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- Publisher: Twilight Times Books; First edition (May 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 24, 2014
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- Language: English
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Well, I was wrong on that. Sure, there certainly are similarities but this book is also quite different in several ways. One of the most important differences is that it is not at all as apocalyptic and dark as The Empire’s Corps series. I also feel that it is more focused on the adventures and military campaigns of our heroes than The Empire’s Corps. Sure there’s a lot of political manoeuvring, idiocy and treachery but the majority of the book is about the adventures of Admiral Drake and the young Roman Garibaldi, the latter being truly thrown into the deep end right out of the naval academy.
This book is really my cup of tea. It mixes two of my favourite themes. One being really good space combat and strategy between fleets of capital ships. The other being the development and advancement of a young hero in the navy as he rises in the ranks. As usual Mr. Nuttall’s writing is excellent and was a pleasure to follow the characters, how they developed and how the plot unfolded. As I wrote above the story is much less dark and much more positive than The Empire’s Corps. Unlike in that book our heroes are indeed successful in staving off the worst case scenario. In addition the bad guys, that is of course the political a--holes, are getting exactly what they deserve in the end.
The author throws in a few romances as well. No good space opera can be without those I guess. Although one of them are a quite important part of the overall plot I would say that those parts are not very extensive but that is fine with me. I prefer the military aspects and adventures myself.
Although this book is fairly positive in the end, with a rather happy ending, without too much apocalyptic elements the events that unfold are bad enough and there are plenty of troubles and dangers ahead. I will continue to follow this book series with great interest. Book number two is already out and, without having read it, I hope that there will be more coming.
The story itself has a fine mix of situations. There's the not so enlightened self interest, creating political manipulations which ultimately, destroy those who instigated the machinations. There's loyal fortitude inspiring heroic daring in the face of great danger. (I know I found myself holding my breath more than once). There are numerous strategies & battles, sacrifice & heart felt loss. All the ingredients are there for an above average story.
I felt compelled to keep reading to find out what happened next, & when that happens.......well I know It's got me & therefore is a tribute to the author. Both his imagination & writing style are captivating. Well done Christopher. I look forward to the next instalment.
Rather strangely, I REALLY enjoyed his Afterword; he shows an enormously insightful grasp of history and its application to our modern times, and offers GREAT advice to those who govern us, citing many examples of failures and warnings of impending failures. I am going to gift this book to several of my friends just so they can read his Afterword (as well as, of course, the enjoyable read preceding it!)
Thanks Christopher, for a very entertaining, page-turner! On to the next installment....
All the Federation Senate has is a single, incorruptible Admiral to save the Federation. And, for the incredibly corrupt Senate, "incorruptible" is not necessarily a good thing.
This is a tribute piece and you can see the love of Science Fiction and Space Opera throughout the book. It is a tribute to H. Beam Piper's future history, to David Weber's and Steve White's "Starfire" series, to LTC Thomas Kratman, to John Ringo and to many more that I can't immediately remember without re-reading the book. The book was great by itself but the tributes and cameos made a great thing even better.
I have enjoyed Christopher Nuttall's books. He started off pretty good and has gotten better quickly. This is the best to date and I am looking forward to more by him.