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Tech World Audiobook

Tech World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 3

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The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world. Tau Ceti, better known as Tech World, is the central trading capital of Frontier 921. McGill figures he’s lucked out. The assignment looks dull but luxurious. Tau Ceti boasts a planet-wide city with a trillion inhabitants, all of whom are only interested in making a few credits. But all is not well on Tech World. The Empire is crumbling, an invasion is coming, and McGill’s easy ride through life and death has come to an end.

©2014 B. V. Larson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    D corona, ca United States 12-13-14
    D corona, ca United States 12-13-14 Member Since 2015

    I read, I write; I listen

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    "Dying isn’t enough this time"

    Now that earth has become enforcers for the Galactic Empire in this part of the universe Specialist James McGill and Legion Varus have been assigned guard duty on a High Tech Planet called Tau Ceti, better known appropriately as Tech World; but even before they can embark on their mission some political infighting and McGill’s uncontrollable need to express his opinion lands him in trouble again.
    Once matters are somewhat settled McGill and Legion Varus ship out for Tau Ceti where dying isn’t enough this time as the mercenaries must cope with greed and corruption on a planetary scale. As usual McGill will take it upon himself to make choices and decisions that could affect all of humanity as possible big changes concerning the entire Galactic Empire are coming to light.
    B.V Larson’s main concept of re-growing bodies and retrieving memory leads to some interesting sub-plots in this latest installment in his series. From previous books we have learned that there are rules set in place regarding “Re-growths.” A person must be verified to be deceased before a new grow can occur to prevent multiples of the same person for instance, and if one does not die over the years it is recommended that the data banks be updated so a person doesn’t come back looking ten or fifteen years younger; both of these scenarios are explored in this book.
    The narrator, Mark Boyett, gives another good performance and I look forward to the next book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Antonio Stevens Saint Louis, MO 10-25-14
    Antonio Stevens Saint Louis, MO 10-25-14

    BZ

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    "Action packed with McGill still causing trouble."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Indeed. This was a can't put down epic continuation on this story. The characters are well done. Story outstanding. A unique scifi setting. No typical romantic love with a not so expected final outcome. Its just keeps going and going into craziness and I found myself not wanting it to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story just kept evolving. So many twists. So many things, I didn't expect. How it just got more insane, more crazy, more on the edge of everything going to crap. Only for McGill to push it even further with is crazy thoughts or just running his mouth. As the listener, I started feeling as if he should stop or just shut up to avoid further madness. Ha.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Mark Boyett is pure gold. His narration is always amazing. Voices are well done and near perfect tones that you can feel as hes telling the story. If I see his name on anything, I immediately check it out.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As I listened to this epic tale, I found myself having those, "I can't believe he just said that". Even feeling in shock or just paranoid of what might happen next. Many outbursts of laughs due McGills crazy actions. Which happened quite a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like scfi, guns, aliens, a great story, military combat, all with a not typical main character. This story is for you. Run and get it now.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 10-24-14
    Jonathan 10-24-14 Member Since 2016

    nature and space enthousiast!

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    "Different setting, B.V Larson never disapoints !"

    This one is set in a urban combat setting on an alien world.The first hour is a bit slow(still interesting events) but it is worth the wait.The stakes are high;.military illegal dealings by other legions , still one of the most interesting series on audible. Excellent story and narration.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lorrie H 04-10-15
    Lorrie H 04-10-15
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    "What is wrong with me? I love this series!"

    I am a 70 year old with 14 grandchildren and love this series. Maybe it is the fact that I have all these youngsters around that helps me think "why not?" Or, maybe it is just a good story written well. Keeps me listening intently all the way through and cheering for the good guys. I'll finish one, say no more and then turn around and buy more. When will this end? Oh, geez, Larson has lots more for me to listen to...yea!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Bentleigh, Australia 10-27-14
    Amazon Customer East Bentleigh, Australia 10-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Excellent adventure for James McGill"

    B.V. Larson has certainly kept up the quality in this latest instalment of the Undying Mercenaries. The plot is excellent and the adventure non-stop. The character development of all the major cast continues with them being tested in many ways. The great thing about these books are they are complete books with the story finishing at the end. There are tantalizing bits about what may be happening next but it is none stop.

