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Barbarians at the Gates (The Decline and Fall of the Galactic Empire Book 1) (English Edition) par [Nuttall, Christopher]
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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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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book, exactly my cup of tea 23 juillet 2015
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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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 i enjoyed this book 8 décembre 2014
Par Lunagazer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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 An epic story and a wonderful tribute to SF and Space Opera 7 juin 2014
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The Roman Republic, er, Terran Federation is crumbling under its own weight and corruption. Its military leaders are rebelling and trying to seize chunks for themselves. Earth itself has been attacked!
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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read, and a very insightful Afterword! 4 mars 2016
Par Voracious Veraciousness - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I greatly enjoyed this novel, and look forward to the next two in the series. Christopher has always been a great storyteller, and now he's found a great editor, as well: gone are the all the misspellings and strange usages of the past. I realize this is perhaps one of the hardest hurdles for an Indie writer, and Christopher has overcome this hurdle handily.
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....
2.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm Outta Here (Spoilers) 18 mars 2016
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Nuttal's books have never been top-tier; they're often formulaic and he spews them out like a machine. Still, they've been fairly cheap entertainment, like a night at the dollar theater. Unfortunately, this is the one that may have turned me off of his writing entirely. I can't forgive a story element that makes no sense, but exists because the story is on rails to a certain conclusion. At the climactic moment, someone attempts to assassinate Admiral Drake, personally with a gun. Of course he fails. Then, the story develops that he was supposed to assassinate the entire command staff. This provides the impetus for them all to back Drake in his own revolt. Then the one force that could stop him is conveniently misplaced, so he succeeds.

I don't buy the assassination at all. The assassin picked the worst possible time and place to try to kill the admiral; if his aim was to kill everyone he could have done it much easier with a bomb, or singly. Not resolving this plot issue is a sign that the writer is just interested in churning out words to sell, and has no interest in telling a captivating story. The lack of self-reflection on Drake's part on how he is forced to become what he has been fighting against for the last several years is just icing on the cake.
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