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 sp..Show More »ace, 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.
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..Show More » 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...
Was a little apprehensive when I started as the storyline had moved back from the rim to the home world. I need not have worried though as when the c..Show More »haracters formed this book was every bit as good as the previous two and has pointed to a more in-depth series which contains many facets that will eventually all tie in.
I am very much looking forward to the continuing series.
To be honest I wasn't quite sure on this book at first. I was missing the Marines and wasn't keen on the direction the was taken the main charact..Show More »er But once we got going I got into it and really enjoyed it. To summarise, slow starting takes a bit to go going but the finish is strong.
Another good offering, if a little on the sad side when one of the characters gets blown up.
I think the over-use of the word “scowl” has r..Show More »eally become quite irritating for the listener as the word seems to be used more and more as the book progresses. Not cool, hence only 3 stars. Less scowling, more stars.
As always Christopher Nuttall does a good job, but this book isn't up to his usual standard and I wouldn't even dignify it with the word book really. ..Show More »It has a beginning and part of the middle, but the rest is missing. it has been written as if it was part of a far larger manuscript, but like it's been chopped into two or even three separate books. The content of the book even seems to be lacking as usual flair. In short if you wasn't for the fact I'm a big fan and had a few credits to burn I probably would've missed this book out.
This was a hard to put down book which I listened to over two days. Brilliant!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far, even if I do th..Show More »ink some of the officers can be a little naive at times. However, this hasn't detracted from the overall storyline and I look forward to They Shall Not Pass; although I don't know what I will do when I I finish that one - life after Empire Corps I suppose!
Very munday no story, absolutely nothing to do with Avalon story or the empire, just some Cln stalker back story, with out any story, completer tripe...Show More » I love the Serious and loved majority of the books and the Saga of about Avalon but this is utter crap. Had to force my self to listen to the end hoping it would turn around and be good... but no :-(
Like all the other books in this series it was fun and enjoyable. With little references to other sci-fi authors. For example the character Jelal appe..Show More »ars to be named after a character from starship troopers.
Although I found the book enjoyable the writing style has something to be desired and a lot of the main characters are somewhat two dimensional. The author reuses phrases a lot and often repeats things. The repatriation is ok at the start of the book as it allows the book to be read by someone without them having read the previous book as it give a hasty introduction to the characters but it can become annoying further into the story.
So if you are looking for a deep work of fiction then this is not the book for you. But if you are after a fun sci-fi military romp then I would definitely recommend it.