you are new to the author I would recommend the Ark Royal series or A learning Experience as good introductions to his work.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyed the story will end up buying the whole seriesPublished 3 months ago by Trevor Curryer
Another great sci-fi series from Mr Nuttall. He is rapidly becoming my favourite ebook author as he never fails to grip the reader. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andy Canning
This was a plot that could have been based in this time sphere. No need to travel across the Galaxy in time and space to tell a tale of counter insurgency by the invincible grunts... Read morePublished 4 months ago by dobie