Marines: Crimson Worlds : Crimson Worlds

  • by Jay Allan
  • Narrated by Jeff Bower
  • Series: Crimson Worlds
  • 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes.
In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.
As Erik rises through the ranks he finally finds a home, first with the marines who fight at his side and later among the colonists - men and women who have dared to leave everything behind to build a new society on the frontier, one where the freedoms and rights lost long ago on Earth are preserved.
Amidst the blood and death and sacrifice, Erik begins to wonder. Is he fighting the right war? Who is the real enemy?
Now Included: A sneak peak at Crimson Worlds II: The Cost of Victory. Read the first three chapters, immediately following the end of Marines in this Kindle edition.
Crimson Worlds II: The Cost of Victory - Available Now!
Crimson Worlds III: A Little Rebellion - December 2012


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fair story, annoying voice get used to it

What disappointed you about Marines: Crimson Worlds?

The narrator's voice is jarring and the tone put me off almost immediately. His diction and the way he reads the book just don't do it for me.

What was most disappointing about Jay Allan’s story?

Didn't feel the story was very well fleshed out. There isn't any connection or real character building. The listener/reader will have to put effort into seeing the protagonists views and the main story guidelines. Marines is good for one listen and done.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His tone and involvement in the book were obvious, dull and jarring. The use of electronic voice changers to enhance the story was a cheap ploy to make his rendition better.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Noise for your ears while you do heavy physical labor.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed in this purchase. The sample clip was not a good representation of the narration or story.

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- Mark


If you could sum up Marines: Crimson Worlds in three words, what would they be?

Peculiar, Entertaining, Promising

What was one of the most memorable moments of Marines: Crimson Worlds?

What I like about this book and in turn what has endeared me to this series is the cast, the universe, and the potential. Allan has created a fascinating universe for his characters a world that I would love to explore.

Did Jeff Bower do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Bower is not my favorite narrator, his performance was so jarring that the first time I started to listen to this book I put it down in disgust within a few minutes thinking that I had purchased a poorly written, poorly pronounced piece. I came back to the series last week and ended up falling in love. That being said, you may find Bower a little different or annoying at first be sure to listen to the sample before you buy!

Any additional comments?

Viewed by itself this book is perhaps mediocre. Yet, I am truly a sucker for space opera and after reading this book and its sequel I have to say I absolutely love this series. Before you buy let me break down why I love this book and why this series is worth spending your time on, and then let me tell you what to watch out for!

What I love:

The fiction that this story occupies is deep, far deeper than we are immediately exposed to. I got the distinct impression that the author has a grand vision of what the universe looks like in his world (More on this later)

I see amazing potential in this series that it has not yet reached and I am basing alot of my enjoyment on that. I hope that the author follows through on the hints he is leaving and does this series justice.

If you like these books you might like this one too:

Old Man's War
Legacy of the Aldenata
Troy Rising
Prince Roger
Star Force

One major difference: Marines: Crimson Worlds is Human vs Human

Things I don't like:

It isn't the best writing. I love it and I'm a sucker for it but this is scifi pulp its fun and enjoyable and I think that this series has the potential to transcend that classification but with only book one and two out this series is currently only delivering the title: Marines + Crimson Worlds (Blood).

If you are looking for a deep read or an epic space opera I think you might be more satisfied with a different title however, if you are like me and you want some unique action with solid characters in promising new world give it a shot.

My verdict:

If you are new to scifi or space marines there might be better options to start off with. If you are a grizzled veteran like me, dig in I think you will love it. You need to love this genre to love this book.

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- Jack Brown

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2013
  • Publisher: Jay Allan Books