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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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.
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.
I really like the story line but it lacks polish and the voice performance is way to monotone. Also, what's up with the unannounced preview of the next book?
To short for the price.
Monotone, lacked voice inflection and the secondary character voices sounded over done- just bad.
Write this review.
I'm not giving up, I hope the writer and performer improve.
Narration was poor and the story undeveloped. Not worth a credit.
No, I think I'm done
I did end up liking the book but I think the book needs a rewrite. It has a lot of the information about the world we're in presented more then halfway through the book. It should come closer to the beginning and needs to be spruced up a bit. It reads like a boring history book. The first half to 2/3 of the book was also very choppy, most of the book didn't have any kind of flow. One sentence ended... then another began. Second half was much better though to be completely fair to the author having a more experienced or just better narrator would've have done wonders. In audio form it is hard to tell if it was bad writing or just bad narration.
It was a bit predictable but a good setup for the next book. Though I could have done with out the numerical names of the characters in the last act, but I get it.
He was not the best. His character voices were mostly annoying and his own was very barely better. It reminded me of students reading aloud during class in high school. Each sentence had the same rhythm. It made it difficult to get drawn into the story. He also had some HORRIBLE mispronunciations. Repatriations being pronounced as Rep-A-Tree-A-Shuns was the first big one. There wasn't a lot of them but they were big ones that forced you to use context to know what was going on.However he got better. The last 1/3 of the book was much better. I could be wrong but he seemed inexperienced and I would expect him to be better in the next book. First part of the book I was hoping that the next book had a different narrator but by the end I wasn't worried. Keep your chin up Jeff Bower.
Absolutely! Actually there have been many movies and shows that could be from the same or similar universe. Kind of Starship Troopers meets Firefly.
Despite all the negative comments I've listed I enjoyed the book, and I will be listening to the next one. Also having just finished B.V. Larsons "The Dead Sun" from the Starforce series I may have been overly critical. Mark Boyet is an amazing narrator and I loved the Starforce series so much I may be hating on Jay Allen, and Jeff Bower more then they deserve for not being as good in my mind.
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