It’s survival of the fittest in a brutal war of extinction!
Created in the gene labs as super soldiers, the Highborn decide to replace the obsolete Homo sapiens. They pirate the Doom Stars and capture the Sun Works Ring around Mercury. Now they rain asteroids, orbital fighters and nine-foot tall drop troops onto Earth in a relentless tide of conquest.
Marten Kluge is on the receiving end. Hounded by Thought Police, he lives like an ant in a kilometer-deep city. The invasion frees him from a re-education camp but lands him in the military, fighting for the wrong side. Star Soldier is the story of techno hell in a merciless war, with too many surprises for any grunt’s sanity. Star Soldier is a full novel, 82,000 words in length by Vaughn Heppner, Writers of the Future winner, Vol. IX.
©2010 Vaughn Heppner (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
While I give this book a 3.5 I would highly suggest getting it! The series overall is an easy 4 or maybe a 5 (on the last 2 hours of book 6). The problem with this book is the story seems hopeless and there are quite possibly too many characters and a lot going on. Eventually towards the middle of the book and in all the others it focuses mostly on the main character.
The narrator does a decent job in this book, as I've seen much worse, but he becomes top notch in book 2 and only gets better. You can tell every character apart without a problem; even the ones that don't talk much. This book as well as all others don't take much time getting into the action. The story isn't predictable and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the hell the main character and humanity go through. It has quite a bit of strategy (which i like the most) and more action and space battles than any book I've read.
If your into science fiction, space battles, and hand to hand combat; I would highly suggest getting this book and the rest of the series. I rank it up there with the star force and lost fleet series (so readers know where i stand), but the books are quite dissimilar. It is much closer to the star force series, but in a much crueler world where genetic superiors claim themselves as the rulers.
Great book! Worst narration! So bad I debate the next book now which sucks but what do you do? Me? I am still thinking!
This review is going to focus on the narration since this is an audiobook (and the story is fantastic). All accents, mispronunciations and minor attributes aside, the most frustrating thing about this narration is the speed at which he reads. I actually checked the audible app to make sure the speed hadn't been set to less than 1.0 by accident - it wasn't. The only reason i was able to continue with the series is b/c the app let me increase playback to 1.5 times normal, i highly recommend that if you want to listen to this at (for all other narrators) normal reading speed. This is actually the third series in a row i've listened to that had poor quality narration and, as i said, i almost refunded the book and stopped with the series. I'm sure this narrator was cheap but they still overpaid. if you set playback speed to 1.5x and can look past some very poor pronunciation and character voices, the story is well worth it, its a fantastic adventure.
Worse thing about this was the mono tone reading at the start. I had to put it down and come back to it a number of times just to get past the first few chapters.
Yes, I'd recommend it. I like Heppner's writing style--interesting characters and fast-paced action in an imaginative setting.
It bothers me that he sounds like James Earl Jones trying to do a poor impression of Shatner doing an overly-emotive James T. Kirk. Also, he pauses or adds emphasis at the oddest--seemingly random--places in his narration. But what REALLY gets me are the mispronunciations! It is nucLEar, not nucYOUler. In the context of the book, it's CAValry, not CALvary (both real words, but not interchangeable). These two examples are not the only mispronunciations, by far. Did no one listen to his performance as he was being recorded? His production team bears partial responsibility for poor quality of this performance.
I'm in book 4 and this series is good. It took me a while to get into the storyline but it grew on me.
The story it self is very good. The narration takes a bit to get used to. After awhile you get used to. It almost seems to be a computer gen. voice but it's not. I will check out the next book!
Professor of Civil Engineering, eclectic, scifi, history, and Joseph Campbell buff, Pratchett buff.
Only by not listening at all. This was written for a nine to ten year old and even at that it was not a good read.
Back to history for a while.
Probably nothing could have helped such a thin plot.
I would have rejected it.
Sorry to be so harsh but alternating this book with a Polity book just made this book even worse.
I gave a three because while this was entertaining, it didn't quite click for me. Very much, "close but not quite", and I might give the second book a try. If you like this genre, you should give it a try and see if you like it better than I.
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