Crimson Worlds

13 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,561 ratings

Tombstone Publisher's Summary

In the 23rd Century, the Superpowers of Earth vie for control of occupied space and the vast resources of the colony worlds.

Darius Jax is a senior officer and hero of the Marine Corps, veteran of countless battles fought throughout occupied space. But once he was a raw private fighting his first battle on a planet so deadly, so hellish, its own occupants called it Tombstone. This is his story, before fame, before glory.

The fighting on Tombstone is brutal and deadly, and Jax must find his inner strength if he is to survive. As he struggles through an unwinnable war he learns to rely on himself as he never has before, and he begins to understand just what he is - and is not - fighting for.

Tombstone is a novella of approximately 24,000 words, and prequel to the best-selling Crimson Worlds series, set in the years just before the Third Frontier War and the events described in Crimson Worlds Book I: Marines.

©2012 Jay Allan Books (P)2013 Jay Allan Books
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  • Book 0.25

    • Tombstone

    • A Crimson Worlds Prequel Novel
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Fred Kennedy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 144

    In the 23rd Century, the Superpowers of Earth vie for control of occupied space and the vast resources of the colony worlds. Darius Jax is a senior officer and hero of the Marine Corps, veteran of countless battles fought throughout occupied space. But once he was a raw private fighting his first battle on a planet so deadly, so hellish, its own occupants called it Tombstone. This is his story, before fame, before glory. The fighting on Tombstone is brutal and deadly, and Jax must find his inner strength if he is to survive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's a great war story!

    • By Sally Ann Rival on 03-24-13
    • A Crimson Worlds Prequel Novel
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Fred Kennedy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Release date: 02-27-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 153 ratings

    Regular price: $6.95

  • Book 0.5

    • Bitter Glory

    • Crimson Worlds Prequel
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Liam Owen, Sci-Fi Publishing
    • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    Augustus Garret is the hero of the Alliance, the greatest naval commander in the history of space combat. He leads massive fleets in great battles, but once he was a new captain leading his tiny attack ship on it first mission. The young Garret was driven by ambition and the quest for glory. But war in space is brutal, and the consequences of command decisions can haunt even the strongest commanders. Garret will win his glory, but will he be prepared to pay its cost?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story Terribly Produced

    • By Kevin der Kinderen on 03-20-16

    Regular price: $6.95

  • Book 0.75

    • The Gates of Hell

    • Crimson Worlds Prequel, Book 3
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Steve Williams
    • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Elias Holm is the Commandant of the Marine Corps, a hero who has fought a hundred battles all across human-occupied space. He's led massive armies in the greatest battles ever fought in space. But once he was only a captain, thrust into command when a crucial operation went horribly awry.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Skip this painful listen for very little thrill

    • By Trudy Owens on 08-23-17

    Regular price: $6.95

  • Book 1

    • Marines: Crimson Worlds

    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 545
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 513
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 509

    Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Refreshing

    • By Jack Brown on 05-30-13

    Regular price: $23.08

  • Book 2

    • The Cost of Victory

    • Crimson Worlds, Book 2
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 319
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 305
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 304

    The Third Frontier War is raging, and all across human-occupied space worlds are burning. Massive fleets struggle for dominance and kilometer-long war ships exchange thermonuclear barrages. Battered in the early years of the war, the Western Alliance is resurgent. The brilliant Admiral Augustus Garret leads the Alliance fleet from victory to victory, taking the war to the very heart of the enemy empires.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Read Book 1 First!

    • By DocJim on 02-07-13

    Regular price: $23.08

  • Book 3

    • A Little Rebellion

    • Crimson Worlds
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 250
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    The Third Frontier War is over, and the Western Alliance is triumphant. All across human-occupied space, colony worlds celebrate the coming of peace. But peace is an elusive dream, and more trouble is brewing. The war was expensive, and the economies of the Superpowers, always fragile, are on the verge of total collapse. The Directorate, the shadowy intelligence organization that has become the true power behind the Alliance government, plans to strip the colonies bare to pay the costs of war.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, awfull narrator.

