Dust World

Undying Mercenaries, Book 2
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Series: Undying Mercenaries, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
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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 spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder.

In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away. The Legion commanders have a secret plan of their own. And then there's James McGill, who was never too good at listening to authority in the first place....

In Dust World, book two of the Undying Mercenaries Series, McGill is promoted to Specialist and sent to a frontier planet outside the Empire. Earth's status within the Empire will never be the same.

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

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They’re back ready to die; again

James McGill and Legion Varus are off on another mission ready to piss off the Galactics and the rest of the universe while still trying to keep earth safe in B.V. Larson futuristic military world.
In the first book of this series, “Steel World,” humans found out that they were not the dominate species in the universe; in fact, as far as the Galactics are concerned, humans are about as significant as ants. Earth is considered a fringe planet with no real significance and would have simply been destroyed unless they could come up with a unique or superior trade good. With the help of some negotiated alien technology earth found its trade; undying mercenaries. In “Steel World,” the superiority of their trade good was tested but thanks to James McGill and Legion Varus earth’s viability survived.
In “Dust World,” the resolve of the human spirit is once again tested. Earth finds out there is another planet that has been colonized by humans, Separatist’s that wanted to get away from earths rules and govern themselves; but since it is against Galactic law for a planet to colonize Earth sends Legion Varus to handle the situation. Not sure exactly how his legion is supposed to “handle,” this situation Specialist James McGill has some concerns about this mission. It is a dilemma that could put him at odds with his Legion and possibly place all of earth in jeopardy if the Galactics find out about the colony, but he always seems to follow his own moral compass no matter what the possible consequences. The situation becomes more complicated when another alien species, not connected to the Galactic Empire, is discovered with plans of its own. What these aliens, the Galactics, and even some of Legion Varus’s own people for that matter, don’t seem to understand is human unwavering determination and will to survive.
So far through two books this has been a good series, if you like this genre, with lots of action and futuristic technology. I liked Mark Boyett’s narration, especially the southern accent of James McGill.

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I concur - great new series

I really can't add much to the excellent reviews below except for one little annoyance. Like someone said, Mark Boyett is a pro but after just finishing like book 11 or something in the Star Force series I got the feeling I was listening to Kyle Riggs again. This is the problem with great character actors like Mr Boyett and Scott Brick. They have a certain delivery that is so identifiable that it's hard to transition from one author to another with the same narrator. Does that make sense? I love Scott Brick but after awhile his laconic delivery sort of makes all stories sound the same. Same thing with Mr Boyett. Minor stuff. Still love the series and can't wait for the next installment.

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Where to Begin...

While the first book in this series was enough to keep me interested for a bit, this book was enough to persuade me not to get the next one. Let me start with the positives (without spoilers):

The actions scenes were well-written and had me in suspense, especially toward the end in the final few chapters, and the pacing was pretty good. Additionally, Mark Boyett does a magnificent job bringing the characters to life with his superb narration.

Why I won't continue the series (no spoilers): There was little-to-no character development. The character's personalities are largely the same and don't go beyond what was already established in the first book. I say "largely" because their flaws are amplified to the point where I wanted to smack McGill and a few other characters for their actions and the words that come out of their mouths. The commanding officers' personalities (save for Centurion Graves) can be summed up in one unflattering adjective. Furthermore, McGill continues to overcome challenges handily because he is the main character. While the ending is interesting, it wasn't enough to carry me over to Book Three.

Simply put: If you liked Book One, you'll like this.

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  • 11-23-18

Repeat of Book 1

While the action scenes were fast passed and interesting, this was too much of a repeat of the first book. The authors depiction of women, war and leadership seems a bit adolescent. The idea that everyone in this successful Mercenary group is an idiot, and dependent on the ideas of a junior individual seems more of a teenage fantasy than a SciFi novel. This ends my reading of the series.

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Smart Alec soldiers fight aliens!

What did you love best about Dust World?

