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Empire: Star Force, Book 6 | [B. V. Larson]

Empire: Star Force, Book 6

Kyle Riggs has been away from Earth for a long time.... What’s happening back home? In Empire, the sixth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction. Earth falls quiet, and the few reports coming out of the homeworld are increasingly strange. Isolated in the Eden system, Riggs realizes his enemies are forming an alliance against him. Crushed between two monstrous fleets, the last defenders of Star Force must forge their own alliance with the biotic aliens. But which alien race can Riggs truly trust?
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Kyle Riggs has been away from Earth for a long time.... What’s happening back home? In Empire, the sixth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction.

Earth falls quiet, and the few reports coming out of the homeworld are increasingly strange. Isolated in the Eden system, Riggs realizes his enemies are forming an alliance against him. Crushed between two monstrous fleets, the last defenders of Star Force must forge their own alliance with the biotic aliens. But which alien race can Riggs truly trust?

©2012 B. V. Larson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Steve Ypsilanti, MI, United States 03-19-13
    Steve Ypsilanti, MI, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun series always full of action"
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    This is always a fun series, I enjoy listening to. There is always a surprise added and the author has an infinite amount of ideas he can draw on fr new twists to the plot. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys space stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gunnermike53 CRESTVIEW, FL, United States 01-14-13
    Gunnermike53 CRESTVIEW, FL, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "another good one"
    What did you love best about Empire?

    action packed!!


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

    he brings the book to life


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the books were longer and he released them quicker.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John PARAGOULD, AR, United States 01-14-13
    John PARAGOULD, AR, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The series is really good and the 6th one in the series is WOW. Can't wait for the next one.Mark Boyett does an outstanding job with voices and such, I hope he gets an award for his work pertaining to this book and series!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Riggs and many of his staff.


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

    Great performance!!!


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

    No the book was exciting and built to a wild time.


    Any additional comments?

    The entire series is worth a listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 01-13-13
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "The story goes on"
    If you could sum up Empire in three words, what would they be?

    Stop the Empire


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Quan, cause he is a funny dude.


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

    Mark Boyett brings life to the characters and sucks you into the story.


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

    Yes!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin CHARLESTON AFB, SC, United States 01-20-14
    Benjamin CHARLESTON AFB, SC, United States 01-20-14

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    "Good Story, Uneven Narration"
    If you could sum up Empire in three words, what would they be?

    Well done saga


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire?

    The mixing of human and Macro forces.


    What didn’t you like about Mark Boyett’s performance?

    Very uneven, seemed like the soundtrack was spliced together from a number of different takes.


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

    Empire and Rebellion


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed the series, but this one is incredibly uneven. I enjoyed the story, but was constantly distracted.

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    John Livermore, CA, United States 01-15-13
    John Livermore, CA, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Initialy intriguing, they evolve into repitition."
    What did you like best about Empire? What did you like least?

    Empire was a direct continuation from Battle Station although it's not really until this book the battle station is formed and used. I'm not sure that makes sense but it's where this one in the series starts (and points out the misnomer of the last book).

    Here, the story seems to devolve back to a point when the main protagonist revisits an old plot; ironing out differences and fighting over grievances with former arch enemies (Crowe) and former conquerors-turned-overloards-turned-enemies-turned-conquerors-turned-allies (the Macros). What I would like to see is what "Pandora's Star" and other books in that series had too much of: some drama in the interludes and character building. I'd have liked to see one less battle or the same number of battles in a longer book.

    Starting with the 3rd book in this series, it became clear to me that these books are brilliant; they get me to purchase a book with a full credit and in return i get half a book with lots of battles and no characters I can fully understand or believe in (less Marvin and and Kyle Riggs). The relationships between the characters could be very compelling. But the glue to hold all that together and take my mind off each battle is lacking.


