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The Empire's Corps Audiobook

The Empire's Corps

The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting...
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Publisher's Summary

You should never speak truth to power…

The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting....

Well, apart from the bandits infesting the countryside, an insurgency that threatens to topple the Empire's loose control over Avalon, and a corrupt civil government more interested in what it can extort from the population than fighting a war. The Marines rapidly find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of political and economic chaos, fighting to preserve Avalon before the competing factions tear the world apart. They're Marines; if anyone can do it, they can.

The battle to save the Empire starts here.

©2012 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2014 Podium Publishing

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    Jerry 10-07-14
    Jerry 10-07-14
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    "Great Listen!"

    You know it's a good read when you park the car but keep listening until you realize you gotta get going. Good dialog, good story, look forward to the next.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle MacDowell Bozeman, Montana United States 02-07-15
    Michelle MacDowell Bozeman, Montana United States 02-07-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A great military themed sci-fi"

    Some of the best narration I've heard. The storyline follows a marine company and it's commander to a World other than earth where they combat multiple insurgent groups and deal with political challenges they weren't designed to take on.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-22-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Captivating"

    This is book one in a new series. Nuttall is a fairly new author; I read his first books, the Ark Royal trilogy. I see he has now started a series. I enjoyed his trilogy so decided to give the series a try. The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. Our protagonist Captain Edward Stalker spoke the truth to those in power. As a result he and his men are exiled to Avalon, a world right on the rim of the Empire. Avalon is about to collapse from a corrupt government and insurgents, bandits roam freely in the county side. Stalker and his Marines are soon caught up in a whirlwind of events.

    The Empire starts off with a good description of the enormity of the Empire including intricacies of the political scene which seems enormous. Nuttall creates not only an interesting world but an entire universe full of planet inhabited by humans. With hundreds of planetary cultures I can only imagine where the series will go. The book is fast paced, lots of action, suspense and military dialog. There is more character building because it is the first book of a new series. The book is about Marines so there is less Naval space action in this story.

    I understand that Nuttall was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland but he is currently living in Borneo with his wife Aisha. This is the first time I have encountered a book narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. He did a good job narrating the book. I will look forward to listening to him narrate other books. If you enjoy military Sci-Fi you will enjoy this book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    York johnson 01-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "If you like star force or ark royal, you'll dig it"

    Yay it's freakin awesome, could not put it down. I Almost got my phone taken away for listening to this in class

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Minneapolis, MN 12-25-14
    Amazon Customer Minneapolis, MN 12-25-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Nuttall gets better and better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found the Empire's Corps very engaging. Nuttall's first series, Ark Royal, was above average but showed Nuttall's status as a freshman author. It was good, but a bit strained at times. I bought all 3 books with no regrets, but with no illusions that the books would be perfect. The Emprie's Corps exceeded my expectations, and showed the maturation of a true professional author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are engaging and believable, and the story is quite good. No sophomore slump here.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the protagonist, the Captain.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Alone. Forgotten. Heroes when nobody was looking.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 12-01-14
    Frank 12-01-14 Member Since 2011

    IT Project Manager in CA. I would say I am a Audio Book Addict...

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    "I love the Series and Highly recomend it."

    If you like military SiFy and other series like the Mike Shepard's -- Kris Longknife and Jack Campell's -- Lost Fleet series's you will like this one. So far the Author has written nine books in the series and Audible has only three of them...

    I will quickly pick up all that are added in the future...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin LONDON MILLS, IL, United States 06-01-15
    Kevin LONDON MILLS, IL, United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Solid Military Sci-Fi"

    A solid over-all story. Not exceptional but definitely enjoyable. The characters , although not terribly well developed, are like-able. The plot is believable, although fairly simple, and the it's easy to connect with the story, as this book lacks a lot of the crazy technology that sometimes has a tendency to makes Sci-fi a but hard to relate to .

    It's a little heavy-handed in it's political messages, and had all that space gone into building up the characters this could have easily been 5 stars.

    However, it was a very enjoyable listen, well worth the credit and I will be continuing the series.

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    ira marysville, WA, United States 09-28-14
    ira marysville, WA, United States 09-28-14
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    "Fall of the Terran Empire"

    What a great listen. I enjoyed this story so much I had to listen without stopping. Reminds me of Heinlein,Piper and Chris Bunch mixed together with a dash of David Sherman &Dan Cragg . Military sci-fi at it's best. Already preordered the next two books. If you enjoy this genre then treat yourself to a great listen.

