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Mech 1: The Parent | [B. V. Larson]

Mech 1: The Parent

After centuries in stasis, a lost task force returns home. Arriving from the infinite void the surviving ships discover that the Imperium lies in ruin. The Homeworld itself is destroyed, and nothing lives in the Ancestral System except an infestation of unknown bipedal beings - creatures soft, red of blood and warm of flesh.... When you colonize a planet, make sure the owners aren't coming back.... MECH is the story of a new Earth colony built upon the ancient Homeworld of a civilization presumed (incorrectly) to be long dead.
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Publisher's Summary

Bio-tech aliens battle Mechs built by humans! After centuries in stasis, a lost task force returns home. Arriving from the infinite void, the surviving ships discover that the Imperium lies in ruin. The Homeworld itself is destroyed, and nothing lives in the Ancestral System except an infestation of unknown bipedal beings - creatures soft, red of blood and warm of flesh.... When you colonize a planet, make sure the owners aren't coming back.

MECH is the story of a new Earth colony built upon the ancient Homeworld of a civilization presumed (incorrectly) to be long dead. MECH is a full novel, 90,000 words in length, by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

©2010 B.V. Larson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 12-15-12
    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 12-15-12 Member Since 2003

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    "This book needs a prologue"

    I had read most of B V Larson’s StarForce series and, thinking that the series was not bad, decided to try this book. The premise, as explained in the Audible description, was that a long lost race returned to find humans had taken hold of their home world. I had assumed that there would be some kind of reasonable “first contact” between rational beings and that it might be worth reading how this was resolved. But the book disappointed me in many ways. There are no “spoilers” in this review, but I have listed what about this book made me feel disappointed.

    First, the description is incorrect. The “home world” itself was physically destroyed and did not, as I assumed, only contain some kind of ruins. The humans did not inhabit the “home world” but an adjacent world. That is clear in the first 10 minutes of the book. The description was almost certainly provided by the publisher and so this is not Audible's fault.

    Second, there is no “back story” to explain about the religious group and the story, as it unfolds, was almost unintelligible to me. I could not understand who they were, why they were acting as they were and why anyone would choose to make the decisions the reader eventually finds they have made. I could not help comparing those people with the characters in Heinlein’s "The Puppet Masters" since they were essentially in the same situation.

    Third the characters seem to be more caricature than character. The villains have no saving graces at all and are either cowards, thieves, closet pedophiles, sadists or some combination thereof. The heroes and heroines seem to have no failings at all and, in the end, only one character seemed real to me at all.

    Last, but not least, I found the reading to be less than stellar and, at least at the beginning, difficult to follow. Eventually I became familiar enough with the narration that it stopped bothering me but I always felt that it was a distraction from the book rather than being either neutral or a positive addition.

    Mr. Larson’s web site says of this book that people either love it or hate it and I can believe that. Although I fall closer to the latter than the former I can see how people might find all of the weirdness appealing in books that often seen to be clones of one another. This book is definitely weird but the one positive thing I can say about it is that it is not a clone of anything else I have ever read. It would have been improved (for me) if there had been a prologue explaining who the various groups were and something about the “riders”, but perhaps I am not typical.

    All in all I do not feel that I can recommend this book but I do feel that some people will positively enjoy it. I will not read any more of this series but I will continue to read B V Larson in the hope that the next book will be more to my liking.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Morton Northville, MI, USA 01-06-13
    Morton Northville, MI, USA 01-06-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Gave up half-way."
    What character would you cut from Mech 1: The Parent?

    Well, most of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to give up on this book after the first half hour but I stuck it out until half-way, at which point I felt that I had other audiobooks that I would prefer to try.

    I found that I just didn't like any of the characters; the bad folks are too worthless and too numerous. I found that I just didn't care what happened next, so I gave up.

    The one interesting point was seeing the Bugs (cf. Starship Troopers) from the Bugs point of view.

