• Rebel Fleet

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (5,389 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice.

A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings.

The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them.

The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we're less primitive. Today, we're a target.

One man is chosen to command Earth's single ship in the Rebel Fleet. When the war breaks out, Leo Blake must win it...or die trying.

"Classic B. V. Larson. This book grabs you by the plasma cannon and won't let go. Fast adventure, fast action - and I loved the space-battles!" - S. Arthur

©2016 B. V. Larson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Swarm series all over again

Larson is getting in abut by of a rut. He excels at world building but the overall premise is just too similar. Aliens enlisting us to fight their war is the central theme of two other series that I know of that he has written. The book was entertaining but I couldn't shake the feeling I had been here before.
Side note: he has utterly no depth to female characters. They only want to be arm candy for some overly testosterone juiced protagonist. It gets tiresome.

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  • 02-08-17

Formulaic but entertaining

Most of the books that I've read or listened to, by BV Larson, have the same characters reworked and tweaked along with very similar plot lines. This book was no different and some of the content was absolutely ludicrous. That said I really enjoyed it. It's fun and I think it's meant to be fun.

The narrator move things along well and it was quite easy to discern between the different characters voices.

So if you're looking for an action oriented pulpy science-fiction spin... without much need for deep thought, I recommend this book. If you want serious science fiction or something a little deeper in terms of space opera, you might look elsewhere. However , I'm hoping for more in the series.

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Definitely Different, But Definitely Good

I had mixed feeling about the first half of this book. This had more to do with the overall setting and some of the finer points of the story, but after getting into the space battles, action, and ending of the book I was hooked and ready for more.

The book's main character is a former Navy pilot turned beach bum. With little in life that interests him anymore, his talent and skills are wasted as he hops from job-to-job and spends his nights at local bars at the beach in Hawaii. While trying to pick up a girl on one of his usual nights at the bar, he and a few others experience something they can't explain... Something that kills his friend and leaves him and one other in a race for their lives...
After being pursued by what he believes are government agents trying to silence him for what he saw, he soon realizes that he has found himself part of a larger game. A game that is meant to find the strongest, smartest, and most skilled fighters on the planet.
When the game comes to an end, he and a group of others find themselves on an alien ship, drafted into a war for the survival of thousands of worlds, and being trained to pilot a centuries-old space fighter. As the only representatives of humanity, the group of humans soon discover that the fleet of rebels is full of politics, backstabbing, and an outright struggle for survival... And that's before they even meet the enemy on the battlefield.

Personally, I thought there were a few unrealistic holes in the story that left me with a raised eyebrow or two, but I think I may have been overthinking my questions in an attempt to compare the book to others like it. It really was an interesting spin on the concept of space warfare against a superior alien force.

The book's narration was quite good and I look forward to having the same narrator in future books of the series.

Fans of space and militaristic sci-fi will probably like this book. I will certainly be continuing with the series.

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Amateur hour

This book reads like it was written by a 17 year old. Now, to be sure, I wasn't expecting high literature here, but this is significantly weaker than what I'm used to in mindless sci-fi. Poor writing, naive plotline, no character development to speak of. I'm done with this author.

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B. V. Larson didn't seem to put as much effort into this one.

If this is your first book from B. V. Larson I recommend you check out a different one. This one was not as intriguing and the story line was simpler.

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Somewhat entertaining but ... corny

It plays a bit like a cartoon for adults. The pacing is pretty rushed, especially considering the scale of the story he's telling. The main character is endowed with inexplicably extraordinary abilities but is otherwise as bland as under-seasoned mashed potatoes.
It's imaginative and even exciting at moments but, for the most part, lackluster and not compelling. Decent for a quick read (maybe a round trip flight?) but nothing you'd recommend to a friend.

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Hey BV LARSON!

Get a new idea. Save your money. Get starforce series or this. but same plot.

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Fantastic experience. DeusEx Machina abound!

I found it this book to be a fantastic experience. Sometimes you just want to laugh at a story as unbelievable twists of fate and DuesEX Machina are flung around like salavia from a rabbid dog.

But like a good scifi B movie dont you want something that brings a smile to your face and lets you laugh and imagine such a wonderful world? If you want a good escape from reality then its worth it.

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Incompetence

I enjoyed B. V Larson's undying mercenaries series because the military incompetence is actually kind of funny, but this series was almost as bad. The only thing that made it somewhat believable was that the MC is an officer.... If you are looking for a more serious sci find I would not recommend this series

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Undying Mercenaries

I loved BV's first series, it was wonderful. when he released the undying mercenaries series, that quickly became one of my all time favorites. this new series is excellent and is very similar to undying. it seems like a mix between star force and undying.

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  • England fan 1
  • 12-24-16

Just good spoiler free review

I was sceptical when I got this, I didn't think it was possible for B V to pull off another good space based book.

I was wrong, I don't know how but I loved every minute of it.

Mark's performance is stellar again, I'm so impressed with his craft.

More please. No holidays or family time just keep writing until you die.

Thanks so much again.


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  • Al
  • 02-10-19

Like a bad poorly scripted & budgeted action movie

So this book is so full of holes and compromises and conveniences that I can't give it anything more than 1 star.
it reads like an action movie equivalent of a cheap and dirty hot and steamy romance novel.
if you are looking for something which required switching off the brain. to the point of a being a bad B movie, where the protagonist is a cocky, sleeping with anything male veined in the thinnest sense of fake modesty. then by all means enjoy. Surprised I finished it to be honest. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series.

