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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 spanned the Milky Way.

When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill's legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path. Traveling to star systems no human has ever visited, he searches for a technological edge to beat the enemy before it's too late. Along the way he unleashes new terrors, triggering the biggest battles in human history.

Home World is the sixth book of the Undying Mercenaries Series, a novel of military science fiction by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

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

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Obstinate to the Core

In “Home world,” James McGill is still as obstinate and stubbornly determined to do what he thinks is right no matter what anyone else has to say; and he now has rank, as in Adjunct. He seems to have become somewhat more mature and diplomatic given his new positon, but deep down he’s still the same old James McGill, and that’s what makes this series fun.
As the title suggests, the setting of the six book in the “Undying Mercenaries,” series is earth. It is under attack by the “Squids,” and their superior force seems destined to destroy the planet; but for better or worse earth has James McGill. To try and save mankind James will travel to the core of the Galactics universe to retrieve some high tech weaponry that could turn the tide of the war and piss off a lot of aliens.
His usual gang of mercenaries is present and accounted for along with Imperator Turov, and Claver of course. In my opinion this is the best of the series and listening to Mark Boyett play James McGill is the only way to enjoy it.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Unbelievable

Having listened to and enjoyed the previous books I was pleased to see another 4 plus star offering from BV Larson. Whilst I accept that the series is probably aimed at a much younger audience than myself I had found the previous books to have enough character and plot development to be satisfying. This time around, however, I was reminded (on more than one occasion) of how, when playing as kids, one or other of us would miraculously revive from a mortal blow we had succumbed to earlier or some other highly imaginative reason to return to the game, to the point that I began to wonder how old BV Larson was and whether the books were aimed at 12 - 14 yr old boys!
As usual the narration was excellent and McGill is still a likeable character, but the fabric of believability has been stretched too thin in many places.
I do hope the next book gets back on track as the previous books , although light, at least has some credibility.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great story! Action, invasion, and introspection!

This is a wonderful series! The tech is awesome, the battles are exciting, and the plots are thick and twisting. The universe is interesting and believable. The people are real. Few other authors can juggle all these aspects as well as Larson does here.

I read (listen) a lot. I have been a reader all my life (well since about 4). I read and write academic analyses and criticisms. In my book (yuk yuk), Larson has created a perfect set of characters in this series. They are distinct and well-rounded, with their flaws as well as their strengths. And they fill necessary roles. There are no superfluous characters. Harris, Graves and Carlos are real and vital. Kivi, Natasha, and Della are different from each other. Even the ones we love to hate-- Winslow, Claver, and Turov-- have their important places. These are people we wish we knew, even if we want to perm them sometimes.

And McGill, ah McGill. Irreverent, insubordinate, lying, conniving, loyal, philandering, seat-of-the-pants McGill, ya gotta love him even when you slap his face. He'll quote his mama's rules as he disobeys them, explain the universe with hog farm philosophy, and scheme and plot on a dime to save his friends or all humanity. He is so real, you will miss him when the story ends.

Despite McGill's seeming superficial flirtation and rutting, he does get himself into some practical self-evaluation and realistic, honorable contemplation of the future. Deep down he has a good sense of right and wrong, fairness, and commitment. This saves him from just being a total jerk. This book could be the end of the series, but we sure don't want it to be.

Mark Boyett's performance is superb. He has the voice range an opera singer would envy, so is able to create anything from a gravelly gunnery sergeant to a wisp of a girl. He keeps all his characterizations in order. But the best is his ability to inflect correctly. We know that these performances are not rehearsed as in theater, but he gets it right all the time. McGill is southern po' boy, and Boyett is smack on with his delivery of the accent, the phrasing and pausing, and tone. He delivers lines that will crack you up. For example: "She rolled her eyes. Women do that all the time around me." Or:

McGill: I was wondering what exactly our mission is, when we get aboard [the enemy ship]?
Graves: I would think that would be obvious. You're to eliminate the crew and take control of the ship.
McGill: Is that all? You don't want us to... repaint it or nuthin?

Best line in the book, perfectly delivered!!! And each book has at least one like it.

Keep 'em coming.

