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Marines: Crimson Worlds Audiobook

Marines: Crimson Worlds

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.
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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?

Now Included: A sneak peak at Crimson Worlds II: The Cost of Victory. Read the first three chapters, immediately following the end of Marines in this Kindle edition.

Crimson Worlds II: The Cost of Victory - Available Now!

Crimson Worlds III: A Little Rebellion - December 2012

©2012 Jay Allan Books (P)2012 Jay Allan Books

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    Sally Filler 11-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Overall not worth the time"

    I recently listened to Into The Darkness and enjoyed it so I thought I would listen to Crimson Worlds Series to get the backstory. Saddened me that this book was so poor. Storyline has a decent premise but was poorly executed and the narration is HORRIBLE. Mr. Bower just doesn't have the range to do a multi-character book like this one. The production was also poor. All in all I was very disappointed

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Everett Jenkins 06-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Got halfway through had to stop."
    What would have made Marines: Crimson Worlds better?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Bower?

    Mark Boyett would have been good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish the book so I cant comment on the story. I just couldn't get past the narrator style/sound.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James T WV USA 02-11-14
    James T WV USA 02-11-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Dont waist a credit !"
    Would you try another book from Jay Allan and/or Jeff Bower?

    Definitely not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jay Allan again?

    Maybe if his writing improves


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Bower’s performances?

    Hell no .. maybe if i wanted some one to drone on and on with the same dull uninterested tone and cheap special effects till i fell asleep at night this would be a good one !!!!


    What character would you cut from Marines: Crimson Worlds?

    The author


    Any additional comments?

    I had High hopes for this book .. I was sadly disappointed. I dont usually write reviews but i hope to save some other member from wasting credit on this.
    This book lacks action and likable characters. It is not even really a book, it is like the authors plot summary every thing that happens is vague and off stage. it reminds me of reading someones diary that doesn't like writing down the details.

    That said
    I love books by Johnny Ringo, B. V. Larson, Vernor Vinge, John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Joe Haldeman, Mike Shepherd, Larry Niven , Kristine Kathryn Rusch and C. J. Cherryh
    I hope this review will help you chose another book to down load !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Murphy 01-15-16
    M. Murphy 01-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Story is very good! Narrator is very flat."
    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Bower’s performances?

    No. Mr. Bower's performance reminded me of a college lecture hall performance. His narrator's voice sounds forced and very artificial. His character voices are falsetto and sound like they should be part of anime.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well written and builds the Crimson World story line very nicely. It has made me desire to listen to the next in the series.

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    Amazon Customer porterville,CA 01-09-16
    Amazon Customer porterville,CA 01-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    Love this story. This is my 5th or 6th time listening to this audio book. The narrator Jeff Bower is Great. I really enjoy listening to the way Mr Bowers tells this story.
    I recommend this audio book.

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    Andrew D. Fleisher 05-24-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Some unfair reviews out there..."
    What made the experience of listening to Marines: Crimson Worlds the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Marines: Crimson Worlds to and why?

    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.


    What three words best describe Jeff Bower’s voice?

    Steady, calm, a bit nasal in some characters.


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

    Sometimes it takes a few bad men to save a universe from itself.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Simon 03-28-15
    R. Simon 03-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Look Elsewhere"
    What would have made Marines: Crimson Worlds better?

    Story,narration and pace


    Has Marines: Crimson Worlds turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes I have no intention in downloading any of the others


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Bower?

    Christian Rummel


    What character would you cut from Marines: Crimson Worlds?

    None of them, it's not their fault the writer telling their story sucks


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    smith78884 01-19-15
    smith78884 01-19-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Narration is tiring"

    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.

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    Kindle Customer 08-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "pass on this one"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What could Jay Allan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    learn to write dialog and not summaries. harsh, but true.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Bower’s performances?

    No. absolutely not.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Nelson San Antonio, TX 05-23-14
    Eric Nelson San Antonio, TX 05-23-14

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    "Good Book, bad narrator"
    Where does Marines: Crimson Worlds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a middle ground book for me. It could have been so much better with a good narrator/


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Bower?

    Anyone, he is has no inflection, he is manna tone. He brought this book down


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    "Bleurghhhh"

    Cruddy cardboard souless senseless dull ... boooooredom! I can honestly say that my review counts for only half the sto....r.. - no I just can't say it. How someone becomes a marine. A boring one. There's no character to latch on to - even in the characters. No politics, relationships. The events aren't even events, they are like the scenary that passes by the window when your head is pressed against the window of a train. Except if I was listening to this while I was doing that, I would do what I did and just stop listening. I took in a whole download. I could do no more.

    The performance was dire too. Imagine a californian high school drop out reading a childs novel for an 8 year old with the odd swear word just to prove its not even for kids. Sometimes when you ask a question your voice goes up at the end of the sentance. Now imagine someone who talks like that - not just in every.normal.sentance! but also pitches up the question tone as much as after every 4 or 5 words. like, you know what I mean? Like, seriosly? like, yer - all the time? even though? this isn't even a? fricken question!?!?! Waaaaaahhhh... I'm only writing this review in hope that maybe, just maybe, I can save YOU.

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  • andrew
    merthyr tydfil, United Kingdom
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    "Great start, very poor second half"

    This is very much a book of two halves. It starts of very promising, lots of action as the main character engages in battles in an 'iron man-esque' super suit. Also very interesting is the history and background story of the main character. However, at about the half way point the book takes a massive downturn as the hero seems to get promoted every twenty minutes and each promotion takes him further from the action. Basically for the latter half of the book our 'hero' spends his time behind a desk and from then on the book consists mainly of political discussions and limps along to a very anti climactic and unsatisfying ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • terry graham
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    "Just Wasted A 'Credit'"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't see any enjoyment in this book. Totally lacking a plot and absolutely no listener engagement.


    Has Marines: Crimson Worlds put you off other books in this genre?

    No. But I would not purchase any other books by this author or narrator.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Bower?

    The guy who reads the Lost Fleet series but this would not make up for the lack of a plot or storyline.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total and utter disappointment.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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