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
Peculiar, Entertaining, Promising
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Noise for your ears while you do heavy physical labor.
Very disappointed in this purchase. The sample clip was not a good representation of the narration or story.
No. The narration definitely detracted from the otherwise excellent story.
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.
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!
Voracious listener of Science-Fiction and Epic Fantasy...
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
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.
That the book was thought out. Lots of research.
Someone meaner and nastier.
It needed a tough voice.
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.
I am living proof that the universe has a sense of humor.
I am easy going when it comes to narration but Jeff Bower did not do a good job at all. His voices for males sound like females. Some characters sound like little girls and others just sound like they have a cold. To make things worse, there are sound effects, like echoes, for various voices. Why are there loooong silent pauses between chapters? Audiobooks should NOT have sound effects!
The story is average so far. It starts a little slow but picks up about half way through and spins a web for future plot lines. Overall it's an average story but with good potential.
The book needed a lot more descriptions and dialog.
Not from the genre, but from the writer.
He spoke stunted, and the story didn't seem to flow. His tone was completely wrong for certain situations in the story. It was like listening to a guy in his basement tell a story without any guidlines
A major disappointment. The story was lacking almost everything needed to make a story flow and enjoyable.
First of all, imagine someone sitting down and telling you about their life, and leaving out all the details which make the story interesting. There were other characters, but you never hear any dialog from them, and you never learn much about them other than they are there in the story, but that is about all. The whole book was stunted, because the lines didn't flow with one another. I would hate to see the actual pages of this book because it would only be made up of sentaces seperated into individual paragraphs. Honestly I thought I was listening to a story written by a junior high student giving an outline to a story he wished to write. Sure it was first person, but there should be some dialog between characters, not just this "this happened, and then that happened." I was thinking of that lady in in that adam sandler movie who kept saying "and then, and then,"......"NO AND THEN," I am surprised someone actually published this story as is, because it was lacking in every catigory needed to make a story. A big thumbs down and waste of a credit.
So far I am about 10 and a half hours into the story and I gotta say I really like the story, the world he built is great and the story sucks you in.
However the narrator is... To be honest he isn't the best. I see in some reviews people like the machine voices for the radios, and others don't. Personally I like when you add little touches like that.
My problem is that the narrator has this habit of making words sound like questions and he tends to be slow (speed up to 1.5 on the app helps a lot).
I guess all I am really trying to get across is that the story is great, but the narrator can be a bit hard to listen to.
Alright, lets get to it. I listen to about 1-2 sci-fi/fantasy books a week from audible.com for a year. I have not once not been able to listen to a full book the whole way through. Unfortunately, I could not even listen to this one through chapter 1.
Oh let me count the ways...
1. The reader is horrid. Not to say he does not try, but he has no talent whatsoever. I would say it is hard to explain, but alas... it is not. He sounds like he is reading a list of grocery items. This only makes me wonder if the book could be good and just the reader sucks.
Then we get to 2.
2. I thought to myself, okay, maybe just the narration is horrid, WRONG! RED LIGHT! I can honestly remember the only interesting thing mentioned in the first 20-30 minutes of the book, the time where the protagonist mentions that he did not know why people would fight on a small no-where planet/rock but he would find out some years later. That was it, the only thing of notice or interest. Everything else was just a play by play of sucky.
Give em' a second chance? right? WRONG!
3. Okay, I'm a guy who is all about second chances so lets skip some chapters and see if the book starts to get good. So I skip to the scene where he is in jail and about to get an offer to be a marine instead. I still cant decide if this scene was more boring then the first chapter. I believe at this point I believe I would be wasting valuable time to listen to another word of boring. And believe me, I've listened and read some boring books before like the January Dancer by Michael Flynn. That book at least had honest to god cliff hangers\ and interesting situations.
In a nutshell... Boring and no talent narration (sorry, but I paid for this and I want talent), no interesting situations or character development, when character development begins more of the boring. When you talk about a bucket in the corner that holds your own excrement, put some emotion into it man!
"The bucket made me puke every time I looked at it! I shit in the bucket everyday and eventually got use to the smell!"
Those two lines would of added an extra star to your book, but no, it was so bland it made me write this review....
I've never written a review before good or bad, but since I paid for this and it was so bad, I decided it was time.
A totally different narrator and charge 2$ for writers who write crap like this so I dont feel cheated enough to write a review.
What character... You mean that guy who was in jail and shit in a bucket? He's boring.
Please see above, that should cover it since I couldn't listen to anymore. I will be writing a customer service letter to try and get my money back.
"Just Wasted A 'Credit'"
I can't see any enjoyment in this book. Totally lacking a plot and absolutely no listener engagement.
No. But I would not purchase any other books by this author or narrator.
The guy who reads the Lost Fleet series but this would not make up for the lack of a plot or storyline.
Total and utter disappointment.
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.
"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.
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