I like scifi. Space, Monsters, and middle earth. Don't try to sell me a book where every character has the same personality. make it real
I'm writing this after having listened to the entire series, and I'm going to be honest. I accidentally started with book 3 or so, then came back and listened to the first one. If I had listened to book one before the rest I may not have continued and would have missed out on some of the best listening I've had on Audible.
So let me explain. First off I'd like to say that anyone who loved the "evil dead" series of movies is going to have a great time with these books. They are action packed, campy, sometimes funny and full of great one liners. In this first book it's hard to get past some of the "no one would act that way in that situation" moments, but later in the series it just sort of becomes part of charm. I never got the feeling that the author was trying to push any of his characters as "truly believable". They are not intended that way, and if you need truly down to earth characters you aren't going to get half the humor in this series anyway.
Our hero Kyle Riggs like most of the characters in this story is sort of a cardboard cut out type action figure. That's not to say that he isn't dynamic. Just dynamic in a sort of womanizing alien killing one liner tossing macho man out to singlehandedly save the earth. Forced into a situation between power hungry government leaders who want nothing more than to control all of the alien tech for their own purposes and evil alien robots set to decimate all sentient biotic species in the universe. Kyle throws himself head first into the fray without looking back. With very few real friends and way to many enemies he has his hands full right to the end of the series.
So about this book in particular. Read it and you'll understand how it all started. Read the rest if you want to go on a very action packed and sometimes hilariously funny ride all the way through.
Good book. It kept me entertained. The beginning was a little weak but finished ok. It is a light listen that is strong on plot but not much on character development. I am going to listen to the whole series. Good books are hard to find. The reader was good and that is hard to find as well.
Love this spin on alien invasion theme. Author does not make it melodramatic, or mushy or overly gross. Just little bit of everything, and a well maintained steady pace at which the story moves. Characters are developed well. Action adventure feel is awesome.
Will definitely read next one in this series. Want to see what are "blues" and where will it take us.
B.V. Larson continues to please. I started with the Undying Mercenaries series and liked it so I thought I'd give the Star Force series a try. I was pleasantly surprised that the character was very different then what I had come to expect. The fact that the main character was a techie/computer science type made him a little more realistic and down to earth for me.
I think one mistake made however was downplaying the emotional impact of early events on him - that would have put most people out of commission for a while, but he just set it aside and did what had to be done. I found that unbelievable and had to work to get passed that, but once I did, it was hard to put down. Larson likes his alien bad guys big and scary. You certainly feel the press of hopelessness as some of the battles unfold and surprises reveal themselves to the troopers. The tech is great. The twists were fun and exciting.
Mark Boyett continues to do great narration. I would be upset if B.V. Larson stopped using him.
Bottom line. This is good military sci-fi and I will be reading the rest of the Star Force series for sure. Highly recommended.
Written more for teens who are gamers (I'm neither) - can't even finish this. Who will win? Will Earth be destroyed? Do i care anymore? Not really.