They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice.
A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings.
The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them.
The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we're less primitive. Today, we're a target.
One man is chosen to command Earth's single ship in the Rebel Fleet. When the war breaks out, Leo Blake must win it...or die trying.
"Classic B. V. Larson. This book grabs you by the plasma cannon and won't let go. Fast adventure, fast action - and I loved the space-battles!" - S. Arthur
©2016 B. V. Larson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
Humans are Tricky
Our hero has got to be everyone's favorite. A stereotype (in a good way) of the American every man. Calculating, tough and ready to fight. I thought he shared a lot of the same qualities as the Undying Mercenaries protagonist. If you liked that series I think you will like this one.
There are several narrators that seem to fit authors well. Liam Owen in the Hard Luck Hank series is one that comes to mind. Mark does a great job here.Snarky, sarcastic, funny and ready for action.
I went through this one pretty quick. One thing about BV Larson .... its not really the plot that pulls you in. It s a combination of the humor, action adn interesting characters that keep you engaged. This isn't Hemingway but that is the point. If you are looking for a diversion, for entertainment and you want fast faced, action oriented Sci Fi. BV is your man. Well done, cannot way for next book
A lot of authors take tim eto set up the story, not Larson. WIthi one chapter or so the action takes off. This is sometimes unnerving as a reader adn takes some suspension of disbelief. But if you hang on you are immersed pretty quickly. Another thing .. there is a somewhat uh compromising relationship with a member of another. This is not as weird as you might think once the story gets rolling. Just think Julie Newmar and Catwoman.
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!
I had mixed feeling about the first half of this book. This had more to do with the overall setting and some of the finer points of the story, but after getting into the space battles, action, and ending of the book I was hooked and ready for more.
The book's main character is a former Navy pilot turned beach bum. With little in life that interests him anymore, his talent and skills are wasted as he hops from job-to-job and spends his nights at local bars at the beach in Hawaii. While trying to pick up a girl on one of his usual nights at the bar, he and a few others experience something they can't explain... Something that kills his friend and leaves him and one other in a race for their lives...
After being pursued by what he believes are government agents trying to silence him for what he saw, he soon realizes that he has found himself part of a larger game. A game that is meant to find the strongest, smartest, and most skilled fighters on the planet.
When the game comes to an end, he and a group of others find themselves on an alien ship, drafted into a war for the survival of thousands of worlds, and being trained to pilot a centuries-old space fighter. As the only representatives of humanity, the group of humans soon discover that the fleet of rebels is full of politics, backstabbing, and an outright struggle for survival... And that's before they even meet the enemy on the battlefield.
Personally, I thought there were a few unrealistic holes in the story that left me with a raised eyebrow or two, but I think I may have been overthinking my questions in an attempt to compare the book to others like it. It really was an interesting spin on the concept of space warfare against a superior alien force.
The book's narration was quite good and I look forward to having the same narrator in future books of the series.
Fans of space and militaristic sci-fi will probably like this book. I will certainly be continuing with the series.
I like coffee, cats, music, superheroes, computer games, wizards, castles, spaceships, and I'm a sucker for a good love story.
Slightly cheesy, but overall this was a pretty fun book. The narration was excellent. The main character was too much of a "Marty Stu" though. He was a genius, fighter, lover, and leader all rolled into one. He banged all the chicks, won all the fights, was a pilot, a fast learner, a shrewd negotiator, just too many 18's on his stat sheet.
But it was a fun read, well written, full of action.
Most of the books that I've read or listened to, by BV Larson, have the same characters reworked and tweaked along with very similar plot lines. This book was no different and some of the content was absolutely ludicrous. That said I really enjoyed it. It's fun and I think it's meant to be fun.
The narrator move things along well and it was quite easy to discern between the different characters voices.
So if you're looking for an action oriented pulpy science-fiction spin... without much need for deep thought, I recommend this book. If you want serious science fiction or something a little deeper in terms of space opera, you might look elsewhere. However , I'm hoping for more in the series.
I like to listen while I run and mow grass. I'm always looking for series that I can loss myself in.
I really enjoyed this book. The narrator is easy to listen too and the book is well written. The first hour sets the stage At first I wasn't sure where the book was going and then it picks up and gets better and better. Give it a shot you'll enjoy it. Next book in series comes out the end of February 2017.
At the beginning I wasn't too sure if I was going to like the story. There was a lot of action, but the plot seemed to movie a bit slow. Then it shifted gears, and the plot started to gel. I ended up throughly enjoying the story due to it being very different from your normal action space drama. Enjoyable main protagonist. I have the second book in the series already on order, but have to wait until the end of February before Audible releases it. This I don't understand, since the club is owned by Amazon who already has the next audio book out for purchase. I highly recommend this story and author.
