Earth's Star Force Marines invade an alien world!
In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission - one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.
Extinction is the story of Earth's entry into an interstellar war between living creatures and machines. And to buy the peace, we've signed up with the machines.
Battle stations! Listen to another Star Force novel.
©2011 B. V. Larson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
I like to chase cats.
The first book was really good, but in this one, Kyle Riggs was a little too great. This guy does everything but leap tall buildings.
I doubt that I will read anymore in this series.
Kyle Rigs is special. He's the sort of hero who knows better than everyone, about pretty much everything. If an officer gives an order, he'll countermand it. Sure hell do the same thing later, but he's Riggs. He's so smart that he's not only better than anyone else to run the new tech, he's better than all other people combined. These are the glaring and reoccurring things. Leave aside failing to remember little bits of science like inertia. That's okay, he's The Riggs and not bound by foolish things like planning, military disciple, or a rudimentary appreciation of self replicating factories. Thinking and behavior that could be excused in the surprise and crisis of the first book continue on a larger and more costly scale.
This is the seconds book in the Larson's Star Force series. I liked the direction the first book took, I thought there were some interesting things the series could explore and decided to ignore the problems with the first book and see where the second book went. Well now I know, we went to lazyville. Lawson must have written this book in about a week. The plot is silly, the characters are flat and the science has left the building.
Very sad, this could have been a very interesting series. I think Larson has the ability to write a much better book. But for some reason he just seems to be cranking out these books like cheap romance novels. Maybe that is how a writer needs to pay the bills these days - Volume. I think there are about another 9 books in this series, but I am in no hurry to read the rest.
On the brighter side, Mark Boyett did a great job narrating the book!
I like classic sf/fantasy best, but urban fantasy a'la Butcher & The Hollows hits a place, too. I own 4 cats, 3 Bengals & a stray I adopted.
This series so far hasn't sent me into periodic episodes of deep contemplation and introspection, but it HAS provided one helluva lot of fun. So long as you don't try to think too deeply about various premises and events and just go with it, you're in for some quality, good ol' SF entertainment.
I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!
I think there are a lot of interesting ideas and concepts. I enjoy this series, but it is not one that I wait all year for the next one like the destroyermen and lost fleet series'.
Also I find the commander's girlfriend very annoying. Obviously the author identifies with his hero so he gave him a beautiful 23 year old bimbo with a great body and limited brains, that loves sex, for his companion.
I could really do without that character.
Some of the other characters are really great characters. I love Jack and the general. Most of the others just are placeholders for the story with no depth.
The story is really the star of the books.with many twists and surprises. The technology is interesting and The books keep my interest, but I don't think I will re read the series when the next one comes out as I do with the In Death series or the destroyermen books.
Good, enjoyable, worth the credit but forgettable afterwards. not 5 stars
The first book in this series was reasonably good. It was told from the standpoint of a guy who was put in a new situation, and how he reacted. But this second book is just ridiculous. The more I listened to it, the sicker I got.
The lead character is an arrogant, egotistical, selfish know-it-all and his girlfriend is a sex-crazed bimbo.
- How does some college professor all of a sudden have total control of the world's most dominant military force? Because he found it first?
- With all of the brilliant minds and governments all over the world, how does this guy speak for all of mankind and make deals on its behalf?
- How does he alone design star ships and tanks with no knowledge of industrial design? How arrogant is he to think he couldn't use the help of qualified engineers the world over?
- Why would seasoned military veterans follow him?
- How does he go to planets no one has ever seen and take no scientists with him, only vowing to "take tons of pictures for the spooks back home?"
His girlfriend is even worse. He says he loves her, but she has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. She's a whiny, complaining, possessive sidekick whose only asset seems to be her sexual prowess.
I've listened to more than 500 books on Audible, and I have never had a book affect me in this way. The sheer arrogance of a person who takes alien technology and keeps it for himself and from his country, essentially proclaiming himself the head of his own little nation. It's just sickening.
Lots of action and very good story line. I'm looking forward to listen to the other books on the series.
Solid plot, always on your seat, sense of wonder.
The Flood, another series about a realistic possibility.
The battle at the end of course.
15 words? Well, let me see. I liked this series. It was well above average. Action packed, fast moving, and very cool. I bought the series and went book by book. I am glade I did.
"Let down by 2-d, stereotypical characters"
The sense of adventure is well captured but, as I say in the headline, it's let down by two dimensional characters; in particular Sandra's character; she is written as nothing more than an object of the main character's sexual desire. In fact, so far, the first and second volumes of the 'Star Force' have been passively misogynistic.
Hmmm. Maybe. I'd like to see how the story pans out but as the character interaction is simplistic and the misogyny irritating. I doubt these themes will change throughout the series so I'm not sure I'll bother. There's plenty more (and better) sci-fi in the sea...
Sometimes his dialogue between the main character and Sandra is just outright creepy; I lost count of the amount of time I cringed. But then, this could be down to the writer, so, hey, possibly not Mark Boyett's fault and perhaps the best anyone could have done with the material.
It has one.
This is a great following story in the series. longer than previous books and so worthy of a 5star review. on to the next.
great story. looking forward to reading the next book in the series. it's simple easy to follow but great plot
"Good clean alien fun"
Was looking for more after the first book but this was still good, enjoyable and fun. This is not complex scifi but fun and fluffy.
"Good continuing of the story"
In general - to say very short - if you liked the first book in the series, you'll like this one too.
I think that this book is a very well made continuing to the first one. What I liked most about it is that at the very beginning of the book there were no usual phrases "and after a week... month... year... since the last book ended, happened this and that". No, there was a feeling like you never had put down the first book at all, it continued just were it had left us, in the exact spot. I loved that fact because that way I didn't lose any of the details of the story as a whole. It really helps to blend in with the main character, too.
I have to admit that sometimes the surprises in the book were unexpected like it was supposed to be but sometimes you were waiting for the main character to at last see what you already predicted long ago. But I didn't let it ruin the joy of reading the book. :) Starting the next one in the series already. ;)
And like I said when I reviewed the first book, the narrator is just amazing!
"A good follow up to the first book"
I really enjoyed the first book in this series. It had a reality about it that some other science fiction lacks. I haven't been a big fan of SF in the past for this reason. The first book captured my imagination and I found the alien invasion believable and consequently fascinating. My fear for the second book is that it could have easily moved in to the fantasy realm. Thankfully my concerns were unfounded. The second book is great. Exciting and progressing the story well.
I will be buying book 3 very soon!
"Great way to spend spare points."
This is the 2nd Star Force book. It's not the cheese that the books title suggests. Just as good as previous book although I might be wrong but im pretty sure this retconned the ending of that one. Continuity changes like that can be annoying but forgivable since it allows the story to continue.
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