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John

NORTH EAST, MD, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 152 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1687)

    Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

    Dennis says: "Another 5 STAR Book!"
    "Keep them rolling!!!"
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    This is want Jack Campbell fans want! The side stories have not held my interest but with Black Jack back I could not stop listening to it. More More More.....please!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dust World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (827)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

    D says: "They’re back ready to die; again"
    "A little less..."
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    This book seemed (to me at least) not to have as much action as Dust World. That is not exactly a bad thing as this book gives a little different view of how the main character feels about the role of earth in the big picture. But I would like to see a little more action in Tech World.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sun: Star Force, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (934)

    Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are. The Dead Sun is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally finds some peace"
    "Just what I expected"
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    Another great one from B.V Larson. There is a rumor of one more book in the series but this one does close it out nicely. I was not too fond of the "title" Riggs takes at the end but other than that the book flowed well and had good balance.

    Also if you have not checked out B.V Larson's new series Steel World it is also a great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gehenna Dawn: Portal Wars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Jake Taylor was a New Hampshire farm boy who wanted nothing more than to marry his girlfriend, work on the farm, and maybe one day write a great novel. But mankind was fighting the alien Tegeri and their bio-mechanical cyborg soldiers, and UN Central needed men…men to go to war on hostile worlds far from home. Jake wasn't given a choice, not a real one. He found himself torn from home and family, conscripted for life and shipped to the planet Erastus to take his place in the battle lines, never to return.

    rich says: "Military Sci Fi Fans Rejoice!"
    "A little short."
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    This series has great potential but it felt like parts of the book were rushed. I felt like another 2 hours of length would of filled in a lot of gaps. I.e their upgrades and such.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1670)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1567)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Wow oh Wow!"
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    B.V Larson does it once again! I can not wait for more of this story. If you like the Star Force series then you will love Steel World.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (378)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "Where did they go?...... Not Brins best!"
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    Main characters disappear or are remanded to small roles. This is also several books smushed down to one. Things are moving along and then suddenly you are 26 years in the future.

    There are some good parts but you are left hanging several times and the story line gets twisted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Space: Star Carrier, Book Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (251)

    Humanity had appeared to fend off the Sh'daar assault once and for all, though they never learned why the alien empire was driven to halt Earth's advancement toward technological Singularity. But in this war of worlds, victory is always elusive. And now a new battle begins. After 20 years of peace, not one but two fragile truces are unraveling. Alexander Koenig, the former Navy commander whose heroics forced the Sh'daar into submission, has won a second term as President of the United States of North America. But pursuing his mandate - sovereignty from the centuries-old Earth Confederation - becomes a risky proposition....

    Anandasubramanian says: "Excellent series and book"
    "Lots of ?????'s"
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    I love this series and I am looking forward to more of it. However this book seems to get lost in itself and in the end nothing great has been accomplished. It basically ends at the same point it begins with no real new information given about the situation.

    Also there are several "Sub plots" like Grey's girlfriend that are annoying.

    Really you could swap out Gregory for Grey and you would have the last book all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Station: Star Force, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1524)
    Performance
    (1406)
    Story
    (1408)

    In Battle Station, Kyle Riggs faces new challenges, new alien fleets, and learns the secrets behind the war he has been fighting for years. In the fifth book of the Star Force Series, the Eden system is in humanity's grasp, but can they keep it? Star Force is weak after a long war, and many yearn to go home. Knowing the machines will return with a new armada eventually, Riggs seeks a more permanent solution. Along the way, worlds are won and lost, millions perish, and great truths are revealed.

    William says: "Non-stop Sci-Fi Action"
    "The saga coninues..."
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    This book continues with the great battle stories we are used to. The ending leaves you hangin on for more. I cannot wait to read Empire!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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