The series is really good and the 6th one in the series is WOW. Can't wait for the next one.Mark Boyett does an outstanding job with voices and such, I hope he gets an award for his work pertaining to this book and series!!!!
Riggs and many of his staff.
No the book was exciting and built to a wild time.
The entire series is worth a listen!
A good way to get through the work day.
Stop the Empire
Quan, cause he is a funny dude.
Mark Boyett brings life to the characters and sucks you into the story.
Well done saga
The mixing of human and Macro forces.
Very uneven, seemed like the soundtrack was spliced together from a number of different takes.
Empire and Rebellion
I have enjoyed the series, but this one is incredibly uneven. I enjoyed the story, but was constantly distracted.
With installment #6 of the Star Force series, Larsen finally has Riggs exactly where he wants him, smack dab in the middle of everything. The remnants of Star Force under the command of Riggs are establishing themselves in the Eden system, 3 ring jumps from Earth. Opposite Earth side lies the Thor system and an unknown number of other rings beyond. The local sentients are mixed with an alliance with the centaurs, a loose alliance with the worms and uncertain relationships with the crustaceans and the blues. Riggs also learns that Earth has finally devolved into a single governmental structure with Crow as the emperor and hegemon. Star Force must battle multiple enemies and are always on the brink. There is also the recognition that the situation has been changed for good; there is no going back once the machines are defeated. Riggs and Star Force are out on the frontier for the duration.
Larson is a very good storyteller with solid pacing and twists along the way. There is less of the technical, engineering projects in this installment relative to earlier volumes with more emphasis on outlining the new political "normal". Another welcome relief is that although Riggs is still the one to largely decipher all the nuances, Larsen is letting his closest associates play a larger role. Alien species are somewhat wanting as well; not only are they essentially Earth style creatures (except for the blues) with intelligence, but they tend to overdo the anthropomorphizing of individual human traits (the worms are warrior barbarians, the centaurs are chivalrous knights, the lobsters are pretentious snobs, and the blues are apathetic intellectuals). With that said, Larsen has crafted a great playing field with room to roam.
The narration is adequate, but unremarkable. Character distinction is achieved through extreme accents leading to a one of every type feeling. Pace and tone are appropriate and the listening is easy.
Empire was a direct continuation from Battle Station although it's not really until this book the battle station is formed and used. I'm not sure that makes sense but it's where this one in the series starts (and points out the misnomer of the last book).
Here, the story seems to devolve back to a point when the main protagonist revisits an old plot; ironing out differences and fighting over grievances with former arch enemies (Crowe) and former conquerors-turned-overloards-turned-enemies-turned-conquerors-turned-allies (the Macros). What I would like to see is what "Pandora's Star" and other books in that series had too much of: some drama in the interludes and character building. I'd have liked to see one less battle or the same number of battles in a longer book.
Starting with the 3rd book in this series, it became clear to me that these books are brilliant; they get me to purchase a book with a full credit and in return i get half a book with lots of battles and no characters I can fully understand or believe in (less Marvin and and Kyle Riggs). The relationships between the characters could be very compelling. But the glue to hold all that together and take my mind off each battle is lacking.
I would recommend people start with the first 2 books in the series. If they understand it will be more or less the same for the next 4 books (and these are SHORT books), then yes, by all means continue. Otherwise, I recommend to read a more far reaching tale such as the Pandora series (that said, this series is by far more "cleaner" if you're squeamish about such things).I would recommend to the author to combine every 2 books into a series of novellas IMHO. 1-2, 3-4, 5-6..end with 7. But that's my opinion.
An awesome reader. Not quite the American version of Jim Dale but I find his performance to be excellent.
Uh..this is the never ending story of space battles. I'm hoping the author can wrap up the relationship between the originating 2 antagonists (Crowe Vs. Riggs) but, honestly, I think the outcome is predictable.
The whole series is fun and has good ideas, but it's tiring hearing form only one mans point of view. I don't mean to complain, because in many ways I enjoy them, but I can't get over the fact the entire series revolves around one man coming up with all the ideas and no one else can do anything but follow orders. That, and the girlfriend can only hang on to the guy, or try and kill someone....give me depth and characters that can think for themselves for the love of god....Again, otherwise it's a fun series.