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Length: 568 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 1697 KB
  • Print Length: 568 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RX4K2G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 http://chrishanger.wordpress.com/ and a website at http://www.chrishanger.net.

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

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Sparta on August 9, 2012
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This is an excellent story with believable political plotting with excellent military tactical combat. If you like military combat related fiction with a fully filled out back story of a decaying Empire this book is for you. Marines are always loyal to their own even if the political picture around them is corrupt and failing.

The author lays the foundation for understanding much about Captain Stalker and his small command set on Avalon. Nattall's portrayals are honest and believable, and the military and political insights make for good story telling. The ending is set up to start a nice space opera with a very bright future. I just am not going into the book details; All I am saying is I am sure this is one of those books in my library that I will be rereading in the future.

As a rule I do not write a review very often but I really want to read more about
Captain Stalker, and selfishly the more people who share my excitement for this story line the more likely we will see additional successes from the author. Any down side? A professional editor would smooth out the reading experience.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 16, 2012
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As a long time fan of both space opera and dystopic science fiction this book peaked my interest when Chris mentioned it over at a webboard we both frequent. I'm certainly glad I took the time to read it since he managed to balance the two parts of the dystopic empire and military space opera almost perfectly. From the beginning on an overcrowded and stratified earth to the end where the "good" guys win by luck as much as skill this is a magificent romp. While it is very much black and white without many shades of grey in the story telling there are characters to like on both sides of the conflict. I can also see where he may be aiming for more shades of grey in a possible sequel if there is one.

That is not to say there are not minor problems with both editing and word choices, but overall it is a very interesting combination of dystopia and space opera. I would have given it 5 stars without the editing problems, but they knock it down to 4 stars.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ilbob on February 4, 2013
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The author has been hanging out at the Baen Bar slush pile since before I started there. He publishes his books there hoping to get a publishing contract that so far has eluded him. I read this story there some time ago when he published it there one chapter at a time. He since sent me a copy to read in exchange for a review.

Some comments.

The less flattering reviews have some valid criticisms and you would be well served by reading them. I did not understand the review that complained about Marines using foul language though.

One 3 star review said "The plot of this book is Falkenberg's Legion landing on a planet to help Beowulf's Children start a Foundation. If you don't mind re-reading the same story done by better wordsmiths, it is not the worst book you can find." Not a bad synopsis, IMO.

For a self published work, it is pretty good in the writing error department. I noticed at least one word that appeared to have been auto-corrected or spell checked to the wrong word, and some grammar errors, but not to a quantity that made the book unreadable as often happens with SP works.

There is a good amount of action that makes the story fun to read.

The political background is a good thing to have in this kind of book, kind of reminiscent of Clancy in some ways, without Clancy's gifts of prose though. Much of it reads like a diatribe against the political structure rather than just a recounting of what is going on which makes it a lot harder to believe for me.

The author avoids the trap many amateur SF writers fall into of adding in a bunch of pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo to try and explain the science behind what is happening.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By PedEx on August 9, 2012
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The book needs a good edit; there are a lot of wrong words used, as well as one place where the pronouns change a she into a he. Also, one character goes from 10 years of service to 18 years of service in about five paragraphs. There is also a seeming disconnect between the number of Marines and the size of units; 81 effectives does not translate into 7 platoons. Auxiliary troops (pilots, etc) appear as needed without being accounted for. The back story and universe history is well developed and provides depth to the locale and behavior of the characters.

That said, it's a fairly well executed futuristic military tale. I would say that there are no real surprises, other than that there are two groups of bad characters, and a more realistic social dynamic than usual. The characters don't really change or develop. The tale does end while leaving some room for further works.

I got it while it was free; and it is a good read, a cu above a lot of the free stuff out there. A good clean up would serve it well. I've read commercially published books that were worse.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By JR Moore on March 24, 2013
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Pure escapist story. Characters, bluntly, are under-developed, plot is light, yet I read it through. I may have expected too much after reading the quick summary.

Mr. Nuttall - you need an editor and proof reader. Someone fluent, capable of distinguishing a homonym from a homophone, willing to use the spell-checker in your word processor, and (perhaps) will not use a noun as an adjective. Mr. Nuttall, it seems clear you used Amazon's publishing services to write this, basically, a self-published work. I applaud your integrity in doing so. Still, the sheer number of errors distracted from my reading. An editor could have helped you develop your characters more deeply, tightened up the lines, kept the narrative from stalling, and gotten those spelling and word errors reduced or cleared up entirely. Or get a really great word processor...

On a positive note, Mr. Nuttall has talent and persistence. Keeping at it will make it better.
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