Undying Mercenaries

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 38,321 ratings

Steel World Publisher's Summary

In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers…someone had to do their dirty work for them, their fighting and dying.

I, James McGill, was born in 2099 on the fringe of the galaxy. When Hegemony Financial denied my loan applications, I was kicked out of the university and I turned to the stars. My first campaign involved the invasion of a mineral-rich planet called Cancri-9, better known as Steel World. The attack didn't go well, and now Earth has entered a grim struggle for survival. Humanity's mercenary legions go to war in Steel World, best-selling author B. V. Larson's latest science fiction novel.

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  • Book 1

    • Steel World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 1
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,739
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,167

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Space Opera

    • By D on 12-05-13

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • Dust World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 2
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,772
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,365
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,359

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • They’re back ready to die; again

    • By D on 07-07-14

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Tech World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 3
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,023
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,668
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,658

    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. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dying isn’t enough this time

    • By D on 12-13-14
    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 3
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Release date: 10-21-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5,023 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • Machine World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 4
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,682
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,323
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,309

    In the fourth book of the series, James McGill is up for promotion. Not everyone is happy about that, and McGill must prove he's worth his stripes. Deployed to a strange alien planet outside the boundaries of the Galactic Empire, he's caught up in warfare and political intrigue. Earth expands, the Cephalopod Kingdom launches ships to stop us, and a grand conspiracy emerges among the upper ranks of the Hegemony military.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • McGill's Way

    • By D on 05-16-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • Death World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 5
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,428
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,103
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,096

    Unknown aliens attack Earth. Their planet is uncharted, mysteriously having avoided detection for centuries. It's a world packed with the most vicious aliens humanity has yet to encounter. James McGill has discovered: Death World.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Plant World

    • By D on 09-06-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    • Home World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 6
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,586
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,296
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,275

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Obstinate to the Core

    • By D on 06-04-16
    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 6
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 05-24-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,586 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 7

    • Rogue World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 7
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,624
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,435
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,417

    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. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn't been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I kept thinking about his Toes

    • By D on 07-08-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 8

    • Blood World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 8
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,467
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,329
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318

    A dirty deal was struck. Humanity was allowed to keep 300 rebellious worlds. In return, we declared war on a powerful enemy from beyond the frontier. A frantic build-up of forces has begun, but the task is hopeless. Seeking allies, Earth's legions are sent to Blood World. A planet on the fringe of known space, where the people only respect masters of combat. Earth's Legions must impress them, but other alien powers have been invited to join the contest. The prize consists of billions of loyal troops - Earth must win.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great Performance, Filler Plot

    • By Jack Brown on 03-07-18

    Regular price: $24.95