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Barbarians at the Gates (The Decline and Fall of the Galactic Empire Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Christopher Nuttall
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The Federation has endured for hundreds of years, but now it is dying, killed by the corruption and decadence of the Senate and the rising power of military warlords. The shipping lanes are coming apart, the colonists are revolting and outside forces are pressing against undefended borders. Now, as one warlord makes a bid for supreme power, the entire edifice is on the verge of falling apart. Two officers, bearers of a proud military tradition, may be all that stands between the Federation and total destruction.

For Admiral Marius Drake, there is no greater cause than the survival of humanity’s prized unity. For the young and ambitious Roman Garibaldi, the growing civil war offers a chance of promotion far beyond the usual boundaries. Together, they will save the Federation or die trying.

But with the Senate suspicious of any competent commanding officers, their success may condemn them to an inglorious death.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 330 pages
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  • Editeur : Twilight Times Books; Édition : First (24 mai 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 great as usual with Nuttall 31 août 2014
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It is one of my favorite SF authors.

I love his disillusioned and cynical view of societies and his mastering of depicting all the forces behind the immobilism of those societies. Hi brings those ideas at the galactical level and shows all the dark sides of humanity in general.

Please continue writing great books.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 i enjoyed this book 8 décembre 2014
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i enjoyed this book. I acknowledge the tribute to Babylon 5 made by the author in some of the names of characters & places he chose for this romp through dangerous stars. I liked being able to recognise the parity between the Political climate within the federation & our western world today. I would hate to think that his fiction could be an insight into our own futures on Earth.
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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice read with a solid and well built story line. 12 septembre 2014
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The historic references used to build the story become all to real when you see how politics rage out of control and how democracy gets perverted into something semi-hereditary and elitist, nepotism is rife and society stagnates trying to maintain a status quo. Whether the reference stems from the Roman Empire, the more modern European countries or the continental US, they all made and make similar mistakes because the either wrong people get elected to lead or the right people become corrupted or chained by those in the establishment that fail to step aside when their time has come and frantically try to maintain their position.

Unfortunately, one can never live in the past and societies and their government systems, like biological species, need to change to adapt to the needs of the moment (even if changing means going back to a different variation of something that has existed before, because of a current "need") or become obsolete and eventually extinct. Unfortunately humanity 's leaders never learn the lessons from the past and always believe it will be different this time.

The writer captures all these elements and weaves them into a story injected with plenty of action and adventure to avoid becoming a political history narrative, but if one reads between the lines, the lessons are there.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Predicable Military Sci-fi 25 avril 2015
Par Glen Robinson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The first problem I had with this book, and probably the series, was that from the title I could tell the intention was a retelling of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. A retelling is always hard, because you’re caught between being faithful to the original–which this one was, to a great degree–and coming off as predictable, or taking leaps of artistic imagination, in which readers will complain that the story is nothing like the original. In this case, faithfulness and predictability was an issue for me.

The second issue, which may be tied to the first, is that I never felt like the two main characters were in any danger at all. One is a lieutenant who quickly becomes captain of a ship, the other is an admiral. They were in danger, theoretically speaking, but you never really feel afraid for them. They always seem to have things in control, perhaps more superior in intellect and military skill than everyone around them. And that’s a big issue for me. You have to put them in danger so that you have a story. I just didn’t see it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good except for "there was no way to know" 29 août 2015
Par J. Harper - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've read a lot of Nuttall's work, and I generally enjoy it. He's significantly improved since his earlier work, but he has a few nuisances that won't go away.
- Misuse of punctuation, typically missing or extra commas
- Tedious and unnecessary phrases, e.g. "In point of fact, ..."
- Descriptive paragraphs full of convoluted sentences with too many subclauses.

I look past most of these, but the zinger that reminds me I'm reading Nuttall is the phrase "there was no way to know". Including the occasional variation ("he had no way to know"), the reader will find this phrase used at least ten times a book. This is far better than his first books, where I sometimes found the phrase twice on one page, but it is still jarring.

Please, Chris, if you read this, please stop! Your addiction hurts us all!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book, exactly my cup of tea 23 juillet 2015
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It is actually a while since I bought this book by Christopher Nuttall. It has been sitting on my shelf (or rather on the drive of my tablet) quite a while. I have to admit that I was a bit afraid that it would be “yet another” story on the subject of the fall of human society due to political nonsense and bureaucracy as well as too similar to Mr. Nuttall’s The Empire’s Corps series.

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.
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