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.
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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.
34-yr old African IT professional who relies on great audiobooks to get him through boring and repetitive work days. Also while driving!
B.V. Larson has a gift for writing great military sci-fi books, there's no question about it and the sequel to Steel World is no exception. The action was great, the story/plot developped at a good pace and made sense, however there were a couple of things that began to annoy me.
1. I can't understand how McGill is still with the legion after continuously demonstrating his ability to ignore orders and do what he pleases. In any real-world military outfit he would have been dishonorably discharged at the very least a good while ago and the legion he's in is supposed to be far more draconian in discipline, akin to how the Roman legion operated. It just strains credulity how much he's able to get away with! Sure he accomplishes a lot along the way but a soldier who is unable to follow orders, despite being able to deliver results (albeit in an extremely unorthodox and unsanctioned manner) won't last long in any military outfit.
2. Other than Dela (spelling?), the women that McGill has liaisons with are rather uninteresting and are portrayed in such a manner as to have the reader feel little respect towards them or their actions. By this I mean that one of them, Kivi, is a wanton woman who keeps going back to McGill despite knowing he's slept with other women and being quite bothered by this. The other, Natasha, very clearly spurns him towards the end when he asks for a kiss while indicating that she wants nothing more to do with him given that she now knows that he 'cheated' on her with both Kivi and Dela. However at the end of the book she makes the costly trip to go visit him and ends up sleeping with him with everything seemingly and unexpectedly forgiven. Yeah sorry but I don't buy that, nothing about her character in both books has led me to believe that that's the kind of woman she is, and if so, I dislike Larson's penchant for creating such unappealing women of low integrity (the same can be said of his one-dimensional female character Sandra in his long-lasting series Starforce).
Give me Sci-Fi or give me death!
Witty, Contemporary, My kind of Military SciFi
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.
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.
I pretty much listened to this within 48 hours of purchase.
I really hope the author continues this series!
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
The continuing saga of trigger happy Specialist James McGill This time Legion Varis, fresh from the disaster on STEEL WORLD, are thrown into another crisis that could mean the end of humanity if the Galactic Empire is not pleased with the outcome. There is some witty banter, but this is not at all comedy. This is a serious attempt at forecasting what a military engagement might be like in the future where humanity is the new kid on the block and can only offer our guts and glory. I like the direction this story is going and will look forward to future installments.
Mark Boyet gives this Space Opera an air of authenticity. He has great diction and can project unique inflections for all the different characters. He helps to make this an entertaining listening experience.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
I really can't add much to the excellent reviews below except for one little annoyance. Like someone said, Mark Boyett is a pro but after just finishing like book 11 or something in the Star Force series I got the feeling I was listening to Kyle Riggs again. This is the problem with great character actors like Mr Boyett and Scott Brick. They have a certain delivery that is so identifiable that it's hard to transition from one author to another with the same narrator. Does that make sense? I love Scott Brick but after awhile his laconic delivery sort of makes all stories sound the same. Same thing with Mr Boyett. Minor stuff. Still love the series and can't wait for the next installment.
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.
McGill is a fun character to hang out with.
Probably the accent in my head while reading would've been different.
No, this is just pure guilty pleasure. American space soldier kills aliens while trying to survive.
Science-fiction guilty pleasure.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
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.
Fast paced, and great story line
Character inter action was great, even better than the first.
Mark Boyet is one of my favorite narators
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+.
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.
They just put me in a good mood and I don't watch the clock while listening like I do with many other books.
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.
"A brilliant follow on from Steelworld"
I wouldn't use that few words to sum up a brilliant book. Would be an insult to the author.
Without doubt McGill, although I love Veteran Harris (Mark Boyett's vocalisation of his part is brilliant, really helps you envisage the man) and Centurion Graves.
Oh, all of it, he really gets to the nub of the characters and portrays them brilliantly and unfalteringly, although watch for a mistake in the last few minutes of the book, but that didn't really spoil it at all. Just a bit of an easter egg :)
It made me laugh, the legionnaires are treated ruthlessly, and Primus Turov is just like a middle manager would be, If it works, its my idea, if it fails, you get the blame.
In fact the whole of legion Varus could be holding the mirror up to any large corporation who don't care about their staff, but more about their assets.
You can't sum the book up in sentences! Download it, listen to it, (make Steelworld your first) - if you like science fiction, you'll love this series.
"Real Sci-fi story"
Real good Sci-fi story characters growing on me Steel World started a little slow but by the end the personalities of the characters started to grow. It's as much the Sci-fi for me as the world's they visit Dust world and how the characters cope fail or succeed. It's definitely a space type Western North American type vibe coming from the story, but I don't feel it distracts in any way.
""Page" turner :)"
Although I didn't read the book, I'd say Mark Boyett performance brings so much.
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.
"Not as good as book 1"
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.
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.
If you like Ender's Game, this is a great next step.
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