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Annihilation: Star Force, Book 7 | [B. V. Larson]

Annihilation: Star Force, Book 7

Kyle Riggs is in for a rough ride. In Annihilation, the seventh book of the Star Force Series, nothing goes as planned. The three fledgling human colonies in the Eden System are beginning to take hold, but the forces threatening to root them out are many. The Crustaceans are calling for help, despite the fact they are the sworn enemies of Star Force. Are they potential allies, or vicious tricksters? And why are the oceans of their world heating up?
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Kyle Riggs is in for a rough ride.

In Annihilation, the seventh book of the Star Force Series, nothing goes as planned. The three fledgling human colonies in the Eden System are beginning to take hold, but the forces threatening to root them out are many. The Crustaceans are calling for help, despite the fact they are the sworn enemies of Star Force. Are they potential allies, or vicious tricksters? And why are the oceans of their world heating up?

Even as Riggs flies out to investigate the situation, more mysteries arise. The Blues are making vague threats, and Earth is suing for peace. Who is to be trusted, and who holds a dagger behind their backs?

Annihilation is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson. To find the first book in the series, search for Swarm. Annihilation is the longest book in the series so far....

©2013 B. V. Larson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Sean Tallahassee, FL, United States 10-20-14
    Sean Tallahassee, FL, United States 10-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Almost unbearable. Kyle Riggs is stuck on stupid"
    Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?

    Yes. Still have faith in Larson and Boyett is fantastic.


    What character would you cut from Annihilation?

    Kyle Riggs


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Andrew 08-27-14
    Andrew 08-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "From Decent Series, to Monumental Ego Stroking"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different book?


    What was most disappointing about B. V. Larson’s story?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Boyett’s performances?

    Mark Boyett does an excellent job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Anthony 03-28-14
    R. Anthony 03-28-14
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    "Can't take anymore Kyle...."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Southfield, MI, United States 03-17-14
    Scott Southfield, MI, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The series should have ended much sooner."
    Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?

    Yes, and I have.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another book from this genre.


    Did Mark Boyett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    As always, yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Annihilation?

    The whole book


    Any additional comments?

    This series is a little long in the tooth. I was left with the feeling that Kyle Riggs is an idiot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rich san jose, CA, United States 02-11-14
    rich san jose, CA, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2011

    Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.

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    "MARVIN THE MAGNIFICENT MANIPULATOR"
    Would you listen to Annihilation again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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?


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Troy DeJesus Ashburn, VA United States 10-02-13
    Troy DeJesus Ashburn, VA United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2004

    I love books!

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    I have read all of the Starforce novels and unfortunately the last two have seemed to go downhill a bit. I will still read the next ones but unfortunately Riggs didn't seem like himself in this one and it seemed rushed overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dillon TURLOCK, CA, United States 09-14-13
    Dillon TURLOCK, CA, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kyle needs to get his act together"
    What made the experience of listening to Annihilation the most enjoyable?

    The first half of this book is the typical badassery you can expect from the Star Force series. The Star Force marines get new toys to rain destruction down upon the Macro forces. However after the dust has settled from this first skirmish with the enemy, Kyle becomes dysfunctional and frustrating for the entire rest of the book! Don't expect this book to be as good as Empire or Battle Station. I really hope the next book in the series dramatically improves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. M. 07-19-13
    G. M. 07-19-13
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    "Faverts"

    Heads up to all follower of this great series. You can get Book 8 at amazon as E-book . I hope audible will get on the ball and get this for us. I can not let this series go. Is it good? Well, duh! I gave all 7 a 5.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 07-16-13
    Joe NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Kicking ass and taking names"

    This was the warm-up for Battlefield Earth 11. There was plenty of action and space battles for us all. Anyone who doesn't like this one was wrong, wrong, wrong, This was classic Kyle Riggs at his best. The sad part was the death of Sandra. Everyone in the car had a tear in there eye.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GregBB Houston 07-04-13
    GregBB Houston 07-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Hooked"
    Would you listen to Annihilation again? Why?

    Was drawn into the Star Force series from Book 1. Never did consider myself a fan of science fiction books but this series is a great listen and has led me to explore other science fiction series. The words paint a vivid picture and the storyline is captivating.

    The book delivers what I expected from listening to others in this series.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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