Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are.
The Dead Sun concludes The Star Force series but don’t worry – we’ve got plenty more military sci-fi action from best-selling author B.V. Larson. Check out Steel World, book 1 in B.V. Larson’s new Undying Mercenaries series.
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Larson has finally (after 9 installments) brought some closure into the life of one Kyle Riggs. At the end of the 8th installment, Riggs had finally succeeded in defeating Crowe and undertook the arduous task of restoring some semblance of rationality to Earth. Needless to say, he tires quickly in the job of governing and returns to space. He and Marvin cook up a scheme to glimpse beyond the Thor ring. There is more revealed regarding the ring and machine origins as well as some critical information regarding their particular local cul-de-sac. Riggs must battle the machines again and deal with the Blues all the while, sidestepping assassins and coup attempts. With a sense that Earth is safe for the foreseeable future, Riggs apes Cincinnatus and Washington to enjoy the sunset.
The sci-fi elements are in line was earlier installments with a bit more esoteric physics of gravity control. The space battles continue to evolve with the machines learning faster than humans. The limited alien diversity (intelligent anthropomorphic variants of Earth animals with annoying personality disorders) is still present.
The narration is passable with a limited range of characters.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
I really can't believe I waded through all 9 books in the series but I guess I got hooked. I think probably because I'm a lot like Kyle Riggs myself. An excellent series if a little awkward at times. I liked the ending although would have liked it if there had been some closure with Miklos and the other characters like Kwan, Gaines, Nukum and of course Marvin.
I'm the most boring person on the planet.
Mark Boyett was a great narrator. A professional in his art.
I must admit I've never much cared for first-person narration, however I make a huge exception to the Star Force series -- in the end, Mark Boyett (i.e., his voice) was Colonel Kyle Riggs.
Mr. Larson did a great job keeping the story fresh and the progression interesting throughout the series.
As a space opera, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that saved humanity. I was never bored or agitated at this series, as I have been with others, and I finished each read enthusiastically and quickly.
I will be continuing on with any other series Mr. Larson and Mr. Boyett present, and I look forward to another ride.
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind" - Winston Churchill
Absolutely. It is a unique series, great plot, great protagonist, Excellent writing style.
Col. Kyle Riggs. One of my favorite heroes of all time. Considered an outlaw, looked at indifferently by most of senior officers, chased by the bad guys, good guys, friends, several world governments, multiple alien species that consider him to be Earths leader and greatest warrior. I love deeply flawed, but brilliant protagonist in a novel, and Riggs fits this profile better than nearly any character I've ever seen.
Yes, I stayed up late to buy it as soon as it went on sale.
I really enjoyed this book, and series. Col. Kyle Riggs is a true hero similar to John McClain in the Die Hard Movies. He gets thrown into extraordinary circumstances against his will, and ends up being the deeply flawed, but super effective savior of Earth. Riggs is the type of man that will ignore his government, and entire senior staff when directing an order. This order may result in millions of deaths on earth, but to Riggs millions of deaths is necessary sacrifice in order to save billions. He is a true Cowboy. The books are all well written with a perfect mix of action and dialog. I'm sad to see the series end, but I have high hopes for B.V. Larson as a sci-fi novelist going forward.
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if you're at this page, then you've probably read/listened to the previous books in this series. if you're wondering whether or not to give your time and credit to this final chapter, then let me help you by saying, "go for it!"
even if you're like me and felt a little let down by the last book, i'd still recommend that you go for it. yes, there are some annoyances, like jasmine's clinginess, but i still enjoyed it.
again, i think the story feels rushed. there are a few major plot points that get easily and quickly resolved. bv could've expounded on them, but then again it might've slowed the pace of the story. regarding the pace, once the story starts, it races to conclusion. this makes it an easy listen, but i miss the complicated situations riggs has to deftly dig himself out of. i never got the feeling that he was facing overwhelming, unbeatable odds, like in the earlier books. there are difficult situations, but they seem like they're easily overcome b/c they're overcome soo quickly. the pace of the story is quite fast.
perhaps that's why i felt rushed. the story is exciting, but i felt like bv was rushing the plot to tie off the different plot lines. BUT i am satisfied with how most of the plot lines were tied off by riggs.
