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Marines: Crimson Worlds | [Jay Allan]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Andrew D. Fleisher 05-24-15 Member Since 2007
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    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.

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    JNB New York, NY United States 03-31-15
    JNB New York, NY United States 03-31-15 Listener Since 2004

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    "Didn't love the reading"

    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.

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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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    Ira Utopia, TX, United States 01-19-15
    Ira Utopia, TX, United States 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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    Thomas Dye Florida, USA 08-26-14
    Thomas Dye Florida, USA 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.


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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.

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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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    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 04-27-14
    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 04-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Sapce Marines, whats not to like?"

    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.

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    Sailfish 04-25-14
    Sailfish 04-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Bland and monotonous"

    An entirely uninteresting story. In fact, it was so uninteresting that the narrator wasn't able to generate much enthusiasm in reciting it himself.

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    Sheldon Augusta, ME, United States 04-21-14
    Sheldon Augusta, ME, United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Really not worth it"

    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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