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Despite the escape from Meridian - and a strike at the heart of Wolfbane - enemy forces are still advancing on all fronts. The Commonwealth, worn down by a year of hard fighting, is reaching the end of its tether while Admiral Singh, having secured control of Wolfbane, is searching for the breaking point that will shatter the Commonwealth once and for all. Time is needed, time to bring new weapons and tactics into service, but time is the one thing the Commonwealth doesn't have.

Now, with enemy forces closing on the industrialized world of Corinthian - Admiral Singh's former base of operations - Colonel Stalker decides to make a stand. The Commonwealth will meet its enemies on the ground and destroy them...or die trying. They will not pass as long as a single marine remains alive.

But how much of Corinthian and the Commonwealth will survive the nightmare to come?

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

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 12-17-16

A Land Battle

I have enjoyed this series since book one, and here we are already at book twelve. I think is the best series by Nuttall; he has three or four series ongoing.

The war between the Commonwealth and Wolfbane has been going on longer than either side had anticipated. Both side are having equipment and personnel problems. Admiral Singh is now the governor as well as military leader of Wolfbane.

Colonel Stalker, Commander of the Commonwealth’s military, tells his officers the Commonwealth will fall in the next two years due to lack of equipment, combat spaceships and the falling apart of the Commonwealth’s worlds. He has designed a desperate battle plan in a win or lose situation. He plans a land battle on the industrialized world of Corinthian. Admiral Singh was once in Command of Corinthian so Stalker anticipates she will take risks to retake Corinthian. Stalker will command this battle himself, and, my favorite character, General Yannie will command Division One.

The book is well written. Nuttall does an excellent job in writing battle scenes. His description brings the battle to life including all the carnage of battles. The pace is fairly fast and the action is non-stop. Nuttall continues to develop the key characters. Nuttall’s battle tactics and strategies left something to be desired. Oh well, I am an armchair strategist.

Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job in narrating the series. I am pleased that the same narrator has done the entire series.

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It was good to see Nuttall get back to his great story telling

The book was well rounded and tie seamlessly into the previous story lines without too much repetitiveness. His character development continues with a greater understanding of several surrounding individuals that was reminiscent of his earlier books.

The best of the last four. Enjoy

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This is Stocker's war the way we like it!

After several volumes where Ed Stocker plays a secondary role, this book has him back in command and running the offense against the evil Admiral Singh. Although he is in the Command Center, and not leading the actual fighting, he is there on scene, and involved! They are setting a trap for Singh at Corinthian hoping to put an end to the tyranny of Singh as well as Wolfbane. Jasmine is here also, with Mandy and Mindy playing important roles.

Ever since Blake died, and Col Stocker (I still hear it that way, even though I believe it is supposed to be Stalker) took on more administrative duties than he ever had as Sergeant, the remaining 80 or so Marines have not felt as tightly-knit as they did in the first few books. There is an attempt in this book to bring some of that back, but it falls flat. Seriously, they need to accept the fall of the Empire and Earth, and go ahead and build a new Slaughter House on Avalon, or somewhere else, so they can quit lamenting its loss, and can start training new real Marines.

There is lots of military action, lots of death, lots of horror on the ground, but just a little in space, and there are enemies to hate and some to sympathize with. There is a little impressive tech, but mostly just battle descriptions. There is very little of the moralizing found in other volumes condemning education, politics, and society, so it proceeds smoothly from scene to scene. However, it is not always easy to keep the people straight since they have at least 3 names: first, last, and rank. It is hard to tell if the people in any given scene are the good guys or the bad guys unless one of the people named above is in it.

Jeffrey Kafer continues to narrate the series, and I have the same disgruntlements with his reading as in every book. His voice is good and tough for the genre, but although there is some distinction between men's and women's voices, they still all sound the same. In this book especially, I found many times where his reading would have been greatly improved with emphasis placed differently. Nevertheless, other listeners love him and find no fault.