for most of the series, riggs has been the star, but now marvin outshines him. i like marvin, and i like how marvin has evolved through the series. he has definitely saved riggs' bacon on more than one occasion, and he again plays a pivotal role in this story. i guess my biggest disappointment is that marvin's story is left up in the air when the story ends. it's almost like bv forgot about marvin at the end. i mean you get closure with riggs- his decisions and what he ultimately decides to do, but riggs has no last talk with marvin. the last time we hear of marvin is during a battle. after things are settled in a way, we don't hear about marvin. where is he? what are his plans? what he might do afterwards is hinted at about 2 hours before the story ends, but the reader/listener is kind of forced to remember a conversation between riggs and marvin.
by now, you must be wondering why i'm recommending this after all my griping. LOL at the heart, this is a pretty good conclusion to the series. my rants revolve around things i wished were in the story. my wish list would probably add hours to the story and slow down the breakneck pace.
while this seems to be the end of riggs' story, there are a few interesting plot lines that other reviewers have mentioned that could interestingly continue the star force series. i will definitely miss kyle riggs! thanks bv for entertaining me over the years.
overall, a good conclusion to kyle riggs' story and worth your time and credit!
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
Yes. This installment is another solid addition to B.V. Larson's Star Force series. Once I started it up it was hard to turn off. First Sargent Quan and Marvin continue their wary alliance as they help Griggs defend sentient life against those pompous Crustaceans and backstabbing Macros. Everyone everywhere should get the chance to follow the glorious deeds of the greatest robot in the history of everything - Marvin!
Any time Marvin grabs the mic. a memorable moment is on tap. I get a huge kick just listening to him as he tries to leverage as much personal advantage as possible out of every exchange. Marvin the Magnificent is always in the mix, always shaping conversation to squeeze out some self-aggrandizing concession - another camera, new appendages, a couple more vats to expand his colony of captive micro wonder bugs. As hope fades and humanity is crumbling under the Macro's boots, or being diced by some sadistic Crustacean's pincers, who slides in from the abyss and saves our collective asses yet again? That's right - Marvin!
When Marvin gets the helm and everyone but him groans and rolls their eyes. Jealousy, pure and simple. They may hem and haw, but deep down inside they are thanking every diety they can conjure that Marvin is on their side. Marvin may have his faults, but don't we all? Think of it this way, if you were stuck alone in vacuum space with fourteen pissed off Macros zorching towards you with malice aforethought who do you call?
All together now - Marvin!
Extreme reaction? Well...not really. I did not cry, but I laughed 46 times give or take a few. I frequently found myself smiling as yet again Griggs has to turn to his designated savior of mankind - Marvin!
Hey B.V. - if you ever feel in a rut with this series, I have a suggestion. Start a new a epic space saga with Marvin at the head of a band of conniving, passive aggressive uber probes tasked with the mission of eradication of everything lame, slow or otherwise chronically in the way. Marvin's jurisdiction is only limited by the scope of your imagination, Mr. Larson. And I can say, without fear of contradiction, that you are one creative individual. So, think about it. At least two beings will be fired up: yours truly and my favorite robot - Marvin!
So, after nine books, what more can be said about Larson's ninth book in the Star Force series, The Dead Sun?
DEAD. SPOT. ON. That's what.
When a series gets this long in the tooth, the writer has earned his or her place, and the work is built upon the author's previous tomes in the series. IF the author is smart, they give their readers what they want. Larson does this in a major way in The Dead Sun.
But Larson has always done that in the Star Force series.
He drags me onto the battlefield, where blood and steel join in the exploding heat of combat. He slips me behind enemy lines into the heart of the enemy conflict, and shoves me into the shadows, watching as politicians and generals coldly set the fate of countless warriors ready to sacrifice their lives for sometimes blurred and shallow causes. Larson builds worlds, and sets the pace, tempo and rhythm of this stirring march into this incredible military scifi that is Star Force.
So, when I read or listen to Larson's work, I can't accept the tired rhetoric and hastily written pulp so many other authors think of as noteworthy military scifi. Larson rules this arena totally, and The Dead Sun reminds me why I started this series in the first place: Larson, as a writer, is, in a word, exceptional. His work lives beyond the written page, and above the audio data bytes. If you peruse the web, you'll find blogs, chat rooms and web pages praising, debating, arguing and exploring the entire series. Want to know when an audiobook series REALLY does its job well? When people argue over their favorite characters, declaring that their favorite should have their own books in the series, and even write fan fiction in the same milieu, giving the series life beyond the author's pen..
