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The Empire
A tyranny stretching over thousands of worlds. The grand dreams of the founders are a joke. The Thousand Families, the rulers of the Empire, care nothing for anything save their own power. From the undercity of Earth to the new colonies at the Rim, discontent, anger, and rebellion seethe, but there is no hope of breaking the power of the Empire and freeing the trillions of enslaved humans and aliens.
The Rebel
Commander Colin Walker believed in the Empire until a treacherous superior officer betrayed him, forcing him to see the true nature of the force he served and his compliancy in terrible crimes. Now Colin has a plan: He and his followers in the Imperial Navy will seize their ships and rebel against the Thousand Families, uniting the thousands of rebel factions under his leadership. Their war will set the galaxy on fire.
©2013 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By MPITA on 07-31-17

A new story and a good start

The plot is interesting. It may take while to warm up to Collin, the main character. The author is making a great effort at building characters - he even builds characters who get killed on the the next page lol. Bringing in the concept of the family 'House' and the Thousand Family rule gives the story an interesting slant as well. Not sure about the narrator however. In some of the battles the author puts us in the heads of the Empire's fleet leader and the Rebel fleet leader and it gets a bit confusing - I had to replay that section a couple times to tell which side's Super Dreadnaught was blown up.
The narrator doesn't excel at differentiating characters very well which contributes to the confusion.
Even so, the story is enjoyable and off to a good start.

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4 out of 5 stars
By AudioBook Reviewer on 09-01-17

A highly enjoyable listen that is recommended

The galaxy is tightly controlled by the thousand families, an ultra-wealthy ruling class that only cares for more power and money.  The many colonized worlds represent little more than resources and additional wealth and power.  If an occupied world becomes more trouble than they're worth, the ruling families will crush it with their overwhelming military might, wiping out all life if necessary.

Commander Colin Walker and a handful of military leaders have had enough, vowing to bring democracy to the galaxy.  If they fail, their treason can only be met with execution.  On the other hand, if they succeed, the economic system everyone depends on could devolve into chaos, driving trillions into poverty and desperation.

Democracy's Right is a political, sci-fi novel with a military action base.  It is exciting and thought provoking with a taste of ancient Rome in its theme.  How does a ruling class control its empire from far away with long delays in communication and travel?  The heroes are likable and the bad guys are hateful, the listener has no trouble choosing sides.

There is plenty of action to satisfy most military and sci-fi fans and a political economic background to make the struggle feel realistic.  The characters are believable with enough human flaws to make them relatable.  Definitely worth a listen.

The story is performed by Johnny Heller.  His distinctive voice is easy on the ears and creates the proper mood of the novel.  The characters are easily discernible and feel appropriate to their personalities.  An excellent performance from a talented voice actor.

Democracy’s Right would definitely fit in the space opera category, with book one setting the stage for a much larger universe.  The book finishes neatly but will have you looking forward to book two and beyond.  A highly enjoyable listen that is recommended for space and military sci-fi fans.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Poppey on 08-02-17

Slow Burn

Slow start, but don’t let that put you off. Once I got into the book I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to Book 2

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mr. M. Mazourov on 07-19-17

Pedestrian plot - not very interesting

narrator did a great job of keeping things interesting, but unfortunately the plot is missing intrigue and excitement.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Captain Skurvy on 11-07-17

If you love blood baths you probably love this

i normally love Christopher Nuttials books but this one left me cold as the lead seems to be worse than his "enemy" he attacks without warning killing thousands condemns thousands more to an unknown fate i could not get past the early chapters and then when he blows apart a fleet form stealth killed people even he knew would gladly join his cause i could go no further.

The narrator was good from what i heard pity the book was not

Not like Nuttal his works are usually better than this

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