I have enjoyed this series so far, except for Reality Check, and look forward to the next several books, since the war is far from over.

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They shall not pass

I like the book a very 👍 one . I hope the next one
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Having to wait again to get back to the corp's

Any additional comments?

The Empire Corps is a really great series but as always Audible is behind the curve on keeping us supplied with the latest edition.

Wolf's Bane book 14

The Commonwealth has won a great victory, smashing Wolfbane’s attempt to take Corinthian and driving Admiral Singh’s forces back into enemy space. Now, as the Wolves reel under the impact of their defeat - and powerful factions plot to take control of the government and military - Edward Stalker plans a final offensive to bring the Wolves to their knees.

But as mighty fleets clash in the inky darkness of space, infiltrators struggle to weaken a tottering edifice and both sides brace for the final confrontation, it all comes down to the last Terran Marines and a battle that will determine if the galaxy is to be united once again ...

... Or thrown headlong back into a new Dark Age.

Audible has a really poor businesses model for the production of audible books. First other publishers release Paperback and trade editions then months pass before an audible version is planned and placed in production. And all this well after CD version are already on the market

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I Don't Need No Stinkin' Aliens!!!

One of my favorite long running series. All my other favorite military series have aliens. Nuttall chooses to do it without them and does a superb job of keeping me captivated. Can you finish the next one already?

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Great story

Made even better by narration of SB... I very much enjoy Nuttals works with SB bringing it to life

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great series, great read

This is a great series. I highly recomend it, book one through book twelve! You will enjoy every o e of them.

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The Story is Slipping

The story here is not as interesting as the previous books. Also, there is a bit of vitriol against support personnel and city folk comes out of nowhere sometimes. I was disappointed about the continuous use of the term "R.E.M.F." as a spelled-out "R-E-M-F" instead of pronounced as a word "remf" as it is actually used. This is similar to usage in previous books, but the term becomes a wildly swinging bludgeon in this volume. If you don't know, "R.E.M.F." means Rear Echelon Mother F**ker, and applies to all personnel not currently serving as frontline combat troops (i.e. on the ground with a rifle shooting the enemy). I only mention it because there are places in the story where the "R.E.M.F." club is being wildly tossed about by a "R.E.M.F." against another "R.E.M.F."

Anyhow, the story is so-so, with more focus on the rightness of the libertarian ideals of The Commonwealth, and less about the characters themselves. There aren't any big changes aren't any big reveals or character developments. Most of the things I enjoyed about the early books appears to be drifting away.

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Good complete story

Storyline was believable & left no doubt about a follow-on book! Looking forward to it.

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  • Peter
  • 03-13-18

Another great episode

Love this series and the delivery!
Still my favourite set of books on audible and I’m close to 100 books now...

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  • Sarah Coombe
  • 12-30-16

Fun.

Like all the other books in this series it was fun and enjoyable. With little references to other sci-fi authors. For example the character Jelal appears to be named after a character from starship troopers.

Although I found the book enjoyable the writing style has something to be desired and a lot of the main characters are somewhat two dimensional. The author reuses phrases a lot and often repeats things. The repatriation is ok at the start of the book as it allows the book to be read by someone without them having read the previous book as it give a hasty introduction to the characters but it can become annoying further into the story.

So if you are looking for a deep work of fiction then this is not the book for you. But if you are after a fun sci-fi military romp then I would definitely recommend it.

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  • AdmiredLuke
  • 08-19-16

Another Great Book

I absolutely love this series and can't wait for the next book. The universe is well thought-out and flows. A must purchase.

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  • Patrick
  • 08-17-16

I absolutely love this series of books

Good work, fantastically gripping and well written. I look forward to more and am l9st without more to listen to .

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  • Dr
  • 09-03-16

One of his better entries.

I love the entire series. I enjoy his alternating the main story and side stories. I found this one particularly captivating about as solid as his first few books in the series. And the strategy used by the characters was brilliant.