Trying to rebuild after the empire's fall. Good character development and plot. Pirates, intrigue what's not to like? I also like the headings on each chapter which gives the reader some background about the empire, it's political, economic and social structures and how this led to the fall. Overall this is a good follow on to the first book.
Having read the first Empires Corps – I had to read the 2nd, and I wasn’t disappointed. It basically picks up where the last one finished, but with a minor time difference. Again, Christopher Nuttall has stuck to the same formula as the last – with the Easter Eggs (Still one of my favourite things!!), brilliant Characters, simply some of the best action sequences I have read in this genre, with clear concise descriptions, allowing the reader to feel involved in the battle, but not dragging it on for pages and pages so we get lost in it, and a fantastic plotline. There are multiple new plot twists of course and this time, our heroic Marines, having flushed out the Bandits and the Crackers on Avalon and helped to restore a peaceful Government, are now faced with the imminent threat of no Empire. Worse yet, Pirates come and attack – and again – No Spoilers here – go read it – it's brilliant and worth the read!!! ‘No Worse Enemy’, as well as new plot twists, has had some changes to its characters as well. Whilst there is still the main character list that we all grew to love in the first book (apart from the Bandits of course, they are all dead…), this one sees the growth of several characters. Several of the Marines grow and mature in this book, and it was nice to see them take on these new roles. Nuttall makes a great effort to keep readers interested, not just with a good story, but by growing the characters as well, so that we can see them advance, and we don’t get bored with them. Obviously it's not all about the Marines, and Nuttall spends significant time growing the other characters as well. Nuttall continues to expand his universe as well, beyond Avalon to other planetary systems in this book, (I don’t want to give too much away, so won’t give too many details), but this adds a new depth to the book as well and sets up the series as well for future books. Nuttall is very clever and creative in his writing, making this series not only engaging, but very compelling – it's very easy to read. Having said that, the 2nd book is very graphic in parts when the pirates arrive, and this book is not for those that are easily offended. The descriptions of the Pirate activities are not for the light hearted. Nuttall has gone for accuracy in his portrayal of how the Pirates, in all their glory, treat their victims, which isn’t pleasant. This of course should not take away from the actual story, as the book is brilliant, it's just worth being aware. As with the first book – this is another exceptional book in an awesome series, and should not be missed.
The second book in this series is better than the first, which is unusual to say the least! This is space opera at its best, with heroes and heroines (that's not being sexist - I'm female!) and an undefeated splinter of the Emperor's Marine Corp! There are fewer errors in this book than in the first (thank goodness!) but the pace of the story is so fast that they're easy to skip over. The end of the book is well wrapped up but you can just see the storm clouds hovering on the horizon! Highly recommended to all SF fans.