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....
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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!
I love books!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I like the story because I love this type of science fiction. The challenge with this particular book in the series is related to the main character, Riggs. In the real military, the best leaders aren't the doers, they are the decision makers. They listen to their staff, carefully weigh advice, and make decisions based on that advice. They invite constructive criticism and questions from their trusted advisors because they know that is why they promoted them. Riggs does the exact opposite of this and it takes credibility away from the character. He is much more of a dictator than a leader. It appears as though the writer either never served in the military or had a terrible experience with a leader.
No.. the series has helped me find other books that I enjoyed more.
He has an amazing ability to maintain the same mannerisms (voice, cadence, tone, etc.. ), among all the characters, from book to book.
I can see the series being made into a TV series for sure, but I love science fiction :). Star Force is very geeky stuff.
I am saddened by this book in the series. It just didn't have the same passion as the other books. The writer spent alot of time writing "filler", rather than story. Riggs was bitter and angry most of the book, Sandra never really relaxed, and the miscellaneous "relationship sub-plots" were just plain silly this time. At one point in the book, Riggs was propositioned by another female crew member for almost no reason at all, it that whole thing never went anywhere.. Too bad.. next book is off the list.
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