Fifty years after Steve Stuart and his friends captured an alien starship, the Solar Union is a thriving interstellar power while Earth is increasingly backward and falling into barbarism. For two youngsters from Earth, the Solar Union offers the only chance they will ever have to make something of their lives.
But humanity's involvement in Galactic affairs has not gone unnoticed. The enigmatic masters of the universe have put together a fleet to crush the upstart humans before they can threaten the precarious balance of power. Pushed to the limits, the Solar Union must fight to defend its freedom - and the existence of the human race.
©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Podium Publishing
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is book two in “The Learning Experience Series”. This book opens fifty years after the end of book one. In book one Steve Stuart and friend captured an alien starship. They decided to keep it and create their own nation rather than turn it over to the government. They built on the moon and asteroids. The Stuart brothers are active in key roles in the Solar Union but Steve is no longer involved in the running of the Solar Union.
The book follows two new recruits to the Solar Union military from earth. Yolanda is a smart mixed-race girl that applies to the space navy and becomes a navigator/helmsman and Martin, a young black man from the ghetto, joins the Marines. We follow them from boot camp to seasoned officers. The Solar Union comes to the attention of the Tokomak Empire who decided that Earth needed to be destroyed not realizing the Solar Union is not located on earth. The Tokomak are the oldest and largest Empire but have failed to keep up with the advances and changes in the universe; they have relied on their enormous size to keep everyone under control.
The book is well written and fast paced. Nuttall provides some exciting battles on land and in space. The action and suspense will keep the reader on the edge of their seats. Christian Rummel does an excellent job narration the story. Rummel is an award winning audiobook narrator.
Second book is better than the first. We get much more personable characters that learn and grow as they go through the world. Also we finally get Space Battles with Space Marines that last for more than a paragraph. the Author has achieved Space Opera.
I also enjoyed the nods to various other authors in the genre. Maple syrup as a worthless commodity is funny (nod to Ringo), Engage! I am looking forward to the next book.
Probably not. This book and the entire series are speaking (I think) to a very specific audience. A lot of people are turned off by this books 'preach-y-ness' and dont get to see past that to the way its also pointing out flaws in a hyper libertarian vision of the future.
I could see this being made in a similar way to starship troopers... for the same reasons that movie was made.
I think for me the reason I enjoy these books is that its making fun of both progressives and libertarians. Its drawing out very fundamental ideas and their issues when being executed purely without reason on both sides. This in a reductio ad absurdum story, and it's fun read knowing that
The fact that most of the victories and revelations that the protagonists make is due to luck chance or incompetence of selves and others. further that problems are brought up then dismissed trivially. Skipping over basic logistical or logical progressions..... the book is a big "what if every thing went the way we thought it would go" day dream.
That's interesting to read more for what is obviously omitted rather than what is actually there at times.
Military and Science
And I believe that is still the case. This is a great series and I cannot wait for the next book!
This book is a good story about human emergence in the galaxy. The parallel story about the stupidity of earth politics is also a good parallel to actual political situation and the "age of entitlement" so pervasive in western culture.
Excellent narration too.
Waiting for the next chapter!!
I do not think anyone who pays more then cursory attention to this book while listening to it will enjoy it overly much.
There where so many small mistakes that made absolutely no sense. It was as if the author wanted to knock the listener/reader out of the moment on purpose on a rather regular basis. There where also some big whoopers that caused me to press pause so I could let my irritation peter out. I will not note any of the instances for to do so would be bad form but I must say I am severely tempted to populate this review with a nice spoiler list of all the bloopers.
So to the question... I would in the authors place have actually re-read and corrected as many "mistakes" (read: idiocies) in this book as humanly possible before letting it be published.
None come to mind to be absolutely honest.
Also why this question is in the form is beyond me as it would need a spoiler alert and some way to be blanked out.
The concept and the universe it is set in plus the narrator, more then that.. well I guess I'd have to torture myself by listening to it a few more times to come up with any more.
Mr. Nuttall really needs to shape up because this was hands down the worst book of his that I have ever read/listened to.
This book chronicles the military strategies of humanity after having been exposed to aliens. On the culture level, the book exposes what what would happen to humanity in the future if the left is allowed to continue progressing its socialist ideals.
was a great book. wish main character was still there though. but as for the story as a whole. was great the snippets about earth at the beginning of each chapter are hilarious
This author like many other space adventure writers is Libertarian, it's a vision of a Libertarian paradise in space. A view I find to be very poor in a hyper advanced society where spacetravel is a norm. We can build an thinking AI but we still use human labour for everything. Ridicules and narrow minded to me at least... But the books are interesting and we'll written, if anyone wants to pass a few hours at work or while driving I recommend the book
"Novel or political manifesto, not sure"
Enjoyed the storey but eventually couldn't stand the constant, repetitive political diatribe. Luckily they're full chapters so easy to skip.
"Better than book 1"
Story line and pace.
Rather than one character, it was the mix of similar yet separate characters.
The narrator is excellent although I struggled a bit with the occasional either ‘Americanisms or strange pronunciations'.
astra semper fi.
"another great nuttal audio"
the narrator was good if u liked the original book this is as good and begins to take in the broader scope of the solar union and what is instore for the future
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