In Battle Station, Kyle Riggs faces new challenges, new alien fleets, and learns the secrets behind the war he has been fighting for years. In the fifth book of the Star Force Series, the Eden system is in humanity's grasp, but can they keep it? Star Force is weak after a long war, and many yearn to go home. Knowing the machines will return with a new armada eventually, Riggs seeks a more permanent solution. Along the way, worlds are won and lost, millions perish, and great truths are revealed.
Battle Station is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.
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 carefully 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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I have one problem with this series,the stories are too short! Other than that,I love the originality that Larson brings to the table in each book. I can't wait for the next in the series.
At this point in the series my review won't do much for a new reader. To the veterans,this title is more of the same and continuation of a great saga. Don't hesitate to buy this book. Worth every credit.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?
Narration is fine. Earlier books in this series were fine. Long-term problems started getting annoying by the fourth book, so much so that I haven't finished the fifth.
Was Battle Station worth the listening time?
I gave it a listen just to see if I still found it annoying. I did, so I stopped.
Any additional comments?
This is the fifth book in the series, and I started getting dissatisfied with the series by about the fourth book (Conquest). I think my problem is that the main character doesn't seem realistic anymore. When the series started, the character's actions were somewhat believable. By the fourth and fifth books, it's just plain obnoxious. You mean to tell me that a professor of Computer Science can't figure out how to encrypt email? And a former Army lieutenant can't think of a way to structure an officer corps into something like a professional military? It's like the author threw in these details of the character's back story, and then didn't follow that through to logical conclusions (or worse: forgot he included those details).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book picks up the action well and keeps it going. Adds well to the story line and fills in many needed points. Ends without a major cliffhanger that will bother you all through the wait to the next book. Some real fun twists in this book and some of the usual characters from the previous books are missing for much of the book giving a break to the hero's comical love life. Over all a good solid book and addition to the series.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
this book was very good.... i liked the twists in it and i liked and answers for te questions i had before...
But lets talk about the ending of this book .. don't worry i won't say anything that will make you hate me or something.... But the ending was really good.... how Larson decided to end this book gives so many possibilities for the next book.... each book before had a clear and expected beginning for the next book... but for this one I have no idea what will happen next .. too many possibilities!!
its a good and fun read like the other books... and i really liked this series
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
While I do stand by my quite condemning review of book #4, this book #5 is MUCH better again.
Gone are (for the most part) the artificial story parts that only seem to be in book #4 to either make life easier for the author and/or to help bloating the content of the book.
While I skipped several scenes in the previous book due to inexpressibly artifcial and/or illogical situations this has not been the case even once with this book!
While I'm cannot say that it is perfect or that is is up to par with the first book in the series - I definitely CAN say that I did enjoy listening to it!
(1) I'm going to buy book #6
(2) The performance of the narrator is perfect - throughout all five books so far the reading of the books has been very high quality.
(3) English is not my native language
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I am so sad that there is not another book in this series for me to listen to. I really love B. B. Larson. He jumps right into the action, peppering the book with humor and an appropriate amount of human interaction. This is the kind of book I really hate finishing only because I know there isn't another one, yet.
10 of 13 people found this review helpful
Larson's 5th installment in the Starforce series has Riggs way out in the hinterlands. The increasing tension between Crow and Riggs is present, but largely below the surface in this volume. Riggs also can't shake the pull of exploration. Although several rings away from Earth, Riggs is hellbent on clearing the Macros out of the Eden system where the Centaurs live. At the same time, another ring away, intelligent lobsters abide. Most interesting is that the mysterious Blues are made a bit less mysterious, although not less annoying. All in all, Riggs comes through as the master juggler, balancing various sentient races, his robotic nemesis, as well as the unique AI directed crafts that were so engaging in the 1st book.
