The narrator is really good!
I can't except the protagonist, who is supposed to be a collage professor, never learns anything new. People do learn from their mistakes. And if they don't, they get replaced. This protagonists never learns anything. The books in this series are the same stupid mistakes over, and over. In each book he comes up with no significant improvements in tactics. There are SO MANY better options of attack that never get so much as a thought. I think this author is not smart enough to think of them himself. It is OK for a civilian person not to be able to think of better tactics. But, the commander has thousands of people under his command. Some would be tacticians who would be coming up with ideas, tactics, and better weapons. This story contains almost none of them. The best he seems to be able to do is bigger ships and to build macro weapons. Nothing actual new except a fighter plane that did not seam to have any new weapon on it. This author should be asking for help with ideas and tactics from others because he can not think of them himself. The protagonist's stupidity, and lack of anything but basic tactics was OK in the first couple of books. He was just a school teacher. He should be getting better and better over time, or he would be replaced by those around him. There is no way a tacticianal idiot would be allowed to continue in command forever! Since he was a professor, he would have the mental capacity to learn from his mistakes, and from the good ideas and plans of others. But, the stupidity of the commander stays the same through all the books. I can hardly keep listening to this book. There are just too many horrible stupid strategic mistakes! Not to mention, a defecting high ranking solder would be put in a cell for an interrogation period, then only later, she would be given a pension and sent someplace she could do no harm. After so many attempts on the commanders life, she would never be able to sneak a poison into the most secure fortress in the human arsenal and attack him with it. The author seems to forget they would have very good weapon scanning abilities. I think the author has had a hot looking woman try to kill the commander in every single book. Every time they almost succeed! Nobody would be so stupid to leave themselves vulnerable to every hot chick that comes along from earth where his most deadly enemies are. They always seem to bring along weapons, or bombs, or something. None of his people think they might be dangerous enough to search them for weapons, or anything dangerous.... It is just too Stupid!
This is a book that you will want to listen to from start to finish without touching the pause button. Mark Boyet "the narrator" is amazing as always. Just another reason I love Audible.
Yes. Still have faith in Larson and Boyett is fantastic.
Let me cut to the chase. It was almost maddening to listen to Riggs make stupid decisions. By modern leadership standards he is horrible. He was a great tactician up until now. But he makes awful strategic choices based on, of all things, his naivety! He refuses to learn from past mistakes. It is infuriating listening to him make a choice that you know is going to come back to bite him in the ass. And those once cold hearted choices he had to make early in the series to save humanity? He can't do it now because he is willing to risk everything to work with (save) untrustworthy alien races!
And it is just bad writing when the author forgets which characters were on which side of an argument! Riggs will be arguing against his staff over something (because he always knows best right) and not 2 minutes later he is suddenly arguing the same case his staff was trying to make. That is just bad.
I read the bad review and listened anyways because I am now more interested in the overall story than the main character. I sure hope the next book is better.
A different book?
This series started out so well, and had the opportunity to grow beyond it's main character. Unfortunately, Larson decided to remain so tightly focused Riggs that I grew to despise the character.
Mark Boyett does an excellent job.
Riggs' intelligence has been on a downward spiral (nosedive in this volume) for the last few book. For me, it hit the unbearable point during book 7. No reason for his decline has been given so perhaps it's unintentional. Regardless, the story has been ruined for me.
Mark Boyett's narration was excellent as I've come to expect. His character inflections provide a great color to the narrative.
Sad really, the story itself is very interesting to me.
Yes, and I have.
Another book from this genre.
As always, yes.
The whole book
This series is a little long in the tooth. I was left with the feeling that Kyle Riggs is an idiot.
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
I did and it was as fresh as the first time. Solid mil sci fi action throughout. Evil Crustacean and/or Macro "egg stealing mites" to despise and massive pictophile Worm People and long-winded Bovines to root for.
Marvin. In my opinion, Marvin is the greatest robot character I have come across, ever. Every time this robot enters a scene he has an agenda and a plan. He is loyal to the Colonel and no else, as everyone one else would have shut his meddling, borderline genocidal ass down by about the 20th minute of book 3.
Does this adversarial relationship with 98% of the rest of the characters slow him down? Might Marvin not get to mount that 8th or 9th camera? Absolutely not. Marvin triumphs every time. Why? Because he has perfected his method of systematically terrorizing those little micro-life savers into being the sole provider of the one thing humans crave most of all -an almost 100% guarantee of bio-tastic musculature, outer extremity regeneration and increased ability to bring the hammer down when hammering is due. Those bugs are the reason almost everyone who matters in the story is still alive at the end of this installment. No bugs, no more characters. Who keeps the bugs alive - barely? That's right - Marvin.
Marvin is the keeper of the flame. Wherever Marvin is, hope is not far away. Does it matter that he is pretty much always the first to bail out in any crisis situation zorching away to safety with some soon to be really needed power generator pod strapped to his back? Not on your life. Marvin knows that once the fleet of Lobster missile ship's are finally destroyed after being collectively t-boned by a salvo of missiles piloted by suicidal bovines outfitted with thermonuclear boompacks, Marvin will be right by his Colonel's side with 4 - 5 of his cameras zeroed on the Colonel's face as he stands there checking out the Captain's tight little ass as she stoops to pick up that pen that always seems to be on the floor next to her bridge console when the Colonel orders her to take down some notes.
Yes. 7-8 other performances. This installment's narration continues Mr. Boyett's string of top notch performances. He has this series and these characters down cold.
Will Marvin finally get to video THE event of the whole space trip - the Colonels' insatiable psycho girlfriend grinding her fearless leader as he lies on his back with the Captain pulling the all important multi-task of sitting on his face and simultaneously french kissing his pneumatic girlfriend?
We might need a rather large billboard, but damn it! This is America! We'll get the biggest God-damned billboard if that's what gets the job done.
Americans are finishers. We are Back to Back World War Champs!
By the way, who is smack dab in the middle of the above described action again? Marvin. This series should have been name Marvin's Star Force or Star Force Marvin. I kind of like the latter. What do you think?
This whole series has been a joy to listen to. BV Larson is an author of the first water. He knows his stuff. I am a better person after listening to this audiobook. I Hope this series goes on for another 12-14 years. As long as Marvin and the Microbes are in the mix, these characters can live long enough to see every single person they hold dear or are acquainted with mature, rise to their active middle years and then slowly die of old age. And who wouldn't want to pass that opportunity up!