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Semper Fi (The Empire's Corps Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Nuttall
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two years after the Empire abandoned them on Avalon, Colonel Edward Stalker and his Marines have established the Commonwealth, a union of worlds intended to take the place of the vanished Empire. But now contact has been made with a remnant of the Empire, a successor state controlled by a ruthless dictator bent on crushing the Commonwealth and expanding her rule over the entire galaxy.

While the Commonwealth frantically prepares for war, a small team of Marines is dispatched to the enemy homeworld with orders to bring down the dictator – by any means necessary ...

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  • File Size: 1113 KB
  • Print Length: 499 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CAIU47Y
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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This is the FOURTH book in this series, but it is fairly understandable if you start here.
The Empire has collapsed, and from the wreckage, the survivors are trying to put things back together. On Avalon, Captain Stalker and his Marines tried to establish a Democratic Republic. On the Worlds of the Commonwealth, they are trying to establish Representative Democracies.
But there are other models for successor states. Commodore Rani Singh has been passed over for promotion and exiled to the far Provinces. She sees and opportunity and finds like-minded subordinates. When the Empire collapses, she is in charge of a Fleet Base, and has control of several capital Ships, as well as support vessels and a Logistics Base. She and her Merry Band of Thugs set out to conquer the neighboring planets and establish her own Pocket Empire. Some people welcome her - "The Man on Horseback to rule with the Knout and the Sword."
She is not an Evil Overlord, per se. She really thinks "The Ends Justifies the Means"
Thing is, she is willing to let her subordinates plunder and pillage for "The Greater Good" - and anyone who disagrees with her will either surrender or die - there are no other choices.
Until she runs into Avalon and the Commonwealth.
The Problem is, Avalon and the commonwealth are in her way, and, since they won't surrender to her, she must smash them before they can challenge her military might.
Trouble is, while Empress Rani I has forgotten about the term "asymmetrical warfare" - the marines have most assuredly NOT.
I've been reading Chris' work for almost a decade now, and his knowledge of history and technology, as well as his extrapolations, are excellent. The Marines and Sailors in this story strongly remind me of the men and women I led in my own military career, and I would be happy to claim Colonel Stalker as one of my descendents.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Semper Fi (The Empire's Corps) April 15, 2013
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Rattlin' Good Yarn! That's my take-away from Chris Nuttall's "Semper Fi," his latest in the ongoing saga of the Empire's Corps. (Um, properly speaking, should it be "The Empire's Corps" if there is no empire? Minor point; pay no attention.) I bought this for my fairly new -- as in last month -- Kindle, and read it in one sitting. The story just wouldn't let go.

What's to like? Good characterization, I think. Jasmine and Mandy from previous stories, and new "players" Danielle and archvillainess Admiral Singh. All are pretty well-developed, fully rounded out people that one can care about -- in either "cheer-'em-on" or "boo-hiss!" fashion. Even the "bit players," walk-ons, spear-carriers are, mostly, people, not cardboard cutouts. (OK, I'm easy to please in this regard. [lol])

There are echos of Eric Frank Russell's "Wasp" and the much-more recent "We Few" by David Weber and John Ringo, at least in some of the mechanics of the story. This is not so obvious as to be obstructive, however. Are there elements which are difficult to believe? Sure there are. If you don't like such difficulties, stop reading science fiction and restrict yourself to the latest drool listed on the New York Times bestseller list.

There are, sadly, a number of word-choice "clangers." These are not spell-check errors; they are composition errors. (I have no problem with British spellings, i.e., colour or honour. Oh dear, I just can't resist: "Eye no its write, the spell Czech tolled me sew.") Spell-check: phaugh! No spell-check program ever invented will flag "disposed" when the wanted word is "deposed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, but Proofread by Illiterates May 18, 2013
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I have read all four of these books and enjoyed them as stories, but especially in the last two the spelling, grammar and even keeping "he" and "she" straight for the characters became progressively worse. I read the Kindle versions, which should be relatively easy to clean up. There were a lot of the common errors, such as breech vs. breach, but there were dozens where a completely wrong word or third-grade grammar mistakes crept in. There are plenty of English majors who are flipping burgers who could be brought in at a sub-minimum wage if cost is a problem. But this kind of careless, illiterate scribbling is an insult to readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy, pleasing read April 25, 2013
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I have read all the books in this series and this is one of the best. Chris puts forth an interesting result when civilization collapses, and a strong person, who was a victim of the glass ceiling, decides to use power to take control of the planet and military base she was sent to. Easy to read, kept my attention, could not put it down and the characters were interesting to me. I loved the conflict that the Marine Lt had in trying to decide if what she was doing was morally right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Nuttall - a Thinking Persons Author July 14, 2013
By Avidrdr
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Love the whole series of Nuttall's books and his take on where we are today and where it takes us tomorrow. The saga continues, as I hope his writing does
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in the series! April 11, 2013
By Darrel
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I have really enjoyed this series, this book in particular was an enjoyable read. If you enjoy military sci-fi this is a excellent choice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris does it again. April 13, 2013
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Semper Fi is the story of Stalkers Stalkers and the new Avalon government as they run up against an overwhelmingly organized threat for the first time.

The Empire is gone and now its successor states are starting to experience growing pains as they start bumping up against one another. For the first time in almost a millenium of human development, humanity has a number of Independent Multi-System Nations. This is the story of what happens when when Stalker sends his people out to break some heads. Mandy, Jasmine and her Marines, along with a cast of new characters, run head long into a would be Empress named Rani, a former Imperial Naval Officer gone bad.

Find out what happens in this latest installment of, The Empire Corpse.

Let the maneuvers, mayhem and insurgency begin!

The Deposed King
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I Can Do Without The Politics
I really enjoy this series. However, I did not appreciate the author's note at the end. He calls anyone who refuses to act against dictatorship, such as that which was in Iraq... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Installment...
Another excellent installment in Christopher's fascinating series. Eagerly ready to read the next, and sad to realize that it isn't finished yet and that I'll have to wait to read... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Voracious Veraciousness
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another good read.
Published 14 days ago by Bill Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Work, Great Observations!
Thank you, Mr. Nuttall, for this good work and your observations on how our western civilization is being under minded by silly sheeple.
Published 24 days ago by MOPrepper
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It works
Published 25 days ago by David Merriam
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Published 1 month ago by Jim Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Grat Book
Excellemt - have downloaded all 9 books and and reading through them one agter the other
Published 1 month ago by Philip Barnea
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps Ones attention
Keeps moving along. Nice to see the characters mature. It's like visiting with old friends. Leaves one wondering what could happen in future books, and what happened to others... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This a very enjoyable book to read
I liked it very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, strong
Good, strong, hard hitting action throughout and believably written. Though not a "Jarhead", myself being a mere Green Beret, I found it to be a good read for those that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gerald
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More About the Author

Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has published eighteen novels and one novella (so far) through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.

Professionally, he has published The Royal Sorceress, Bookworm, A Life Less Ordinary, Sufficiently Advanced Technology, The Royal Sorceress II: The Great Game and Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling with Elsewhen Press, and Schooled in Magic through Twilight Times Books.

As a matter of principle, all of Chris's self-published Kindle books are DRM-free.

Chris has a blog where he published updates, snippets and world-building notes at and a website at

Chris is currently living in Malaysia with his partner, muse, and critic Aisha.

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