I drive an average of about 1.5 hours every day. Since 2009 I've been a huge Audible fan thanks to This Week in Tech (TWiT.tv)
Just about every selfish decision Kyle Rigs makes ends up killing thousands! He should have been fired or taken out by a firing squad. Let another character take over already.
See-through plot development. Sub-par space physics. Author is good, and overall ties the necessary strings, but character development is shallow, and like an overzealous pitcher, the wind-up before delivery of a plot thread is painfully long. Additionally, the physics of space combat and comms is laughable. (ex. A ship pops out of an instantaneous wormhole transportation "ring", is then limited to relativistic travel/time delays, but never-the-less has real time communication capability with everyone in the system, and real time reporting of every other ships movement activities. Even the fleet movement concept is more or less limited to what surface ocean vehicles have been doing on earth for the last thousand years.)
Author needs to study more and incorporate realistic physics in his books, or at least provide an technological solution for avoiding those limits. Main character needs to have a little A LOT more depth. Associated characters need to be better developed. I feel as though I'm reading a story, written by a guy whose read a lot about relationships, but hasn't personally experienced many.
Saving grace of the series. I'm not sure if his voice acting is what the author had in mind for each character, but his "role-playing" smooths over a lot of stilted dialogue and actually sets the stage required for "willing suspension of disbelief" required to get into the story line.
maybe...but I wouldn't expect anything great from it. A lot like other sci-fi, big explosion, eye candy (hot actresses), surrounding an unrealistic "hero" who falls into being a good leader (though in real life would be horrible at it)...I wouldn't expect it to work on all levels, and miss intellectually stimulating and heart-string pulling completely. But as a blow-em-up for fun, sure.
In spite of my other negative comments above...Ive listened to 3 of them. I'll probably finish the series. Along the lines of a guilty pleasure, you don't have to think much or feel much to enjoy the books.
The 3rd installment of the Star Force series has Riggs coming to the realization that his "agreement" with the Macros is quite tenuous and probably should not be expected to last long. Riggs can only maintain the mercenary posture a bit longer before resorting to more aggressive actions. There's more aliens with the added feature of some space piracy thrown in. Serving with Riggs should also not be viewed as long term employment.
While book #3 is much better than #2, there are several noteworthy dings that deserve mention. The alien depictions are rather simplistic and somewhat adolescent. The Marcos while entirely mechanized are still too anthropomorphized (if I were as intelligent as the Macros, I'd stop looking like biotics and optimize a bit). The Marvin AI is a direct steal from Douglas Adams. Finally, as Riggs learns more about the origins of the Blues, everything that he guessed at in the 1st book is exactly dead on; there is nothing subtle in the evolving storyline.
The main remaining mysteries are the origins of the rings as well as how and why a species that is relegated to gas giants would even bother to build machines that end up trying to take over the universe.
One additional point of note: while this series is one continuous story arc, there is little backstory presented in subsequent installments. Lastly, the narrator's range is limited resulting in a Star Trek-like one of everybody and some recycling of character personalities.
Bloody Meat Grinder
Mark Boyett is a great performer who continues to breathe life into characters in yet another Star force novel.
"Rebellion" keeps the action coming. Rigg's Pigs are in for another bloodbath in V.B Larson's third installment of the "Star force" series. If you've made it this far you know the score, and life for Star Force Marines is about to get worse. Book 3 does a good job of adding more humor, drama, and gore into the mix without slowing things down. Better than book 2.
In this book the story comes together well, while I found the first 2 books a bit disjointed the 3rd book does a good job of bringing the story together and laying the foundations for the books to come. I really enjoyed this book and want to get into the next couple in the series to see how it will unfold. The narrator does another great job.
Mark Boyett's reading really brings this story to life! His characters are well done and believable. The Story itself is entertaining. It has space battles, ground battles, morality, love and not so many main characters that you can not keep track of them all. Some of the science is more glossed over than I would like, but I can look past that. Each book has been it's own story, yet still a continuation of the whole story. That helps greatly in long series in not getting bored.
The overall story is fascinating. I love the concepts and the plot. However, every single character is underdeveloped. Every. Single. One.
Every character was given one trait and then the author becomes repetitive with it. Sandra likes sex and being angry. Marvin likes to explore and be curt. Riggs likes to program. Etc...
Also, the sex in every scene is distracting. It'll be an intense military scene and all Sandra and Riggs (or Quan) can think about is what they will do in bed next. It's base. But if you're Sandra and that's as deep as your character goes... There is no avoiding it.
In short: the characters, especially Quan and Sandra, become overly annoying. To the point I don't want to continue the series.
As usual, Kyle Riggs is not only a computer programmer, but also a battlefield commander, master tactician, aerospace engineer, and skillful diplomat. Come on Larson, can't you just once develop some solid secondary supporting characters who are more than "yes" men?