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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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    Jack Brown Texas 05-30-13
    Jack Brown Texas 05-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Refreshing"
    If you could sum up Marines: Crimson Worlds in three words, what would they be?

    Peculiar, Entertaining, Promising


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marines: Crimson Worlds?

    What I like about this book and in turn what has endeared me to this series is the cast, the universe, and the potential. Allan has created a fascinating universe for his characters a world that I would love to explore.


    Did Jeff Bower do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Bower is not my favorite narrator, his performance was so jarring that the first time I started to listen to this book I put it down in disgust within a few minutes thinking that I had purchased a poorly written, poorly pronounced piece. I came back to the series last week and ended up falling in love. That being said, you may find Bower a little different or annoying at first be sure to listen to the sample before you buy!


    Any additional comments?

    Viewed by itself this book is perhaps mediocre. Yet, I am truly a sucker for space opera and after reading this book and its sequel I have to say I absolutely love this series. Before you buy let me break down why I love this book and why this series is worth spending your time on, and then let me tell you what to watch out for!

    What I love:

    The fiction that this story occupies is deep, far deeper than we are immediately exposed to. I got the distinct impression that the author has a grand vision of what the universe looks like in his world (More on this later)

    I see amazing potential in this series that it has not yet reached and I am basing alot of my enjoyment on that. I hope that the author follows through on the hints he is leaving and does this series justice.

    If you like these books you might like this one too:

    Old Man's War
    Legacy of the Aldenata
    Troy Rising
    Prince Roger
    Armor
    Star Force

    One major difference: Marines: Crimson Worlds is Human vs Human



    Things I don't like:

    It isn't the best writing. I love it and I'm a sucker for it but this is scifi pulp its fun and enjoyable and I think that this series has the potential to transcend that classification but with only book one and two out this series is currently only delivering the title: Marines + Crimson Worlds (Blood).

    If you are looking for a deep read or an epic space opera I think you might be more satisfied with a different title however, if you are like me and you want some unique action with solid characters in promising new world give it a shot.

    My verdict:

    If you are new to scifi or space marines there might be better options to start off with. If you are a grizzled veteran like me, dig in I think you will love it. You need to love this genre to love this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Burkburnett, TX, United States 02-19-13
    Mark Burkburnett, TX, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fair story, annoying voice get used to it"
    What disappointed you about Marines: Crimson Worlds?

    The narrator's voice is jarring and the tone put me off almost immediately. His diction and the way he reads the book just don't do it for me.


    What was most disappointing about Jay Allan’s story?

    Didn't feel the story was very well fleshed out. There isn't any connection or real character building. The listener/reader will have to put effort into seeing the protagonists views and the main story guidelines. Marines is good for one listen and done.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His tone and involvement in the book were obvious, dull and jarring. The use of electronic voice changers to enhance the story was a cheap ploy to make his rendition better.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Noise for your ears while you do heavy physical labor.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed in this purchase. The sample clip was not a good representation of the narration or story.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Merrick Anchorage, AK, USA 03-16-13
    Steven Merrick Anchorage, AK, USA 03-16-13 Member Since 2006

    kaywak

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    "Great story, painful narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Marines: Crimson Worlds to be better than the print version?

    No. The narration definitely detracted from the otherwise excellent story.


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

    The book reminds a lot me of the Lost Fleet series with a little bit of Legion of the Damned thrown in. It is filled with exciting battles on both land and in space. While the story is just a bit formulaic, it held my interest well, and thankfully didn't get bogged down in human interest love story lines like so many others of the genre.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voices and the pronunciation were both extremely cringe-worthy. The narrator particularly bombed on the female characters, making them sound more like whiny caricatures almost too painful to be endured.Many words were consistently mispronounced; noteworthy was the score or more times he pronounced "habitable" as ha-BID'-able. Arrgh!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rooster RALEIGH,NC 27613 02-26-13
    Rooster RALEIGH,NC 27613 02-26-13 Member Since 2011

    Voracious listener of Science-Fiction and Epic Fantasy...

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    ""We'll leave the light on for you...""
    Any additional comments?

    The story itself is actually a good story. No, it's not original, offhand "Old man's War" by John Scalzi comes to mind, but still an entertaining listen. I actually enjoyed the story in and by itself. But...Two chief complaints, first the narrator. This story just does not fit his voice. He reminds me of the "Motel 8"'s commercial voice over actor saying "...and we'll leave the light on for you...". not a rough and tumble type of voice your expecting. Second, the second half of the book is really only about 3 hours long, the rest being the first 3 chapters of Book 2. I didn't appreciate the abrupt ending and was about 30 minutes into the organizational flow chart before I realized the book was over. I will read Book 2 eventually, but I will need to listen to a couple of other books with different narrators just to adjust my listening comfort agian. I do recommend the book, but with patience as a virtue.Rooster

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Burlington, ON, Canada 04-03-13
    Jason Burlington, ON, Canada 04-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story, poor performance"
    Would you try another book from Jay Allan and/or Jeff Bower?

    The Story was well written and you can tell Jay Allan spent a lot of time creating and researching his worlds.

    I found the story a little fast and not enough character development. Lots of action.

    The performance was ridiculous; the narrator did little to further the story or the series.



    What did you like best about this story?

    That the book was thought out. Lots of research.


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

    Someone meaner and nastier.

    It needed a tough voice.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ola Gothenburg, Sweden 02-15-13
    Ola Gothenburg, Sweden 02-15-13
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    "3,2,4"

    Sadly the narration was slightly off. hard to explain. A combination of oscilating volume of the narration possibly quality issue or it could have all been the narrator.
    Gave me abit of a headache.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Grande Prairie, AB, Canada 09-14-13
    Kevin Grande Prairie, AB, Canada 09-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "not good"
    What disappointed you about Marines: Crimson Worlds?

    narration was horrible, he presented arrogance and boredom that did not allow me to get absorbed into the book, bad characters, I could not care about.


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

    no


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

    never


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

    disappointment


    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.

    0 of 0 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 Member Since 2013

    Adventure Junky

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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Bleck
    sharpy
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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