Empire

Star Force, Book 6
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Series: Star Force, Book 6
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,438 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Kyle Riggs has been away from Earth for a long time.... What’s happening back home? In Empire, the sixth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction.

Earth falls quiet, and the few reports coming out of the homeworld are increasingly strange. Isolated in the Eden system, Riggs realizes his enemies are forming an alliance against him. Crushed between two monstrous fleets, the last defenders of Star Force must forge their own alliance with the biotic aliens. But which alien race can Riggs truly trust?

©2012 B. V. Larson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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EMPIRE OR COLONY?

The fortress is completely built, it's time to build ships, but
The Earth stopped communicating with Riggs
He has terrible personnel problems, 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!

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This is one of the best sci fi series ever

Would you consider the audio edition of Empire to be better than the print version?

I like the audio version because I am on the move a lot at work and at home so it's easier for me to listen and it's particularly nice when you have a great performer with a good vioce. That's the case with this series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kyle Riggs. He is the everyman. He is not a super scientist or a super spy or a super warrior. He is just an ordinary guy thrown into a meat grinder of a situation and he roe to it.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked the space station. The thought of actually being out there.

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

In this series there were many emmorable moments. In this edition, I would have to say when he sent the trator general packing and destroyed his satalites.

Any additional comments?

I hope there are many more books to come for this series, aditionally I hope the Larson comes out with more scifi like this.

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Have some escapist fun

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

Action, fun action

What did you like best about this story?

It never slowed down.

Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

The little robot marvin is funny insightful and a great addition to the story.

Any additional comments?

I highly recomend that this whole series be listened to. It is escapist, action packed fun. It could make a great movie series.

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Heart-pounding adventure

B V Larson's Star Force series has become the standard by which I judge all military sci-fi.

This is book 6 in the series and if you're not on board yet, YOU ARE REALLY MISSING OUT! I just finished and I'm sort of in an overwhelmed shocked state of being. SOOO much happened. There wasn't a dull moment. The writing is the best it's ever been and it just keeps getting better and better.

This one was epic as Kyle faces off against enemies both biotic and machine! It's supposed to be the biotics/us and all the other life forms they've discovered against these psycho macro ships right? Well, I can't and won't even tell you what Crowe has managed to do to Earth back home and all sorts other treachery and near fatal things that threatened Rigg's Pigs.

I laughed (mostly at Marvin's antics, and the Centaurs), I pumped my fists, I thought about human nature. I can't wait for more!

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More Fun for Kyle Riggs of Star Force

Kyle Riggs, with the help of his trusted military officers, and Marvin, a sentient artificial life form, must battle impossible odds as Star Force faces enemies on all fronts.

At the same time that Star Force is fighting for its very life, Kyle Riggs attempts to delve into the relationships between the Blues, the Macros, and the Nanos. Unraveling that mystery could be the key to survival. However, things are looking bad back on Earth, where Crow has used his military might as leverage to gain enormous power.

These are fast, rollicking page-turners that keep you in suspense the whole way through. BV Larson's imagination does not fail him as we see new approaches to many brand new challenges.

The characters are immensely likeable and you root for each one along the way, even Marvin, who seems to always be a step ahead of Kyle Riggs, much to Star Force's benefit, and Kyle Rigg's chagrin. Once again Mark Boyett increases the enjoyment of these audiobooks with his talented portrayal of characters of all nations (and species).

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Most recent in a great series - more to come?

This is the most recent in a series of six books. The whole series is packed with action and adventure. Our main hero takes on villains from all sides. Throw in a few characters you're not sure how to classify and you have a real roller coaster ride through space. Start with Swarm, the first book, and you'll be hooked.

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great!

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

Amazing Sci fi military novel

What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire?

The blues!

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the battles and how everything is set up.

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More of the same

I thought to give this series one more try, I enjoyed the first few books. This one again picks right up where the previous ended. A self centered, arrogant commander with a psychotic girlfriend, and a robot that does whatever the hell it wants. None of them are likable, which makes the novel miserable. I’d just as soon they all get killed in the first chapter.

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Plot is Formulaic and predictable

The Star Force series starts well enough with a very interesting alien abduction but you quickly see a formulaic pattern in the plotline of each book. By the time of the 6 or 7th book, it becomes highly predictable and somewhat boorish.

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Some it was sooo annoying

The story is ok so far but honestly, some of the actions of the main characters are predictable and very annoying. This series is turning into a labour to finish as the story goes on.