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Compelling - for some reason

I love the narration on this. Absolutely fantastic. The story itself is decent enough scifi, but there are so many small plot holes in every book that I don't know what keeps me coming back. I've read the whole series so obviously it's enjoyable, light fiction.

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Series has jumped the shark...

This was a struggle to finish.
I realize that no-one needs to ever be truly dead in this book so long as humanity has access to those revival machines, but c'mon! This McGill character has few redeeming qualities and it's simply implausible that he's at the center of all of these events. Even worse, he takes actions that don't make sense even for a "dumb Georgia boy whose momma always told him..." blah blah blah...

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I think Larson is losing track of his universe

Having listened to the entirety of the Undying Mercenaries series up to this point I feel like this is definitely one of the weaker stories on offer so far, at least from a consistency and action perspective. The main thing that bothers me is that it feels like the equipment used by the legions is actually getting worse, rather than better. I remember in earlier books heavy armor came with an integrated energy shield, plasma swords (which was originally the best weapon to use against a squid), and full power assist that could be redirected between things like speed, strength, and stealth. Now based on these scene descriptions I feel like Larson is either deliberately making the equipment under-perform, or else he is forgetting what capabilities he gave to the soldiers in earlier books.

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Great series for listening

I've quite enjoyed this series so far and Mark Boyett is seriously talented in this medium.

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Keep them coming

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

Absolutely and Mark Boyett just does a fantastic job with all the characters! The voice acting and depth of the characters adds to the theatrical magic. I believe that this exceeds what movies can do with film. I can't wait until the productions move to an actual cast of characters...Enders Game was a much better audible book series than the film...

What did you like best about this story?

James McGill is my hero...

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

B.V Larson and Mark Boyett are the perfect combination...keep up the great work.

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  • beresford
  • ROyal palm beach, FL, United States
  • 08-10-16

Ok I guess

First of all narrator was excellent! I am happy the same person was used for the entire series.
Story kind of became tiring in this book but wanted to see how series ended. Perhaps my experience was tainted by some of the reviews I read before starting the last book.

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Change of Story

Any additional comments?

This book was a change from the other books in the series -- which followed a fairly steady pattern. Previously the series was James travels to a new planet, James stops aliens, James deals with political fallout. This one changed the entire pattern, making the story a refreshing change.

I wish some of the characters changed. I feel like we've had the same antagonists now since the start of the series, and it would be nice to have some closure. I would also like to see more evolution with the supporting characters. Graves, for example, stays completely static through the series.

Overall, though, the series is a great read. I suggest it for an exciting adventure through space and the guts of many revival machines!

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  • S. Morris
  • 05-28-16

More McGill, More Mayhem!

As a fan of B V Larson's work and the Undying Mercenaries series in particular, it was with great anticipation that I waited for book 6 of this saga to be released. I had stumbled across this fantastic series late and so was able to consume the first 5 books in rapid succession and having done so found myself at a loose end. In the interim I gorged myself on the entire Star Force saga from the same author in the hope that the prolific Larson would write the next Undying Mercenaries book but found that even after reading all the Star Force books as well as a couple of others Larson has penned that I was still eagerly awaiting the next in this series of stories. So, when I received the notification from Audible telling me of the new release that was entitled Home World and was book 6 in the Undying Mercenaries series, I immediately made my pre-order.

I read the book in less than 4 days not able to put it down I had been so long without my needed fix and in short I can say this next chapter in this saga was indeed worth the wait and gives us everything we have come to expect and love from the James McGill character which the book centres around as we follow his campaigns and adventures that are undertaken in the very unique and rather unorthodox manner we have all come to enjoy so much.

The publishers synopsis outlines the key story well enough so I shall not go into unnecessary details about the plot other than to state how much I enjoyed it. Larson has managed to maintain the consistency and quality we have come to expect from his writing and Home World is no exception. Larson always manages to pace his stories so well and keeps everything moving and interesting and is probably the sci-fi author that could well best have his books converted to the big screen as he never dwells on heavy tech or complex plot narratives. What I have always liked about Larson is just how accessible his science fiction stories are. he write straight forward stories that the reader does not need a physics degree to fathom as do some other authors of what I refer to as "heavy sci-fi" often do or get bogged down in overly philosophical content. Larson writes direct, understandable and entertaining science fiction and in the case of the Undying Mercenaries series also adds a degree of visceral and gritty elements which gives these stories a harsh edge at times. As with any series of books, I would strongly recommend that anyone reading this review that has not read all stories to this point in the saga that they should get the first book of this fantastic series, Steel World and get yourself off to a great start.