    • By Björn Natan Bjarnason on 07-27-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • The First Imperium

    • Crimson Worlds, Book 4
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 204
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203

    The Alliance and its colonies have called a truce and signed the Confederation Agreement, providing the frontier worlds with guarantees of self-government. No one expects the deal to last, and both sides are preparing for the next showdown. But from the depths of space another challenge is coming, one that will endanger the very survival of mankind and force not just the Alliance and its colonies, but all of the Superpowers, to join forces or face annihilation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story. Performance? Not so much

    • By Geoffrey S L Shaw on 06-11-16

    Regular price: $17.99

  • Book 5

    • The Line Must Hold

    • Crimson Worlds V
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198

    Directed by the maniacal Regent, the enemy pressed forward with one goal - the destruction of mankind. The Superpowers of Earth, enemies for over a century, have banded together to face the threat from outside, and their combined forces have fought delaying actions to buy time. But now the Rim has fallen, and the heart of human space lies before the invaders. On three worlds, mankind will make its stand, and all the power Earth and its colonies can muster has been gathered there.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • J Bower needs to learn third grade pronunciation

    • By Mike on 11-07-13

    Regular price: $23.08

  • Book 6

    • To Hell's Heart

    • Crimson Worlds, Book 6
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
    • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175

    The combined forces of humanity have beaten back the First Imperium invasion. For the first time, the enemy has been defeated in battle. The cost was high in blood and suffering, but the Line held. The heart of human-occupied space has been saved from annihilation. For now. There is little time for the victorious warriors to savor their triumph or mourn their dead. The First Imperium has been driven back, but it has not been defeated. No one expects the fruits of victory to be more than a brief respite.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Has gotten very old...can't take it any longer

    • By smith78884 on 03-12-15

    Regular price: $23.08

  • Book 7

    • The Shadow Legions

    • Crimson Worlds, Book 7
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152

    The war with the First Imperium is over, and Grand Fleet is limping home from the frontier. Erik Cain, Augustus Garret, and the rest of the high command are grimly satisfied that humanity has been saved from the First Imperium menace. There is no joy, however…no elation at the “victory.” The losses this time were too heavy…too personal…to bear. They did what had to be done to drive back the enemy and save the human worlds from certain destruction. Now they were left to find a way to live with the gut wrenching decisions that victory had required.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • John Thurston

    • By John Thurston on 05-12-16

    Regular price: $17.99

  • Book 8

    • Even Legends Die

    • Crimson Worlds VIII
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137

    Gavin Stark, the former head of Alliance Intelligence, and the bitter nemesis of the Marine Corps, has made his bid for power. His manufactured clone soldiers, Shadow Legions have seized control of dozens of colony worlds, imposing his brutal rule over millions of colonists. His plan is no less than to subjugate all mankind under his iron fist. On key colony worlds, Erik Cain and the remnants of the shattered Marines struggle against Stark's vast armies...the only hope of turning back the tide of destruction and despair threatening to engulf all mankind.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 2nd time listening of this audio book

    • By AR Cabral on 08-08-15

    Regular price: $18.03

  • Book 9

    • The Fall

    • Crimson Worlds, Book 9
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126

    Erik Cain is the hero of the Marine Corps, a celebrated warrior who has led his grim veterans into every war the Alliance and mankind have faced. But now he has left the Corps, driven to near madness by an overwhelming need for vengeance. He has sworn to kill Gavin Stark, the madman responsible for his mentor’s death and, with a small band of dedicated followers, he is pursuing his prey across occupied space.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • ignoramus emo narrator can't pronounce things!

    • By Benjamin on 05-09-15
    • Crimson Worlds, Book 9
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Release date: 01-07-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 140 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Red Team Alpha

    • Crimson Worlds Adventures, Book 1
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Red Team Alpha. An elite military unit. Twenty highly trained veteran warriors, Mars' best. They are capable, dedicated, armed with the best technology Mars has to offer. And they don't exist, at least not officially. Now the team will be called upon to face its greatest test. On a planet in a newly discovered system, there is a mysterious wreck, the remains of an ancient ship. The discovery is a momentous one, first contact and proof that mankind is not alone in the universe.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Race Against Time

    • By AudioBook Reviewer on 08-31-18

    Regular price: $26.59