The Shadow of Cincinnatus : The Decline and Fall of the Galactic Empire

  • by Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Series: The Decline and Fall of the Galactic Empire
  • 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The warlords are gone, save one. Admiral Marius Drake, betrayed and almost killed by the Grand Senate, has seized power for himself in a military coup. Now, as Emperor Marius, Drake can work to restore the once-great Federation to its former glory. But now that the Grand Senate is gone, the Federation is starting to fall apart. The bureaucrats are running rampant, the corporations are demanding new powers, the colonies want freedom, and Earth is collapsing into chaos.
Worse, on the borders, a new interstellar power has arisen and is bracing itself for an all-out invasion of Federation space. For the Outsiders, the descendants of those forced to flee centuries ago by the Federation, there will never be a better chance to smash their hated oppressors once and for all. To save the Federation, the Outsiders must be defeated - but the Federation may not survive long enough to land the killing blow.
Cincinnatus casts a long shadow...and those who pick up absolute power may not find it so easy to put it down again.


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This is book two of the “Decline and Fall of the Empire” series. I recently read book one so everything was nice and fresh in my memory for book two. Unlike book one the big fleet battles have been fought; now it is the political fight to save the Federation. Admiral Drake is now Emperor Marius and everything in the Federation is falling apart and a new interstellar power has arisen on the Rim, so war might be imminent. The fifth fleet is now battling the forces on the Rim. It looks as if the problems of the Federation are too great and complicated for anyone to solve.

In this book Nuttall has not only an interesting surface plot but a much deeper plot for those readers who are history and or classic literature buffs. As usual Nuttall has his political commentary running throughout the story. The book is well written and fast paced. Nuttall continues to build his character thought the story. The story also delves into human nature more so than his other books. While reading the book the readers should keep in mind Lord Acton’s famous quote “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” There was a surprise ending that leaves me anxious to read the next volume in the series. Tim Gerard Reynolds does a good job narrating the book. I am looking forward to book three in the series.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

No Choice, The fedurRAYzhun has better Dada

I'm a Nuttall Fan, I "Think" I have pretty much all of his books (That I know of), I LOVED Book 1 in this series, but Book 2 just seemed to wander along and get lost somewhere down the line.

I thought at first maybe Tim Reynolds was possibly reading too slow, but by the halfway point in the book, it was obvious that Reynolds was doing the best that could be done with the material available to him... I believe he purposefully set the tempo slow at the beginning so that when the action finally picks up a little, later on, and he must read faster, the word "Federation" doesn't BLUR.

Ever repeated a word until it seemed to have no meaning? Yeah, "Federation". By the halfway point of this book, the word "Federation" is used so much that Reynolds begins changing the pronunciation slightly to "fedurRAYzhun" (Said in a haste), and the word got distracting and meaningless (NOT Reynolds' fault).

Also repeated to the point of losing meaning, was "Data", which Reynolds' (in his British Accent, is "Dah-Tah") turns into "dada". Again, NOT Reynolds' Fault. "The Sh*t Hits The Fan" every few pages, Along with, "But He Had No Choice". "miss-ISLE" is another one (When doing a Heavy 'Southern USA' Accent, we don't say "miss-ISLE"), and if the Enemies of the main characters aren't doing one of two things, "...Then... What?"

My wife and I listened to Book 1 while laying on the beach on Grand Turk Island (After an incredible Wall-Dive earlier in the Morning), and we both loved the Book! But 'Book 2' feels like a "Filler" in the series.
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- Trip Williams "Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios