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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Avid reader and huge sci-fi/fantasy fan
I have, of course, read all the other book in this series and it is slipping. I hope B.V. Larson or one of his associates read these reviews. The character, Kyle Riggs, is becoming juvenile and just as much a dictator as his hated foe, Crowe. I don't understand. Col. Riggs is generally an idiot, and therefore, I'm losing interest in him and almost wish he would be killed off. When, after how many years in space and countless battlefields, do Kyle Riggs suppose to learn from his mistakes. It's becoming frustrating to read/listen to. The narrator is good though. I like him.
A true fan of political intrigue and crime drama, leadership in life and business, and an occasional relaxing sci-fi shoot-em-up.
Of course. Mark Boyett is such an accomplished narrator, a favorite - right next to Scott Brick. He is so good that when I read print edition of any novel I hear Mark's voice anyway.
Ever notice how one character just seems to steal every scene even when they aren't really trying to? Our beloved galactic robot - Marvin - has gone and upgraded himself for a specific project. In his best effort to take care of a tragic situation for Col. Riggs, he's applied his unemotional and scientific zeal for discovery and taken it to a grotesque level. Yet, you cannot help but appreciate his adaptive creativity.
This was a toss up for me. There is a scene where Riggs and some of his "Pigs" are hunkered down in the dirt trying to fight a gigantic mech that is steamrolling over them. Hoping to score a win by fighting from underneath the behemoth, the team finds themselves with a frighteningly over-sized target sure to squish them. That little battle was so well written I could sense the fear and hear the deafening sounds.The second scene is where Kyle Riggs punches into the room to see what Marvin is up to. The resulting description of Marvin's self-edit to accomplish a medical task was a stroke of macabre that really spiced up an otherwise predictable storyline.
Yes, its the funeral scene. I don't want to let out here who dies, but the scene is so powerful. Go ahead and place a bookmark here - because this, in my opinion, is the turning point for Kyle.
I was afraid that this book might be a little bit of a dud based on other reviews. I disagree, having found this to be a critical book in the series. Its the perfect setup for a change in the protagonist's personality and sets us on the path of something new. The narration was flawless as usual for Mr. Boyett. Trust the series, trust B.V., and go ahead and get Annihilation. Its worth the credit or the coin. Well done!
If you are reading this review,its only because you have been sucked into the Star Force series and plan on getting this next book no matter what i say. I read other readers thoughts,some weren't favorable,i didn't care,and i bought the book.
I loved it. I only wish they were longer. Rigs really needs to go blow the crap out of "you know who" back on earth and soon.
Im not going to say anything about the story. Again,this is what,book 7 in the series? If you are even looking at this book,it means you have read the previous 6. Buy it and like it.
BV Larson,get to writing. I want the next book asap.
Hello there, I listen at least 8 hours a day. If you would like me to review your book please send me a copy. Warning I review FAIRLY!
I would Listen to this book at least one more time this year alone, Its engrossing and has such fine attention to detail that there is certainly many small things I missed. Larson does an AMAZING job of sticking to the possibility of the Nanos and Macros being something we could actually make.
By the time you are done with this book, you truly believe humans are on their way towards such things, though hopefully less Violent!
I can not think of any other book I could compare Annihilation to other than other books in the series. This series is truly one of a kind, and in a world flooded with vampires in love and Orson Scott Card Clones, Annihilation stands out Fresh and on its on 2 feet!
Mark Boyett truly makes each person sound different. You do not need to hear the name of the person before you know who it is after the first hour or so of listening to any book in the series, and that is simply not easy to do.
He also keeps a perfect pace, never monotone, and never over excited. I could not imagine this series without him. I can only compare him to the reader of the Dresden Files series. In that series a single book had a different reader and it took the book from what would have been 5 stars to 3!
That same example applies here, If anyone other than Mark where to read StarForce to me it would be a great loss.
A venture into the mind of machines and the soul of humans.
This series truly shines in a couple of ways. The first being how Mr. Larson never strays far from what science could truly do given time so it never feels silly. The second is how truly the machines show absolutely no Humanity, and act exactly as a computer does. Finally the wonderful attention to detail is incredible. This may turn some readers off as it does slow the pace of the book from time to time, though never in truly intense scenes.
