Character development. Any character development at all. It was an excellent concept that by the end became formulaic, it's characters one dimensional.
So many opportunities for characters to grow. Instead we have an online college professor who somehow knows how to engineer laser weapons, factories, starships, train and command troops, is a diplomatic genius... And his girlfriend is nothing but a sassy sex toy throughout the whole thing.
The reader was fine. If I saw his name I wouldn't hesitate to download.
Disappointment is the perfect word for the second half of this book.
I'm afraid I won't be pursuing this series.
If you like good military science fiction, go find David Drake, John Ringo and David Weber. Don't bother with BV Larson. Characters are unrealistic, enemies are flat, and there is NO attempt to bring even Science Fiction logical conclusions to the contrived emergencies.
Oh, look! You wrote yourself into a plot hole! Do you use human ingenuity to get out of it? NO! Bring in a miracle in modern (alien technology nanite) machines to fix it for you!
Probably something light and fluffy, like the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
Just write a book called Deus ex Machina and be done with it.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
What would you do if an alien ship picks you up and give you control to fight an army of giant space robots? This story explains what most of us would do in these circumstances. The sequel is definitely on my list. I want to know what happens next.
When the book started out - I was truly mesmerized. Enough to tune out the voice of my GPS and end up somewhere else. Halfway the "action" started and it felt like there was a completely different writer taking the lead. The ending was great. The only thing I can assume is that Mr. Larson had a great idea for a story but ran out of juice and filled in the middle with military minutia. I will give the second book in the series a try.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
After listening to Larson’s first two Undying Mercenaries books, and liking them, I set out to try Larson’s most popular series: Star Force. I liked the opening section of discovery and wonder, but found the climax to be anti-climatic. The Computer Science Professor protagonist is interesting. I like the way he is able to work around the Artificial Intelligence machines with his mad programming skills. It becomes farcical though when he is the sole person to figure out just the right process for defeating the enemy at each and every step in the conflict. He even becomes the on the ground field commander of combat troops in as the battle escalates. If this was a Philip K. Dick story that would be a clear indication that our guy is hallucinating, but in this book, the hero is supposed to be for real. I am well used to the idea of willing suspension of disbelief—a prerequisite for a Science Fiction reader—but after already buying the idea that intelligent alien machines are in a war and need our help; believing that a nerdy professor can go from teaching at a community college to leading the forces of earth to repel the first wave of alien invaders and single-handedly negotiating a peace that will enslave mankind for a generation, is one suspended disbelief too far. Do I think this series has potential? Yes, I can imagine how this can expand into something far more vast than this first installment, and so I may try the next book in the series at a later date.
Mark Boyett is, as always, excellent. I think the Undying Mercenaries series gives him more opportunity to demonstrate his range, but even here he is pitch perfect.
Oh yes I will, I'll wait about 4months then re listen.
The entire story line is my most memorable moment.
Mark Boyett made the audible book one of the best listens I've had. Great emotion, one of the best readers I've heard.
I could not shut it off, as soon as I finished one audio book I would load the next book.
I don't do many reviews, but I'm hooked on BV Larson, and Mark Boyett. They make a great combo..I just wish he did all of BV Larson's audio books.
There have been audiobooks that made me stop and rethink my role in this existence. This book was not one of those kind of books. But it is very well written, very well performed, and a creative fresh perspective on the concept of first contact gone bad.
No glaring flaws in concepts, fictional technology believable, a more realistic character portrayal. UNLIKE many series books I have read, you are not left hanging at the end. There was a logical break in the story line to justify the next book.
Each character had a unique speech pattern so that they were easily identified.
Yes, but why do you mention sitting. I listen while gardening, fertilizing the lawn, cleaning dishes, and removing old finishes from wood.
I read two other books by the same author that are very well written. Steelworld, and Dustworld that are worth a read.
Aliens have arrived
I purchased this book on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. Great book.
The title says it all: the book is easy to listen to. There is no ground-breaking sci-fi, no new ideas that will blow you away. The action scenes are well written but not too bloody. I found the book easy to while doing other things, and I look forward to finishing this series.
I just finished reading Steel World and Dust World and they were two very terrific books! So I got Swarm, the first Star Force book in the series and settled in for what I just knew would be a good time. Well, I have to say this does not feel like it is by the same author. This has more the feeling of a much younger author, just finding his style, but no, this one was published in 2010. The main character is so terribly self-important and so very chauvinistic to/about the main female character and big on fight/fight/fight with little story in there, well... I was not able to finish it. I think these books would appeal to a young, male audience. I was also appalled at how quickly he got over the deaths of his children, but this is a small, side comment.