Conquest is the next chapter in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force must stop the machine invaders once again - but how?
In the fourth book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has freed Earth from the chains of the Macros - but at what cost? The Macros no longer trust him. He is a mad dog that must be put down - and all Star Force must be stamped out with him. The war expands in this story, and mankind is once again faced with annihilation.
©2011 B.V. Larson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
With the 4th installment, Riggs is finally back on home court and preparing for the eventual round 2 with the macros. The same cast of characters is back with Sandra getting creepier due to the microbiological/nanite combo in her. Crowe is still his "time to flee and hide" self. Much time is spent on defense, followed by a counterattack. At the same time, he is dealing with assassins gunning for him. Riggs also gets to call in any chits he's obtained with alien biota.
While the plot is compelling, the pacing well done, and the battle scenes well executed, the overall story suffers from Riggs being forced to carry the whole load. Without Riggs, earth would have been toast long ago and it's not due to a one time superhero feat. Rather, every interaction with aliens of any type always needs Riggs to save the day or at least manage to prevent a catastrophe from developing. Crowe is simply tiresome with his cowardly lion act and Sandra is just plain weird to everyone. Everyone else is extremely formulaic and stereotypical. At the very least, Riggs needs a Mr Spock to figure out what most of the stuff they find actually does. Noticeably absent in this installment is any discussion of the alien race responsible for all this stuff. With a well deserved lull, perhaps Riggs can outfit a more diverse and capable star force (a physicist and biologist would be nice additions).
The narration is passable, but unremarkable. For a group that is suppose to represent a swath of earth's population, everyone sounds like they come from a Hollywood studio's caricature department.
First off, let me explain that I have listened to about 10 Audible Audiobooks, yet this is my first review of one of them. Actually, I found the Star Force series by mistake when trying to search for the sequel to one of the audiobooks that I had read in the past.
Well, I am delighted to have found the Star Force series, and although they are all overwhelmingly addictive, I must say that this one is my favorite in the series. Are there drawbacks, yes, but I won't bore you with the details, I always hate when reviewers give you spoilers, just tell me if you like the book or not! Besides, the drawbacks are more like very old, highly abused speedbumps, they only slow you down if you let them.
The storyline gets deeper and deeper, and I hate to be cliche, but the plot thickens. And I mean, it's thicker than the nose cone of a Macro cruise ship! Crowe has been busy in Riggs' absence. Earth has better defenses now, but the Macro's are back with a vengeance! The author uses more humor in this latest part of the series as well. He seems to know exactly when to innoculate the reader with an oddball joke that no one else in the world would appreciate except a die hard Star Force Marine, or a Star Force audiobook listener.
Everyone who survived the recent inter-stellar campaign has developed as a character significantly. The action is seemingly non-stop, even when there aren't any lasers firing. Don't even think twice about it, hit the "Add to Cart" button asap. If you liked all of the other books up until now, you will love this one.
And if you loved all of the other books up until the release of Conquest, well, need I say more.
I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but Audible allows me to listen to all the great books that I thought I would never get to read.
Good listen! Story picks up where book three left off. B. V. Larson’s Star Force series is very similar to my favorite Military Sci-Fi author John Ringo and is certainly a must read for Military Sci-Fi fans. The entire book is written in the first person and gets a little old at times. Conquest also compresses a very large scale battle into a relatively short book, leaving very little for additional story or character development. Although constant action is what Military Sci-Fi readers are looking for, and Conquest provides plenty.
Excellent chapter/episode. this series continues to impress with each instalment off to read episode 5. give this man a movie contract please.
"Conquest" was basically the same BS as the other Star Force books, slightly warmed over. Kyle Riggs has the same dysfunctional relationships, the same ridiculous ego clashes, the same idiotic way of making snap judgments based on wishful thinking. His behavior is juvenile at best. Mooning over a pretty fellow officer during a life-and-death battle? Unwillingness to work cooperatively with ANYBODY? Inability to have anything resembling an adult conversation? That's our hero Col. Riggs. It is supposed to be Military Science Fiction, but is fails both the Military and Science Fiction parts.
I have already purchased the sequel to "The Mote in God's Eye", titled "The Gripping Hand."
Where Rigg's second in command, Lt. Col. Barrera, explained how Riggs was irresponsible, unprofessional, rash, and dangerous. All the things that annoy me endlessly about the character.
I am disappointed that I wasted the money buying it,
I waited several months after completing the first 3 "Star Force" books before giving this one a listen. This will DEFINITELY BE MY LAST B.V. Larson book! The narrator does a credible job, but the characters are just so ridiculous that I found myself hoping the darn book would end. Fortunately the chapters though many are short so the "plot" such as it is moves along.
I am a lover of stories, particularly stories that let your imagination run wild. Just because something doesn't exist is no reason for it to hamper an excellent story from being told. If I can do my work while listening to an excellent story, then I am one happy guy
I originally picked up this first book of this series because there seemed to be a lull in my normal authors putting out books. I have to say I was very happy with the storyline and the narrator. Needless to say, after I finished the first book, imagine my delight in finding three more books of the series already on audible.
The books are pretty standard military sci-fi, with the equally standard super-power alien race (in this case robots) and little hope for success. While the story is a bit cliche it is very well told and has its own spins on the classic. Sandra continues to be my least favorite character in the books, I wish she would just get killed off already... but I guess I see her necessity in the story.
