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Mech Zero: The Dominant | [B. V. Larson]

Mech Zero: The Dominant

Death awaits the curious! Out along the rim of the galaxy hangs a loose configuration of some 60 stars known as the Faustian Chain. This whorl of sparkling suns is rich in planets and occupies an irregular volume of space some 20 light years in diameter. From an external viewpoint, the Chain presents a colorful display of plasma-streams, luminous nebulae and sparkling pinpoints of light.
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Publisher's Summary

Death awaits the curious!

Out along the rim of the galaxy hangs a loose configuration of some 60 stars known as the Faustian Chain. This whorl of sparkling suns is rich in planets and occupies an irregular volume of space some 20 light years in diameter. From an external viewpoint, the Chain presents a colorful display of plasma-streams, luminous nebulae and sparkling pinpoints of light. The human colonists who settled the Chain were aware the region had recently been populated by other species - beings that had all but vanished after waging devastating wars thousands of years in the past. Little was known of them, but certain areas in which their artifacts still persisted were proscribed by interstellar law.

Mech: Zero is a novella by best-selling author B. V. Larson. Set at the beginning of the Imperium Series, this story is a prequel to the outbreak of war. The series involves early human colonies in a region of space previously occupied by a vicious alien species.

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

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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 11-20-12
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 11-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice Pre to the Mech saga"

    Nice short starter story, with cool Sci-fi. It should have been longer, but we'll see how Mech 1-4 is.B V Larson writes good books so far.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 04-23-13
    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A good short story"

    Interesting enough to make me look up book two. There is only so much you can do in a short story, but I have fingers crossed that then next book is as good. (and a little longer)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 03-15-13
    Joshua 03-15-13

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

    I'm pretty sure I could have done a better job, but hopefully he did better when he recorded the other books of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this purely to see if I'd be interested in this story, and, as the headline says, I'm easily entertained, so I will be giving the series a chance. A reviewer of Mech 1 said that it needed a prologue, well this is it. The story, while not the best I've ever listened to - even just in this catagory - is still good enough for cheap enough that I feel this is a good introduction to a series.I'd be willing to give a chance to. My only real complaint is the narrator who sounds like he phoned in the performance, that is to say that it was very robotic and took some getting used to. More objectively the ratings should be:Overall: 4 starsPerformance: 3 starsStory: 4 starsbut I bumped my rating with hopes that the problems I had with this first installment might not be present in the full length novels, and, as previously stated, I am easily entertained.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 03-07-15
    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 03-07-15

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    "Couldn't finish"

    I am a major B. V. Larson fan and have listened to over a dozen of his books, but I couldn't get into this one. I like fantasy a lot, I even write fantasy stories, but to me, this story didn't make sense. I won't be able to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    davidw 01-15-15
    davidw 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I bit of a let down."

    I listen to this story after the Star Force series which was fantastic. I found the reader hard to follow and not very gripping. I kept finding myself thinking of other things rather than the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Sonderborg, Denmark 12-17-14
    Tom Sonderborg, Denmark 12-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "dissapointed"

    Narrator has a wiered artificial English accent. Sadly ruined the book for me. Story and idea was okay.

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    Joe Modesto, CA 08-20-14
    Joe Modesto, CA 08-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a good stand alone book"

    This is not a really good stand alone book. It seems to be just a beginning of the beginning of a story - a less than half-tale. It should have been a few chapters at the beginning of another book.

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    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 02-25-13
    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012

    I flip-flop between business and fiction books to keep me grounded in reality while still keeping my childhood love of fantasy firmly intact.

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    "I was pleasantly surprised!"

    It was a great story, which surprised me! I was afraid that it would sound like his "Swarm" series, but the story is completely different! I'm now excited to "read" the rest of the books in the series!

    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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    "Not bad, entertaining and some insite."

    This was a decent short story. My only complaint would have been that it was too short.

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    Shane 03-25-14
    Shane 03-25-14
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    "Skip this one"
    Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mirron Willis?

    Had I not read Steel World first I may not have read anymore B.V. Larson based soley on this novella. The book was short as I expected, but ended abruptly and the narrator could not make reflextions in his voice ruining dialogue.


    Has Mech Zero: The Dominant turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just the rest of this series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes, the premise was good, but the development was rushed and the narrator struggled. Combine those two items it made for a poor read/listen.


    What character would you cut from Mech Zero: The Dominant?

    I would not have cut anyone, but there needed to be more development. Yes, it is a novella, but it doesn't excuse the struggles this story had.


    Any additional comments?

    As with the Star Force Series, I read the novella first and it helped me decide to buy the rest of the series. In this case, the novella turned me off, so I'd caution the author not to rush through these short stories - they may make or break the rest of the series for people.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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