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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 e 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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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 e 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 ...

30 review for Semper Fi

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    This is book four in the Empire’s Corps series. You really need to read the books in order to fully enjoy the series. The Empire has collapsed. On Avalon, Captain Stalker and his Marines have tried to establish a Democratic Republic. Avalon is arming as fast as possible, building modern starships for defense, and the Marines are training a local militia. We even find there is romance budding between Stalker and President Gaby Cracker. We get to renew the relationships with the regular characters This is book four in the Empire’s Corps series. You really need to read the books in order to fully enjoy the series. The Empire has collapsed. On Avalon, Captain Stalker and his Marines have tried to establish a Democratic Republic. Avalon is arming as fast as possible, building modern starships for defense, and the Marines are training a local militia. We even find there is romance budding between Stalker and President Gaby Cracker. We get to renew the relationships with the regular characters in the series such as Jasmine but this book provides us with some new characters chief among them is a villain. Commodore Rani Singh had been passed over for promotion. When the Empire collapsed, Singh was in charge of a Fleet Base and had under her control several capitol ships as well as support vessels and a Logistics Base. She sets out to create her own Empire until she tries to conquer Avalon. Stalker’s Marines must stop her. Lt. Jasmine goes into a covert operation to dismantle Singh’s Empire. There is lots of action and suspense in the story. The book is well written and fairly fast paced. In many ways it is a typical military sci-fi story. Overall the story makes a good fun relaxing read. Jeffrey Kafer has narrated the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liviu

    Back to the mainstream Avalon books; now some 2 years later Avalon is arming as fast as possible, building modern starships for the defense of its Commonwealth, while president Gaby Cracker and the supreme commander Edward Stalker finally consumed their romance. A training space exercise ends with the capture of a modern starship chasing a freighter, starship that is really bad news as per the blurb Not one to let events overwhelm him and his people, Edward Stalker has a plan, but it will fall on Back to the mainstream Avalon books; now some 2 years later Avalon is arming as fast as possible, building modern starships for the defense of its Commonwealth, while president Gaby Cracker and the supreme commander Edward Stalker finally consumed their romance. A training space exercise ends with the capture of a modern starship chasing a freighter, starship that is really bad news as per the blurb Not one to let events overwhelm him and his people, Edward Stalker has a plan, but it will fall on the shoulders of Jasmine, Mandy, Joe Buckley and the rest of our favorite marines to execute it; and it's risky as hell to boot More great stuff continuing the successful mixing of familiar ingredients and narrative energy from earlier volumes

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Another enjoyable read in a very good series!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Mangrum

    This is definitely one of the weaker stories that he's written. It gets bogged down in setting up the political problems and implications of various actions with large chunks of time spent not actually doing anything. There's also A LOT of repetition. I'd say a good third of the book could have been left out and it wouldn't have impacted the story. The other problem I have with this book is the authors propensity for throwing young girls/women into situations outside of their experience and havin This is definitely one of the weaker stories that he's written. It gets bogged down in setting up the political problems and implications of various actions with large chunks of time spent not actually doing anything. There's also A LOT of repetition. I'd say a good third of the book could have been left out and it wouldn't have impacted the story. The other problem I have with this book is the authors propensity for throwing young girls/women into situations outside of their experience and having them pull off miracles. There are several things that I just couldn't suspend my disbelief to accept. The most egregious of these is Mandy. This girl is only 18 and is put in command of a ship to help accomplish the overall mission. She not particularly smart or well-educated and her biggest accomplishment is surviving a pirate ship 2 years prior. That experience doesn't in any way translate to being a captain and leading a crew, especially when that crew is more experienced. On a planet full of millions of people, there's NOBODY other than an 18 year old gear to captain a ship? No. Not believing it. That's just one example, but the book is full of female characters being strong, dominate, and capable and male characters are submissive, evil, or incompetent. It's something that has been prevalent in books over the last 5 or so years and it's getting more than tiresome.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steven Allen

    This has been (so far) one of my favorite Space Opera series that I have read in a long time. I am a voracious reader, especially in my favorite genres, so it is nice to find a large series that I enjoy reading. I have also read almost all of the author's works and am eagerly awaiting the next Kat Falcone book, especially after the unexpected ending of the last book. I like how the author has been alternating writing one book set in the main timeline featuring the Marines on Avalon, and the next This has been (so far) one of my favorite Space Opera series that I have read in a long time. I am a voracious reader, especially in my favorite genres, so it is nice to find a large series that I enjoy reading. I have also read almost all of the author's works and am eagerly awaiting the next Kat Falcone book, especially after the unexpected ending of the last book. I like how the author has been alternating writing one book set in the main timeline featuring the Marines on Avalon, and the next book set somewhere else in the same world. I hope that in one of the later books we learn what happened to Belinda and Roland - I hope we have not seen the last of them (although they are not in this book either!).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Craig S. Swenson

    Captivating suspense Although the actions of a small group setting up a complete takeover is unrealistic, toppling a strong arm dictator happens quickly. The action is fast and constant. The people are realistic, faults and all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Hoage

