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Dust World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 2 | [B. V. Larson]

Dust World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 2

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.
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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. The Legion commanders have a secret plan of their own. And then there's James McGill, who was never too good at listening to authority in the first place....

In Dust World, book two of the Undying Mercenaries Series, McGill is promoted to Specialist and sent to a frontier planet outside the Empire. Earth's status within the Empire will never be the same.

©2014 B. V. Larson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    D corona, ca United States 07-07-14
    D corona, ca United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2008

    I read, I write; I listen

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    "They’re back ready to die; again"

    James McGill and Legion Varus are off on another mission ready to piss off the Galactics and the rest of the universe while still trying to keep earth safe in B.V. Larson futuristic military world.
    In the first book of this series, “Steel World,” humans found out that they were not the dominate species in the universe; in fact, as far as the Galactics are concerned, humans are about as significant as ants. Earth is considered a fringe planet with no real significance and would have simply been destroyed unless they could come up with a unique or superior trade good. With the help of some negotiated alien technology earth found its trade; undying mercenaries. In “Steel World,” the superiority of their trade good was tested but thanks to James McGill and Legion Varus earth’s viability survived.
    In “Dust World,” the resolve of the human spirit is once again tested. Earth finds out there is another planet that has been colonized by humans, Separatist’s that wanted to get away from earths rules and govern themselves; but since it is against Galactic law for a planet to colonize Earth sends Legion Varus to handle the situation. Not sure exactly how his legion is supposed to “handle,” this situation Specialist James McGill has some concerns about this mission. It is a dilemma that could put him at odds with his Legion and possibly place all of earth in jeopardy if the Galactics find out about the colony, but he always seems to follow his own moral compass no matter what the possible consequences. The situation becomes more complicated when another alien species, not connected to the Galactic Empire, is discovered with plans of its own. What these aliens, the Galactics, and even some of Legion Varus’s own people for that matter, don’t seem to understand is human unwavering determination and will to survive.
    So far through two books this has been a good series, if you like this genre, with lots of action and futuristic technology. I liked Mark Boyett’s narration, especially the southern accent of James McGill.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    rich san jose, CA, United States 05-31-14
    rich san jose, CA, United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2011

    Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.

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    "Screw the Nerbs!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Bucketfuls of solid military SF action, McGill, the main character, trying to bang every female in the galaxy (and he pretty much succeeds), blood thirsty aliens and so much more!


    What other book might you compare Dust World to and why?

    I don't know, how about Lint Island..... I don't really compare books as such. Instead of wasting valuable thinking time and brain wear, I look upon each new book as a unique story that should stand on its own. This book has action and characters that no other book has.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Mark Boyett is a pro. He can belt out a wide variety of character voices. I have a bunch of B.V. Larson's books with Mr. Boyett, so I am familiar with his repertoire. I like his female voices - they all sound like the gal is from the Banat region of western Romania.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the whole Varus Legion is up on some pretty serious charges for some sort of malfeasance or willful destruction of something the Nerbs (at least that is what these asses' name sounds like) hold dear, one of the judges sounded like Marvin - the robot from another B.V. Larson series who is my all time favorite non human character. When I heard that voice I gave a hearty "Marvin!" shout and scared the crap out of some lady and her kid who happened to be walking by about ten yards to the prop side of where I was kicking back under a tree this morning ( I didn't see them walking by..... ). I thought the woman was going to fall over but she merely rocked on her heels and did a swerve. As this gyration was unfolding she gave a spontaneous shriek that sent at least two dozen birds cachooming out of the nearby trees. I calmly watched the two nervous nellies recover, stare at me for about 2 minutes, and then briskly walk away with expressions on their faces I can only describe as fearful indignation. As I was wearing sunglasses, I was happy to take in the whole scene with little chagrin and found it all rather amusing.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. The native gal had me from the first crossbow shot. She was a woman with a definite plan when it came to McGill, and I'm not talking about the 8 or so homicides she perpetrated on this guy throughout their blood-drenched (95% was McGill's), dysfunctional quasi-relationship. Concerning one scene in particular, after the warrior princess's explanation why she bolted out of the water registered, if I was McGill, I would pretty much be toweling myself off in about 2.4 seconds, making sure that damn crossbow is out of reach, and, as the junk is in recharge mode, initiate "Operation Yes, I Totally Agree With Everything You Say" as I suggest that we go kick back under the shade of that tree over there for a bit.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Mount Juliet, TN, United States 06-30-14
    Jason Mount Juliet, TN, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2010

    jasonmadmovies

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    "B.V Larson and his new series = GREAT!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dust World?