The sci-fi elements are a bit more varied this time around. Macro technology is qualitatively different from what Riggs is normally used to. The alien Blues living in the mass of a gas giant also makes for some fascinating scenes. Besting the Macros, saving an alien race, and hooking up with lifeforms responsible starting it all is all in a day's work. Have nanite, will travel!
The narration is adequate, but unremarkable.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Where does Battle Station rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Its in the top two for the series and it's a series I recommend a lot. Very creative and the stories just keep coming.
What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I can't imagine another reader on this series and appreciate him very much. The characters all sound different and are brought to life very well.
Any additional comments?
Keep 'em coming B.V. I'll buy them all.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
This book continues with the great battle stories we are used to. The ending leaves you hangin on for more. I cannot wait to read Empire!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Battle Station again? Why?
The Author seems to have found his mojo for this book and the previous one. Really great story lines, I'm intrigued to know what is come next now.
Yet again another spellbinder, superb action and storyline from start to finish, twists and turns every whichway
apart from lots of mispronounciation of common words the narration is good and the story is engaging, a good listen
Larson has an excellent imagination and I definitely have to finish the series. All his books have had me hooked from the first paragraph.
Battle Station is another good read from B V. Larson and is the fifth book in the Star Force saga. Riggs is consolidating his position within the Sentar system and engages in missions to rest ownership of the Macro manufacturing domes from them in order to boost his own production output. Of course, as usual, the annoying and self-serving Crow character wants to pull Riggs from his important strategic tasks and is rather like the typical bureaucrat who holds high rank and yet has little understanding or appreciation of the front line realities.
Crow tries to do an end-around on Riggs by promoting one of Riggs' subordinates over him but under estimates Riggs' abilities to handle such situations. Political machinations aside, Battle Station sees more development of the mysterious and ethereal "Blues" and some clever manipulation by Riggs of the Macro's and the Nano ships controlled by the enigmatic gas giant dwellers. Riggs also undergoes some of the same treatment that saw his girlfriend, Sandra, further enhance her abilities but goes a step further in his bid to survive the crushing pressures of the Blues home planet in order to establish contact.
The usually predictable Macros try something new in terms of tactics which is a nice twist and it does appear that they can indeed learn and adapt perhaps a little more than was first thought.
Ironically, Larsson's titles for his Star Force books really seem on the whole to reflect the end-point of each story rather than so much the guts of the book so to that end we only find the actual creation of the Battle Station occurring in the final pages of this book. As ever, we are left with a tantalizing prospect for the next in the series which I am looking forward to.
From a strategic standpoint, I think Riggs as a former professor of computer studies should have simply sent the Macros a copy of Windows 8 which would have completely disabled them and ended the war but I suppose you can't have everything! ;)
I'll keep this review short as those reading it will no doubt have read the preceding books in the series and so it is suffice for me to say that Larson delivers another satisfying instalment to the Star Force saga and I have no complaints and can therefore recommend this book as a must-read for fans of the series so far. Once again, if you've spotted this review and were wondering about the Star Force series then I strongly suggest you start from the beginning with the book entitled "Swarm" and go on from there. Although Larson does take time at various points in the story with some exposition that sort of fills in the key pieces if you've not decided to read the series to this point, I would still recommend reading from book 1. Having said that, Larson does make this story a stand-alone read if you just don't want to read the previous books up to this point.
All in all, another consistently good story from Larson which I can recommend.
Addicted to read on. Wondering where this war will end.
Narrator had a cold slightly distracting but book was good
these stories are great. can't wait to start listening to the next one very soon
What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The narration is assured and masculine: effortlessly conveying Kyle Rigg's first person POV.
Mark Boyett does an excellent job with the other voices: mysterious and detached Blues, visionary Centaurs - and especially the sultry, sulky, mercurial Sandra. He even creates subtly different musical intonations for the various homicidal computer characters.
Boyett is a five-star narrator who knows his craft and works diligently to fashion just the right character voices. He's right up there with Toby Longworth and Rupert Degas.