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The Galactic Empire is dying. In their high towers, the Grand Senators plot and struggle to grasp a larger share of power while on the streets, the poor struggle to survive just one more day. Chaos and anarchy are running through the megacities of Earth, while giant corporations tighten the screws and colony worlds plot to declare independence and escape the Empire's increasing demands for resources. Centuries of mismanagement are finally catching up with the human race. The end cannot be long delayed.
Specialist Belinda Lawson, a Marine Pathfinder who survived the fighting on Han, is assigned to serve as a bodyguard to the Childe Roland, the Heir to the Imperial Throne, and attempt to prepare him to be Emperor. But Roland is a puppet and a spoilt brat - and, perhaps, the only hope of saving the Empire, if he can be redeemed in time.
And yet, as shadowy figures prepare to make their final bid for apotheosis - or nemesis - it may be all she can do to keep her young charge alive.
©2012 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2014 Podium Publishing
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By Michelle MacDowell on 02-12-15

The collapse of empire

The story for book 3 departs from the main storyline that the first two books start out with. To be clear, this book does not follow Edward Stalker or his Marines on Avalon. This story takes place simultaneously or so it would appear on earth. The story explains in detail the collapse of empire.
Both the author and the narrator do a great job on this book. Christopher G Nuttal did a good job of painting the picture of a tragedy, but with a story of hope in its midst. Five stars. Would highly recommend to anyone over the age of 14.

My only quibble would be the explanation of how society on earth develops. The end result of societal development on earth seems to be very similar to the movie idiocrasy (A comedy with a plotline that was purposefully ludicrous). Basically, The entire population is too ignorant to do the most basic tasks.

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By Charl on 01-15-15

Very enjoyable.

Full of action, good story, and good narrator. I will be downloading book 4 right now.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Poppey on 02-24-17


Was a little apprehensive when I started as the storyline had moved back from the rim to the home world. I need not have worried though as when the characters formed this book was every bit as good as the previous two and has pointed to a more in-depth series which contains many facets that will eventually all tie in.

I am very much looking forward to the continuing series.

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By darron j lea on 06-28-16

great story

absolutely loved it, all of the empire corps books are truly great, incredibly well written and beautiful narration, who could ask for more

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By Charles Armstrong on 04-02-17


What made the experience of listening to When the Bough Breaks the most enjoyable?

The story about the Corps and what they go through trying to maintain peace.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. Excellent like the others

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just enjoyment and couldn't wait until the next chapter came along. Maybe emotion was apprehension.

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