    I love the series. This isn't Heinlien or Pournelle or even Weber, but it is still very good. Six more required words entered in. I love the series. This isn't Heinlien or Pournelle or even Weber, but it is still very good. Six more required words entered in.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dan Melson

    A rogue naval commander's empire threatens the nascent Commonwealth, which is heavily outgunned. A covert mission of subversion before the Admiral discovers the Commonwealth is their only hope. A rogue naval commander's empire threatens the nascent Commonwealth, which is heavily outgunned. A covert mission of subversion before the Admiral discovers the Commonwealth is their only hope.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Panos Panagiotidis

    Really cool book. I like it when the author focuses on other persons

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cst

    So far the best book of the series and simply good military sci-fi. For the first time all of the characters work as characters instead of being cardboard cutouts and do actually develop (even if this sometimes goes wrong). Both heroes and villains have believable motivations and ambitions and for once they reflect on those. The story does move the focus more to the Marines and drops one of the supporting characters of the previous books, but that only serves to make the cast more manageable. The So far the best book of the series and simply good military sci-fi. For the first time all of the characters work as characters instead of being cardboard cutouts and do actually develop (even if this sometimes goes wrong). Both heroes and villains have believable motivations and ambitions and for once they reflect on those. The story does move the focus more to the Marines and drops one of the supporting characters of the previous books, but that only serves to make the cast more manageable. The plot goes along briskly with plenty of action thrown in. The story is one of infiltration and guerrilla and both plot and action fit together nicely. The ending is something I feel torn about: On the one hand I liked the finale itself very much. It was brisk and both the action itself and the aftermath were a satisfying conclusion to the story. On the other hand, it felt rushed which is my main problem with this book and the series itself. (view spoiler)[I do realize that there have to be things left out or only alluded to, but at several points I felt that plot developments where purposefully withheld from me. The first time this happened was when I was told that the Commonwealth had grown from three to thirty members. Admittedly this was to bridge two years of growth, but I couldn't help but think that maybe there was another interesting story. In a similar vein, the insurgents seemed to become stronger and stronger without ever really growing. By that measure I was quite surprised when the “one platoon to sabotage and delay”-mission turned into “four Marines and their army conquer this planet”. (hide spoiler)] But overall I liked it. In fact I liked it so much I read the afterword. I won't do this again, but that has no relation to the story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    This book puts the series back on track as far as I am concerned. By back on track I primarily refer to the fact that this book, unlike the previous one, is revolving around Avalon, the marines that got exiled there and the Commonwealth that they have now established. I know that he author intended to make a detour with that book but I have never really liked those kind of books that stray away from the main thread and characters. This book however is right back to where it should be for me. The This book puts the series back on track as far as I am concerned. By back on track I primarily refer to the fact that this book, unlike the previous one, is revolving around Avalon, the marines that got exiled there and the Commonwealth that they have now established. I know that he author intended to make a detour with that book but I have never really liked those kind of books that stray away from the main thread and characters. This book however is right back to where it should be for me. The familiar characters are back to fight off the latest threat to the Commonwealth and the safety of Avalon. I have to say that, when reading the book blurb, I was hoping that there would be a wee bit more fleet action than there actually are. Something like the Commonwealth surprising the bad guys with a new ship design free from the technological stagnation imposed by the Empire and proceeding to perform a bit of arse-whooping. Instead the book is almost entirely centered on the team of marines that are inserted to bring down the dictators regime from within. There is of course plenty of action going on but more or less all of it is down on the planet that the dictator have made into her primary planet. As usual it is solid writing, good characters (including those on the side of the “bad guys”) and a well done plot which makes for an enjoyable reading experience. Also as usual, the author goes into quite a bit of detail when it comes to the mechanics of society, politics and how to run, not to run, and manipulate people and nations. Normally not my favorite topic but Mr. Nuttall makes a good job of it and he manages to keep my interest going throughout the book…again. Needless to say the next one in the series have gone onto my to-read shelf already.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mike Nemeth

    "Semper Fi," the fourth installment of Christopher Nuttall's Empire's Corps series, picks back up on the saga of Col. Edward Stalker's dwindling cadre of marines on the free world of Avalon. They have helped create a commonwealth of worlds but have yet to establish any real strength of means of defending their new-found alliance. So when warships from a neighboring planetary dictatorship wander into commonwealth territory and engage in conflict, disaster could ensue. The marines learn from peopl "Semper Fi," the fourth installment of Christopher Nuttall's Empire's Corps series, picks back up on the saga of Col. Edward Stalker's dwindling cadre of marines on the free world of Avalon. They have helped create a commonwealth of worlds but have yet to establish any real strength of means of defending their new-found alliance. So when warships from a neighboring planetary dictatorship wander into commonwealth territory and engage in conflict, disaster could ensue. The marines learn from people aboard a fleeing freighter that a former Empire officer has set up her own style of monarchy by repressing people of multiple planets, they know the commonwealth would be her next target. The marines have to infiltrate and take down the rival or face annihilation. The problem is that they're severely outclassed. Nuttall creates some pretty interesting characters, especially the head of the secret police in this new dictatorship. He's truly a rat. The storyline is interesting in that Nuttall gets into the down and dirty of a diseased society that's suffering death from a thousand cuts. The ending is quite satisfying but getting there is on the edge of your seat nerve-wracking.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Trey

