The Terran Gambit : Pax Humana

  • by Nick Webb
  • Narrated by Greg Tremblay
  • Series: Pax Humana
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lieutenant Jacob Mercer likes fast motorcycles, faster women, and screamin' space fighters. As a reckless fighter jock in the Resistance fleet battling the Corsican Empire, he lives solely for the thrill of taking out as many Imperial bogeys as he can.
A rebel victory is looming on the horizon when the Imperials abruptly change tactics and, in a surprising show of devastating force, incinerate the city of Dallas with a thermonuclear blast - killing millions - and delivering a merciless example of what happens to upstart worlds in the Pax Humana.
But the Resistance will not be cowed so easily. In retaliation the rebel leadership devises a daring plan to strike at the Empire's heart in a final, desperate bid for freedom, a plan that will put Jake Mercer in the captain's chair of the most advanced warship in the galaxy. In a life full of crazy moves, this one might just be the craziest, but Jake jumps at the chance anyway for it means a possible end to the war.
To succeed, all Jake has to do is face down a psychopathic Imperial Admiral bent on utterly destroying the Resistance and even Earth itself. What could be so hard about that?


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100 of years in the future, in a galaxy nearby....

Rebels vs an Empire in space. Fairly quickly I thought of Star Wars. And this book (series) may get some comparisons of that nature. It just can't be helped. But there are many many differences and once you pass the initial 'empire vs rebels' element they aren't that similar.

Within the first 20% of the book I had decided I was going to put the rest of the series into my wish list. Alas, the rest of the series is not currently available as audiobooks.

The book starts begins with a space battle, following fighter pilots fighting among the capital ships. I thought I might have something to fill the gap left by the completion of the Stackpole/Allston X-wing book series. However the book eventually moves away from the individual fighters and pilots and focuses back on the capital ships, as our hero moves from fighter pilot to bridge crew. What begins then is less "seat of your pants" dog fights and more of a chess match between two fleets of ships. I personally enjoyed the initial part more, but this is not to say the later parts with the capital ships are bad. They are certainly interesting and left me wanting more.

The narration by Tremblay is really good. Narration is simple, clear, well paced and carries the right inflection to convey what people are feeling. Characters are distinct, with a variety of voices and accents provided.

Webb and Tremblay: get onto making the rest of the series as audiobooks. i will pick them up.
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- Kingsley

There is plenty of action to satisfy

It is about 600 years in the future and the Imperial forces are working hard to wipe out a struggling resistance. There are dozens of colonized planets tightly controlled by the iron fist of the Emperor, and the Senate, both based on the Roman Empire, complete with Roman gods and goddesses. Earth, the original planet, but also the most rebellious, continues to fight for its freedom, nearly winning a desperate battle until Imperial forces decimate Dallas, Texas with a nuclear strike. The resistance is nearly wiped out until it reforms three years later in a desperate struggle for its life.

The back-story of a futuristic Rome is interesting enough, though not explained in any depth. We know that a Roman-like empire runs the galaxy, but not how it came to be this way. One assumes this is revealed in subsequent volumes. The action revolves around a handful of undisciplined and erratic rebel fighter pilots and their crews. Fun loving, and fast living, they don’t expect to live much beyond their current battles.

The story flips back and forth to the Imperial Admiral consumed with finding and crushing the resistance once and for all. He is a brilliant sociopath who throws lives around without a thought. Though his schemes often work, they also destroy as many soldiers on his side as from the resistance. If you like evil geniuses, you’ll like this one.

There is plenty of action to satisfy any space military junky. It is fast paced and fun, moving forward briskly all of the time. There isn’t much in the way of political explanation or development, but many readers prefer it that way. The characters, though developed at great length remain two-dimensional caricatures, rather than real people. They seem disposable, with some memorable exceptions: the Italian scientist and the evil Imperial Admiral.

The story is read by Greg Tremblay. He does an excellent job and his character voices are well defined and a pleasure to listen to.

Pax Humana is a fun ride. If you enjoy the military space genre, you should not hesitate to listen to this one. While the back story of the futuristic Roman Empire is not explored in any depth, it is still interesting enough, and makes us want to hear what happens in part 2. And isn’t that the definition of a book worth listening too?

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2015
  • Publisher: Endi Webb