It plays a bit like a cartoon for adults. The pacing is pretty rushed, especially considering the scale of the story he's telling. The main character is endowed with inexplicably extraordinary abilities but is otherwise as bland as under-seasoned mashed potatoes.
It's imaginative and even exciting at moments but, for the most part, lackluster and not compelling. Decent for a quick read (maybe a round trip flight?) but nothing you'd recommend to a friend.
This book gave me fix, while I wait for the next installment of Star Force and The Undying Mercenaries. If you look those series you will enjoy this book as well.
Larson is getting in abut by of a rut. He excels at world building but the overall premise is just too similar. Aliens enlisting us to fight their war is the central theme of two other series that I know of that he has written. The book was entertaining but I couldn't shake the feeling I had been here before.
Side note: he has utterly no depth to female characters. They only want to be arm candy for some overly testosterone juiced protagonist. It gets tiresome.
I found it this book to be a fantastic experience. Sometimes you just want to laugh at a story as unbelievable twists of fate and DuesEX Machina are flung around like salavia from a rabbid dog.
But like a good scifi B movie dont you want something that brings a smile to your face and lets you laugh and imagine such a wonderful world? If you want a good escape from reality then its worth it.
"Just good spoiler free review"
I was sceptical when I got this, I didn't think it was possible for B V to pull off another good space based book.
I was wrong, I don't know how but I loved every minute of it.
Mark's performance is stellar again, I'm so impressed with his craft.
More please. No holidays or family time just keep writing until you die.
Thanks so much again.
I always enjoy a B.V. Larson audiobook but Rebel Fleet stands out from the rest. Gripping with pace and filled with unique concepts.
"surprisingly. not that bad! "
I've read all the StarForce books.. every one. and loved them. so of course I wanted to try this. I was concerned it would be another reiteration. same old story, with a "new" Riggs.
and to be fair, to a lesser or greater degree it was a bit. but it still had its own appeal. and I listened to the end. so... well done Larson... you entertained me again.
"Another Entertaining Story"
Knowing how prolific an author B V Larson is, I was looking for something to tickle my fancy as I had a spare credit. Searching for Larson's name I was not surprised to see a new book entitled Rebel Fleet. I checked out the sample and that was it, I immediately purchased the book!
Larson has a knack of grabbing your interest very quickly and then holding it and the sample alone sold me on getting this book. I have read quite a few Larson books now including all of the Star Force series and all of the Undying Mercenaries books to date. Larsson stories are always so accessible and are fast paced. Some authors overdo the science fiction element and pen huge epics that are often overly cerebral and slow paced but Larson makes his stories straightforward and action packed. There are no wasted words in his style of writing and the prose are direct, efficient and pacey. Sure, some elements of his stories might lack the more high brow sophistication of other writers works but they are always entertaining without the driftwood you get with a lot of other books out there.
As to Rebel Fleet itself? Well, it could be argued that this is a variation on a theme, Perhaps it might in many ways be a Star Force version 2 as the adversarial method of recruiting members to fight for a higher cause is derivative of the Star Force books. However, Larson always writes diverse and interesting aliens with their own and rigid cultural imperatives which are often inflexible and rooted in primitive instincts which make for colourful characters that our far more dynamic thinking human protagonist, Leo Blake, makes good use of.
Nevertheless, this is still a great read and as entertaining as Larson stories usually are. How Larson writes so many books a year and it seems in parallel with other series (Mr Larson, if you're reading this then I'm waiting for the next in the Undying Mercenaries series please!).
I was very pleased and relieved to see that the excellent Mark Boyett provided narration services and it is good to see that the same narrator is doing most of the Larson books as it provides a nice sense of consistency. Boyett does a great job as usual. He is able to voice many characters but I did find that his British character was rendered sounding a little like an Australian despite the fact that he apparently hailed from Manchester, UK. Now, if any American narrator can do a convincing Manmcunean then I'd like to hear it!
If you've not read any science fiction or any of Larson's work then Rebel Fleet is a great place to start.
"Another B.V. Larson masterpiece"
I Love the way Larson writes and Mark Boyett is also one of the best Narrators.
Simply kept me enthralled, one I just couldn't stop listening to, finished in two days, highly recommended for all those Sc-Fi fanatics out there.
"Great as usual"
I can't get tired of BV Larson another great story lines. The narrator was really good too.
"I'm a big fan of this author, so I loved it."
Can't wait for next part, will find out on the end of February. I can recommend as a easy read. I enjoy it while running :)
"Great Developing Story"
This is a beginning and there could be so much more to come in following books. i hope the writer can follow through the development.
For those of us that remember earlier works. have a little more imagination. see past the similarities listen to the story not the voice and you could enjoy this more. the narrator is as previous books brilliant.
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