Every choice that the lead character makes slowly evolves him, and truly show his morality and sense of justice.
Finally I HIGHLY recommend that you start with Book 1:Swarm so that you can see the amazing development of the characters in this series. By book 7 Riggs is truly a different man.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
wow! that went by fast. too fast! gee-whiz! once again, b.v. larson delivers and impresses with his latest installment of star force, annihilation, and THAT IS an apt title! whew! the macros truly are heartless and cold-blooded! duh! they're machines and have neither. sorry, i'm a little giddy after just finishing listening to mark boyett's excellent performance.
i always end up appreciating the depth of b.v larson's writing b/c...sorry guys and gals...my first impressions of the biotic aliens are "oh that sounds stupid!" rigg's latest biotic nemesis are crustaceans. after their initial appearance, i thought b.v. had lost it! lobsters! smart, space-faring f@%king lobsters? first, there were the worms then the centaurs, and now lobsters.
once again, b.v. larson delivers! as before, his writing and boyett's narration created an environment where i was able to just listen and suspend my judgment about the implausibility and seemingly craziness of lobsters in space.
with each new biotic race b.v. introduces, he adds another facet to this series, which makes the overall story even more precious. each biotic race is interesting and peculiar in its own way, and the lobsters are no exception.
i enjoyed learning more about the blues and their questionable motivations. and then there are the macros!
after the events in empire, i was glad b.v. continued to move the plot along in this book. an old frenemy shows up, and there are serious repercussions from his visit. as we learn more about what's been happening on earth, you learn emperor crowe is even more of a megalomaniac than previously thought! dang, he's an evil b@$tard! but what makes the "earth" scenario even more sinister is that the particular outcome depicted is plausible.
if you like the series so far, you won't be disappointed. thankfully, there's no let down in b.v.'s storytelling. all of your favorite characters are back! and marvin? well, he's STILL marvin! after listening to the last 5 minutes, i'm sure you'll join me do our best "marvin" on b.v. and prod him to hurry and release the next installment of star force! lol you'll know what i mean when you get there!
Drop the cheap romance: it sounded like a 15-year-old's writing. The phrase "my girl" should have died in the 50s.
Restraint from wild, sudden narrative archs and dramatic irony that is painful to endure. Cut the childish, insulting dialogue. Downplay the casual domestic abuse and the frequency of shower stall "love making."
The Latina accent was painful to hear. His black accent was stereotypical and horrendous, though suited with the general tone of the writing.
Sandra would have never been introduced into the book.
It's a creative an gripping premise with so much potential. I went 7 books in before the cheapness of the writing became too much.
The thing i like the most about the star force series is the characters are very relatable. This book has some similar concepts to Ender's Game because it's about another "species" (that being the machines in this case) who take on the humans, so if you liked Ender's Game this is the next series I would recommend diving into. The machines have an overwhelming force compared to the humans and the rest of the biotics. Overall I personally enjoyed the plot, and find myself rooting for the biotics and becoming sad when battles are lost and people are killed off.
Overall B V Larson is quite a fantastic author who really has a good story going. This story is fantastic but for those who don't mind a very detailed plot it is amazing. For those who haven't read any of the books yet beware it can drag itself out at times. To break it down every book is basically about one campaign that Kyle Riggs battles in.
A good way to get through the work day.
Another great addition to the Star Force series. Though I did feel that this book started off a bit on the slow side. Annihilation definitely lives up to its name and leaves you begging to know what's going to happen next.
This installment brings back some great drama that we haven't seen since the first book. Larson locks you in emotionally and there's no turning back. You also have the different enemies/aliens/machines planning, plotting, and attacking from every which way keeping you wondering how far this rabbit hole goes.
With all the possible story angles this series can only get better.
Mark Boyett continues to do amazing work telling the story. And as always he brings extra life to each character.
The most unenjoyable part of reading this series is easily waiting for the next book. Let the torture begin.
I love this series. BV doesn't get too deep into science or even technology. He allows your imagination do the work. Some authors get WAY TOO DEEP into science terms that need to be mentally translated prior to figuring our the story line. It's very tiresome.