This is a continuation of "steel world". Check out "steel world "for a more fleshed out beginning to the character and more in-depth explanation of why soldiers are being sent out into the universe to fight aliens.I like the series for its lightness. It scratches the science-fiction itch.

What did you like best about this story?

McGill is a fun character to hang out with.

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Probably the accent in my head while reading would've been different.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, this is just pure guilty pleasure. American space soldier kills aliens while trying to survive.

Any additional comments?

Science-fiction guilty pleasure.

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an old mans fantasy...

While the overall story is good the main character is just cringe worthy. Young, tall, stupid with a severe attitude problem and all the luck in the world. He sleeps with every women in the story, if something happens randomly to someone it's him it happens to and he literally starts wars on a whim. It really reads like an old man trying to put to words his ultimate fantasy of being young again.

I can't continue with this series.

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good performance, not much in the way of story.

If you don't mind being frustrated by the lack of story depth, and love the genre it may be worth a listen. As I am one of those latter individuals I will take a listen to the next book in the series, however, I am torn.

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Solid sequel but...

B.V. Larson has a gift for writing great military sci-fi books, there's no question about it and the sequel to Steel World is no exception. The action was great, the story/plot developped at a good pace and made sense, however there were a couple of things that began to annoy me.
1. I can't understand how McGill is still with the legion after continuously demonstrating his ability to ignore orders and do what he pleases. In any real-world military outfit he would have been dishonorably discharged at the very least a good while ago and the legion he's in is supposed to be far more draconian in discipline, akin to how the Roman legion operated. It just strains credulity how much he's able to get away with! Sure he accomplishes a lot along the way but a soldier who is unable to follow orders, despite being able to deliver results (albeit in an extremely unorthodox and unsanctioned manner) won't last long in any military outfit.

2. Other than Dela (spelling?), the women that McGill has liaisons with are rather uninteresting and are portrayed in such a manner as to have the reader feel little respect towards them or their actions. By this I mean that one of them, Kivi, is a wanton woman who keeps going back to McGill despite knowing he's slept with other women and being quite bothered by this. The other, Natasha, very clearly spurns him towards the end when he asks for a kiss while indicating that she wants nothing more to do with him given that she now knows that he 'cheated' on her with both Kivi and Dela. However at the end of the book she makes the costly trip to go visit him and ends up sleeping with him with everything seemingly and unexpectedly forgiven. Yeah sorry but I don't buy that, nothing about her character in both books has led me to believe that that's the kind of woman she is, and if so, I dislike Larson's penchant for creating such unappealing women of low integrity (the same can be said of his one-dimensional female character Sandra in his long-lasting series Starforce).

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Lovable and Easy Read

If you could sum up Dust World in three words, what would they be?

Witty, Contemporary, My kind of Military SciFi

Who was your favorite character and why?

McGill is easily my favorite character. He is no Mary Sue. He makes mistakes, is a bone headed, hot blooded 22 year old. What makes him stand out is his sense of justice and morals.

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Mark Boyett has become my favorite narrater to date. He showcases a spot on Georgia accent and was able to flesh out my favorite female characters as well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I pretty much listened to this within 48 hours of purchase.

Any additional comments?

I really hope the author continues this series!

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Does not disappoint!

I am really enjoying this series for the most part. I love the pace of the story, and the characters. In general this book did not disappoint. I am however hoping that book three will come with some added maturity for McGill. I am getting weary of the self-righteous dumb jock routine. I am ready for this guy to become a hero.

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  • Gary Sereno
  • 09-12-15

More of the same

I enjoyed Steel World, even though it was flawed. This book was decent enough, but really it was just more of the same in a different setting with our 'hero' pulling of miracle end results by doing his own thing and getting in to trouble.

As you may guess I'm probably going to park on this one, if you were uncertain about the first book this one will leave you disappointed. There's still a chance I might try the third volume as the stories are not that bad, but not for the moment.