    The reading by Mark Boyett is fantastic and the extra dimension he adds to a brilliant story is something to appreciate as you listen to this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hans Engelen 04-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great follow up to a great storyline"

    This book did not fail to deliver a worthy follow up to what is a great solid sci-fi book series. What is so great about this series is hard to describe. I guess what I like most is that it does not try to be over the top or groundbreaking. I have nothing against books who try to be these things but often find that it goes at the cost of what is really what I am looking for a solid sci-fi story with enough mystery and twists to keep me entertained. But without an overly convoluted plot that just ends up being distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    richard 04-19-15
    richard 04-19-15 Member Since 2015

    Indulging in the fantasy trying to understand my reality.

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    "Better and better"

    Enjoyed it. The first time,and the second time. It's a great series to get wrapped up in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Moore 04-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic story"

    I have only one complaint. the. ext book in the series is a month out.
    great book and performance

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 01-08-15
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "…..James McGill is a Weapon with a Conscience....."

    Another fun installment in the continuing misadventures of James McGill and Legion Varis. This time they start the mission thinking they were on a milk run; of course things turn out to be not so simple. McGill is again faced with a situation that could get him killed permanently (permed in the jargon of the book). And again McGill responds with insubordination compelled with some sense of baseless morality to do the right thing. Larson has created an enduring character in James McGill that keeps getting more and more interesting with every new book. I like the dynamics of the Legion Varis chain of command. I like the space opera scenario of the series, with the technologically vastly superior Galactics making the rules. I like the way Mankind always finds a way to live within the system, but untamed enough that they are not afraid to bend the rules. You just can’t keep those spunky humans on a short leash. Most of all I like straight-shooter McGill always leading with his heart and too compulsive to reign in his tongue. This continues to be an interesting and entertaining series.

    Mark Boyett is excellent in his portrayal of the different characters in the book. He handles both male and female voices with deft adroitness. He has a great sense of the sarcastic, a quality I much appreciate in a narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Crystian victorville, CA, United States 01-07-15
    Crystian victorville, CA, United States 01-07-15 Member Since 2016

    Long haul truck driver :-)

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    "fantastic series"

    looking forward to more books in the series. . love the story line. it's a great combination of politics, action, comedy and intergalactic conflict rolled into one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Smudger444
    4/22/15
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    "Can't stop reading"

    This series Undying Mercenaries is so good im loosing sleep. I just cant stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matt de Freitas
    London, UK
    3/31/15
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    "Love the undying mercenary series"

    Another great book in the undying mercenary series - action all the way - some good plot twists - I love this series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Death
    London, U.K.
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    "good space opera"

    highly enjoyable. another entertaining story in the series. would recommend if you enjoyed the previous books

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  • S. Morris
    London, UK
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    "Hooked"

    OK, I admit it .... I'm hooked. No, really hooked on these Undying
    Mercenaries books. I've just finished reading Tech World, the third in the
    series and I've just had to read each book one straight after the other.
    I've read all three books in less than a week which might give you some idea
    of how good I think these stories are.

    I've read quite a few science fiction novels in my time and many of them
    have indeed been every bit as enjoyable as Tech World and its two previous
    books in the series. However, what I would have to say is that B V Larson
    manages to pack in as much interesting story into his books as some other
    authors take twice as many pages to achieve. it's quite rare for an author
    to grab the reader right from the first page and then hold their interest
    constantly for the entire book. Nowhere in Tech World did I find my
    attention wandering as has happened while reading other stories. Larson
    doesn't waste words on unnecessary character expansions, lengthy thought
    processes or rambling dialogue for the sake of it as some do. Larson's
    narrative is efficient and as such there's not an ounce of fat to trim here.
    Chapter after chapter were relevant, interesting and just kept me wanting to
    read on and on. Larson could not be accused of writing overly thought
    provoking or cerebral stories but what he does do is get the reader engaged
    in the narrative and then keep things moving and relevant.

