If you are a fan of Isaac Asimov's deep thinking, or Larry Niven and his habit of making the reader do math, then this book is a welcome mental relief..Show More ». Another reviewer referred to it as "sci-fi easy listening" and I think he hit the nail right on the head. Much like a Michael Bay film, if you start thinking too hard, you just ruin it for yourself. But that's not to say it can't be entertaining. To understand what I mean, simply read the following (spoiler free) synopsis:
Computer Science professor Kyle Riggs is abducted by an artificially intelligent alien spacecraft. With occasional interjections from his stunningly beautiful consensually captive co-ed companion he must make clever use of programming, hacking, strategy, logic, and knowledge of powers of two to save Earth from merciless robotic aliens.
At several points throughout the novel I considered how it might have made a good story line for a real-time strategy computer game (a la Starcraft). I must say, the book is massively entertaining. Listening to it is akin to having testosterone injected through your ears. Mark Boyett captures the different characters exactly as you would expect with all the seriousness that is required. The book skates a fine line between easy to take in and outright melodrama. It does a pretty good job at staying this side of melodrama (most of the time).
I feel I must give a disclaimer that, as a computer science graduate myself, I think there is a certain draw to a book featuring a computer science professor as a protagonist. Especially one that gets the girl and saves the world. It's not really the kind of thing one would expect out of someone in my field.
To sum things up: The characters aren't deep and neither is the plot, the action is enjoyable and constant, the hacking is surprisingly realistic (5 points for executing a privilege escalation exploit on an alien ship), and I think I'm going to pick up the next one.
This is the seconds book in the Larson's Star Force series. I liked the direction the first book took, I thought there were some interesting things t..Show More »he series could explore and decided to ignore the problems with the first book and see where the second book went. Well now I know, we went to lazyville. Lawson must have written this book in about a week. The plot is silly, the characters are flat and the science has left the building.
Very sad, this could have been a very interesting series. I think Larson has the ability to write a much better book. But for some reason he just seems to be cranking out these books like cheap romance novels. Maybe that is how a writer needs to pay the bills these days - Volume. I think there are about another 9 books in this series, but I am in no hurry to read the rest.
On the brighter side, Mark Boyett did a great job narrating the book!
I love this series,the author doesn't bore the reader with unnecessary jargon or technical information,but adds enough to make it interesting and help..Show More » the story along. Audible,keep doing these books!
book 4 and still loving the storyline :) the hard choices and moves the characters have to make keeps the book exciting and keeps me wanting more... t..Show More »he relationships of characters, how they evolve, and decisions that they make keep me engaged till the book ends and then i find myself trying to find out when the next book will come out :) a great syfy novel
If you are looking for sci-fi that is fast-paced, fun, and incredibly interesting, I'd recommend the Star Force series for you. The author has carefu..Show More »lly crafted a military sci-fi universe where new discoveries and surprises await, leaving the reader astonished at the depth of B.V. Larson's imagination.
Most sci-fi series that I have read have at least one book where things do not click, or the plot seems forced, or difficult to believe. In contrast, every book of this series is strong, and I keep thinking that the best one is the book I just finished.
Mark Boyett, the narrator, is quite amazing as he seamlessly switches his accent from one member of an international team to another to yet another. It adds an extra dimension of enjoyment over the text version of the books.
The fortress is completely built, it's time to build ships, but The Earth stopped communicating with Riggs He has terrible personnel problems..Show More », he has only 300 men And all his neighbors, damn Crustaceans, Blues and Crow are plotting against him, The question is who friend and who is foe?
PS Sometimes I think it is The Only Original Sci-Fi series
Next book is "Annihilation" and I hope it will available very soon!
I have, of course, read all the other book in this series and it is slipping. I hope B.V. Larson or one of his associates read these reviews. The char..Show More »acter, Kyle Riggs, is becoming juvenile and just as much a dictator as his hated foe, Crowe. I don't understand. Col. Riggs is generally an idiot, and therefore, I'm losing interest in him and almost wish he would be killed off. When, after how many years in space and countless battlefields, do Kyle Riggs suppose to learn from his mistakes. It's becoming frustrating to read/listen to. The narrator is good though. I like him.
I am shocked. Fans who've been following the series know that Krowe needs to be taken down and now it's about to happen. But it's not JUST Emperor Kro..Show More »we and the Imperialists Kyle has to worry about. The Blues have been up to no good and show their hand before Kyle and crew can even make it out of the Eden system to return to earth.
What new abomination has The Blues created this time. How can they possible return to Earth and overthrow Krowe? What kinds of traps has Krowe laid for them along the journey back? What new creatures will we meet? What woman will Kyle choose? What's Marvin going to get into? . This is what we've all been waiting for and it isn't predictable and doesn't disappoint. I can't wait for more. I missed Sandra though. What a loss.
As always Mark Boyett does a phenomenal job narrating. I really enjoy his voice for Marvin and The Blues. He really brings out the humor.