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The best defense....

Starting a war with an enemy 100 times stronger is insane. It’s desperate. And it’s Earth’s only hope.

A massive alien power looms over humanity, claiming Earth as its territory and humanity as its slaves. The Hegemony has already taken over one colony, yoking hundreds of thousands under their brutal rule. Every tactical exercise, every war game, and every simulation gives humanity zero chance in a defensive campaign.

Earth’s only chance to win the coming war - is by striking first.

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2020 Podium Audio

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I swear i have listen to a version of this book already... anyone else felt the same?

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Ok, but nothing special.

The story is pretty generic, and the writing quality is ok but not excellent.

Jeffrey Kafer is, as always, an excellent narrator, and his performance is really what kept me engaged.

The universe was interesting, but it would have been nice to see a simpler plot with a greater focus on character development.

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just ok

it is a little slow and bland. just jumps into the story with very little character building. I actually stopped a few minutes from the end because I got bored.

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Unfortunately, sounds too familiar

this story borrows too much from similar stories without adding anything. I get it, there is only so much "unique" things you can add to military SF these days, but you can either have a some what unique story line, or unique technology. This book has neither. as such I just gave up after a few hours.

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Good Space Opera and good character developement

Earth-locked humans get paid a visit by an alien bearing space gifts and an ominous warning, Genocide be afoot and you be its target ... PREPARE!

What follows is a hurried development phase to create weapons to give Earth a chance and a battle plan that is so ludicrous it just might work! nah, who's kidding who?

Very good character development along with the creation of various commands, most from a regular military command structure and one covert unit working behind the scenes.

A good first book and looking forward to the follow-on episodes.

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Whats the hurry?

Both the author and the narrater stress to much. At times very shallow and compact storyline, while the narrator reads like he has a plane to catch.

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Very interesting

Interesting new concept that doesn't rely 'fully' on plot armour like many other Sci-fi books.

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Superb Stand Alone Read

Chris Nuttall is an exceptionally gifted military science fiction writer. This book is similar to a number of other of his books I have read. Action packed, with a believable storyline. And being retired military myself, I appreciate that he presents military terminology and rank structure correctly. Strongly commend this book to every military sci fi reader!

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Christopher G. Nuttall's Finest Work

This work speaks volumes of how the author has honed his craft. The "spices" in this books are awesome! and the inventiveness of the military strategies in this book really surprised me (and I am a veteran Military Sci-fi consumer) this book excedes my expectations for it.

Compared to his earlier books, the progress is evident. It is a well structured book (not perfect, but very good). Within a military space opera, the character's had enough depth. The dialogue could be better and his obsession with sex scenes is just "meh" (I don't think they really add to the book, the concept of "love" or "children" might work better to have the reader grow closer to the characters)

The Narration was classic Jeffrey Kafer, he was very good, but he needs to work on the characters voices more. I've heard so many books narrated by him that sometimes I feel like the character "Josh" from another very popular series he narrates is present. Overall, like R.C. Bray, you can't really go wrong with Kafer narrating your book.

This book is a must read.

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Good, but not great.

I liked the setting, and the story. the characters were bland, though, and the tactics were mostly laughably simplistic. There also seemed to be plenty of what I consider plot holes. Despite all of that, I still enjoyed the book overall. The narrator was ok, but very forgettable, with little or no difference between how he read different characters.

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  • CJSILV
  • 01-27-21

You have to listen to it

A great book loved the story great narration 5 stars I highly recommend listening to this book 👍👍👍⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Steve W
  • 09-23-20

nice books

enjoyed it, but disappointed that there doesn't appear to be a sequel. come pick your own up and give us another

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  • simon
  • 04-25-21

Wish there were more British narrators

Good story, narrator wasn't bad but tried to do a British accent which was terrible.
I hope Christopher Nuttals series that heavily feature British characters are narrated by a brit