Reality Check – A New Novel of The Empire’s Corps

24 Oct

A New Novel of The Empire’s Corps.

None of them wanted to leave Earth. It might have been nightmarish, but it was all they knew.

Gary wanted to concentrate on his exams, in hopes of leaving the CityBlock and its bullies far behind. Kailee wanted to become an actress. Darrin merely wanted to live. But when the three teenagers win a competition, they find themselves taking the trip of a lifetime, a voyage to a colony world where they can see how the colonists live.

Meridian is very different from the dark and dismal cityblocks, a place where they can make a new beginning. But it also houses dangers, dangers that their education on Earth didn’t even begin to prepare them to face, dangers governed by the cold equations of survival.

And when disaster strikes, they find themselves forced to fight for their lives – or die, alone and unloved, thousands of light years from home.

As always, the book is DRM-free.  Download a Free Sample, read the Afterword … then buy it from Amazon hereReviews welcome!

8 Responses to “Reality Check – A New Novel of The Empire’s Corps”

  1. DaLintyMan October 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    The author readily handled the reactions of the main group, and allowed the audience to sympathize with the characters. All in all, a good tale.

  2. Piper Michael October 26, 2013 at 4:38 am #

    For my sins, I have been admonished to write a review of yet another wonderful Chris Nuttall addition to the Empire Corps. It is space opera at its finest, but Chris’s writing has really shined in this latest episode. I place his work as now approaching the level of the late Isaac the Great, Isaac Azimov, he is one to watch…

  3. Shane October 31, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    Through-out the book I kept feeling like I was reading “Stranger in a Strange Land” but the right way round… You did a frightening job of painting the brutality of Statism.

    My experiences with government schools agree with yours largely and I liked seeing your thoughts on possible solutions in the afterword. One thought that I did have; when you wrote of separating children by their abilities “fast” vs. “slow”. This might not be a bad idea although long before government schools and even for a while after the One-Room Schoolhouse was a staple of American education. These teachers taught not only ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ students together, but also all grades together. So there is another solution out there be it methodology or true teaching ability (I just don’t know exactly what it is).

    Thanks for another great story.

    • chrishanger November 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

      Thank you – please could you write an amazon review I think a single all-ages class would have to be very small or very focused. (I’ve never experienced one, so I don’t know.) I don’t think it would work on a large scale, certainly not more than 20ish pupils. And the teacher would have to be very good. Chris > Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:01:18 +0000 > To: >

  4. Kieran Mathieson January 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    I’ve been a professor in the US for more than 20 years. What you write in the afterword applies here, too. is a short play about the situation.

    About practical work. We know how to help students learn skills. The research is there. Profs (in the US) don’t use that research. In fact, few have any training in teaching. There are about 70 faculty in my business school at Oakland University in Michigan. How many have seriously studied learning? AFAIK, you can count them on one finger.

    I study how to get research-based learning practices into university classrooms. It’s not easy. More at

    There is only one point about which we disagree. That’s the focus on core skills. It makes sense at first glance. However, from a motivation point of view, it might be more effective to let kids study things they enjoy, and let that lead them to core skills.

    An example: Meccano. I had the metal Meccano when I was a kid in Australia. Take a kid who likes building Meccano things. Then: “You can build even better things if you learn about mechanical advantage.” That leads to maths and reading. Not boring drills, but applications the kid wants to learn about.

    Or take a kid who’s into RPG computer games. “You know, you can make your own RPGs.” Give the kid software like RPG Maker. That leads to programming, algebra, story telling, etc.

    Maybe put kids the kids with the same interests in a group. You get social interaction that isn’t based on who sits with the cool kids at lunch, or who the worst bully is.

    BTW, I cheered when Kailee killed Barry. You go girl! And Gary too. Aim for the head next time.

    I’ve tried your patience enough with this long message. I enjoy your work. Thanks for it.


    • chrishanger February 8, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

      Thank you! Sorry I didn’t see this earlier – for some reason, wordpress insisted your post had to be moderated. (It shouldn’t.)

      Glad you liked it.


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