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They Shall Not Pass (The Empire's Corps Book 12) by [Nuttall, Christopher]
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Despite the escape from Meridian - and a strike at the heart of Wolfbane - enemy forces are still advancing on all fronts. The Commonwealth, worn down by a year of hard fighting, is reaching the end of its tether, while Admiral Singh - having secured control of Wolfbane - is searching for the breaking point that will shatter the Commonwealth once and for all. Time is needed, time to bring new weapons and tactics into service, but time is the one thing the Commonwealth doesn't have.

Now, with enemy forces closing on the industrialised world of Corinthian - Admiral Singh’s former base of operations - Colonel Stalker decides to make a stand. The Commonwealth will meet its enemies on the ground and destroy them - or die trying. They will not pass as long as a single marine remains alive.

But how much of Corinthian - and the Commonwealth - will survive the nightmare to come ...?

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This was a good read. Besides the good action sequences we see what effects an occupation has on not only the civilians but the soldiers who are by turns hated, feared, attacked by insurgents and expected to behave in a even handed fashion. The main characters have been established in previous books so little character development was needed. By adding POVs from new characters enabled a look at the action from both sides of the conflict. This is one of my favourite sf series.
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I read this book as a beta reader ... I am lucky enough to be on Chris' list of those picking up the stray Oxford Comma or apostrophe. I have followed the Empire Corps series from Book One. It never fails to please. I entreat anyone who likes good military sci-fi to start at Book One and join up!
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Risk, strategy, rage, outrage, revenge, foresight, power, humility and more - clever writing, overall series plot moving forward intriguingly. Excellent character development. A battle won. The war still a long way from over. Who will regroup more effectively?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Spoilers!!!! Why? 27 March 2016
By Alakar - Published on
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I've read and enjoyed all of the Empire Corps books, and I have to say this is the first one I've been disappointed in. The reason I found it disappointing was the main plot of book made no sense. (Caution: Spoilers Ahead).

The idea of drawing Wolfbane into a side show that would cost them a huge amount and destabilize Admiral Singh, I got. The fact that the Commonwealth didn't use the opportunity of her fleet being tied down at Corinthian to push the war in other areas, or to trap and destroy her fleet, or to prepare well enough to destroy her ground forces was just dumb. The Commonwealth wins, but only because the author came up with a mutiny at precisely the right time to save everything. As I kept reading, I was expecting the other shoe to drop on Admiral Singh; i.e. a courier arriving with news that the Commonwealth had dealt multiple blows to Wolfbane forces while she was occupied at Corinthian. The political situation at Wolfbane destabilizing because of her distraction and the attacks, I was expecting something along these lines, but nothing happened. The whole "draw her into a meat grinder" had no end game.

Other things were also not well done. The Marines, Col. Stalker included, were almost an after thought. We saw nothing of Col. Stalker directing the Commonwealth ground battle. The capture of the Wolfbane ground commander was anti-climatic. The constant references to Han, the Slaughterhouse and REMF's also got irritating (FYI Christopher, not all non-combat troops are REMF's. Talk to some actual vets if you need clarification on this.).