I really hope that the Undying Mercenaries saga runs for at least 12 books to at least match the sort of scale of the Star Force saga. My only minor gripe with the Star Force series was the very limited number of worlds explored considering the scope of the linked network. However, this series has a much larger range of worlds from which to make use of and especially now with the newest technological piece of equipment that allows FTL travel among the stars. Also, in this universe the key characters given their revival abilities are effectively immortal and so the author is not limited to either a normal human life span or the confines of stories that keep its characters out of mortal danger and so the very nature of the narrative can be that much more dynamic and dangerous.

Very pleasing to see the same narrator for this series, Mark Boyett, make a return. There's nothing worse than a different narrator being used within the same saga as it completely destroys continuity and so Boyett's return is very much welcome. This narrator has an excellent repertoire of voices and accents and remains very consistent managing to bring back to life all the key characters as we know them. One very minor point is that I seem to believe that the Keavy character was originally of Hispanic origin as I recall when first voiced several books ago but now seems to have an eastern European accent. Of course, I might be wrong on that count.

Overall the book is excellent but I did notice either a narrator issue on one or two words like saying "pursuing the report" rather than I suspect was actually "Perusing the report". More obvious was that in chapter 37 there was a clear continuity error from Larson. The Keavy character is hacked to death but less than five minutes later she wonders back now with just a broken ankle? I listened to this chapter again to verify this and indeed this was the case. Also, I was left scratching my head a little as to how the Claver character was revived so many times without any real explanation. Finally, in chapter 58 our hero, McGill, manages to get himself onto a distant world but the needed recharge to his suit required to get him back was not covered so I was left wondering how he did it. However, as critical an ear for detail as I have, none of the above minor points detracted from this enthralling story.

Finally, we are left with yet another situation of massive proportions looming on the horizon which could well cover the next few books in this series such is the potential scope of the possible threat and so, yet again, we the reader are left wanting more and having to wait an age. I will have to try and find another vast series of stories elsewhere now to tide me over until the next part of the Undying Mercenaries saga is written.

If you've red and enjoyed this series to date then getting Hone World is a "no brainer". Larson continues to excel with these books so I can only recommend this latest instalment whole heartedly.

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  • G. D. Williams
  • 06-13-18

one of the best in the series

it twists and turns, being a bit less predictable than the others and not following quite the same format

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  • Errol
  • 11-17-17

Banging set of books

B. V. Laarson writes a great story with a great mix of humour and seriousness
Worth looking at the rest of his books too

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  • david
  • 11-17-17

good read

im still wel into this series. as long as you enjoy the general ideas of being regrown its all good

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  • Tracy Smith
  • 10-05-17

just great

the best one yet really drags you down into the moment McGill is me kind of hero

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  • Mark1
  • 09-28-17

Another good read and performed brilliantly

Another good read and performed and brought to life brilliantly by Mark. Roll on the next episode

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  • G M HEWITT
  • 09-20-17

absolutely brilliant start to finish!

excellent story, enjoyed it from the start can't wait until the next book narrator was excellent !

would make a good film

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  • Ryan
  • 09-04-17

Good story, badly written

So by this time I'm pretty invested in the books and really enjoy the actual story. The aliens are interesting and the combat is okay but....

The way the story is told is just really starting to hurt my brain. The main characters decisions and mentality are so warped that no one would keep him around. He can't lead, he's always chasing 'tail' (this got old after book 2 and I honestly believe that the books would benefit if these parts were removed altogether) and he can't follow any orders.

The combat just seems to be killing the same people randomly in situations that don't need them to die just for the sake of killing them.

All in all I feel the author had a good story and is quickly ruining it by making the lead character seem a bit dim and only interested in sex and shooting things. It makes the books childish and cheap.

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  • ANthony
  • 07-18-17

2nd time I listened to this series

the ultimate audio scifi series. could well be the most successful scifi series on audible.

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  • RichJB
  • 04-29-17

Brilliant as always

Great as ever, really love this series. looking forward to next instalment. Very well red also.