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Democracy's Right Audiobook

Democracy's Right: Democracy's Right, Book 1

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The Empire

A tyranny stretching over thousands of worlds. The grand dreams of the founders are a joke. The Thousand Families, the rulers of the Empire, care nothing for anything save their own power. From the undercity of Earth to the new colonies at the Rim, discontent, anger, and rebellion seethe, but there is no hope of breaking the power of the Empire and freeing the trillions of enslaved humans and aliens.

The Rebel

Commander Colin Walker believed in the Empire until a treacherous superior officer betrayed him, forcing him to see the true nature of the force he served and his compliancy in terrible crimes. Now Colin has a plan: He and his followers in the Imperial Navy will seize their ships and rebel against the Thousand Families, uniting the thousands of rebel factions under his leadership. Their war will set the galaxy on fire.

©2013 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Sailfish 05-10-17
    Sailfish 05-10-17 Member Since 2013
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    "An interesting but often repetitive story"

    Christopher G. Nuttall created a cast of characters from within the Imperial space navy born from old Earth and ruled by an aristocracy class having little concern for anyone who were not born into that class. Most of the officers in the navy owed their position and advancement hope to one of the great aristocratic houses and who didn't hesitate to exploit those of lower position to aid in their advancement; only to discard them once their usefulness was over. There was ample intrigue and betrayal which ultimately led to a rebellion. While the story itself was interesting, I found myself not really caring for any of the primary protagonists, even though some of them survived harmful mistreatment and some even unspeakable atrocities. On reflection, it is hard to say why but my thought is that the author seem to tell the characters successes and travails in somewhat of a matter-of-fact way.

    Even so, I did enjoy the novel and am leaning toward continuing with the next novel in the series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MPITA S.E. Wisconsin 07-31-17
    MPITA S.E. Wisconsin 07-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A new story and a good start"

    The plot is interesting. It may take while to warm up to Collin, the main character. The author is making a great effort at building characters - he even builds characters who get killed on the the next page lol. Bringing in the concept of the family 'House' and the Thousand Family rule gives the story an interesting slant as well. Not sure about the narrator however. In some of the battles the author puts us in the heads of the Empire's fleet leader and the Rebel fleet leader and it gets a bit confusing - I had to replay that section a couple times to tell which side's Super Dreadnaught was blown up.
    The narrator doesn't excel at differentiating characters very well which contributes to the confusion.
    Even so, the story is enjoyable and off to a good start.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MLT 05-10-17
    MLT 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Next please"

    Great book, great characters, great narration. I want to know what happens next. Don't keep me waiting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tekone New York, NY USA 05-09-17
    tekone New York, NY USA 05-09-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Another excellent story from Mr Nuttall!"

    I love and enjoy many of Mr Nuttalls series and always eagerly purchase them when available!

    The narrator was an interesting choice, I am always partial to Mr Kafer but this was a good fit.

    I look forward to the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 09-12-17
    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 09-12-17
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    "A good listen."

    A fun, fast paced story and a good reader to pull it together, looking forward to book 2.

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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 09-01-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 09-01-17 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "A highly enjoyable listen that is recommended"

    The galaxy is tightly controlled by the thousand families, an ultra-wealthy ruling class that only cares for more power and money.  The many colonized worlds represent little more than resources and additional wealth and power.  If an occupied world becomes more trouble than they're worth, the ruling families will crush it with their overwhelming military might, wiping out all life if necessary.

    Commander Colin Walker and a handful of military leaders have had enough, vowing to bring democracy to the galaxy.  If they fail, their treason can only be met with execution.  On the other hand, if they succeed, the economic system everyone depends on could devolve into chaos, driving trillions into poverty and desperation.

    Democracy's Right is a political, sci-fi novel with a military action base.  It is exciting and thought provoking with a taste of ancient Rome in its theme.  How does a ruling class control its empire from far away with long delays in communication and travel?  The heroes are likable and the bad guys are hateful, the listener has no trouble choosing sides.

    There is plenty of action to satisfy most military and sci-fi fans and a political economic background to make the struggle feel realistic.  The characters are believable with enough human flaws to make them relatable.  Definitely worth a listen.

    The story is performed by Johnny Heller.  His distinctive voice is easy on the ears and creates the proper mood of the novel.  The characters are easily discernible and feel appropriate to their personalities.  An excellent performance from a talented voice actor.

    Democracy’s Right would definitely fit in the space opera category, with book one setting the stage for a much larger universe.  The book finishes neatly but will have you looking forward to book two and beyond.  A highly enjoyable listen that is recommended for space and military sci-fi fans.

    Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MAC 08-22-17
    MAC 08-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story but all this person"

    The story is good but it is completely written in third person. The performance was to flat also. Keep writing but please try to get your reader into your characters role.

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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 08-21-17
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 08-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lost in space with pompous elites"

    Book 1 of Christopher G Nuttall's latest series, Democracy's Right is another fine offering by an author with a knack for being able to take current socioeconomic and cultural issues and infuse them into a futuristic space based format at the level typically in line with Star Trek. In this case, the universe is "run" by an elite group of wealthy families that control the political and military reins of power in a far flung empire that spans a considerable portion of our galaxy. Into this mix is a disenchanted space commander who decides to mutiny and overthrow the evil empire and slowly evolves an ever growing band of like minded individuals.

    The sci-fi elements are minimal with "flicker" drives providing faster than light travel. Weaponry is fairly conventional along with a tinkering of cyborg tech. The main theme is the black and white picture of the society where the ruling class favors the brown-nosers, while anyone with competency and ambition is sidelined. Patronage, corruption, and depravity are the key resume builders for the corporate/family man. Societal outcasts run the gamut of geeks, nerds, pirates, and the space equivalent of motorcycle gangs. The battles scenes are well crafted, but unremarkable. Most likely with sectoral dominance achieved. one can expect an ever expanding empire such that contact points grow exponentially. There is also likely to be a few surprises in the form of "family" squabbles and outside adversaries to keep things interesting.

    The narration is well done with a good variation in characters of both both genders. Pacing and mood are nicely aligned with plot development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andreas Norway 08-19-17
    Andreas Norway 08-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I give up Nuttall"

    I was skeptical about this book, both because I haven't managed to like Nuttall's previous works, and because there's blatant copyright infringement on the cover with a Daedalus class startship from Stargate as the cover image. I tried the book anyways, but gave up. Like his previous work the storytelling is outdated and uninspired, where only his repeated use of the word "whore" without the first half hour of the book really standing out, and not in a good way. The stolen cover image is perhaps suitable considering nothing here is even remotely original. When you then pair that with a narrator who, I kid you not, sounds like Herbert from Family Guy, you have one seriously bad audio book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Ft. Benning, GA 08-15-17
    Robert Ft. Benning, GA 08-15-17 Member Since 2007
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    "On the right track"

    Hope is still with us. Let the good guys win.
    This one is close but could be a little more positive. After all, if I wanted negative or all is lost stories, i'd be listening to current events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alderney, Guernsey
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    "Slow Burn"

    Slow start, but don’t let that put you off. Once I got into the book I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to Book 2

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  • Mr. M. Mazourov
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    "Pedestrian plot - not very interesting"

    narrator did a great job of keeping things interesting, but unfortunately the plot is missing intrigue and excitement.

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    "A bit of a journey"

    Like any first of a series there is a lot of scene setting going on. As a result there's a tendency to over decorate. Hopefully, the future books will be leaner and have tighter storylines. After all of this the plot is good enough to sustain a longer arc.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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