Alpha Fleet

Rebel Fleet, Book 3
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Series: Rebel Fleet, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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The Imperials have devised a cunning new method of destroying Rebel worlds. Captain Leo Blake is largely responsible for both our survival and our current predicament. He and his crew are infamous among the stars. As a result, when ships of an unknown configuration begin flowing out of swirling rifts above Earth, Blake is called upon again to deal with the problem.

But the approaching fleet isn't what it seems. They're employing an entirely new way to exterminate Rebels. They will accept nothing less than conquering Earth - or, better yet, destroying all life on our planet.

Alpha Fleet is the third book in the Rebel Fleet series.

©2017 Iron Tower Press, Inc. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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The best of the Rebel Fleet series

A great beginning and the goodness just keeps going. This is certainly the best thus far in this Rebel Fleet series it's what I expect from B.V Larson thank you it's as good as early Star Force and Undying Mercenaries which is high marks in my opinion.

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Disappointed in story continuity

While this series is an odd one, taking far too many cues and ideas from Larson's Star Force book series, I can let much of this non-originality go... to a point. However, this non-originality knocks down the stars by one. If you're going to write a new space fleet series, choose new concepts. But, this is not where this story goes horribly wrong.

The opening of this novel (first 5 chapters) sees "Admiral Fex" back to his old tricks. Yet, in Orion Fleet (Book 2), "Admiral Fex" had been docked 2,000 status points and was busted back down to a "Junior Lieutenant" (a single silver triangle). Going into this novel "Alpha Fleet", Fex should have STILL been a "Junior Lieutenant", not an Admiral... at least according to Blake's knowledge. Either we as the audience missed a lot of story between Orion Fleet and Alpha Fleet with Fex managing to regain his lost 2,000 points of rank (with Blake becoming aware of this fact somehow) or the continuity between these two novels is simply broken.

Without any explanation to the audience, it must be assumed as broken continuity. Blake should have called Fex by his new Orion Fleet designation as "Junior Lieutenant" until corrected by Fex with a sufficient explanation. Instead, Blake began calling him "Admiral Fex" immediately in this novel... completely ignoring the final events that transpired in chapter 70 of Orion Fleet. In fact, at 6:40 in chapter 5 in Alpha Fleet, Vega asks Blake, "Do you think they got our message?" (they haven't even spoken with the silently approaching fleet) and Blake responds, "I don't see how Admiral Fex could have missed it". Quite a huge story blunder. They haven't yet talked with Fex (or that fleet), and Blake is already assuming he's an Admiral after what happened in Orion Fleet? I don't think so. They don't even know that Fex is on those ships yet as it's still then a grand assumption and educated guess.

This is not only an egregious storytelling mistake and major continuity error, this error should have been caught by not only the author himself, but also the editor and publisher. If this is what we get to look forward to in future B.V. Larson novels, then I'm done with this novel series (and this author) and I'll find another author who is willing to put in the time to maintain proper story continuity between the novels in a series. Yes, there are story mishaps, but this one is far too egregious to ignore.

Worse, Fex shouldn't have even been on those ships. Because Fex is, as far as we know, a Junior Lieutenant, he doesn't even have enough command rank to command a fleet, let alone show up commanding the fleet at Earth's doorstep. The opening of this novel doesn't make any story sense based on the close of Orion Fleet. This continuity error sets up a story foundation that is both sloppy and based on something that doesn't make any sense... leaving the rest of this story (and future stories) a problem. This knocks down the story stars to 1. Tsk. Tsk. Mr. Larson... you can do much better.

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More Please And Hurry!!!

I love all of your work and can't wait for more!
Great Narrator also. Hope it won't be long for book 4

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Meh. Recycled characters & plots.

The Rebel Fleet series I felt are not as well written as the Undying Mercenaries series. Character development and plot development are too recycled from previous books by the author. Head to Undying Mercenaries for better use of credits. Thankful that audible will let me return for my credits back.

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I am liking this series so far!

I love B. V. Larson and Mark Boyett. Together they make a great duo. Mr. Larson's story writing abilities keep me engaged and interested as well as invested in the story and characters. Mark does a fantastic job of bringing the many characters to life and he is one of my favorite narrators.

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Not as much fun this time around

There were just too many times I had to shake my head at the stupidity of a guy that is supposed to be so clever and be a captain of the ship. This is almost like a Monty python skit. I know it is a bit of tongue in the cheek but too much for me.

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Really enjoyed it...

A real fun story with lots of twists and turns. Never saw what was coming next... can't wait to finish the series but wish it wouldn't end👍👍

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Meet the players.

A solid addition to the series this book explores and elaborates on the players involved in the conflict who needed their stories told in greater depth. This book defines the relationships and history of the nomads and the imperials much more and sets the table for what comes next.

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Best so far.

