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Bitter Glory: Crimson Worlds Prequel Audible – Unabridged

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This short story opens a window into the past of Fleet Admiral Augustus Garrett. It shows in graphic and engaging detail the evolution of a glory mad youth into a hardened career officer. This is not a feel good book. If you always look for a happy ending, this is not for you. The editing could use a bit of work. There were multiple type face fonts and font sizes in the book. However, other editing errors were minimal and well done.

Overall, this novella is well worth the money for a peek at the formation of one of the main protagonists of the Crimson Worlds series. I recommend it for anyone who is a fan of the Crimson Worlds series.
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Augustus Garret has had a childhood ambition to go to the Naval Academy and become a naval officer. Not just an officer but a captain, maybe an admiral and perhaps a famous military leader. A poor student, at best, in school he actually is brilliant and when he took the exams for the academy he was the top candidate out of many thousands of young men. He got his wish and became a captain of his own military space craft and in charge of a crew. He soon realized the rigors of space battle. He had to make quick decisions and the right ones as his crew, civilians and even whole worlds might depend on his actions and orders. It is a harsh lesson to learn that the path to glory may cost you the road to a normal life and love……

I am not a fan of short stories but this one was actually pretty good. I purchased the Kindle version and also the Audible version to listen to while I worked out. The story is only 2 hours and 20 minutes long. I liked the story and the narrator of the book did a good job. My only complaint is that there were 4 or 5 occasions in the story where the narrator repeated the same 3 or 4 words 2 or 3 times. That was a bit distracting. I wasn't quite sure whether this was a chapter change or a technical glitch in the audio book.

I have read all of the Crimson World books and enjoyed them all so I thought I would go ahead and purchase and read or listen to these prequels. I liked the action and the lessons learned by a young Captain Garret and his friend Captain Terrance Compton. This story is also a character building task to introduce the reader to the leading characters of the extensive Crimson Worlds Saga of books and their personal backgrounds. I like the story and I rated it at 4 stars.
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I have read all of the Crimson Worlds prequel short stories now (and have only just started the actual Crimson Worlds novels) and I have to say that I think I have finally found a Military Science Fiction author that I want to follow. Even though I have read all three I think it was this short story that decided my mind. As a US Navy Veteran I have always enjoyed Naval Military science fiction a little more than other services. Tired of the future navy always being based on the British Navy of the 1700's and 1800's I was pleasantly surprised to find a Naval story with a service that I recognized. Since David Weber went off my reading list many years ago I have been looking for another writer worth reading and have found that in Jay Allen. I am looking forward to reading more of his work.
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I like the Crimson Worlds series. This little short story is a prequel to the main series and features Fleet Admiral Garrett back when he was ship commander Garrett and has his first ship command. As always, Allan has thought out the military technology of the story and weaves it into the plot. But more importantly, there is some real drama here, as Garrett is forced to choose between military accomplishment and glory, and the sacrifice of much that is important to him. This is the real theme of the story and author Jay Allan carries it off particularly well. RJB.
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This book follows the past writing style of Jay Allan. It fills in much of the background need to understand one of his most endearing characters. Hopefully he will do the same with his other leading characters. It also gives a starting background on one of the leading adversaries, Stark. Good job Jay. THKU
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To me, this was a story about Love, as well as Glory. A story that seems to remind me to always check my own motives. All I can say right now is that I am glad that I read the series, and then read both prequels. They were all very enjoyable in that order. Now, I await the rest of the series. Thank you Mr. Allan, for a series that has become as dear to me as my reading of the Honor Harrington series. I await your next book in this series.
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What can I say? Awesome doesn't seem to be a powerful enough word! Unfortunately its the only word that comes to mind. Jay Allen has once again produced a well written book with a surprising twist at the end. I can already see a spin off series in the making. Jay I don't know if you were a Marine, but spoken by one who was, you are for the most part right on the money!
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A good addition to the series as it provides insight into one of the key players in the series.

Mr. Allan maintains the standards we, his fans, have come to expect. Tight plot, fast moving, people you'll wish were real. Very few editing errors which are so often the Achille's Heel of ebooks. A "one evening" read.
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