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The war isn't going well. Wolfbane's forces are pressing the Commonwealth on multiple fronts, the Commonwealth's fragile political balance is on the verge of shattering, and there's a high-placed spy somewhere within the Commonwealth elite. For Colonel Edward Stalker and his men, the stakes have never been so high. Defeat will mean the end of everything they have fought and died for since their exile from Earth.

Held in a POW camp on Meridian, a world on the edge of settled space, Jasmine Yamane and her men seem trapped. But one thing she was never taught was how to give up. She's coming home, even if she has to burn her way through enemy space to do it....

©2015 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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  • tekone
  • New York, NY USA
  • 02-07-16

I can't get enough of this series!

This is one of my favorite scifi military series. Mr Nuttall and Kafer make a great combination of narrator and writer.

The books were coming at a good pace a few months back, I hope that you guys return to that pace.

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  • Lewis
  • Olathe, KS, United States
  • 02-21-16

Great

it is a great series and I enjoy a lot I love how he is bringing characters alive in one book then bringing them together later in others I can't wait for the next one

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 02-15-16

Captivating story

This is book ten in the Empire Corps Series. The war is not going well for the Commonwealth. Wolfhane’s forces are pressing on all fronts. The Commonwealth realizes they have a high placed spy in their midst. Brigadier General Jasmine Yamane, who is my favorite character in the series, is being held prisoner in a POW camp on the plant Meridian.
This book picks right up where the prior book “Retreat Hell” stopped. Stalker is pursuing the spy, with the help of Kitty, the head of Intelligence. I am becoming fascinated with Kitty and her sneaky methods. Jasmine and the men captured with her are attempting to escape the POW camp and return to the Commonwealth. Jasmine rescues about a 1000 people from the POW camp and manages to arrange their transportation to Avalon.

The book is well written, the pace is fast and the suspense builds throughout the story. Nuttall continues to develop the characters. Nuttall is improving as a writer with each book he completes. Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job narrating the story.

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Good thing its fantacy

I've been loving the series and enjoy the dystopic view...just glad it is fiction.
More Trade Union!

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best contemporary military sci-fi

best military sci-fi for the moment. vaughn heppner doesn't even come close. no childish characters to ruin an otherwise great story

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Another great novel from Nuttall

I absolutely love this entire series, and Never Surrender was a great addition to the Empire Corps. Nuttall returns to the worlds of the fallen empire as the Commonwealth and Wolfbane continue to rage war against each other. in this book he examines interesting concepts of how two nations at war must treat each other and legal and illegal combatants and spies. As always I enjoyed how he turned what might have been simply a pure military sci-fi book into a great opportunity to examine issues of political and social nature both relating to pure civilian life and to the military.
Never surrender begins shortly after the end of Retreat Hell. The forces of the CEF captured at the end of book 8 are now taken captive as POWs. If you’ve been reading the series you recognize the planet Meridian on which they’re being held from book7 Reality Check. For me personally I enjoyed the tie in with that book because while I found the examination of the education system of the empire interesting I hadn’t been entirely sure what the point of having that book in the middle of the series actually was. Particularly between such important books as the battle for Lakshmbai and the battle of Thule. So bringing back characters such as Gary Kylie Darren Austin and involving them in the rescue brought a much greater importance to book 7.
Jeffrey Kafer did the narration once again for this audiobook and as always I am very pleased with his narration. He has a very good voice and does very nice distinct characters in particular I think his voice carries very well for the military personnel. My only complaint with the narration is something I’ve noticed with a few of the other books in the series as well as this one, I don’t know if this is Kay first fault or the studios but on a few occasions when a voice should be one person he narrates it as a different person. It’s only a few times but I did notice it.
My only problem with this book and the reason it lost the star on story was some continuity errors. In fact if I could lose only half a point I would’ve grabbed the 4.5 stars in story but audible won’t let me do that. Most of these continuity errors were between this book and previous books and not within this book itself and there were only a few. The biggest one was between this book and Reality Check, In the epilogue of Reality Check Gary makes a comment that he has been in the spaceport for five years and everything has been quiet before the Wolfbane ship shows up however in the beginning of Never Surrender the comment has been made that Wolfbane has been on Meridian for five years these two statements are clearly contradictory, also in contradiction with Reality Check Gary says that the spaceport actually had some fairly nice equipment that was put in storage that he then pulled out and had fun trying to hook together however in Never Surrender he says the equipment is old and outdated. In Retreat Hell it’s stated that 5000 soldiers are deployed by the CEF to Thule, later many statements are made that more than 2/3 of those soldiers are unable to be pulled off Thule before Mandy has to pull back. That leaves at least 3000 soldiers on the ground probably closer to 3500. Assuming most of those surrender that’s several thousand soldiers that should’ve been put in POW camps on Meridian however in Never Surrender Colonel Stalker says a few hundred POWs were taken. The last continuity error just gets kind of confused. In Reality Check Kylie begins studying as a nurse, however in never surrender she first has a mental breakdown claiming to have no skills and no training in anything \isnt able to do anything and doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. However later in the book Jasmine claims to have talked to her about about wanting to do nursing and how Kylie was studying nursing. These three things clearly contradict each other and make no sense. As I said these aren’t super major continuity errors but they are things I definitely noticed and bugged me.
I would recommend these books to anybody interested in military sci-fi but also to readers who like books which examine socio political and economic issues and are willing to branch out and read books that involve military clashes as well. I believe these books are most definitely worth a credit even worth paying cash price too.

My last comment is for audible itself I also have the Kindle edition of several of these books I have noticed that the author writes several afterwards which makes comments particularly relating to a lot of the issues he is discussing in the chapter pre-blurbs. These are often very interesting however Audible does not record these for the audiobook listeners so unless you have the paperback or Kindle editions we are gypped out of getting these. audible I would like to have these added to all the books please thank you!

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The empire ' s corps . Book 10

I like the very . I think a movie will be a good I there

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Good series

I was a little frustrated with this series of books in the beginning due to the author bouncing from one storyline to another. But now that some of the different storylines are coming together I'm appreciating the series more.

I hope to see more of the different threads coming together and I'm curious on what does become of the Marines in this new universe without the empire.

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Solid military scifi

If you want a serious book based in Marine theology, this book is for you.

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I wonder if this kind of future is possible

I can see myself fighting alongside of these Warriors for the future of the human race and democracy

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  • Poppey
  • 03-13-17

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This was a hard to put down book which I listened to over two days. Brilliant!

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far, even if I do think some of the officers can be a little naive at times. However, this hasn't detracted from the overall storyline and I look forward to They Shall Not Pass; although I don't know what I will do when I I finish that one - life after Empire Corps I suppose!

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  • Gavin Macdonald
  • 10-26-16

awesome

I listen to these books while working, they make the day go alot faster,,,,, only 1 left! then it's ark royal for me

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  • Rob Budden
  • 04-14-16

whole series is brilliant

this is a brilliant and week thought out series. I feel it deserves a far greater following.