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  • S. Morris
  • 01-04-16

The Empire Strikes Back

Star Force: Empire is the sixth in the Star Force series and doesn't
disappoint. I have been amazed as a newcomer to BV Larson's work at just how
consistent a writer he is. It is fair to say that some of the books in this
series are a little better than others but on the whole the standard is
incredibly high throughout the saga so far. if you've come across this
review and are wanting to get into a big series of stories that will keep
you occupied and entertained for some time, then you cannot go wrong with
this.

In this instalment we find that things back on Earth have not been going
well and Riggs learns that the former Admiral Crow has now become the self
appointed Emperor Crow, leader of Earth and has taken out Earth's other
leaders in an horrific grab for power that now sees him as a ruthless
dictator.

The new Imperial Earth fleet is sent by Crow to take out Riggs if he doesn't
return with them to Earth. This situation is unacceptable to Riggs and he
must make some tough decisions to survive.

As ever though, trust is something that is a rare commodity and the
Crustaceans who appear allied with the Macros attack the station Riggs has
set up in the Eden system. Brutal hand-to-hand combat ensues which is a
feature of these stories we haven't seen too much of late and makes a
welcome return to Larson's narrative in this book. As ever, the fighting is
hard and no quarter is given or expected with the fast learning Crustaceans.

Riggs has been squeezed between the approaching Macro and Earth fleets and
has to find a way to get out of the desperate situation he finds himself in.
Earth wants rid of Riggs and will go to various lengths to achieve this so
the pressure is relentless on our hero as he has to watch his back at every
turn.

Plenty going on in this sixth book and by now if you've read the previous
books then a review will be more or less irrelevant but I am doing this for
completeness and for those that may not have read other books in this
series.

A word on the narration; As always, the narration by Mark Boyett is
excellent. On the production side, I noticed that the initial part of this
book seemed to have a very slight echo which became more noticeable when
post production corrective inserts could be detected due to their lack of
such audio artefacts. I think things improved as the book went on but it was
certainly noticeable at first.

Oh, and for those that spotted it, there is made mention of "Jeffries tubes"
which is a nod to Star Trek where the term was first coined.

So, in summary, another excellent read from Larson so on with the next book!

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  • Roger Newton-Darby
  • 06-21-19

Another great episode

such a compelling story that has evolved from book to book and never goes where you expect.

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  • CJSILV
  • 05-04-19

Great book 📙 😁

I love this book series 5 star's 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
I highly recommend listening to this book series 👍 😁 📙 ☕

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-19

Still going strong.

This was the first book in the series where I felt that the character development is not keeping up with ahsts hsppening in the story and some reactions and decissions of the main character seem childish and immature.
bope the next book will fix this

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  • Benny butthead
  • 05-02-18

A fantastic series. But.

Really enjoying this series, it's so addictive.
But the main character is painfully arrogant and annoying. If you can put up with him you are in for a treat.

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  • david
  • 01-18-18

got my going but then plateaued

the same as other story's and I got excited when it seemed to go in a diferant direction but it went back to the same thing.

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  • matteesside
  • 12-01-13

the fight continues

Where does Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I rank this book very high as it is a great continuation of this epic saga called star force.

What other book might you compare Empire to, and why?

In some ways I would say that this book is like a simple version of some of I.M Banks works.
I like books like the Dune series or John ringo's books. Actually now that I think about it Ringo and Larson have some shared ideas... e.g Troy rising.

Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favourite?

I can't single out a character portrayal by Mark Boyett's performance as he does such an amazing job.
oh ok It has to be Riggs

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

There were time I found myself getting angry at the attitude of some of the people and their ways of acting. I like it when I find a book that stirs me up.

Any additional comments?

Read these books from the first star force book. If you like that you'll love them all.... In my opinion :-)

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  • Mr Harvey M Bell
  • 04-13-13

Empire, another Briliant Star Force book.

Yet again B. V. Larson has excelled himself with Empire the latest book in the Star Force series.



This book has all the usual traits of suprise twists and turns with Larsons ability to explain the technology used to set the scenes,



Mark Boyett provides an excptional oral painting of the scenes in the story, keeping my attention wrapped up in the story from beginning to the end.



I cannot wait for the next book in the Star Force series.

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  • Rob
  • 08-05-20

Someone kill Sandra or shut her up!

No spoilers:

Kill them Kyle!
Why did you kill them Kyle?!
You should fight them Kyle!
Why did you start another war Kyle?!

Make your mind up woman!

Kyle, why would you put up with this second guessing, two faced, psycho?

I’ve had to stop playback so many times because of this character. So inconsistent.

And what happened to Sgt. Quan’s love interest? That pilot he saved earlier in the series?