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Death World (Undying Mercenaries) MP3 CD – November 10, 2015
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I enjoy the series, but it's getting repetitive. I knew it was formulaic, but previously I've always enjoyed the characters and the new/different worlds/enemies. This time it felt..."Meh". Hopefully the next one is better.
The way things are going, it feels like the author is going to take the cheap way out with the characters.. he has created so far. He's got our main character as some wizard.. which McGill just thinks on his feet... he's no wizard... and as an author you have certain powers to work your characters with.. but McGill is going to be turned into a god at the pace the story is going.
Poor ol Claver has gone from a Independent trader/guy/officer who stretches his powers who operates outside the box.. to a more villain like character... so has Galina Turov. .. neither never struck me as these type's of characters before, not even an inkling. Sure they had there faults.. there character flaws, there ambitions, but they seem like scape goats for the authors shortsightedness on there character development. It's like the author just went "I need villains" these guys are good enough. *Kicks them out into the hard vacuum of space*
That aside the author keeps the politics to a minimum in the book and focuses on the action for the most part. Which I like this type of pacing.. I like hearing about the spaceships and the scope of things and the new gear... It's very cool and engages my imagination. The grand scale of things so to say.. And while I don't want this to change.. the author is going to have to work in a little more details, a little more character growth.. a little more depth on how claver is able to do what he can.. maybe show more connections? It's like you have two arguments right now going on in the story.. One is that.. "Hey, this is black and white, this is how things go" the military motto of the time so to say.. its follow orders.. But more often than not.. Its MCGill "editing" those orders.. that leads to survival.. that leads to victory.. it's the grey areas of the rules, that end up making everything pan out.. so its weird having these two counter points in the story... or at least its weird to see McGill get in trouble so much even though his heroic deeds often lead to victory.
I look forward to the next book in the series, but I really hope the author takes a little more time to fill out the work, and not kill off his characters so easily.. they've definitely turned into possible interesting characters, so I really hate to see them killed off.. or there actions leaving story plot holes that are just filled in by the author because he can.... that gets old when used too much.
That being said, it is a great story, it progresses nicely through each book and is well constructed to give you a satisfying ending in each book. The characters are fun and consistent. The only thing that is in question is how the Galactic Key continues to be on the person when they are revived, eh ?
To be frank, I don't like these critiques at all only because there's always one or more imbeciles that insist on revealing spoilers, summarizing the story (why buy if one already knows what's going to happen), telling the best story parts, sharing characters details, etc. I won't do that cause I want BV to keep doing his thing and churning out more of this killer series (along with his others). Amazon needs a way to prevent that.
What I will say is that this series is certainly unique, especially how the universe "works", has plenty of plots, twists, surprises, humor, a diverse range of characters (McGill is awesome) and should satisfy most Military SciFi junkies fix. I'm sure some will disagree with me. No worries, It's their loss, not mine IMHO.
Please keep at it BV. Your books are good. My only suggestion is to "perm" a few specific characters. They certainly need it by now. Fellow readers of this series probably know who I'm talking about. Thanks for the entertainment BV!
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Death world is an interesting planet and it opens up new intrigue about the squid race next door, I can't wait for the next one which I assume is Throne World (maybe another one as filler). I know the books are about Varus on the ground but damn would I love to see more big picture stuff, good job McGill is involved with all of the brass so we can stay in the loop though ;).
Be good to see a book entitled "Hell World", lots of flowing lava and space suits, maybe the enemy this time is some kind of "Silicoid" Race ( google it). Either way, to Mr Larson, you keep writing em, I promise to keep reading them.
Can't be fairer then that. Thanks!
These are great books and I've throughly enjoyed them all. Full of action, alien worlds, humour, intrigue, politics and with a cracking lead character what more can you ask for. This is action sci fi at its very best that whips a long at a breakneck speed with hardly anytime to catch your breathe.
I'm a fan, and if you try these books you will be to.
Thanks Mr Larson
Have to say I didn't think it was a good as the rest of the series as some of the humorous interaction between the main characters wasn't so prevalent is this book and I personally like the jokes and quips, makes it all a bit more real for me.
Next world? . . . . Hmmm how about going to "perm" the Galactics then let the humans begin to liberate the oppressed Galaxy, could be fun and opens so many storylines.
When - Mr. Larson?? Please hurry up otherwise I shall send the Mother In Law around to give you a verbal broadside which will pale a belcher to such an insignificant degree you wouldn't even notice it.
You have been warned Sir!
As close to immortality as we will get I reckon but what a cost, having to die over and over.
Still it is a great fun read and the story threads remain strong and with new ones beginning, till on the next instalment.
Can't wait for the next book in this series