You should never speak truth to power…
The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting....
Well, apart from the bandits infesting the countryside, an insurgency that threatens to topple the Empire's loose control over Avalon, and a corrupt civil government more interested in what it can extort from the population than fighting a war. The Marines rapidly find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of political and economic chaos, fighting to preserve Avalon before the competing factions tear the world apart. They're Marines; if anyone can do it, they can.
The battle to save the Empire starts here.
©2012 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2014 Podium Publishing
Great book and series overall. Very diverse world and the author does a great job of helping his readers exploring it through difference books in the series focusing on different parts of the falling Empire.
My only critique is that he doesn't seem to understand military rank structures very well. Having corporals ordering around sergeants, Marine captains taking charge of navy colonels (apparently the navy has colonels), and corporals saluting sergeants, things like that. People who are familiar with ranks structures might find it annoying but it doesn't distract from a generally excellent story.
You know it's a good read when you park the car but keep listening until you realize you gotta get going. Good dialog, good story, look forward to the next.
"If you like star force or ark royal, you'll dig it"
Yay it's freakin awesome, could not put it down. I Almost got my phone taken away for listening to this in class
"Nuttall gets better and better"
I found the Empire's Corps very engaging. Nuttall's first series, Ark Royal, was above average but showed Nuttall's status as a freshman author. It was good, but a bit strained at times. I bought all 3 books with no regrets, but with no illusions that the books would be perfect. The Emprie's Corps exceeded my expectations, and showed the maturation of a true professional author.
The characters are engaging and believable, and the story is quite good. No sophomore slump here.
I enjoyed the protagonist, the Captain.
Alone. Forgotten. Heroes when nobody was looking.
"I love the Series and Highly recomend it."
If you like military SiFy and other series like the Mike Shepard's -- Kris Longknife and Jack Campell's -- Lost Fleet series's you will like this one. So far the Author has written nine books in the series and Audible has only three of them...
I will quickly pick up all that are added in the future...
"Solid Military Sci-Fi"
A solid over-all story. Not exceptional but definitely enjoyable. The characters , although not terribly well developed, are like-able. The plot is believable, although fairly simple, and the it's easy to connect with the story, as this book lacks a lot of the crazy technology that sometimes has a tendency to makes Sci-fi a but hard to relate to .
It's a little heavy-handed in it's political messages, and had all that space gone into building up the characters this could have easily been 5 stars.
However, it was a very enjoyable listen, well worth the credit and I will be continuing the series.
"A great military themed sci-fi"
Some of the best narration I've heard. The storyline follows a marine company and it's commander to a World other than earth where they combat multiple insurgent groups and deal with political challenges they weren't designed to take on.
This is book one in a new series. Nuttall is a fairly new author; I read his first books, the Ark Royal trilogy. I see he has now started a series. I enjoyed his trilogy so decided to give the series a try. The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. Our protagonist Captain Edward Stalker spoke the truth to those in power. As a result he and his men are exiled to Avalon, a world right on the rim of the Empire. Avalon is about to collapse from a corrupt government and insurgents, bandits roam freely in the county side. Stalker and his Marines are soon caught up in a whirlwind of events.
The Empire starts off with a good description of the enormity of the Empire including intricacies of the political scene which seems enormous. Nuttall creates not only an interesting world but an entire universe full of planet inhabited by humans. With hundreds of planetary cultures I can only imagine where the series will go. The book is fast paced, lots of action, suspense and military dialog. There is more character building because it is the first book of a new series. The book is about Marines so there is less Naval space action in this story.
I understand that Nuttall was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland but he is currently living in Borneo with his wife Aisha. This is the first time I have encountered a book narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. He did a good job narrating the book. I will look forward to listening to him narrate other books. If you enjoy military Sci-Fi you will enjoy this book.
"Fall of the Terran Empire"
What a great listen. I enjoyed this story so much I had to listen without stopping. Reminds me of Heinlein,Piper and Chris Bunch mixed together with a dash of David Sherman &Dan Cragg . Military sci-fi at it's best. Already preordered the next two books. If you enjoy this genre then treat yourself to a great listen.
I don't want to take anything away from the narrator here, he did an excellent job. The story was not even bad, I could not get into it. I had to stop listening after I heard the phrase "He did 'x' inwardly" too many times in the beginning of the book.
The story seems to have a strong plot, but the details were boring.
The overall sense I get from the reading is dull, cloudy and grey- sprinkled with crass misogynistic comments from our Heroes, casual and rampant raping by the bad guys, and even an unpleasant gnashing local animal.
The professor, whose analysis of the decline of Empires is the most interesting aspect, but it is dribbled out like a footnote
"Predictable but still enjoyable book. Well read."
I'll admit it, I liked the Ark Royal series. I liked the way it was read, I liked the way it took the view the US weren't the only major powers in space, and I liked the way it ran.
Now we have a new series by Christopher G Nuttell. At first it seems to be in the same universe, just further along in time, but soon you realise that is not the case. He's essentially borrowed the universe from the other series but with a few changes.
The plot is basic, it's obvious, but it works well. It is paced well and while you can guess what's going to happen, that does not reflect badly on it. The characters work, not totally believable, but not over the top either, it's more pulp sci fi.
The only thing to be aware of is that Nuttell does not understand army ranks, as he continues his mistake from the Ark Royal series by having a corporal as senior to a sergeant. AT first this can confuse the listener, but you get used to it.
"Very good but..."
Very good performance by the narrator. The story is basically 5 star but slips up slightly in some places at least in my opinion so it's more like a 4.9 stars. Good audiobook looking forward to listening to the next one.
Narration was excellent. Gave a different dimension to the story
Yes, its not literature but an intriguing story set in a future that appears all too true. Very gung ho.
It encouraged me to return to sci-fi as a great storytelling genre.
This is great book in the genre of rip roaring adventure with bad guys, good guys and some misunderstood guys. The good guys are tough but fair. The bad guys are despicable and deserve their fate. The misunderstoods will see the light in the end.
"Cannon good future-SF"
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This promises to be a good, all guns blazing, sci-fi series. Fortunately, I am a bit behind on the books in the series, so I do not have o wait before the second instalment.
"Not for me, thanks"
A techno addict might like this book
Rather boring to be honest. he didn't have a lot to draw from.
There was far too much information that wasn't necessary at the time. The story line was lost amongst paragraphs of technobabble and unnecessary historical info that could have been gradually released through the novel whilst keeping the story line alive and interesting.
Sorry, won't be buying any more from this author.
"Nice listen same about the ending"
I liked the build up to the story line however it felt like the writer was just wanting to finish the book. The ending is rushed and could have been a lot more detail
"cheese! good guys are utterly good can do no wrong"
if you're someone that likes lost fleet, or the koban series you'll enjoy it. be carful if you don't like the word rape was every bad chap is a rapist and you'll be told over and over again
"Fun military sci-fi - crappy social commentary."
This is quite a fun read, with some cool action scenes and an engaging plot that moves the story along at a nice clip. I came for the guns and explosions, enjoyed the military tactics and strategy stuff, but suffered through the ridiculous right wing, niave political science jaunts. If you enjoyed the book version of 'Starship Troopers', then this is for you - albeit with less aliens and more political skull-dugery - but if you preferred the film version's satire, you're going to find the proffesor character's blatent fascist leanings troublesome, the obviously rigged social annologies lame, and the obvious USMC hero-worship tiresome. On the plus side - excellent action scenes, passible characters, tidy conclusion, awesome explosions.
Good yarn, but took a while to get used to narrator. I liked the universe the author created, and the cast of characters. it will be interesting to see if he manages to fill It out in the rest of the series.
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