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  • Keen F
  • 09-16-17

Shark jumping? Shark jumping.

Whilst the voice performance was good, the story just goes above and beyond credible belief. It's practically a Mary Sue storyline, with a completely one dimensional protagonist and supporting characters. He's practically batman - his batutility belt being replaced instead with a "sim".

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  • Michael
  • 12-24-16

Unique

I always enjoy a B.V. Larson audiobook but Rebel Fleet stands out from the rest. Gripping with pace and filled with unique concepts.

Loved it.

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  • hyp3rion_69
  • 01-19-17

Another B.V. Larson masterpiece

I Love the way Larson writes and Mark Boyett is also one of the best Narrators.

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  • Rich
  • 04-27-17

Passable

What did you like best about Rebel Fleet? What did you like least?

The setting, the story was touch silly.

What could B. V. Larson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A stronger story, that didn't insult the intelligence. A military couldn't operate successfully that way. I suppose it has shades of a Spartan style of organisation and philosophy, but that didn't work out for them, so how would an advanced extra-terrestrial military machine manage using a similar system?

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Space battles.

Do you think Rebel Fleet needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Story too weak.

Any additional comments?

The style of the writing made me think it had been written by a teenager.

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  • S. Morris
  • 01-25-17

Another Entertaining Story

Knowing how prolific an author B V Larson is, I was looking for something to tickle my fancy as I had a spare credit. Searching for Larson's name I was not surprised to see a new book entitled Rebel Fleet. I checked out the sample and that was it, I immediately purchased the book!

Larson has a knack of grabbing your interest very quickly and then holding it and the sample alone sold me on getting this book. I have read quite a few Larson books now including all of the Star Force series and all of the Undying Mercenaries books to date. Larsson stories are always so accessible and are fast paced. Some authors overdo the science fiction element and pen huge epics that are often overly cerebral and slow paced but Larson makes his stories straightforward and action packed. There are no wasted words in his style of writing and the prose are direct, efficient and pacey. Sure, some elements of his stories might lack the more high brow sophistication of other writers works but they are always entertaining without the driftwood you get with a lot of other books out there.

As to Rebel Fleet itself? Well, it could be argued that this is a variation on a theme, Perhaps it might in many ways be a Star Force version 2 as the adversarial method of recruiting members to fight for a higher cause is derivative of the Star Force books. However, Larson always writes diverse and interesting aliens with their own and rigid cultural imperatives which are often inflexible and rooted in primitive instincts which make for colourful characters that our far more dynamic thinking human protagonist, Leo Blake, makes good use of.

Nevertheless, this is still a great read and as entertaining as Larson stories usually are. How Larson writes so many books a year and it seems in parallel with other series (Mr Larson, if you're reading this then I'm waiting for the next in the Undying Mercenaries series please!).

I was very pleased and relieved to see that the excellent Mark Boyett provided narration services and it is good to see that the same narrator is doing most of the Larson books as it provides a nice sense of consistency. Boyett does a great job as usual. He is able to voice many characters but I did find that his British character was rendered sounding a little like an Australian despite the fact that he apparently hailed from Manchester, UK. Now, if any American narrator can do a convincing Manmcunean then I'd like to hear it!

If you've not read any science fiction or any of Larson's work then Rebel Fleet is a great place to start.

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  • Trevor Ambler
  • 09-01-17

don't waste your money - rubish

been a member for years. worst book I have bought. Badly written and very badly read.

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  • David Bloye
  • 04-25-17

Good story

Enjoyable story nicely written and well voiced by Mark Boyette, it wasn't spectacular but it was still a good listen. My only gripe is the accent put on for the 'Dalton' character who is described as being from Manchester, however throughout this book (and the next in the series) the perform affects a Jason Statham-Esque London cockney. Im nit picking here of course but it was kind of annoying. But still overall a good listen.

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  • John
  • 03-06-17

surprisingly. not that bad!

I've read all the StarForce books.. every one. and loved them. so of course I wanted to try this. I was concerned it would be another reiteration. same old story, with a "new" Riggs.

and to be fair, to a lesser or greater degree it was a bit. but it still had its own appeal. and I listened to the end. so... well done Larson... you entertained me again.

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  • nick atkinson
  • 03-03-17

Asinine.

Brave attempt by the marrator to make a silk purse out of a sowes ear.

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  • Jason
  • 01-26-17

James McGill rides again

Feels like the hero from the world series has been rebooted again. Similar character behavior and attitude so if you like dust world etc. Then these will work for you.

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  • Andrew Phillis
  • 04-23-18

Uninspiring protagonist!

I struggled through out this to find any empathy for the protagonist. Some of the protagonists companions I could.

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  • Gerald
  • 03-04-17

Not bad

What made the experience of listening to Rebel Fleet the most enjoyable?

Narrated well.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was a bit predictable.

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

The narrators voice was crisp and clear, bring the book characters to life.

Any additional comments?

This book is good if you like Sci-fi, but it is not in the league of H.G Well. I listen to it while driving my car long distances, it was entertaining enough to keep me awake.

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  • Bret
  • 09-17-21

Written for teenage boys

All the male characters are super alpha, all the female characters are sex starved, there are gaping plot holes and apparently an army dropout knows better than everyone else.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-02-17

Splendid

love the story and the characters. very imaginative and believable world building. True military sci fi.

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  • mr
  • 01-15-17

Very enjoyable and we'll read. Great story thank

Very enjoyable and we'll read. Great story thank you. Excellent reader looking forward to the next book.