    --Morton

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bennett Inver Grove Heights, MN, United States 12-30-13
    Bennett Inver Grove Heights, MN, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would if it was redone by a new narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Mirron Willis’s performance?

    Mirron's mispronunciations and extra sibilants are so distracting. One that kept gnawing at me was cryo being pronounced like Cairo.
    Gaaahhh.


    Was Mech 1: The Parent worth the listening time?

    I am only about an hour into it. So far, the answer is no.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually listen while I am driving. Because of that, I can't give full concentration to plot development, character development and trying to make sure I hear the words correctly.

    For that reason, I love audiobooks that come in series. I feel like I come to know the characters. When I start a new book in a series that I have already been reading, if the enunciation is good, I don't have to concentrate on that very hard. The same is true for character development. I already know the characters and a really good narrator can let me know who is speaking by their vocal inflections, accents, etc.

    Combine the fact that this is a new book in a series where I have to learn all about the characters, the gist of the back story and the the difficulty in listening to a less than stellar narrator and it gets pretty bad, pretty fast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wildmon az 10-24-12
    wildmon az 10-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "good story, feels like early work"
    If you could sum up Mech 1: The Parent in three words, what would they be?

    narrator distracts classic larson


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mech 1: The Parent?

    interesting to see from the aliens point of view. aliens jumping out of toilets, that's why I've always been a little nervous sitting on a toilet in the dark.


    What three words best describe Mirron Willis’s voice?

    character voices are good, but rest of narration is distracting, kind of sounds like that guy from original star trek- George Takei.


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

    no, character development was not strong enough to identify with, felt kind of choppy, I got this because I enjoyed Larson's star force series so much. It feels like an earlier work, with more of a space opera tone.


    Any additional comments?

    enjoyed it well enough to get the next book in the series, not sure if I will stick with the series after that though, hoping it gets better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Virginia Beach, VA, United States 04-11-14
    Michael Virginia Beach, VA, United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2006
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    "One of the worst voice actors"
    What disappointed you about Mech 1: The Parent?

    I really can not judge the story as I only got one hour into the book. The voice actor was simply terrible. I have heard Mr. Willis on other books, and while he certainly has never been my favorite I really think he "phoned" this one in. I listen to books on my bi 1.5 hour commute (each way) to class and my .5 hour commute to work. His reading bored me so much that I found myself day dreaming about anything but the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Some sort of Sci Fi


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story seemed like it had potential, but as I said, I really could not give it a fair shake as I could not listen to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff St Joseph, MO, United States 05-06-13
    Jeff St Joseph, MO, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    For some reason this is the first of Mr Larsons books I havent instantly taken a liking to. It seems a bit confused to me in places maybe it was just something with me. I think it was a little light in explanation of events?? I dont know about this one....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas atlanta, georgia, United States 04-18-13
    Thomas atlanta, georgia, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Makes me want to play starcraft"

    It is a fun listen, pretty light and not too deep. I could see this being made into a Scifi series for Netflix

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 01-13-13
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Sweet story, very imaginative."

    I must start of by saying this. It took a long time for this story to get going and really engage me. Having said that though, the rest of the series really moves along. So if youre unsure about this particular book, stick with it, it just keeps getting better.

    I dont know where BV gets his crazy story ideas, but this one is just awesome. Never will you be unsure who is the bad guy and who isnt. We are here, and we are going to eat everyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 11-22-12
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 11-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book-ALIEN'S of the Worst Kind!"

    Mech 1 has some aliens that you hope does not exsist in the Universe! There worse the "Possleen from the Legace of the Aldenata" Over all it's a good listen. It makes you think! Well I'm off to Mech2 I'll let you know.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Southfield, MI, United States 10-28-12
    Scott Southfield, MI, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Thought I was purchasing a continuation of Mech 0"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story was below the level I've come to expect from B.V. Larson.


    What was most disappointing about B. V. Larson’s story?

    The constant switching between the many different characters; I was not able to make a connection with any of them.


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

    nothing


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mech 1: The Parent?

    focus on a smaller number of characters.


    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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