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The Empire's Corps

By: Christopher G. Nuttall
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
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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

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Not Ark Royal

Got this one because I've enjoyed the Ark Royal series. This disappointed greatly. Must be an earlier series by this author. The story was okay but the author got military ranks all confused. Majors outranked colonels. The name of the civil guard base changed in the middle of the book. There were editing mistakes. This book needed an editor. Also, the spanking scene was weird and the girl's reaction to it was completely nonsensical. This one needs to go back to the drawing board. I might give the next one in this series a try just to see if it improves.

As for the reader, this gentleman needs to find a new line of work. He mispronounced words. He read the wrong word sometimes, rendering the sentence nonsensical. I had to guess at which word the author meant. His voice inflection was weird. He emphasized the wrong words at the wrong times. He had an odd type of vocal fry where he ended sentences in an extremely choppy manner. It was very annoying. Like this thing was being read by a third grader. For instance, the way he read the phrase "yes, sir" was just weird. Please don't use this reader again.

If you want something good by this author, go read the Ark Royal series. He must've learned something between this crapfest and those books.

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Captivating

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.

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Great Listen!

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.

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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

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Nuttall gets better and better

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are engaging and believable, and the story is quite good. No sophomore slump here.

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

I enjoyed the protagonist, the Captain.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Alone. Forgotten. Heroes when nobody was looking.

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came in expecting propaganda but not this much

I really wanted to like this book I'm a former Marine and combat veteran and I do enjoy a little bit of blind patriotism in literature. however this book is so incredibly right wing that it makes it entirely ridiculous. to summarize the plot: civilization is falling because the welfare state has made it so people have too many children and now Society is crumbling. after the author repeated this point four or five times in the first hour I just couldn't listen anymore save it for Bill O'Reilly.

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Like fast food for your brain

What disappointed you about The Empire's Corps?

I remember once reading a review of the tv show Star Trek Enterprise and a viewer said it was a "Meat and 'tators sci-fi 'bout tough 'Merican's in space". I thought that was an apt description of the show and also fits this book. If you are looking for sci-fi with interesting technology, it isn't here. Other than some traditional mech suits and Predator like camouflage, there really isn't a description of anything else, and even these stereotypical devices were not well used. If you were looking for sci-fi that uses the future as a way to comment on current events in a deep and meaningful way, that isn't here either. This was a very simplistic, overly dramatic, idealized vision of war, and soldiers. I got this book originally hoping for something in the vein of The Forever War, and was disappointed. I think anyone who has ever known soldiers, read war stories, or has simply watched the news is going to find the characters a little unrealistic. Every marine is perfect, everyone else in the universe is corrupt, a rapist, or simply a coward not worth the air they use up breathing. If all Marines were like this there would never be any war crimes, there would be no PTSD, and the good guys would never die. I have to admit I only made it half way through before giving up but I guess if you are someone who likes to drink the Koolaid, you will be into this. The author also had a strange obsession with the welfare state and I couldn't tell if this was a weird Teaparty message, or if even he wasn't sure what point he was trying to make. I also have to say I was a little disturbed by his portrayals of women. As some of the other reviewers point out, there are a LOT of rape scenes but all of them seem to fall into two categories, the somewhat sexless, chaste, marine, or the skank that kinda had it coming. I remember one exchange which starts with a father worrying about keeping his innocent teenage daughter away from the marines, proceeds to one of the female marines internal dialogue where she guesses the daughter is a slut who has nailed every guy she has ever met and will seduce and pervert the male marines. To switching back to the perspective of the father, who also suddenly changes his mind and thinks his daughter is a slut. WTF?

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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...

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can't wait for next books

What made the experience of listening to The Empire's Corps the most enjoyable?

the depth behind the fictional world

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Empire's Corps?

realizing how much the politics of the "future"mirror those in my profession

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

intonation

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when the Marine tried to discipline the propfessor's daughter

Any additional comments?

Publisher was very helpful in responding to my inquiry about next books being published.

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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.

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  • Gary Sereno
  • 05-28-15

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.

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  • Claire
  • 03-02-15

Good premise but patronising

Good concept but author lost direction half way through and did not give his reader any credit for thinking at all.

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  • Caz in Maspalomas
  • 09-04-14

The most boring book I have ever ploughed through,

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one, it really is boring

What will your next listen be?

I was going to buy book 2 and 3 in this trilogy but I can't face them. Next book, not decided yet

What three words best describe Jeffrey Kafer’s voice?

It is ok

What character would you cut from The Empire's Corps?

All of them

Any additional comments?

Waste of money

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  • pkej
  • 03-14-19

Perfect perfectionism

The Marines are perfect. Everybody else aren't. The author certainly isn't, as at one point sergeants aren't easy to shuffle between units, and later they are easy. The same for the enlisted. You'll find it in an early chapter.

After enjoying an uneventful trip to Avalon the Marine's captain and a lover ranked officer starts dissing the transport they arrived on. Quite jarring. At this point I returned the book.

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  • Smurf
  • 10-03-16

Not for me, thanks

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

A techno addict might like this book

Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher G. Nuttall again?

Doubtful

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Rather boring to be honest. he didn't have a lot to draw from.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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.

Any additional comments?

Sorry, won't be buying any more from this author.

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  • jade
  • 09-16-16

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

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  • Colin C.
  • 05-12-16

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

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  • Joseph
  • 12-20-15

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.

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  • Michael
  • 09-27-15

Cannon good future-SF

What made the experience of listening to The Empire's Corps the most enjoyable?

good story -

Who was your favorite character and why?

good charaters

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

good story good story

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

good good story good story

Any additional comments?

good story good story

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  • Gerry Lynch
  • 03-07-15

Great Sci-fi

Would you consider the audio edition of The Empire's Corps to be better than the print version?

Narration was excellent. Gave a different dimension to the story

Would you recommend The Empire's Corps to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, its not literature but an intriguing story set in a future that appears all too true. Very gung ho.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It encouraged me to return to sci-fi as a great storytelling genre.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • jordan
  • 02-08-17

Great read, great world to explore

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.

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  • jared
  • 05-07-15

Kept me listening non stop

Loved the story line and the detail around the world. I recommend this book to anyone. Well worth a listen.

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