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The Empire's Corps Audio Download – Unabridged

4.4 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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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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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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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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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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Some reviewers have criticised Nuttall's presentation of politics. I see him reflecting politicians as they are, corrupt self-serving greedy liars.

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.
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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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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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