Overall a great book in a great series. Worth a listen if you like military sci-fi
A true fan of political intrigue and crime drama, leadership in life and business, and an occasional relaxing sci-fi shoot-em-up.
The tireless conquest of Colonel Riggs and the Starforce Marines was phenomenal. As they relentlessly pursue the Macros across the universe I was left feeling almost sorry for them as it seemed they never got much R&R. While all of Earth hung in the balance, and their mission was crucial to survival, I couldn't help but think how heroic the characters were. I wondered, would I have that stamina, that resolve to keep on going?
Seeing Marvin return from his little adventures of hunting and gathering was a wonderful surprise toward the end. I can see where that character might be going and I am anxious to find out if I'm right.
Hands down,Marvin. Boyett did a superb job of personalizing each character and I will be watching for more Boyett narrations.
My work productivity slowed due to this great performances of Boyett and the excellent writing of B.V. Larson...couldn't put it down. Also discovered that I need to turn down the volume of my headset so the wife can sleep better. She didn't appreciate the battle for Andros Island at 3 in the morning like I did.
Conquest left me anxious for whatever is coming next.
book 4 and still loving the storyline :) the hard choices and moves the characters have to make keeps the book exciting and keeps me wanting more... the relationships of characters, how they evolve, and decisions that they make keep me engaged till the book ends and then i find myself trying to find out when the next book will come out :) a great syfy novel
Probably not. The story and series plot line is great. I will complete the series because I want to see how it ends. But the writing is inconsistent. The main character continually forgets things that occurred only moments before. For example, in one section he receives an email saying someone is coming to talk to him. The person shows up and he is completely surprised. Its as if sections were written at different times and then assembled without checking for consistency. Another example, a certain ship is destroyed. That ship shows up as completely intact and unharmed in the next book.
Plus the main character is inconsistent and from any practical perspective an idiot. He does everything on his own and believes he is the only one who can save the world. The fact that he does though, seems to be almost by accident. Every once in a while he even throws a temper tantrum. But believe it or not, he is still likable.
The narration is passable, but too melodramatic. One moment you're getting a blow by blow description of battle and the next a swarmy description of the universe and the future. Then the next chapter begins. It's disconcerting but not unbearable. Bottom line I'm hooked even with all these issues. Not sure I'd recommend to another though.
"the struggle goes on"
Great story about to start book 5 can't wait to see what else Kyle Riggs comes up with.
"Another Solid Story From Larson"
I've been reading the Star Force series from book one and have now completed
Star Force: Conquest which is book four in this saga. Each book consolidates
a little more the position of Star Force but also allows for further ongoing
conflict between the Macros and Star Force. I cannot really say too much
more than I have already done so in my reviews of previous books in this
series as Larson is a very consistent writer and the quality of his stories
wavers very little thus far.
This book is another of those that are sort of a story of two halves. The
first act takes place mostly on Earth as Riggs and his Star Force defend
their home base from a massive Macro assault. The second act takes the
battle into space and into the worm system. Alliances are formed and it's
this part of the book that I found the more interesting of the two acts.
Again, the rather irritating and petty Crow character is present but
thankfully doesn't play much of a role. I can sort of see why Larson has
written this character as he acts as a thorn in the side of Riggs but
perhaps it's time for him to be killed off by the author sometime soon I
Sandra's character is further developed in this story and she assumes the
role of bodyguard to her lover Riggs. Other than that, Riggs just seems to
either be considering how shapely she is or cavorting in the sack with her.
For some reason never explained, Riggs' trusty sidekick, Kwan has been
demoted from Captain to First Sergeant. Another very minor observation I
spotted was the mention of having ballistic submarines surface in order to
fire their missiles. Such vessels do not need to surface to do so and
surfacing would give away their position which would immediately give away
their tactical stealth which sort of defeats the point of having ballistic
submarines. A simple fact to research so a little surprising that Larson got
Star Force: Conquest is another excellent addition to the series which is taking shape nicely and as ever we are left with an ending that entices the reader to come back for more.
"Interesting Growing Story"
The story grows. and im looking firward to the next boik. I am addicted. thank you B V Larson.
great stuff from both author and narrator I am now fully addicted to star force!
"Totally hooked by this series"
Lots of similarity with John Ringo's Troy series. Mark Boyett excellent narration as usual. Will be starting the next book now!
The storyline is good, and the book is well read by the narrator. A couple of the characters have unusual and inconsistent accents which can be mildly off-putting, but on the whole Mark Boyett does well. The conflict between nano and macro technology is interesting and held both my attention and that of my three teenage boys. My wife wasn't keen at first, but eventually began to enjoy the books. Occasionally, passages are repeated for no apparent reason (especially when the commander's strategic decisions or technologies are explained) which can be a little irritating. As well as this, the narrator's unusual pronunciation of 'vehicle' jarred as did the author's repeated observation of a female character's 'shapely form'. We all found the regular end of chapter chapter sex scenes a bit cringe worthy. Despite these observations, we've enjoyed them enough to listen to all four books in the series so far, so they can't be that bad. You'll need to like sci-fi to persevere though!
I've listened to the other books in this series and they we're all great so is this book their just getting better and better.
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