Larson's Star Force series has all of this, and in my opinion, leads the way in this genre.
But, what about The Dead Sun? I sense in this ninth book, that we may be seeing the end of this fantastic journey (I hope to God not!). If this IS the end, what an incredible journey!
However, this may only be the end of a CHAPTER - We'll just have to see where Larson takes us. But having said that, I don't give very many reveals or spoilers in my reviews. I try to give you very solid reasons to buy or not buy an audiobook, based on the merits of the author's style, talent, and passion. By now, you know my philosophy on this - I will not spoil the author's wonderful work by giving you sneak peeks into what happens - You have the brief overview provided by Audible, as well as many other reviewers that happily spill the beans about the audiobook. As usual, I'll get marks against me for not doing so. Still I must be true to my convictions.
However, I WILL give this one thing to you regarding The Dead Sun - A new generation may be on the horizon, a new ushering in, if you will, of a new chapter and direction in this fantastic series. In this ninth audiobook, surprises, revelations and changes await you.
And, of course, exceptional writing.
If you follow my recent reviews, I have been MERCILESS on a number of military Scifi writers - Want to know why? I listened to the previous audiobooks in THIS series.
And the listening has spoiled me completely.
Very well done, Mr. Larson.
Where blood and steel join, take me there again!
Yes i would there is a chess match with a lot of action
Mark is a great performer you don't have to guess who is talking you know by his voice who is speaking
I was happy about the last battle. It wasn't by the skin of his teeth that he won the finial battle. It did seem in the earlier books it was always a close battle that he barely won
I was disappointed with the end of the story. Riggs didn't like farming he like designing and programming, the other books said that more then once. One thing i did like about this last book was we were not reminded over and over again how hard his Marines are to kill.
I didnt like that fact that he just left Marvin. Marvin had become his friend and he just abandon him to ? people that would have destroyed him or will because they dont know how to talk to him. He really just abandoned everyone.
As smart as Riggs is he basically left the earth to people who could not do what he did to save it and he came to that conclusion towards the end but yet he gave up his position to people who would not be ready if the ancients came. If this story was to continue in the future they would come calling on Riggs to save the earth once again and it would be a struggle every time.
In all that was disappointing to me this was a very good series Larson kept me coming back for the next one.
What would make the Star Force series better? Realism. Yeah, science fiction is fiction. But the best fiction has basis in the real world. This story was full of plot holes and flat out fabrications. No one with a shred of military training would maintain loyalty to Riggs (the protagonist). No one with a modicum of common sense would do the things Riggs does. To imagine that such a bumbling idiot as Riggs not only rises to leadership, but maintains it, stresses suspension of disbelief to the breaking point.
You like plot holes? Just create a god-like robot who pulls Star Force's nuts out of the fire like Wesley Crusher saves the Enterprise every 3rd episode. Then, because it bends the arbitrary 'rules' that Riggs imposes to keep it from being all-powerful, Riggs then punishes it or removes privileges after the latest ass saving.
No. I am so glad this series has come to a conclusion. I waited almost 6 months from finishing book 7 before I got 8 and 9 just to finish the series. It took that long to forget how stilted, discordant and irritating the characters are (mostly Riggs, but also others). Based on this series, I will knowingly include B.V. Larson as a hack writer worse than the pulp writers of the 50s, some of whom were very good but constrained by publishing demands.
Oh yeah, and don't get me started on the 'romance' line. Because women TOTALLY think and act like that...
Mark Boyett is the redeeming feature of this series. His performances are universally excellent.
Irritation. I could not immerse myself in the story because the STORY IS SO BAD. Just write a book called Deus ex machina and be done with it.
Don't bother, don't bother, don't bother.
BV Larson's Star Force series rates very high on my favorite books/series. The Dead Sun was up to par with his earlier Books in the series. It still didn't have the hanging by your nails off the cliff, won't go to sleep until I'm done pace and action to it of the first 3 books. Hopefully it will continue it's upward trend.
I don't want to post a spoiler.
Good showing. I look forward to another high-caliber book in the series soon.
It was Awesome, can not get enough of the star force series, just keep writing more. What will happen next
"A gripping finale to this part of the series"
Great, fun stuff. This is what I was always looking for in star wars and the star trek but never found. Really enjoyable and the narrator is excellent.
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