Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes.
In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.
As Erik rises through the ranks he finally finds a home, first with the marines who fight at his side and later among the colonists - men and women who have dared to leave everything behind to build a new society on the frontier, one where the freedoms and rights lost long ago on Earth are preserved.
Amidst the blood and death and sacrifice, Erik begins to wonder. Is he fighting the right war? Who is the real enemy?
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Crimson Worlds III: A Little Rebellion - December 2012
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This series has sucked me in over the last couple of days. If you can get through three chapters without identifying with Erik Cain then you have lost your ability to lose yourself in a story.
If you are into "Hard Sci-Fi" (Military based sci-fi such as John Ringo's "Aldenata", or David Weber's "Honorverse") this will knock you out. Think "Starship Troopers" with more military detail and no aliens. Give it a try.
Steady, calm, a bit nasal in some characters.
Sometimes it takes a few bad men to save a universe from itself.
Part space opera part hard sci-fi, this book (and the entire Crimson World Series) shows us a new take on a dystopian future that is at times "Starship Troopers" and at others "12 Monkeys". It is at all times worth a read.
The reading was very flat. Sometimes hard to tell if I like the story or not. the reading was so monotone and when he did another character it was just not good.
Story,narration and pace
Yes I have no intention in downloading any of the others
None of them, it's not their fault the writer telling their story sucks
I am always looking for new authors and it really sucks when you come across one that has written a series of 10 books and the 1st one is so bad you would not gamble on the rest. I bought the prequels and they were not half bad and the narrator was different.
Overall I thought the story was fairly decent but the narration I found was "irritating". The narrator tried to add in some sound effects which was creative but he narration rhythm was monotonous. The book would have been so much better in my opinion with a different narrator. As for the story itself, it suffers from being more of a "story narration" rather than characters "experiencing" the story. I will try the 2nd book of the series, but if it is more of the same, I will probably drop the series.
This is written more as a summary than a novel. I don't doubt that there are a lot of young readers that will like it. but if you are a solid Military SCI-FI fan, I'd recommend you take a pass on this one. Little dialog, poor construction, and no reason to care about the lead character, who despite incredible odds rises so fast through the ranks as to be -even for a fictional novel, both irritating and unbelievable. I purchased this through audible and found the reader to be sing song in his speech. I never could get used to such bad delivery. He even mispronounced several common words.
learn to write dialog and not summaries. harsh, but true.
No. absolutely not.
The narrator needs work. I'm not going to say hes bad but its really hard to explain. Even when the narrator tries to put inflection in his voice everything comes across in a monotone sound. There are weird pauses to the point that it was driving me nuts and I couldn't get into the story.
Mark Boyett would have been good.
I didn't finish the book so I cant comment on the story. I just couldn't get past the narrator style/sound.
It is a middle ground book for me. It could have been so much better with a good narrator/
Anyone, he is has no inflection, he is manna tone. He brought this book down
If you like "Old Mans War" your going to like this - it follows the same type of story, Marines fighting bad guys, and not winning every time; Earth is a mess, your only real chance at a life is to get off the crumbling rock. There's the "Have's" and the "Have-nots", screw up and you go from being a "Have" to a "Have-Not", or even worse prison, and death. Maybe if you're lucky the Marines will come and recruit you.
An entirely uninteresting story. In fact, it was so uninteresting that the narrator wasn't able to generate much enthusiasm in reciting it himself.
Here's the basics. The story is OK, formulaic and nothing that really holds interest. The story itself is short, the length they show includes almost an hour at the end of descriptions of the factions, something that could have been put in the beginning or better portrayed through the story. It also includes another two plus hours of the first three chapters of the second book. At no point do you feel anything for any character, and the author struggles with foreshadowing, relying on the ever so subtle "later I would find out..." multiple times. The battle scenes are vague and don't draw you in at all. It sounds more like a monologue description of events hitting only on the key points.
The narrator: Honestly Jeff Bower should do ANYTHING but narrate these books. If you want to be put to sleep, these might be your answer. Monotonous doesn't even describe the voices he uses and the use of electronic synthesis for the first half of the book is arguably one of the most infuriating things to listen to ever. Females sound like some sort of deranged minnie mouse noise, while the males all sound like a bored knockoff of Mr. Rogers.
I think the only reason I finished this book was to make sure it didn't somehow improve, but it might have been sheer stubborn mindedness. If the narrator wasn't horrible and the story was a bit better written I might have though of giving the rest of the series a chance, as it is though I'm going to do my first ever return with Audible.
Instead of this try something by B.V. Larson, his books aren't perfect by any means but they are 3-4 times better than this and essentially cover the same genre without being overly irritating (and without Bower as narrator). Alternately try Lost Fleet for a bit more fleet action and a bit less ground troops.
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