    Probably the weakest book of an otherwise fun series at this point. The excerpts from the Professor Leo's book seemed kind of out of place. They were all talking about the politics surrounding the end of WW1 that led to the beginning of WW2. Kind of took me out of the immersion because I have a hard time believing that 3,000-ish years in the future that people will really be caring too much about the World Wars and the different powers that took part in them. I kind of wish the author had taken Probably the weakest book of an otherwise fun series at this point. The excerpts from the Professor Leo's book seemed kind of out of place. They were all talking about the politics surrounding the end of WW1 that led to the beginning of WW2. Kind of took me out of the immersion because I have a hard time believing that 3,000-ish years in the future that people will really be caring too much about the World Wars and the different powers that took part in them. I kind of wish the author had taken the time to make up some fictional war/talk about the Unification wars if he wanted to discuss diplomacy. The premise also didn't really make a whole lot of sense. I get the whole "meet on neutral territory" idea but I can't believe that when they all showed up and realized what was happening on the planet that they would still go through with it. It would also be kind of nice to see a level-headed villain for once. Just as a change of pace the bad guy could not be some sadistic pirate or a caricature of the worst parts of a given culture

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kjirstin

    We're back to the main storyline of the series, and the ongoing saga of the Marines and the society at the Rim (outer parts of the known universe), after the Fall of the Empire. This time, a small group of Marines has to save a planet from a brutal former Navy dictator -- she's both competent and resourceful, unlike their previous foes, the pirates. And so begins an insurgency, aided and abetted by our undercover Marine operatives. Great fun and it's nice to catch up with what is happening in the We're back to the main storyline of the series, and the ongoing saga of the Marines and the society at the Rim (outer parts of the known universe), after the Fall of the Empire. This time, a small group of Marines has to save a planet from a brutal former Navy dictator -- she's both competent and resourceful, unlike their previous foes, the pirates. And so begins an insurgency, aided and abetted by our undercover Marine operatives. Great fun and it's nice to catch up with what is happening in the series at large again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Les

    Another enjoyable read.The Empire's Corp never fails to entertain,this episode concentrates Stalkers stalkers and their pre--emptive defence of Avalon against rogue ex-empire forces,sent light years away with little support a small cadre of marines have to buy time against a highly organised and well trained foe, using guerrilla tactics the insurgents find themselves having to compromise their moral code for the greater good,another fast moving exciting story from Chris,keep up the good work. Another enjoyable read.The Empire's Corp never fails to entertain,this episode concentrates Stalkers stalkers and their pre--emptive defence of Avalon against rogue ex-empire forces,sent light years away with little support a small cadre of marines have to buy time against a highly organised and well trained foe, using guerrilla tactics the insurgents find themselves having to compromise their moral code for the greater good,another fast moving exciting story from Chris,keep up the good work.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Rose

    A lesson in insurrection. When the Empire’s Corps runs into a newly formed splinter of the Empire under the control of a sociopathic commander named Singh, they don’t’ have the fleet to win. Landing a force to attempt to encourage a worldwide uprising, the Marines play a desperate gambit to save their Commonwealth before it can be wiped out. Great characterizations.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I liked the story in this book, like the ones before, but the right wing rubbish written at the start of each chapter completely ruined the book. It was bad in other books but never to the extent it was here. It took you out of the story, it made you identify less with the characters and sadly it means that I won't be reading the rest of the series I liked the story in this book, like the ones before, but the right wing rubbish written at the start of each chapter completely ruined the book. It was bad in other books but never to the extent it was here. It took you out of the story, it made you identify less with the characters and sadly it means that I won't be reading the rest of the series

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen Vile

    Political realism Political realism some of the reviews of Nuttall's work have commented on the suspension of disbelief. I disagree; the themes he works into high science fantasy are important and his frameworks serves them well Political realism Political realism some of the reviews of Nuttall's work have commented on the suspension of disbelief. I disagree; the themes he works into high science fantasy are important and his frameworks serves them well

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael Moore

    Very good Good story. good action. Well done. Very curious what hell do with the next one I'm sure I'll buy it Very good Good story. good action. Well done. Very curious what hell do with the next one I'm sure I'll buy it

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Kimpton

    Not a bad book, A better progression than the first few. A simple easy listen.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Another good addition. Very interested to keep reading the rest.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Norton

    Ongoing story from the series - A new threat, desperate attempt to remove it, and the overthrow of a tyrant.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Very good series. I really like this author

  24. 5 out of 5

    John

    Good building up and end. Enjoyable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    charles

    Goodstuff When it comes to epic space opera this series is pretty good and it seems to be getting better as the series progresses

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Great military adventure! Another great addition to the series! Jasmine rocks! Will continue to read the series through. What diabolical schemes can humans create next?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ray

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joseph R Balthis

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Smith

  30. 4 out of 5

    Todd Neal

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