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Rebel Fleet Audiobook

Rebel Fleet

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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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    Zanriel NW Arkansas 02-17-17
    Zanriel NW Arkansas 02-17-17 Member Since 2015

    I like coffee, cats, music, superheroes, computer games, wizards, castles, spaceships, and I'm a sucker for a good love story.

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    "Overpowered main character, but still a fun book."

    Slightly cheesy, but overall this was a pretty fun book. The narration was excellent. The main character was too much of a "Marty Stu" though. He was a genius, fighter, lover, and leader all rolled into one. He banged all the chicks, won all the fights, was a pilot, a fast learner, a shrewd negotiator, just too many 18's on his stat sheet.

    But it was a fun read, well written, full of action.

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    JohnJSS 04-13-17
    JohnJSS 04-13-17
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Squished Quail 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hey BV LARSON!"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Gloucester, Ontario, Canada 02-08-17
    B. Gloucester, Ontario, Canada 02-08-17
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 02-01-17
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 02-01-17 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "Solid BV"
    If you could sum up Rebel Fleet in three words, what would they be?

    Humans are Tricky


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Our hero has got to be everyone's favorite. A stereotype (in a good way) of the American every man. Calculating, tough and ready to fight. I thought he shared a lot of the same qualities as the Undying Mercenaries protagonist. If you liked that series I think you will like this one.


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

    There are several narrators that seem to fit authors well. Liam Owen in the Hard Luck Hank series is one that comes to mind. Mark does a great job here.Snarky, sarcastic, funny and ready for action.


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

    I went through this one pretty quick. One thing about BV Larson .... its not really the plot that pulls you in. It s a combination of the humor, action adn interesting characters that keep you engaged. This isn't Hemingway but that is the point. If you are looking for a diversion, for entertainment and you want fast faced, action oriented Sci Fi. BV is your man. Well done, cannot way for next book


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of authors take tim eto set up the story, not Larson. WIthi one chapter or so the action takes off. This is sometimes unnerving as a reader adn takes some suspension of disbelief. But if you hang on you are immersed pretty quickly. Another thing .. there is a somewhat uh compromising relationship with a member of another. This is not as weird as you might think once the story gets rolling. Just think Julie Newmar and Catwoman.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth 03-18-17
    Kenneth 03-18-17 Member Since 2013
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    medicman 04-25-17
    medicman 04-25-17 Member Since 2012

    Retired: paramedic, senior maintenence electrician, sudent

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    "Below authors ability"

    Wa this written by a junior high student ? This has got to be the most awful book I have ever started to read.
    1/4 of the way through and can't suffer anymore.
    Slow, no real plot, no real action. Starts out with school yard fights in space with humans and then with aliens of poor imagination unless you want our planets pets, animals, mammals and insects as aliens.
    This should be thrown off of audible and I have read most all of BV Larson.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Your_name_here 02-01-17 Member Since 2013

    I like to listen while I run and mow grass. I'm always looking for series that I can loss myself in.

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    "Great start to a series"

    I really enjoyed this book. The narrator is easy to listen too and the book is well written. The first hour sets the stage At first I wasn't sure where the book was going and then it picks up and gets better and better. Give it a shot you'll enjoy it. Next book in series comes out the end of February 2017.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. More 01-27-17
    C. More 01-27-17 Member Since 2016

    The Phantom

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    "A different and enjoyable action space opera."

    At the beginning I wasn't too sure if I was going to like the story. There was a lot of action, but the plot seemed to movie a bit slow. Then it shifted gears, and the plot started to gel. I ended up throughly enjoying the story due to it being very different from your normal action space drama. Enjoyable main protagonist. I have the second book in the series already on order, but have to wait until the end of February before Audible releases it. This I don't understand, since the club is owned by Amazon who already has the next audio book out for purchase. I highly recommend this story and author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Brown Texas 01-05-17
    Jack Brown Texas 01-05-17 Member Since 2012
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • England fan 1
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    12/24/16
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    "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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  • Michael
    12/24/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John
    St Leonards on Sea, United Kingdom
    3/6/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. Morris
    London, UK
    1/25/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • hyp3rion_69
    West Norfolk
    1/19/17
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    "Another B.V. Larson masterpiece"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David H.
    5/17/17
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    "far fetched, ridiculous, fun."

    lots of action, a pretty good listen, apart from the English accent, otherwise well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Bold
    4/27/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Bloye
    4/25/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr P J Thornton
    3/25/17
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    "Loved it"

    Simply kept me enthralled, one I just couldn't stop listening to, finished in two days, highly recommended for all those Sc-Fi fanatics out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julien Laurent
    2/12/17
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    "Great as usual"

    I can't get tired of BV Larson another great story lines. The narrator was really good too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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