Rebellion is the turning point in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force is on the side of the machines... but for how long?
In the third book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs learns just what kind of war Earth is caught up in. At the mercy of the Macros, his marines fight against new alien races, big and small. They battle the innocent and the vile alike, until their situation becomes grim. Rebellion is a military science-fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.
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The 3rd installment of the Star Force series has Riggs coming to the realization that his "agreement" with the Macros is quite tenuous and probably should not be expected to last long. Riggs can only maintain the mercenary posture a bit longer before resorting to more aggressive actions. There's more aliens with the added feature of some space piracy thrown in. Serving with Riggs should also not be viewed as long term employment.
While book #3 is much better than #2, there are several noteworthy dings that deserve mention. The alien depictions are rather simplistic and somewhat adolescent. The Marcos while entirely mechanized are still too anthropomorphized (if I were as intelligent as the Macros, I'd stop looking like biotics and optimize a bit). The Marvin AI is a direct steal from Douglas Adams. Finally, as Riggs learns more about the origins of the Blues, everything that he guessed at in the 1st book is exactly dead on; there is nothing subtle in the evolving storyline.
The main remaining mysteries are the origins of the rings as well as how and why a species that is relegated to gas giants would even bother to build machines that end up trying to take over the universe.
One additional point of note: while this series is one continuous story arc, there is little backstory presented in subsequent installments. Lastly, the narrator's range is limited resulting in a Star Trek-like one of everybody and some recycling of character personalities.
See-through plot development. Sub-par space physics. Author is good, and overall ties the necessary strings, but character development is shallow, and like an overzealous pitcher, the wind-up before delivery of a plot thread is painfully long. Additionally, the physics of space combat and comms is laughable. (ex. A ship pops out of an instantaneous wormhole transportation "ring", is then limited to relativistic travel/time delays, but never-the-less has real time communication capability with everyone in the system, and real time reporting of every other ships movement activities. Even the fleet movement concept is more or less limited to what surface ocean vehicles have been doing on earth for the last thousand years.)
Author needs to study more and incorporate realistic physics in his books, or at least provide an technological solution for avoiding those limits. Main character needs to have a little A LOT more depth. Associated characters need to be better developed. I feel as though I'm reading a story, written by a guy whose read a lot about relationships, but hasn't personally experienced many.
Saving grace of the series. I'm not sure if his voice acting is what the author had in mind for each character, but his "role-playing" smooths over a lot of stilted dialogue and actually sets the stage required for "willing suspension of disbelief" required to get into the story line.
maybe...but I wouldn't expect anything great from it. A lot like other sci-fi, big explosion, eye candy (hot actresses), surrounding an unrealistic "hero" who falls into being a good leader (though in real life would be horrible at it)...I wouldn't expect it to work on all levels, and miss intellectually stimulating and heart-string pulling completely. But as a blow-em-up for fun, sure.
In spite of my other negative comments above...Ive listened to 3 of them. I'll probably finish the series. Along the lines of a guilty pleasure, you don't have to think much or feel much to enjoy the books.
Bloody Meat Grinder
Mark Boyett is a great performer who continues to breathe life into characters in yet another Star force novel.
"Rebellion" keeps the action coming. Rigg's Pigs are in for another bloodbath in V.B Larson's third installment of the "Star force" series. If you've made it this far you know the score, and life for Star Force Marines is about to get worse. Book 3 does a good job of adding more humor, drama, and gore into the mix without slowing things down. Better than book 2.
Needs more character development
This is the 3 book of his I've listened to. Just not enough insight into the other characters, I don't think I'll try a third book I was hopping the author would develop his style.
Love the Narrator he does a great job.
I wont go in to the plots too much mainly if it 3 - 5 stars you may want to try it.
Kyle Riggs survived the second round in book 2. Now Riggs is Full filling the terms agreed to by the Macros. Riggs and his Rigg's Pigs (Star Force Marines) are fighting for the Macros in the next system as servants of the machines killing other biotic lifeforms.
Will Star Force crack and fade out or will they strengthen and survive Hell.
I love this series always a lot of action.
I started with book one, it was great. Bought book 2 a couple of months later. Loved it, was an excellent continuation of the Saga. I waited about 6 months, then bought book 3. Not only was this an excellent follow up to 1 and 2, it was a very, very good book. It brought new character and tech to the story. It was full of action and realistic battles between forces. The author used the same narrator and that always makes a series much better. Mark Boyett does a great job and really brings the story to life. He makes you feel like you are in the space battle joining forces with the troops. I will not wait to buy book 4. I like this series and will look forward to reading all the books.
What started off in volume 1 as very good is now, by volume 3, established classic. Incredible. Not an easy adventure. Like John Carter, it's just one damn thing after another, but how very orginal, and yet, how very personal and real.Words don't do this third novel justice.
And Mark Boyett is a fantastic actor. His characters are played with sensitivity, humanity and the "best and brightest" intelligence. He and Larson bring to us the entire future of humanity, remarkable as it is, and yet so very much like today.
Yes, of course. If they liked sci fi.
"Marvin" because he is "incomplete" and unstable and even more unpredictable.
He sounds like a tough Space marine colonel. Thats what you want from a voice actor.
It made me laugh alot. No crying in sci fi. Puleeease!
Dont even think twice about buying it. It was better than the second book which was better than the first book and I gave them both 5 stars too.
Love my sci-fi and fantasy, but delve into Historical and Biographical.
Story - 3
I found the book interesting as I am a fan of sci-fi/fantasy with space and aliens. I am not a great writer of reviews but the book itself had some parts that fascinated me with logistics and the survival of the main characters of the book, but it over time, would drag on in a diatribe or personal reflection of the mail characters. Now, sometimes these are not a problem in some books, but these tend to be a little more annoying than most.
Narration - 3
Now the book's narrator was ok (not great, not bad).
Overall - 3
I gave this a 3, as frankly, I consider this about an average story in its writing. The story line is probably a little better but some slow spots tend to drop it down a little.
The plot moves along and develops a bit more, but this is really just the same as the last book with a different setting. Not necessarily a bad thing, as I liked the other books a good bit.
"Another great entry."
This is a great series and if you like star wars, starship troopers or the terminator, then you should give this series a go. Like any good geek though, I insist you start from the first book even though previous books are summed up. Why watch something halfway through. Im enjoying this although I really wish he'd kill one of the characters. He's an utter git and any self respecting hero would have sorted him out by now.
"Another excellent book in the series"
I really enjoyed the continued adventures of Colonel Kyle Riggs and his assorted crew. The characters are developing with every instalment and we are learning more about the Macros and where they came from. This book was also the one that introduced Marvin, who became another headache for Riggs although Marvin's logic to questions and the actions he took had me smiling.
Another excellent performance from Mark Boyett - as other reviews have commented some of his pronunciations have been a little strange - vehicle being one of them - but they didn't distract from the story.
I'm looking forward to Mr Boyett reading the next part of the series to me.
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