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    BOYCE 09-08-15
    BOYCE 09-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Captivating story"

    Great storyline and captivating it keeps you interested. My only complaint it has too much graphic sexual content.

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    Tracey M. Bare Colorado 03-19-15
    Tracey M. Bare Colorado 03-19-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Read!!!"

    I really like this book. Didn't want to stop to sleep. Bought the extra credits to continue the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Michael
    9/27/15
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    "Cannon good future-SF"
    What made the experience of listening to The Empire's Corps the most enjoyable?

    good story -


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    good charaters


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    good story good story


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    good good story good story


    Any additional comments?

    good story good story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gary Sereno
    5/28/15
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    "Predictable but still enjoyable book. Well read."

    I'll admit it, I liked the Ark Royal series. I liked the way it was read, I liked the way it took the view the US weren't the only major powers in space, and I liked the way it ran.

    Now we have a new series by Christopher G Nuttell. At first it seems to be in the same universe, just further along in time, but soon you realise that is not the case. He's essentially borrowed the universe from the other series but with a few changes.

    The plot is basic, it's obvious, but it works well. It is paced well and while you can guess what's going to happen, that does not reflect badly on it. The characters work, not totally believable, but not over the top either, it's more pulp sci fi.

    The only thing to be aware of is that Nuttell does not understand army ranks, as he continues his mistake from the Ark Royal series by having a corporal as senior to a sergeant. AT first this can confuse the listener, but you get used to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gery Lynch
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    3/7/15
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    "Great Sci-fi"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Empire's Corps to be better than the print version?

    Narration was excellent. Gave a different dimension to the story


    Would you recommend The Empire's Corps to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, its not literature but an intriguing story set in a future that appears all too true. Very gung ho.


    Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It encouraged me to return to sci-fi as a great storytelling genre.


    Any additional comments?

    This is great book in the genre of rip roaring adventure with bad guys, good guys and some misunderstood guys. The good guys are tough but fair. The bad guys are despicable and deserve their fate. The misunderstoods will see the light in the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    12/20/15
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    "Very good but..."

    Very good performance by the narrator. The story is basically 5 star but slips up slightly in some places at least in my opinion so it's more like a 4.9 stars. Good audiobook looking forward to listening to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GM
    5/2/15
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    "Good story,"

    Good yarn, but took a while to get used to narrator. I liked the universe the author created, and the cast of characters. it will be interesting to see if he manages to fill It out in the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    United Kingdom
    3/2/15
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    "Good premise but patronising"

    Good concept but author lost direction half way through and did not give his reader any credit for thinking at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Cooper
    Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire United Kingdom
    1/26/15
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    "A good read"

    This follows what is becoming a standard story in sci-fi. A band of good people are sent out to the end of the Galaxy after a mistake and build their own world.
    This was a good read and I am looking forwards to getting the next in the set but there will not be any surprises for anyone in it.
    As for what some of the other reviews called excessive swearing - there is a very little amount - a couple of words - far less than I would have expected for a story about marines. There is a little talk of rape and the like in the book and brief talk about sex some wouldn't recommend listening upon front of children.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rover
    12/30/14
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    "Good idea ruined by bad language"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yep, all the bad language; I don't enjoy it and with a young child in the house it's a real problem for audio! At least it is for me...


    What was most disappointing about Christopher G. Nuttall’s story?

    The swearing... got in the way of the main story.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I was enjoying it until the bar scene which degraded fast and was surely a sign of things to come.


    Did The Empire's Corps inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, cancel my membership(!).


    Any additional comments?

    It'd be great if audio on Audible could have some warning about bad language in them; I don't want my children exposed to this in the comfort of our home (and to be honest it grates with me, hence my reaction). DVD's and films have a rating system, why for audio as well?

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • H. J. Cazaly
    gran canaria, spain
    9/4/14
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    "The most boring book I have ever ploughed through,"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one, it really is boring


    What will your next listen be?

    I was going to buy book 2 and 3 in this trilogy but I can't face them. Next book, not decided yet


    What three words best describe Jeffrey Kafer’s voice?

    It is ok


    What character would you cut from The Empire's Corps?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of money

    3 of 22 people found this review helpful

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