    Would you recommend Empire to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend people start with the first 2 books in the series. If they understand it will be more or less the same for the next 4 books (and these are SHORT books), then yes, by all means continue. Otherwise, I recommend to read a more far reaching tale such as the Pandora series (that said, this series is by far more "cleaner" if you're squeamish about such things).I would recommend to the author to combine every 2 books into a series of novellas IMHO. 1-2, 3-4, 5-6..end with 7. But that's my opinion.


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

    An awesome reader. Not quite the American version of Jim Dale but I find his performance to be excellent.


    Do you think Empire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Uh..this is the never ending story of space battles. I'm hoping the author can wrap up the relationship between the originating 2 antagonists (Crowe Vs. Riggs) but, honestly, I think the outcome is predictable.


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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 07-20-13
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Less tech and more galactopolitical"

    With installment #6 of the Star Force series, Larsen finally has Riggs exactly where he wants him, smack dab in the middle of everything. The remnants of Star Force under the command of Riggs are establishing themselves in the Eden system, 3 ring jumps from Earth. Opposite Earth side lies the Thor system and an unknown number of other rings beyond. The local sentients are mixed with an alliance with the centaurs, a loose alliance with the worms and uncertain relationships with the crustaceans and the blues. Riggs also learns that Earth has finally devolved into a single governmental structure with Crow as the emperor and hegemon. Star Force must battle multiple enemies and are always on the brink. There is also the recognition that the situation has been changed for good; there is no going back once the machines are defeated. Riggs and Star Force are out on the frontier for the duration.

    Larson is a very good storyteller with solid pacing and twists along the way. There is less of the technical, engineering projects in this installment relative to earlier volumes with more emphasis on outlining the new political "normal". Another welcome relief is that although Riggs is still the one to largely decipher all the nuances, Larsen is letting his closest associates play a larger role. Alien species are somewhat wanting as well; not only are they essentially Earth style creatures (except for the blues) with intelligence, but they tend to overdo the anthropomorphizing of individual human traits (the worms are warrior barbarians, the centaurs are chivalrous knights, the lobsters are pretentious snobs, and the blues are apathetic intellectuals). With that said, Larsen has crafted a great playing field with room to roam.

    The narration is adequate, but unremarkable. Character distinction is achieved through extreme accents leading to a one of every type feeling. Pace and tone are appropriate and the listening is easy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Abbott Washington, DC United States 03-04-13
    J. Abbott Washington, DC United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    Would you be willing to try another book from B. V. Larson? Why or why not?

    The whole series is fun and has good ideas, but it's tiring hearing form only one mans point of view. I don't mean to complain, because in many ways I enjoy them, but I can't get over the fact the entire series revolves around one man coming up with all the ideas and no one else can do anything but follow orders. That, and the girlfriend can only hang on to the guy, or try and kill someone....give me depth and characters that can think for themselves for the love of god....Again, otherwise it's a fun series.


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  • M. J. Cocks
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    "the fight continues"
    Where does Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rank this book very high as it is a great continuation of this epic saga called star force.


    What other book might you compare Empire to, and why?

    In some ways I would say that this book is like a simple version of some of I.M Banks works.
    I like books like the Dune series or John ringo's books. Actually now that I think about it Ringo and Larson have some shared ideas... e.g Troy rising.


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

    I can't single out a character portrayal by Mark Boyett's performance as he does such an amazing job.
    oh ok It has to be Riggs


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

    There were time I found myself getting angry at the attitude of some of the people and their ways of acting. I like it when I find a book that stirs me up.


    Any additional comments?

    Read these books from the first star force book. If you like that you'll love them all.... In my opinion :-)

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  • harvey
    staines, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Empire, another Briliant Star Force book."

    Yet again B. V. Larson has excelled himself with Empire the latest book in the Star Force series.



    This book has all the usual traits of suprise twists and turns with Larsons ability to explain the technology used to set the scenes,



    Mark Boyett provides an excptional oral painting of the scenes in the story, keeping my attention wrapped up in the story from beginning to the end.



    I cannot wait for the next book in the Star Force series.

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