Overall this seemed to be a story that wasn't very well thought out. Hopefully the next installment will be better than this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a good read and Chris does his usual good job of ... 9 March 2016
By Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard - Published on
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It has been said that "War Is Hell" and Chris's newest Empire's Corps book shows it. It is a good read and Chris does his usual good job of telling the story with believable characters on both sides of the battles. If there's a theme to this story, it is that war can never be clean and even when the war is justified, people suffer. It also shows the uncontrollability of war. Even with smart leaders, things can not be controlled on the field of battle.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, Qestionable science 14 April 2016
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The series is a good read, if you like the never ending story type. Here we are on book 12 with no end in sight. The whole series is very good at story telling, but rather short on the applied science used by the author. Throughout the series the author has some rather strange concepts that he uses to tell his story.
Start with the idea of the armored battle stations that he uses in defense. Apparently huge amounts of time, effort and capital are invested in a defensive element that the Wolf battle fleet takes out in a matter of hours with no loss at all. Just what military would invest so heavily in such a useless piece of junk. In point of fact a realistic orbiting battle station would be massive, heavily armed and armored. It could carry many more and larger weapons with far greater reach than could be carried on a ship. The armor would be much heavier than could be realistically applied to any ship. After all an orbiting battle station doesn't have to worry about the little thing called inertia, which a ship does. To take down one would be very expensive in terms of ships and men.
Another strange notion is that a ship in orbit around a planet can not be touched by anything planet bound. Of course that idea is nonsense. It would take no great stretch in engineering to devise a planet based defense system that would make orbiting a planet with hostile intent very dangerous indeed. We have already demonstrated that an orbiting object can be destroyed by planet based means. The Chinese did it about 10 years ago when they destroyed a satellite with an earth launched missile. We have shown that we can intercept comets and asteroids in space. Devising an effective planet based defense system against a space vehicle would be well within the technical capabilities of engineers today, let alone few centuries from now when they have solved the problem of FTL flight and the creation of artificial gravity.
The authors use of the force field shield to protect Freedom City in the book helps him create the conditions for his epic battle on the planet surface. A battle that leaves a little bit to be desired in terms of strategy. But, the author needed all those conditions for him to tell his story. If realism reared it's head you would have a different story.
Perhaps I'm the only one who gets annoyed when writers play so loose with actual science and engineering in their stories. But, the series is a good read and worthwhile spending your free time on, if you've nothing better to do. I still think the David Weber's Honor Harrington series is the best space opera penned by modern writers.
Another thing I can't figure out, after running some numbers myself, is exactly how the author's favorite weapon for planet control, the Kinetic Energy Weapon, works. He has the weapon used as a tactical weapon when just a small amount of calculations show that that is patently impossible. The time of travel from even a synchronous orbit to an earth like planet would be in the neighborhood of many hours, if not days, depending on initial conditions. The author doesn't detail anything about the weapon, I think he mentioned that the projectile was the size of a basketball once, but unless you can impart speeds above what is reasonable, the weapon is not going to have much more damage than one could get from an artillery shell. Certainly nothing approaching the devastation of a 10 ton nuclear explosion. Of course the author may have something in mind that makes all this work. Speeds measured as percentage of the speed of light would be required, and if you had that capability, I don't know what you would need for any other weapon.
5.0 out of 5 stars The battle for Corinthian is brutal and bloody in the tradition of Stalingrad 24 July 2016
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For his 12th novel in The Empire's Corps, prolific novelist Christopher Nuttall continues the battle between the emerging Commonwealth of free planets and the better armed and militarized force headed by the planet Wolfbane. Colonel Stalker, who's about to become a father, returns as head of the badly outclassed Commonwealth force. He gambles on a ground war ploy to weaken the more sophisticated Wolfbane forces. Think Stalingrad. Stalker figures former foe Admiral Singh, now in charge of Wolfbane's fleet, will stop at nothing to retake the world of Corinthian, where she had previously started her ill-fated empire. In Nuttall's version of this future, the empire that grew up around earth has collapsed under its own corruption and sent the many planets colonized by humanity into a downward spiral. Some recovered from the the ensuing civil wars and unrest to form smaller, more manageable governments. But the economics proved intensely difficult. Everything had been controlled. The market was not free under the Empire, but heavily controlled. Independence proved near impossible for many planetary systems. The Commonwealth had begun figuring it out, allowing free trade and innovation to rule. But danger lurked in every direction. All Stalker wanted was a couple years to get stronger to be able to protect his alliance before the pirates and would-be rekindled empires attacked. So he dug in his meager forces at Corinthian's capital city under a force field the Commonwealth's scientists had developed. Singh couldn't bomb the city from space without nuking the entire world into rubble. She had to land an army. And it gets bloody. Nuttall is at his best describing warfare from the trenches. His narrative rolls along, dragging the reader through the battlefield foot by bloody foot. It's intense. He doesn't pull any punches. People die. A lot of people die. And they're maimed. Horribly. That's all I'll reveal about that. Excellent entry to the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book in a Great Series 1 May 2016
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I love the Empire's Corps series. It has bogged down in a single conflict when there is much more to cover. However, the author does a great job showing the failures of the Nanny State and the horrible results it causes.

It is military science fiction without aliens. All of the antagonists are human. So, the author can display the good and bad in the breed.