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.
Great idea, but worked out in a somewhat one-dimension manner.
If it was well budgeted
Change the narrative from first person. The author doesn't know how to make first person perspective work. There was no character development evident for any of the other characters. They became flat and dull.
I have been a Sci-Fi fan for nearly 40 years. This is a great premise for a story but the story wasn't told properly. So no, I'll continue to read and enjoy Science Fiction. But bodice rippers set in the future are still bodice rippers.
The performance of Mark Boyett was very professional. I can only imagine the struggle that he went through to keep the irony out of his voice. What ever they payed him to narrate this mess was insufficient by any stretch of the imagination.I've listened to the first three books and couldn't quite compel myself to finish the fourth.
There were several characters that appealed to me. Sadly, the author appeared to be threatened by their superior intellect and common sense. I can only believe that this fear of having his main character be utterly embarrassed is what compelled Mr. B. V. Larson to kill them off.However, I can list some information about the main character that might be of some value to discerning readers:
Kyle Riggs, the main character: A Professor that teaches computer science at what must surely be a poorly funded community college somewhere in rural California. By sheer happenstance, our hero finds himself the commander of an alien ship with a mission to defend Earth at all cost. Somehow this bumbling idiot manages to convert this position of transient power into a permanent lead role in the burgeoning "Star Force". Star Force, a rag-tag band of randomly chosen "survivors" spends most of the early portions of the first book trying to figure out what to do when they begin to understand that they have been granted the keys to a failing kingdom. Kyle is a clever fellow and somewhat educated. But he is a college professor, not a tactician. Nor is he a strategist, a trained leader of men, an expert in metallurgy, a physicist, a doctor, a communications specialist, a diplomat, a mechanical engineer, an architect, a manufacturing genius, or a very decent human being. But, he did stay in a Holiday Inn Express once, or something.
Kyle manages to forget his utter lack of training in any of the aforementioned professions and proceeds to kill or otherwise eliminate every single character introduced that has some modicum of skill in those areas. At various times our Mr. Kyle (sorry, i can't even bring myself to call him Professor any more) is presented with solid, sound, experience based advice from career solders, diplomatic experts, doctors (real ones) and etc. Does he ever take that advice? Of course not. But then the author is required to conjure up every bit of luck that exists in the universe to save Kyle's dumb ass. And then of course this same dumb ass turns around and manages to make his stumbling success appear to be all part of the long-term plan.
Credit for minor successes on the part of others is only sparingly granted and by the middle of book four, even that minor bit of grudging acknowledgement goes missing.Early on, I thought that Kyle was written as a spoof. Perhaps the author happened to know someone in real life that was a crushing moron and Larson was flailing at his personal nemesis with a pen. But now, I'm almost certain that Kyle is Larson's alter-ego. I honestly believe Kyle is who Larson wishes he could be. Hey Larson, is that how you really think the leader of an interstellar combat force would behave? News for you pal, Kyle would have been summarily demoted to third level programming analyst and kept in a lab somewhere far from sharp toys.
Bottom line, read this first book if you must but only buy these puss filled pools one at a time.
The entire store is written in first person. That's a tough job for a fine author. B. V. Larson is not a fine author.
"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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