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.
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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.
Maybe if his writing improves
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 !!!!
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.
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Weak plot line, too predictable. Nothing new or interesting about the writer's version of the future. I'm sorry I couldn't get into it.
These books are inconsistent. The overall story line of the series is wonderful and has kept me coming back through a couple prequels and this volume.
However, there are serious problems in the writing. Although I loved Darius Jax in Tombstone (#.25), I didn't even recognize the name here in this book, and how he and Erik Cain became friends is never mentioned or developed. That is the first writing flaw--even the main characters are thin and forgettable. Other people are mentioned, many die, and who cares since we never knew them anyway.
Another flaw in the writing is that there are all these tremendous battles full of courage and danger, and yet you cannot hear, see, or feel any of it. Stuff gets done but you don't care. You can yawn through it all.
This particular book is confusing in that the publisher's description says it includes a peek into number 2, but you have to guess when the current story ended. There are 20 chapters, the first and last are Audible intro and Thanks for Listening, so 18. You will think that the story ends after chapter 11 when it says "I would return to Earth, but she would never set foot on Earth again." But there's another sleepy chapter that ends on the cliff-hanger, "We are coming for you now." Then the next chapter is About Super Powers, so you don't know if the story is over or not. You figure it has but there are still 6 more chapters listed! After the dry as dust Notes on Military Formations which includes a materials and capabilities list of the armored suits (seriously?), and The Western Alliance, we come to a chapter featuring Admiral Augustus Garrett whom we met and totally forgot in Bitter Glory (# .5). Then, with no clue that the book is now over and you are getting the sneak peek into #2, we get to listen to chapters 1, 2, and 3. You have to figure that out on your own. It's a sad commentary that these last 3 chapters were actually the most interesting part of the book (because they aren't part of this book.)
Then there's the narration. The Audible reviewers here disagree on this one-- some really like Jeff Bowers, others don't. I don't. His voice is a great one when you have insomnia, which he probably couldn't pronounce. I am being harsh here, but narrators must be professional these days. Mr. Bowers can't seem to pronounce words over 3 syllables, and then he even adds syllables. Specifics: He pronounced "repatriation" as "REPpa- try-ation", "circuitous" as "SIR-kit-us", "intravenous" as "intra-veen-ee-us", and "mineralogical" as the astounding "minnie-airy-o-logical". Inexcusable.
Mr. Bowers' reading voice and his voicing for Erik Cain are horrendous, he's even boring himself. His falsetto voices for the very few females in the story would better suit Smurfs or 3-year-olds. However, I did like his character voices for all the other people in the story, but there is so little interaction, you don't get enough of a break from his regular voice. I even checked twice to see if there wasn't a second reader providing those different characterizations.
So, all in all, if you can stand the narration, and the many undifferentiated battles, and long descriptive readings, you should enjoy the story for the universe it is setting up. The premises are good, there're just too many disappointments in the delivery.
I forced myself to get through about half the book. It was hard to do. Do you remember reading a book to a child or having someone read to you when you where small? I think you have the picture. It drove me nuts. I can't give any stars for the book because I found that none of the story really stuck with me. The star is for the narrative. I would have given zero.
Nv Native American, 1 room school house, hi school of 30, Raised 4-2& 2 ala Brady Bnch, lv audio books, home bound widow. M happy. Thnx AB.
This was a pronounced "middle of the road" listen. Several times about the sixth and seventh chapter, my finger wavered above the stop icon as I debated whether Crimson Worlds was a military sci fi or a first person rendition of "Military History 2060 thru 2347". Jeff Bower as a narrator would have done better producing "White Noise" to sleep by. But then the pace picked up and there was a plot slowly evolving instead of endless happy face promotions and lackluster battles. By the last chapter I was happy that Jay Allan was not lost to us! Tho this will not be a rival to his best, it won't be lining the garbage can either. I've already ear marked a credit for the next full length book in the series.
Was rough to get through (I did finish it, I enjoy military S/F and the authors love of the subject was clear), but it was awkward in parts and had long stretches of background information which didn't add anything to the story. Was happy when it ended.
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