The sequel to The Empire's Corps.
Six months ago, Colonel Edward Stalker and his Marines were abandoned on Avalon, left to fend for themselves as the Empire withdrew from the Rim. Since then, Avalon has been isolated from the settled universe... until now.
As a mysterious pirate organisation attempts to take over Avalon, the Marines find themselves struggling against a shadowy figure with dreams of power, while a young civilian is kidnapped and press-ganged into a pirate crew. They're fighting to preserve something of the Empire's order in the wake of its departure, but the pirates appear to have far greater resources and a plan that seems unstoppable.
The Empire is gone. What will take its place?
©2012 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2014 Podium Publishing
I gave this series a shot. I must admit that I enjoyed the first book, but I understood what I was in for after the second one.
the narrator fits the text, with the voice and tones of the disillusioned old veteran
all the characters are depth-less, stereotypical and interchangeable
the overall world is basic, superficial and unbelievable.
at no time are we in any doubt that the heroes will win.
I noticed the influence of Robert A Heinlein in the powered armors and marine mentality, which was the only bit that stood out as being really elaborated in the story, and in turn being the cause of the heroes overwhelming superiority.
one positive point I will give the author, which is why I gave the book two stars, is the non idealistic, honor based warfare ethos the marines live by. They are out to win, to kill as many of the enemy, by any means necessary...
The style is very repetitive, I slugged my way through two books, but just cant face listening the next 7 or 8 in the series...
Great plot and characters that you get emotionally invested in.
Each book is amazing as a stand alone story but as a whole the series is epic.
I found his books by chance, but love both the marine and ark royal series. His little bows for those that he must have read before are a welcome smile to fans looking for a good modem day sci-fi writer
There's nothing unusual about the way this story was written, but it's well put together and well done. I like the fact that a number of the main characters find themselves in different situations but with decent resolutions - bear in in that Christopher G Nuttell is happy to kill off characters - won't say if he does or does not in this one.
If there's a downside it's the author's attempt to show the down and dirty side of the pirates - feels a bit painting by numbers, though I like the fact that he doesn't try sex scenes (unlike in the first book in this series).
The narration is very good and works well with this story.
"Clear Story Line"
This is a sound space adventure. Very enjoyable.
Development of a good second book in the series. Builds upon the earlier work.
From military assignment to interstellar vision.
This book does not suffer from the shortcomings of many space adventures: too many characters, too much detail, too little plot. Congratulations on a good solid space adventure.
75% of this book is poor-to-fair (approx. 3 rating); but the last hour, and some of the other ½ day sours to a 5 rating. Too much (way...way..too much!) of the story deals with sex slavery.It's getting a little annoying in fact. How is it that people don't have good food to eat, no health care, and no hope; but every toothless stupid pirate's got their very own sex slave on a leash; or a lobotomized female vaginal delivery system! I don't know if the author feels he needs such sins to justify blowing someone's head off, but I'm beginning to wish he was a little bit less genteel, and would just say, "They were against us.....so we killed them."
"Great story of honor & heros, overcoming ther odds"
No, the horrors described of captives over and over by the villains, while my seem mild to some where just to dark for me.
Wonderful writing keeps the complex techiqual future in sync with the ago old honors and valor to create a winning story.
All where done very well,
"great book, good series"
I love this series, and this second book has been as good as the first, looking forward to see where they go from here.
"Great listen good balance of action and story deve"
I have only listened to three on Christopher's book.
He will definitely be one of my favorites.
No Worse Enemy held my attention throughout the up and downs of the action scenes
This is book two in the Empire Corp Series. Colonel Edward Stalker and his marines are left to fend for themselves as the Empire withdraws from the rim. After managing to obtain order on Avalon in the first episode, the people of Avalon and the Marines hope for the future is in peril when a mysterious pirate organization attempts to take over Avalon.
The book is divided into two plots, one between the Marines and the pirates and the other plot about the kidnapped people by the pirates. The story does focus on one kidnapped victim and her attempts to survive and escape from the pirates.
The writing is good; the characters are well done as is the action. There is lots of action, suspense and the story moves at a fast pace. The book has a good ending that leaves enough questions to provide for the next episode. Nuttall has an easy to read writing style. The book kept my attention and was enjoyable to read. Jeffrey Kafer narrated the story.
"Here's hoping the third book is better."
This was a struggle to finish. I understood the need for Mandy 's story but it was painfully slow and boring. I wanted more of the Marines story and didn't get it which is odd for this book and it title. Also, the author seems to be fixated on rape. Taking about it, describing it, alluding to it.... It gets hard to listen to.
I enjoy books from the author, this is good one. initially I intensely disliked the narrators performance. Didn't like voice and it seemed like he was just reading book, no emotion no attempt to bring book to life. toward end of book he got better, but still dislike him.
I bought book 2 and 3 on Kindle and will skip this series on audiobook.
"Good but feel slightly like filler or in-between book"
I thought this is a good book definitely had a strong plot line, beginning/middle/end. But it seemed extremely simple, very linear. Telling the story from all points of view made the story extremely guessable. And once you set the plotline in motion you were simply waiting for the inevitable ending to occur.
Felt sort of like a filler, like there's an epic story that comes after this but you got to get through this section fight for independence first.
"You will get lost in this story. Outstanding."
When you find that you loose hours and the time flys by as you can't wait for the next set of words to be read to you. I'm really starting to enjoy the works of Christopher G. Nuttall!!!
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