The most enjoyable of the series so far. Boyett is always good and this time he had a better script to work with. The sims saving the day was always a bit tiresome, and in this effort they were not as intrusive. In the previous books they are sometimes so intrusive in the story you were reminded of the Greek 'magic from the machine', a cure for all the ills in the plot. The new set of characters were an improvement and just enough of the old cast were left in place to keep the followers of the series engaged.

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The series is getting weaker

Excellent narrator, but the series is getting weaker. One of the plot lines is just too far fetched. And aside from the lead character, there really is no character development.

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  • Terence Mitchell
  • 10-21-17

Amazing

Fantastic end to a fantastic series... Mark Boyett once again does very well narrating the story :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-19

good easy listen while working in the garden

easy listening takes your mind off labourous tasks in the garden and garage at the weekend

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  • D. Marsh
  • 03-27-19

OK space battles plus a randy commander

It's an ok listen, A little simple in characters that match this authors other book series pretty well (as does the theme, IE enemies try to invade, earth struggles but wins over with tackics). In this series the main character is somewhat more randy however, wanting to bonk most of his female crew along with any alien women he comes across. As with his other books they make a good ongoing read, that keeps you wanting a bit more.

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  • CJSILV
  • 11-01-18

five stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I have loved the series so far already listing to the next one I highly recommend listening to the book series

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  • Roger Newton-Darby
  • 02-14-18

Very good

very good story helps bridge the saga and help bring us what I'm sure will be a climax

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  • S. Morris
  • 01-24-18

Running Out of Steam

The first book in this series, Rebel Fleet, was every bit the kind of story I have come to expect and love from the prolific B. V Larson. It was fast paced, full of mystery and intrigue and had all the elements that Larson does so well. Sure, it could be argued that some of those elements were variations on a theme which, I suppose to a certain extent might be expected coming from the same author. However, they were in a fresh mix of characters and situations which made for an enjoyable book.

Orion Fleet, the second part to this series, wasn't quite so good but did offer up much of what I was looking for. I realize that it can be difficult to keep things fresh especially once the hard work of establishing a new series has been done but I feel that this third instalment, Alpha Fleet, has seemingly run out of steam to a great extent. This is a phenomenon I've seen from Larson before and indeed from other writers where they write themselves into a corner as all the best work has already been done in the first book of the series and there's nowhere else to go. The Lost Colonies 3 book series from Larson springs to mind as a classic example of this and it so far appears that the Rebel Fleet books may turn out to go the same way petering out by the third book. To be fair, one difference here is that the former series did appear to tie things up and finish off the trilogy. I suspect Larson knew that despite the promise and scope of that series that it had run its course and that he needed to put an end to it. Alpha Fleet has no such finality to it so it does appear that Larson believes there is more gas in the tank for this set of stories.

Alpha Fleet to me was somewhat of a disappointment as I felt that the book was strung out somewhat with nothing of any real substance going on for the majority of the story. Larson kept things going with a series of relatively minor incidents or plot developments but nothing substantial that kept me that interested. Larson, however, is such a skilled writer that he is able to pull this off to a degree without it feeling too obvious he's doing so. Things do pick up a pace but it's left towards the end of the book with some interesting developments. Thus, I have concluded that Alpha Fleet might be what you could consider a "bridging" book between the previous and next instalments and something he put out there mainly to keep the series alive while he gave himself more time to come up with a more interesting story.

For anyone new to Larson by way of this series I would say don't be put off if you felt the same way about this novel. Larson has created the excellent and very consistently good Star Force series that covers 12 books and so he is quite capable of writing a strong and compelling story arc over so many books. With the Lost Colonies and Alpha Fleet books I get the impression that Larson is venturing off into projects that may or may not go somewhere simply because he can or perhaps his contractual obligations force him to do so, I don't know. I would much prefer Larson to focus more on his current 7 book series in the form of the Undying Mercenaries saga. This series has proved to be much more consistent and interesting on the whole.

Really good, as ever, to see continuity in terms of the narrator used. Mark Boyett does a sterling job as usual and has become the voice of the majority of Larson's stories so hats off to the publishers for this.

Alpha Fleet is not a particularly bad read but not quite the standard I've come to expect from this writer. It tends to meander a bit with no clear plot and it does feel that Larson was literally making it up as he went along. I hold out hope that Larson can refresh this series in his next instalment. If not, then perhaps he should just lay this series to rest as he did with the Lost Colonies one.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-12-17

Brilliant

Excellent 3rd book and hopefully not the last in the series. Loved the ending with its twist.

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  • david
  • 12-09-17

good read

a little repetitive from previous books but still a good read and I will be reading future series

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  • Daxing
  • 12-08-17

just another excellent book

just another great book from bv Larson and a great performance by mark boyett. highly recommend the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-17

Disappointing end to an entertaining trilogy

After enjoying the 2 sequels to this book I must say this was the weakest of the 3. The story as a whole seems less thought out and the dialog and characters seem more bland then in the previous 2 books.

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