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- Publication Date: March 23, 2014
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However, I do have some issues regarding some consistencies and character development of the main character.
For character development, the main character seems to be the all-American, tall, muscular, blue-eyed, playboy. Who is led by virtuous moral principles and a loud gung-ho way of shoving those principles up peoples behind. That kind of characteristics work great if you are a solo ops spec unit, master of your own ship or some such, where you are not part of a larger unit and responsible for not only looking after your self and the man next to you but after the entire unit as well. Personally, if I was serving in the same unit as McGill, I would have put a bullet through him, just to save myself and my unit. As there have been times in the story where he had totally disregarded his unit and those he was leading just to ensure his own goals.
As for consistency, towards then end, McGill turned traitor, turned of his comm link, then was killed but managed to get revived, even though no one knew he died. If they could detect his life signs, then the unit would know where he was and what he was doing.
It seems to me that with their regeneration machine, the military would rely on a lot less people knowing that the ones dying will be coming back in a little while. I guess you just have to keep the current battle going long enough for the recycling to get done! Man, what a way to fight!
McGill gets a lot of attention in this story. He puts himself in a lot of situation where he shouldn't be but is lucky enough to figure a way out of his trouble usually without getting himself killed, usually. Now that he's a big gun guy, he gets to lead from the front most of the time. That's not the best place to be but he manages most of the time.
I think the story line is pretty good. This was a little different in that one of the supposed enemies were distantly related humans and not so easy to attack and wipe out. Still, there is a good set of bad aliens that need obliterating. Good writing along with a good story.
I hope the series continues. I'll be buying them as fast as they are written.
Building on the galactic empire scenario created in Book One - Steel World - and developing both the human characters and the ideas introduced there the author uses interesting plot twists and good action scenes to keep you hooked. We see the highs and lows of the human experience: from conqueror to culturally reverted descendants of colonists to genetically modified slaves of an alien species; while getting satisfying tours of a well imagined universe and well written battles. The central concept of the troops - regeneration - has interesting implications for both the conduct of battle and for the human experience of death. This is explored throughout this series through the eyes of the central character.
All of this is done in a highly entertaining story though. Well worth buying.
Varus Legion has been sent to investigate reports of lost human colonists and end up encountering more than that. By the end, they must answer to the Galactics. The action is, as usual, fierce enough to require a great deal of use of the revival machines, the protection of which is always paramount. Great stuff!
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Vance has been flattered heavily.
Regardless, Larson can move a story along, he'll surprise you and keep you interested.
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The story starts as Varus Legion, one of the less glamorous outfits of which our hero is a member and which tends to get handed the most difficult mission, is tasked with finding out what happened to Earth’s one and only colony mission after their message arrives some eighty years after having been sent.
At least one of the battles against a new and rather awful alien race – the cephalopods – is simply superb, with the Legion’s troop transport getting boarded. Other features, such as what happened to the colonist and how they managed to survive and defend themselves against their tormentors, are also well thought out and their armament made of nanotechnology is quite fascinating. The features of “dust world”, the name of the planet where the colonists have settled and are regularly raided by the cephalopods, are also of interest, especially what seems to be a “local version” of piranhas.
The weak point is the characterisation, as other reviewers have also mentioned. Many of the characters, such as Carlos, the hero’s best friend, Primus Turov, his grasping and scheming commanding officer (the equivalent of a battalion commander), Harris, his sergeant (although the exact title is “Veteran”), Adjust Leeson, Centurion Greaves or Tribune Drusus, are simply not developed. The story does not provide you with any kind of background explaining who they are and how they became the kind of persons they are. The hero himself is a bit tiresome, not very likable and not always credible. The first feature, illustrated by his constant womanising (to put it in polite terms!), may be intentional but it makes him into some self-centred and rather immature kid instead of the super killer and hero that he is supposed to be, or maybe he is both at the same time?
I rather liked the depiction of the aliens seen through human eyes, with this explaining the limited amount of information that we get on them. I also liked the sense we get that, in their view of the Galactics and of their auxiliaries the bureaucratic Nairbs, the humans are uncouth barbarians and barely worth preserving as a sentient race (even if the theme of the more advanced alien looking down on the “primitive humans” is not exactly original). Also interesting was the glimpse we got of “Galactic politics”, with the Galactic Battle Fleet of Frontier 921 being pulled back to the core worlds and the humans left to fill in their shoes.
Four stars, although, as other reviewers have mentioned, you absolutely need to read the first instalment (Steel World) before you get started on this one.
The books themselves are easy to read, it actually feels like reading an episode of Star Trek, Starship Troopers or Alien. Plots are great without being overly complicated and don't take themselves to seriously.
Mr Larson will be get quite a bit of money from me as I plan on reading the rest. Thanks Mr Larson for helping me pass a pleasant few hours.
Another great series with the normal strong lead male but the difference to the Star Force series is that there are strong female characters as well.
The fact you can die and get another chance is such a different idea from other authors I've read to date. The story line keeps you involved and has more than enough action/sex to keep everyone happy. All good. Onto the next one now.
I enjoyed the continuation of the story, and would love to see where the next step goes.
One or two continuity issues, with a revival machine being destroyed, and then used again.....and a finite amount of battle armour - but then an unlimited supply available.....BUT this doe not detract from the fun story and the enjoyable characters......
Its not a literary classic, but a good adventure yarn that is well worth the money.
I'm just a bit disappointed we are already going to be moving away from the "mercenaries on a foreign world for downtrodden Earth" to a "Defenders of the quadrant as Earth is mightily elevated"
The first one was bit amateurish; but had some good passages and an easy read.
This one explores the natives more than the last and there is some character development.
It was a good enough read on the Kindle, that I bought and am reading the third one in the series.
This series is a great and a satisfying read. Can't wait for the next one.