Lieutenant Jacob Mercer likes fast motorcycles, faster women, and screamin' space fighters. As a reckless fighter jock in the Resistance fleet battling the Corsican Empire, he lives solely for the thrill of taking out as many Imperial bogeys as he can.
A rebel victory is looming on the horizon when the Imperials abruptly change tactics and, in a surprising show of devastating force, incinerate the city of Dallas with a thermonuclear blast - killing millions - and delivering a merciless example of what happens to upstart worlds in the Pax Humana.
But the Resistance will not be cowed so easily. In retaliation the rebel leadership devises a daring plan to strike at the Empire's heart in a final, desperate bid for freedom, a plan that will put Jake Mercer in the captain's chair of the most advanced warship in the galaxy. In a life full of crazy moves, this one might just be the craziest, but Jake jumps at the chance anyway for it means a possible end to the war.
To succeed, all Jake has to do is face down a psychopathic Imperial Admiral bent on utterly destroying the Resistance and even Earth itself. What could be so hard about that?
©2014 Nicholas Webb (P)2014 Nicholas Webb
Rebels vs an Empire in space. Fairly quickly I thought of Star Wars. And this book (series) may get some comparisons of that nature. It just can't be helped. But there are many many differences and once you pass the initial 'empire vs rebels' element they aren't that similar.
Within the first 20% of the book I had decided I was going to put the rest of the series into my wish list. Alas, the rest of the series is not currently available as audiobooks.
The book starts begins with a space battle, following fighter pilots fighting among the capital ships. I thought I might have something to fill the gap left by the completion of the Stackpole/Allston X-wing book series. However the book eventually moves away from the individual fighters and pilots and focuses back on the capital ships, as our hero moves from fighter pilot to bridge crew. What begins then is less "seat of your pants" dog fights and more of a chess match between two fleets of ships. I personally enjoyed the initial part more, but this is not to say the later parts with the capital ships are bad. They are certainly interesting and left me wanting more.
The narration by Tremblay is really good. Narration is simple, clear, well paced and carries the right inflection to convey what people are feeling. Characters are distinct, with a variety of voices and accents provided.
Webb and Tremblay: get onto making the rest of the series as audiobooks. i will pick them up.
I love military scifi and space operas both, and I felt that The Terran Gambit was an excellent mix of the genres. The story is engaging from the beginning, jumping right into the action and military conflict. The setting unfolds naturally instead of giant info dumps, but at the same time the core of the lack of back story made the overall conflict a little muddy to me.
I loved the characters and Greg Tremblay did an excellent job of giving all of them their own unique voice and wide range of accents.
I'm excited for the next book - hopefully in audiobook format!
**** 4 space saga ****
Audio edition, narrator Greg Tremblay.
8 hours 5 minutes
Meet Jake "Shotgun" Mercer, the main character. He is a reckless fighter pilot in the Resistance movement of Earth battling the Corsican Empire which expanse over 600 planets trying to force the Pax Humana way of life on everyone.
Basically, think the Allied forced versus the German Empire in World War 2, with a sprinkling of Battlestar Galactica thrown in, if you're familiar with that.
This is a classic classic good versus evil, except in space. There's lots of action (pew-pew-pew), things going right (yay!), things going wrong (very wrong), technical talk (*scratches head*), some sexual tension (please, give me more), friendship (*fist bumps*), treachery etc etc. It's like a TV show, with good secondary characters, engaging story and great dialogue.
The character cast is pretty big, there are a lot of people here, but I didn't feel overwhelmed much thanks to Tremblay's excellent voice cast. I mean, he has a different voice and accent for each of the characters, and he effortlessly flitted between them in dialogue. I'm very impressed!
The point of view shifts between several of the characters. The story also flips back and forth between Jake and the others with the Resistance, and the captain aboard the Imperial ship giving a view of the bad bad guy, the Admiral Tra,jan who is a brilliant (and madman) tactician who wants to see the Earth Resistance crushed once and for all and no matter the cost.
The story doesn't end on a cliffhanger per se, but it is a story continuing in book 2, Chain of Destiny, so don't expect any solution in this book.
I highly enjoyed this fast pasted story, brilliantly narrated by Greg Tremblay. He made the book come alive, and I'm very sure I enjoyed the book more because of it. I have the voices of Jake and Anya, Admiral Trajan and all the others is my head now.
On to the second book, Chains of Destiny!
The book didn't grab me right off. In fact I listen to 2 other books. It's ranks as a standby series for me. A book between others. But in going to start the second one see where it goes.
I love great military Sci fi space opera, and Webb is a master. Great story, great character development. He is one of my new favorites. just bought the rest of the trilogy.
This book is well written, well read and just a good retailing of a fairly common plot structure and genre story line.
While it may not be the most original story it is well done and highly enjoyable. There is nothing wrong with revisiting a tried and true story line. Its like sitting back and drinking a nice Merlot. Just because you had had Merlot before does not mean this new bottle will not have its own joys, flavor and surprises.
I'm a huge fan of audio - books, podcasts, dramas. I like that I can listen to a book wherever I am, especially walking around NYC.
Nick Webb's The Terran Gambit is hugely entertaining filled with complex, interesting characters, and a well written plot complete with tons of twists and turns. All of that creates a captivating story that keeps you engaged the whole time! Greg Tremblay's narration is great as well.
I highly recommend the author's other works (Constitution series) and Greg's work as narrator. Be assured of quality and enjoyment from both of these gentlemen.
I really wanted to like this book. It had lots of great characters and interesting technology. However sometimes I would have to struggle to complete a chapter.
Have just finished this first book and I am hooked. So am about to start the next chapter. Hopefully, Book 3 will be out by the time I finish Book 2 as this promises to be a brilliant series.
I first listened to a sample of this series, (before buying the other one) and wasn't 100% sold on the beginning I have to admit. It started off a little slow for me, and I didn't think I liked Jake at all. (and it's my fav character name ever)
But I do love Nick's other series, and thought it deserved a chance. So, I dived in. After getting over the beginning and the backstory behind the Pax Humana and the world he'd created, I did start to like the story and Jake, even though he's a bit of an idiot.
Nick weaves a pretty solid world here, but it does take some focus to understand all the different worlds, and how they've come to be where they are, with the resistance. Perhaps it was the depth of the world that just didn't quite flow as well for me as the previous audiobook's I've delved into, or it could just be, that this was his first, and he was finding his feet a bit more :) either way, it's still a very enjoyable story and one that I will listen to again and pass on the 'amazon kindle' versions to my mum, I know she'll love them, haha.
There were a great number of characters in here, and Greg always delivers a fab performance, his voices and acting is a pleasure to listen to and suits this genre very well. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Military SO and Sci Fi.
Some of the more distinct ones, have to be Po and Ben, considering what they all go through, they form a great team and as characters they really do grow, I can't help but feel for them, in their situation and in their pain. It's a really harsh world they're in. And lots of people die, for all the wrong and right reasons. Some really hard decisions for Jake, and though they're the better ones, it's a tough call to do it still, he's got some huge kahonas doing it.
So, on to the next, I've already gotten about an hour into it, :) and I also bought the third. thanks both to Nick and Greg for the entertainment, it makes my life so much more interesting.
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