    In this third instalment Larson again manages to draw the reader into the
    vivid and very alien cultures and once more we find our hapless heroes up to
    their necks in death and destruction. Tech World is perhaps a little more
    subtle than the previous two books in the series in terms of the nature of
    the hoards of aliens now wanting to do bloody murder to legion Varus but the
    nature of the fighting is just as relentless and brutal once all hell breaks
    loose.

    It is best to read these books in the correct sequence so if you are someone
    that hasn't read the previous stories in the Undying Mercenaries series then
    I would urge you to get into this great set of stories by picking up Steel
    World followed by Dust World. Larson brings back into play a story element
    seen in the previous book that left us a tantalising hint of what the
    Galactic Empire might face in the not too distant future and sure enough
    Larson picks up on this thread in the latter stages of Tech World to great
    effect. Just when you thought the main plot was done with we are met with a
    new situation that is not good news for Earth to say the least.

    Tech World differs from the previous stories in the nature of the threat
    facing McGill and his legion and more of a detective element is present in
    terms of finding what has happened to provoke the attacks on the
    legionnaires. McGill, as ever, finds himself in the centre of a maelstrom of
    trouble as usual and comes up with his own way and unique style of dealing
    with his situation. It has been said by one reviewer that the characters in
    these books are paper thin but to my mind so was I when I was 23 or so.
    Chasing women, drinking and being rather reckless and doing stupid things
    sometimes are all a hallmark of youth and I think Larson has got the key
    characters right and not fallen into the trap so many authors do of trying
    to make them somehow much more mature or complicated than their years should
    really allow. It's McGill's roguishness combined with his charm and outright
    courage at times that makes him appealing. he's not perfect, he does do dumb
    things and he is distracted by women too often perhaps but he does think for
    himself too. All these good and questionable traits too make for a more
    believable character to my mind. McGill's commanding officers too are also
    largely stereotypes and conform to what you might expect of them. However,
    I'll bet that many real-life officer types within the hard fighting infantry
    units of many forces would indeed fulfil the same stereotypes too.

    A word on the narration. Mark Boyett does an excellent job as ever and I'm
    glad to find that he is narrating all the books so far in this series. I've
    only noticed two mistakes thus far in his rendering of the story to date.
    One that was present in this and the previous book on one or two occasions
    was the misreading of the alien race, the "Skrull" as skull. The other thing
    I noticed was that the accent used for a character not seen since the first
    book, a Centurion Thompson, was now generic North American rather than the
    clipped British accent used originally. Still, two very minor things in my
    book given the overall top quality narration seen here.

    As with the previous books, Tech World leaves the reader and the story in a
    state of baited breath as we want to find out what happens next earnestly.
    So, I'm about to purchase three more credits just for the pleasure of
    getting the next two books in the series as I just cannot wait for close to
    a month for my next credit! however, once I finish book 5 in the series I
    really don't know what I'm going to do. Perhaps Audible should find me some
    sort of rehab I can go into to help deal with the wait until the next book
    is released!

    Another thoroughly enjoyable read from Larson, need I say more?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I D Ordish
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    "Book 3 of a fab series"

    Enjoying this series of books great characters and story line
    Sci-fi at it's best
    Best to read them in order to get the most out of the set
    Looking forward to the next one :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GMJ
    East Yorkshire, UK
    6/25/15
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    "Wow"

    Mark Boyett as fantastic a narrator as always. If you liked the star force series then you will love this. Can't wait for the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    6/8/15
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    "A great listen"

    Enjoyed this book and liked the narrators casting of the characters. Have already purchased the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nate2323
    2/4/15
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    "decent, but not great"

    always enjoy his books but this one seems a bit slow. still looking forward to book 4

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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