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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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  • D
  • corona, ca United States
  • 07-07-14

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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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).

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jesse
  • Creston, NC USA
  • 08-18-14

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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  • Meghan
  • Corinth, MS, United States
  • 07-07-14

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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  • david
  • port chester, NY, United States
  • 06-01-14

I want more

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

This story is getting better. The idea of soldiers coming to life so soon is awesome.
I would really like a more aliens perspective views and maybe more background

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…..Legion Varis Always Gets the Job Done…..

The continuing saga of trigger happy Specialist James McGill This time Legion Varis, fresh from the disaster on STEEL WORLD, are thrown into another crisis that could mean the end of humanity if the Galactic Empire is not pleased with the outcome. There is some witty banter, but this is not at all comedy. This is a serious attempt at forecasting what a military engagement might be like in the future where humanity is the new kid on the block and can only offer our guts and glory. I like the direction this story is going and will look forward to future installments.

Mark Boyet gives this Space Opera an air of authenticity. He has great diction and can project unique inflections for all the different characters. He helps to make this an entertaining listening experience.

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GREAT LISTEN

What did you love best about Dust World?

Fast paced, and great story line

What did you like best about this story?

Character inter action was great, even better than the first.

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Mark Boyet is one of my favorite narators

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Followup To Steel World

Enjoyable followup to Steel World. Larson expands the Legion's Universe a bit more and leaves lots of room for more adventures in the future.

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  • shalte
  • san jose, CA, United States
  • 05-31-14

Screw the Nerbs!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Bucketfuls of solid military SF action, McGill, the main character, trying to bang every female in the galaxy (and he pretty much succeeds), blood thirsty aliens and so much more!

What other book might you compare Dust World to and why?

I don't know, how about Lint Island..... I don't really compare books as such. Instead of wasting valuable thinking time and brain wear, I look upon each new book as a unique story that should stand on its own. This book has action and characters that no other book has.

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Mark Boyett is a pro. He can belt out a wide variety of character voices. I have a bunch of B.V. Larson's books with Mr. Boyett, so I am familiar with his repertoire. I like his female voices - they all sound like the gal is from the Banat region of western Romania.

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

When the whole Varus Legion is up on some pretty serious charges for some sort of malfeasance or willful destruction of something the Nerbs (at least that is what these asses' name sounds like) hold dear, one of the judges sounded like Marvin - the robot from another B.V. Larson series who is my all time favorite non human character. When I heard that voice I gave a hearty "Marvin!" shout and scared the crap out of some lady and her kid who happened to be walking by about ten yards to the prop side of where I was kicking back under a tree this morning ( I didn't see them walking by..... ). I thought the woman was going to fall over but she merely rocked on her heels and did a swerve. As this gyration was unfolding she gave a spontaneous shriek that sent at least two dozen birds cachooming out of the nearby trees. I calmly watched the two nervous nellies recover, stare at me for about 2 minutes, and then briskly walk away with expressions on their faces I can only describe as fearful indignation. As I was wearing sunglasses, I was happy to take in the whole scene with little chagrin and found it all rather amusing.

Any additional comments?

Great book. The native gal had me from the first crossbow shot. She was a woman with a definite plan when it came to McGill, and I'm not talking about the 8 or so homicides she perpetrated on this guy throughout their blood-drenched (95% was McGill's), dysfunctional quasi-relationship. Concerning one scene in particular, after the warrior princess's explanation why she bolted out of the water registered, if I was McGill, I would pretty much be toweling myself off in about 2.4 seconds, making sure that damn crossbow is out of reach, and, as the junk is in recharge mode, initiate "Operation Yes, I Totally Agree With Everything You Say" as I suggest that we go kick back under the shade of that tree over there for a bit.

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  • david
  • 10-08-17

another good read

overall this was a good read although there were a few moments your thinking, really.

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  • Peter
  • 03-23-17

Very enjoyable

Sometimes a second book does not fulfill as expectations are higher, well this one was even better than the first.

Great storyline, good sifi and a nice pace well read .
I totally immersed myself and listened as often as I could .

The cherry on top was the humour lines such as furry cat in the dog kennel excellent

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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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  • S. Morris
  • 08-31-15

More Alient Bashing At Its Best!

Having really enjoyed my first B V Larson book, Steel World, I decided to go right into the next book in the Undying Mercenaries series, Dust World and pick up where the previous book left off. This second instalment in the series does indeed continue more or less directly on from the end of the first book where our hero, James McGill has now been blooded having experienced his first brutal campaign against a Saurian race on an equally brutal planet. McGill gets some much needed R & R but has his leave cut short by a much needed contract that requires his legion to head off out to a distant planet that has recently indicated the presence of human colonists. The mission is to wipe out the colonists as the Galactic Empire which Earth serves does not allow any member world to colonize other worlds once under the mantle of the Galactics.

However, while en route to the source of the system where the signal from the long thought lost colonists came the legion ship is attacked by a race of squid-like creatures intent on killing its occupants. These new nasties don't count on the presence of a hard core military unit aboard and our heroes deal death to the invading squids after a hard fight. However, the damage has been done and the legion ship is locked on a course with the local star. The legion must leave the ship via the lifters and make planetfall in the system as best they can.

OK, so enough of the chance of a further plot reveal. Once the legion has occupied various valleys on the chosen world they encounter the long lost human colonists and there ensues all sorts of trouble for the hapless McGill. As if dealing with hostile colonists isn't enough the squids make a return and all hell breaks loose.

Dust World brings new and weird aliens into the mix in this story and Larson paints a vivid picture of the strange world and even stranger aliens. Larson does an excellent job of pulling the reader into this hostile environment once more and this second book in the Undying Mercenaries series again delivers the goods and there's plenty of combat and destruction to satisfy any reader of the first book in this series.

Larson leaves the story at an interesting turning point with regard to Earth and McGill's legion which have the potential to introduce all sorts of story elements as the series progresses.

If you liked Steel World then you'll enjoy Dust World just as much.

Highly recommended.

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  • Smudger444
  • 08-30-15

Expensive but Good

Any additional comments?

I can see this series will get expensive, I listen to the story at night via EarPhones in my SamsungG3, then I really get to imagine I am with the characters in the story. but I too have to compliment the narrator, Mark Boyett has created such a vivid arena of different voices, he just compliments a great SiFi story. Many thanks to the author B.V.Larson

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  • Mr
  • 08-24-15

fantastic book.

Another fantastic book. keep you gripped till the and and wanting more?

I've gone and bought book 3,4 & 5. pre- ordering book 6.

Undying mecenaries series is a must for any Sci Fi fans.

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  • Gary
  • 07-27-15

Great read!

Better than book 1.the story is coming alive.Looking forward to book 3 and what happens to the empire

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  • Mr
  • 07-20-15

Lacking any difference from Starforce books

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Change of different perspectives of characters, B.V. Larson is a good writer and i did enjoy the Starforce series, this just feels to similar to that saga rather than being something new.

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  • Lawrence
  • 04-03-15

Very Engaging and enjoyable book

I stumbled across this series and have been hooked ever since. Larsons creativity and story telling ability is cosmic in proportion, yet somehow easy to believe and quick to draw you in

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  • Jon
  • 02-11-15

Gripping and good charecterisation.

What other book might you compare Dust World to, and why?

Steel World
Same characters, same basic plan.

What three words best describe Mark Boyett’s voice?

Professional, interesting accents

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Someone please open a thesaurus at the word "chuckle" and hit the author over the head with it...

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  • darko
  • 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.

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