Keep up the GREAT work Mr. Larson.
Oh, and Mark Boyett is super!
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
Yes, each book before was thought about as a new chapter, but this book did not only end a new chapter with Star Force, but it also started a new age for them.
The first few chapters started well, you have your usual saving some biotics and so on, but that doesn't take much from the book as i was fearing at first. Although the beginning was full of action, what happened next wasn't full of action, but it was still a game changer. And if that wasn't enough, what happend during the end of the book was full of action as usual, and it ended another chapter, but rather than just ending another chapter for Star Force it started a new age for them. I think the next book will be full of events and would love to know what will happen in that one.
New characters are added here, and Marvin still does his weird thing always, and you could feel him growing up this time, which was a bit weird
A good addition to the Star Force series, and lets see whats next.
This is without doubt a strange book to review. The story moves along at at good pace keeping the listener engaged in the story. The series of books also keep you hooked so you want to know what happens next.
The problem I have is with the main character Kyle Riggs, he must be the most arrogant pillock I have ever come across. As long as you can resist putting your fist through your speakers it's a good listen.
Annihilation, the seventh book in the Star Force series from author B V Larson steps things up to the next level being a rather more riveting read than perhaps the previous two books. This is not to say that the previous titles were not in themselves a decent and enjoyable read but Larson has managed to find another gear with Annihilation which is just astonishing when you consider just how consistently good an author he is. I have praised Larsson's work in both this series and the other "Undying Mercenaries" series which I recommend by the way and I cannot say that I have read what amounts to a poor story from him so far. I would have to say, rather ironically perhaps, that the first book that kicked off this series entitled "Swarm" was in my view the overall weakest. Having read that book I was left in two minds as to whether I should carry on with the series or call it a day on it. I was very pleased that I did carry on with the series and can definitely say that Larson has developed and weaved a clever saga thus far which is of high quality. Each book can be read in a stand-alone format if the reader so decides and Larson does do some minor background exposition in order to fill in a new reader on the key elements but as the series progresses I think it becomes more and more necessary to have read the series thus far.
Interestingly, the publishers notes on Audible state that this story is the longest one yet in the series but it comes in at a run time of under 13 hours which does not make it the longest so far so I am puzzled how this claim was come by. Had the narrator been different and perhaps read slower then the claim might be justified in some way but wisely the publisher sticks with the excellent Mark Boyett who has read at a consistent speed throughout the series. Anyway, a very minor observation and not one that impacts the story in any way.
Larson keeps the reader or listener in this case engaged at all times and I can honestly say that I never found my mind wandering from time to time as has been sometimes the case with other authors works. Larson's prose are straightforward and efficient and moves the narrative along in a flowing and natural way which I really like.
For those of you that have read the series so far, I will not go into any plot detail here but suffice to say that things are not good for our hero, Kyle Riggs and events in Annihilation leave him emotionally scarred. One plot element I did feel was sort of clear to see from the readers perspective as to how it would turn out and the old axiom of "Trust no one" perhaps rings true in this story. let's just say that one of Rig's major weaknesses is that despite his age, his judgement is often influenced by a pretty face.
As briefly alluded to above, the narrator, Mark Boyett does an excellent job as ever and his range of voices is both wide and superb in quality. Larson has a particular knack of portraying alien species in a way that does not try to bestow human personality or cultural traits upon them and succeeds brilliantly in depicting a truly alien mind that works very differently from our own. I did spot some minor errors during the reading of this book and I don't know if they were errors of narration or writing. In one chapter we encounter what sounds to me like a "Commander Becker" who promptly becomes "Commodore Becker" on two subsequent occasions before returning to her rightful rank of Commander once more. Later, unless I heard the name wrong originally, it sounds like the Becker character has become Decker. I think I spotted just one other minor error where I heard the word "turned" instead of what clearly should have been "tuned". Again, very minor and as I said, it could actually be the writing or proof reading process that was in error and not the excellent narration.
Annihilation packs a lot of punch and is a story that never slows down. As ever with a series of books from Larson, we are left in an interesting situation that just begs the reader to come back for the next instalment. This seventh book in the Star Force series is an excellent read and will not disappoint.
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