    No Spoilers from me I will just say book 1 ( Steel World) and this book 2 (Steel World) are my most memorable moments, the stories are A+.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

    McGil,but let me say Mark Boyett is a exellent narrator he brings nothing but greatness to all of B.V Larsons audio books. I have listened to nine Star Force books and now two Undying Mercenaries all 11 narrated by Boyett and I can honestly say I never get tired of him he is one of the very good ones.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    They just put me in a good mood and I don't watch the clock while listening like I do with many other books.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my own personal opinion and we are all maybe looking for something a little different, maybe not but either way for me B.V Larson is the absolute best Military SiFi writer right now and has been since Star Force, heck IMO he is the best SiFi writer period. His style is not hard SiFi it is just his story laid right out in front of you easy to follow yet very full of SiFi substance. If you can't already tell I highly suggest you listen to this series and if you have not already listened to his Star Force series do that as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor 06-05-14
    Taylor 06-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Great Second Book"

    Dust World was a very nice improvement over Steel World. The book was written better, had a deeper plot, and I started to see some depth to a few of the main characters. In this book we start to get a sense of the Galactics Empire as a whole and maybe some of the things that are happening in it. This book was a great addition to an already entertaining series, I would reccommend it to any sci-fi fan.

    The one issue that I had with this book, was the main character made so many bad decisions. I think that this is just the nature of his character, but it made me so frustrated. I think the book could have been slightly better if, at least some of the time, the main character did what he was suppose to do and didnt break/disobey his orders.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lawrence 06-02-14
    lawrence 06-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Why have heavy weapons"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dust World to be better than the print version?

    yes because the narrator brings it to life.


    What other book might you compare Dust World to and why?

    steel world although the plots are unique the characters all have great presence and importance


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

    top of the line performance


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

    Survival is not a given


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand the point of a heavy trooper or troopers with weapon that need to recharge after each shot, they only carry one shooting weapon and there is no fire control.
    why hell even the colonials with their single shots had fire control

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John NORTH EAST, MD, United States 08-02-14
    John NORTH EAST, MD, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A little less..."


    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
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    Pedi Doc Tracy 07-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Smart Alec soldiers fight aliens!"
    What did you love best about Dust World?

    This is a continuation of "steel world". Check out "steel world "for a more fleshed out beginning to the character and more in-depth explanation of why soldiers are being sent out into the universe to fight aliens.I like the series for its lightness. It scratches the science-fiction itch.


    What did you like best about this story?

    McGill is a fun character to hang out with.


    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Probably the accent in my head while reading would've been different.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, this is just pure guilty pleasure. American space soldier kills aliens while trying to survive.


    Any additional comments?

    Science-fiction guilty pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 07-11-14
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2003

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "TAKE A VACATION ON DUSTWORLD"

    Undying Mercenaries, book 2 was just as good as the first. If you want to take a vacation but don't have much money just dip your head a little and listen to this book it sucks you right into dustworld.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 07-09-14
    Joshua 07-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "GREAT LISTEN"
    What did you love best about Dust World?

    Fast paced, and great story line


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character inter action was great, even better than the first.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Mark Boyet is one of my favorite narators


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan Corinth, MS, United States 07-07-14
    Meghan Corinth, MS, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2013

    Give me Sci-Fi or give me death!

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    "Lovable and Easy Read"
    If you could sum up Dust World in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, Contemporary, My kind of Military SciFi


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    McGill is easily my favorite character. He is no Mary Sue. He makes mistakes, is a bone headed, hot blooded 22 year old. What makes him stand out is his sense of justice and morals.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Mark Boyett has become my favorite narrater to date. He showcases a spot on Georgia accent and was able to flesh out my favorite female characters as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I pretty much listened to this within 48 hours of purchase.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope the author continues this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ""Page" turner :)"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dust World to be better than the print version?

    Although I didn't read the book, I'd say Mark Boyett performance brings so much.


    Any additional comments?

    I've found B.V Larson's style very different from the other authors I've been listening to, such has Peter F Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds.
    I enjoyed all of them, and I've been switching between all 3 lately.
    While Pefer F Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds go into details, provide lots of background information on characters, and set the stage for everything, B.V Larson's style is less talk and more meat, still keeping it interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Isom
    6/30/14
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    "Not as good as book 1"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to a friend but only to keep the story line going. I hope book three will be more in depth like steel world and the star force series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from B. V. Larson? Why or why not?

    Yes I love the star force series and steel world. The way Larson looks at the future In space I find very enthralling and makes me want to see what he comes up with next.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Ender's Game, this is a great next step.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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