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  • Chaotic Entropy
  • 11-28-19

A 15 Year Old's Approach to Romance

I get it, every female character is a gorgeous set piece to be ogled and fawned over every single time they come in to view. Gets more and more tedious to have it hamfisted in to any and all situations, I'm surprised there isn't a female squid beast for him to leer it and seduce. Keep it in your pants, would you.

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  • Jason White
  • 02-08-20

Fab book

what a series.. book 2 took me a day to complete real attention seeker of book.. couldn't not listen.., great story and fantastic performance, absolutely loved it.. highly recommended.

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  • Dave
  • 01-31-20

60's sci-fi

It's a good book, it depends if you read "60's sci-fi" as a positive or negative thing. I loved it, it's all about the new technology and the next monsters/aliens introduced to the plot. a lot of modern sci-fi seems to be a standard who done it transfed to a space setting, which I find so boring, this is definitely not slow or stunted and like its predecessor "Steel world" is always interesting and entertaining.

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  • dee_cee
  • 01-22-20

Dust World lives to its rep!

McGill at it again. I cannot fault BV Larson on any level, it’s is A for imagination, humor and all whole bang! Mark Boyett, you were born to do this. Best narrator ever! 🙌

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  • vldxzctnmftsrxy
  • 11-26-19

great book

story does not get dull or boring and most times I can't see the great plot twists coming dust world sounded boring yet it's new completely different world

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  • Stanley
  • 11-05-19

A good story in the continuing sarga

I enjoyed this book. it is the continuation of the ongoing saga and journey of legion Varis. All very Roman Legion, in fact this series so far could be called The Rise and Fall of Roman Legion. The narration is good, the story good and well worth a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-26-19

well written and good imagination

well written and good imagination of off world events and galatic politics. this is the second book I have listen to and will continue to with more.

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  • Louis V.
  • 03-04-18

Loved it.

This is a good series of hard scifi with only a few things that are "magic". Good characters and developement.

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  • Captain Haddock
  • 01-26-15

A brilliant follow on from Steelworld

If you could sum up Dust World in three words, what would they be?

I wouldn't use that few words to sum up a brilliant book. Would be an insult to the author.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Without doubt McGill, although I love Veteran Harris (Mark Boyett's vocalisation of his part is brilliant, really helps you envisage the man) and Centurion Graves.

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Oh, all of it, he really gets to the nub of the characters and portrays them brilliantly and unfalteringly, although watch for a mistake in the last few minutes of the book, but that didn't really spoil it at all. Just a bit of an easter egg :)

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

It made me laugh, the legionnaires are treated ruthlessly, and Primus Turov is just like a middle manager would be, If it works, its my idea, if it fails, you get the blame.
In fact the whole of legion Varus could be holding the mirror up to any large corporation who don't care about their staff, but more about their assets.

Any additional comments?

You can't sum the book up in sentences! Download it, listen to it, (make Steelworld your first) - if you like science fiction, you'll love this series.

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  • Nigel McDonald
  • 01-27-20

A decent addition

Another interesting story with some overall plot progression. I am beginning to get annoyed with magills blatant insubordination, it was ok when he was right but often he isn't and it makes him seem like a douche

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  • Darren
  • 03-30-19

great story

intriguing story kept my interest all the way through kept finding extra time to listen. The dogs have been going for a lot of walks.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-13-19

A bit of boyhood fantasy

The heros character is a petulant and the plot at times naive, but still fun

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  • clancy
  • 01-06-19

please perm carlos

it's good. but Carlos is killing me...the narrator does a perfect job of an asshole character...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-18

entertaining story

entertaining story. flows smoothly and narrated very well. second book in series and could not turn it off.

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  • Darks G
  • 10-12-15

Excellent series!

Pretty good book, plenty of action and worth a listen. The narration is fantastic and puts you in the story.

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  • Aaron Godfrey
  • 10-06-15

Oh McGill...

Equally as good as the last one, but with Squids instead of Dinosaurs. I want McGills powers with women....

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  • Malcolm
  • 08-30-15

Another great story

I'm really enjoying this series of "World" stories. Looking forward to the next one in the series.