The Bad Company: Age of Expansion - A Kurtherian Gambit Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Humanity's greatest export - Justice.
Space is a dangerous place, even for the wary, especially for the unprepared. The aliens have no idea.
Here comes the Bad Company.
Colonel Terry Henry Walton takes his warriors into battle, for a price, in this first installment of The Bad Company. He believes in the moral high ground and is happy getting paid for his role in securing it.
Set in the Kurtherian Gambit Universe, Terry, Char, and their people - humans, Werewolves, Weretigers, and Vampires - form the core of the Bad Company's Direct Action Branch, a private conflict solution enterprise.
Join them as they fight their way across Tissikinnon Four where none of the warring parties were what they expected.
Inside this book is cursing, amusing cursing, but cursing nonetheless. If bad language offends you, perhaps this book is not for you?
Set on the foundation laid by the Kurtherian Gambit Series, The Bad Company tells an entirely new story in the Age of Expansion - when the Etheric Empire is fast becoming the Etheric Federation with all of the trials and tribulations that come with bringing together different peoples, systems, and ideals.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 42 minutes|
|Author||Craig Martelle, Michael Anderle|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 27, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #197,811 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,013 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,947 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#12,675 in Military Science Fiction (Books)
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THEN, there's Ted's story, which IMO could've been handled completely separately...it would've made for a Frank Kurns-like story. And there the ship's crew and situation, and last but NOT least, Nathan and Lance.
Oh, not last. I didn't mention the various and sundry aliens.
Got no problem with the battle description; I think it was done well. The Fog of War issues are on point. I like that the intel was a total snafu, and the battle itself exposed numerous tactical issues. The Empire's almost always been far too competent, except when BA goes off in a tizzy. Things go generally too smoothly; humint is rarely *that* good. A little chaos is a Good Thing.
With wry humor, salty language, human emotions and determination please read this book, you'll find that its a likable read
Now to the main criticism that cost it two stars. I had to start skipping the sections that dealt with the War Axe. It seems that the author never read any of the other Kutherian Gambit series where they discuss the Emperess's space technology. The weapons drop pod uses rockets, not gravitics. The War Axe EI is vastly underpowered. The War Axes sensors are terrible. The transit times do not line up to the other books. Why doesn't the War Axe use it's gravitic shields to stop the mines like the other books?
Also, Christina seems like a pale imitation of herself and her abilities from the main series.
I have been completely absorbed in TKGU (The Kurthurian Gambit Universe) & I cannot wait to read it all through as the stories just keep getting more polished & exciting. If you haven't started this Universe yet, why not? It's a page-turning thrill a minute, with love of family to keep it all together. Still Fabulous!
Then there are people with ridiculous imaginations on hyper-drive, drawing endless energy from the Etheric. Craig Martelle is one such. Loved his End Times Alaska series. Michael Anderle is another. You know, the godfather of the Kurtherian Gambit Universe. It's like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but huger. Runaway imaginations, squared.
And now we're in space with a cast of many dozens. It is a sign of something when a cast of characters is at the BEGINNING of a book. Actually, thinking of some much-loved books that hid the cast road map in some appendix, I greatly appreciated the placement at the beginning. The descriptions did not all make sense at first--why so much attention to "mechs"??--but all was soon clear.
Here we have an armed force going to war. It's really not a very large army. Every person has a story--and a name. Good. They should. A lot of characters made the jump from Earth to space. I'm glad to see them again. Some fresh characters join the good guys, though most are in supporting roles, something like the Star Trek security guy who just has a first name. Expendable? But war is full of sudden vacancies.
I particularly liked the convoluted misinformation with the Crenellians. Every truth has two falsehoods plus a third lie of omission. Their cold-bloodedness was unnerving. Good writing.
It's great that there is more of this series ready to go. In some ways it's pulp fiction--but that never stopped Sam Spade or Conan (the barbarian, not the late night host). And in other ways it's darn good writing, whether one book comes out every month or every year. Personally I'm glad for the blistering pace.
The Bad Company is a winner. Looking forward to more.
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Plenty of action , laughs and even a few tears . This is gonna be a awesomely brilliant series and I’m already itching to see what happens nxt