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.
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This is a great series, and Rebellion is a solid continuation to the story line and characters. Non stop action, a story that always moves forward and characters that are still being developed.This is military sci fi at its best. It you want deep meaning look elsewhere but if you want kick ass entertainment Larson is the top of the class. I liked Undying Mercenaries a little bit more but this is good stuff. I intend to finish the entire series.
Any of the interactions between Riggs and Qwan are classic. Funny and revealing.
Slayton, great accent.
I typically read other books in between this series, you almost need to take a breather. Its non stop action and its awesome.
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This book is more of the same as the last 2 books.. Luckily, those books were amazing! The story line is very similar, but the world that Larson has created is so interesting and rich that I just can't seem to get enough! Riggs is a great character, and the supporting characters are so well conceived and written! My favorite character is Kwan. He is great! I love the interplay between the characters, even though they have been put into a no-win situation (many of them!) they always figure out a way through. Great writing, and FABULOUS narration! I hope the rest of the series is as good!
Beginning: Carpenter Middle: Marine then Firefighter Latter part: IT Admin; Books have always provided fuel for my imagination to feed on.
Some of the interpersonal stuff was just so over the top. I suppose he needed to address the personal stuff but it just seemed so out of place.
The book was great but I felt my attention falling off at the 2/3 mark. I even fast forwarded to the end just so I felt some resolution then the next day I slogged through the remaining chapters.