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.
I am still enjoying the series and intend to use my credits to finish it out over the next few months, which I've only done with a few series in the past (Jonathan Mayberry & multiple from Mark Tufo – you gotta check these out if you haven’t already run across them). After this series I may check out another series from B.V. Larson as I've become a fan.
As for ‘Rebellion’, I really like how the story continues to develop. They have met some interesting life forms, are attempting for develop alliances, and beginning take the initiative against the oppressing macros. Narration is also excellent.
There are already over 2000 reviews for this book so I doubt I can add much more other than my positive recommendation for this book and the series.
(P.S. if you saw my review of the stuff I didn't like from the previous book, Extinction, then there is less of it in this book. Nothing annoyed me in this one :) ).
It was either the every present, passive aggressive girlfriend of the commander, or the fact that commander mostly behaved like a teenaged boy around girls. I started fast forwarding though anything that had anything to do with their interaction.
Some of the space combat was acceptable. But the commander is an idiot.
Too many to list...EVERYTHING that had anything to do with the girlfriend.
I bought the first three on a whim to see how they compared to a "Star Force" concept that I've had since childhood (30+ years ago). My story is better, if I ever actually write it.
If you like the first couple books in this series then you will enjoy this one. Performance once again was excellent.
I'm thoroughly enjoying Larson's writing... Full of interesting twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. The interactions between man and machines and alien races are very well crafted and I think very plausible. Aliens are alien. The narration is
very well done.