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 …?
The Empire’s Corps series from Christopher Nuttall continues and this, the 12th instalment, is another good book in the series. As usual it is well written with good characters and good military action. This particular instalment is quite action filled. More so than a lot of the books in this series.
Most of the action takes place on the ground of the planet Corinthian although there are some space action as well. This is an all out frontal war. Words like slaughter easily comes to mind. Even with the grand scale of the battle the author manages to intermingle several personal stories in the grand storyline. As is the habit of the author he also involves a touch of politics, human reasoning, feelings and real life consequences of peoples actions in the mix.
Although I prefer space action in favor of ground action the author has yet again managed to make me enjoy a book slightly out of my comfort zone as far as science fiction goes. Whether it is the enjoyable characters, the well done combat scenes or the equally well done “glue” that ties the different elements together I cannot say. Probably it is a bit of everything.