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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 2012
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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.

    2 of 2 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)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Modesto, CA 08-20-14
    Joe Modesto, CA 08-20-14 Member Since 2009
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Charlotte, NC, United States 03-15-13
    Joshua Charlotte, NC, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2010

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 02-25-13
    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2010

    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 Urbandale, IA, United States 03-25-14
    Shane Urbandale, IA, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2011
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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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    J Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 01-16-13
    J Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2010

    First book, Ray Bradbury collection of short stories. First series, Dune. Favorite series, Thomas Covenent

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    "Left Me wanting"
    What did you like best about Mech Zero: The Dominant? What did you like least?

    I have recently complained about sequels and why do all writers feel the need to have continue a story over 10 books. Well, I got my wish in this book by B. V. Larson…sort of. What I got was a story that ended like it a sequel was coming. The story ended so abruptly, I had to check my player to be sure it did not skip something. On top of this, the reading of this is lacking in fluidity and was choppy. The story is pretty good, albeit very short. This should be classified as a short story or needs a sequel written. It did left me unsatisfied and wanting more of the tale. I wanted more depth, more development, and just more story. What happens next? Who are/were these people? I would not buy this unless you like cliff hangers without any promise of what is at the bottom.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Develop the characters and the universe to get some depth.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Choppy delivery


    Could you see Mech Zero: The Dominant being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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