The Emperor's Finest (The Emperor's Finest #1)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
War is the field for the Empire's young officers to make a name for themselves, their chance to shine. When war calls again, Commander Niel Morrison, the scion of one of the Empire's greatest naval families, jumps at the opportunity. For Lieutenant Arien Noble, it is her last chance to save her quickly sinking marine career. It seems a perfect relationship to give them exactly what they need.
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About Melissa Cuevas

Military (US Air Force) brat, housewife, mother of two. I live in rural SW Wisconsin with my beloved husband and one clingy little cat. I'm also a dyed in the wool gamer, both table top and MMORPGs.

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Chad Dennis reviewed on on Jan. 25, 2016

It's been awhile since a book has grabbed my attention like this one where I devoured the story in less than 24 hours. The story is reminiscent at times of Heinlein's Starship Troopers but is not a copy and stands on its own merit. Not only do you get a magnificent story with a strong female lead and a man coming of age under his own terms, but you get a tumultuous love story between two military personnel as they bash it out with the enemy. A love story that is heartfelt, sexual, but definitely not sickeningly mushy. I was hooked within a few pages and knocked this gem out quickly. The bad: There are some typos, forgotten words in sentences, doubled words in sentences, and general grammatical problems that, if you're a grammar Nazi, your going to abhor. If you have the intellect to overlook these minor transgression you'll find yourself in the midst of a well told story. I gave it five stars because I loved this book. Do yourself a favor and get it. This would make an awesome movie.
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K.M. Herkes reviewed on on Feb. 28, 2014

Let me start with the good stuff: I enjoyed this book. It jumps right into a space opera plot plot based on an almost-British Empire-type navy Space Marine elements. The atmosphere of honor and bureaucracy was beautifully evoked from the first page. The characters are memorable and vividly described, they have full lives and real problems, and the action and battle descriptions are compelling.
That would be 4 stars. Except.

I stopped noting spelling and punctuation errors within the first chapter, the paragraph structure was often odd, with dialogue sometimes buried and sometimes not, and there were tons of awkward "saidisms." Things like, < “Way to go, Noble.” She snapped.> and really jarred me out of the reading flow.

There are also distracting format issues. I downloaded epub & mobi, and both opened with an odd mix of single- and double-spacing that couldn't remedied in iBooks, SonyReader or Kindle.

Formatting, punctuation errors and basic structural muddiness subtract stars from a recommendation. This would be a 2 rating, but it's free, and it's worth reading if you can tune out a lot to enjoy a good story.
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catghost reviewed on on May 11, 2013

I enjoyed this book. The marine action scenes were good, without being repetitive. As was the interaction between the two protagonists.
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Ronald Morris II reviewed on on Feb. 25, 2013

A solid 4 stars. Well written. A down in the dirt platoon and company level story of a marine lieutenant and her platoon though the assault drops of three years at war. Also tells the story of the assault carrier commander who has to deliver her to the objective and stay alive to pick her up.

I enjoyed this read and look forward to the next book.
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