Battle Cruiser : Lost Colonies

  • by B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • Series: Lost Colonies
  • 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One starship will either save Earth or destroy her.
A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet. The lost colonies have survived - but the reunion isn't going to be a happy one. Our descendants are vastly superior in the art of warfare. Worse, there are other beings undreamed of beyond the human frontier: strange, unfathomable...alien.
Battle cruiser Defiant, the first capital ship to darken Earth's skies, is tasked with exploring new passages to the younger planets. Old Earth must reunite with her children...but can humanity survive the inevitable conflicts? Captain William Sparhawk, determined to follow a path of honor and truthfulness, dares to rise to the challenge. Battle Cruiser is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.


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An Unlikely Hero

From the master of military Sci-Fi, the creator of “Star Force,” and the “Undying Mercenaries,” B.V. Larson has developed a new trilogy that is somewhat different from his previous work called, “Lost Colonies.”
In this first book, “Battle Cruiser” we meet Captain William Sparhawk; an antihero type that seems to be lacking conventional hero qualities but it is through these flawed and questionable personality traits that some dark humor of this story shines. He is a complex and polarizing character that some listeners’ may not like or understand but I think most will as he eventually develops into the hero that is needed for this story to progress.
The narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, captures the essence of Captain Sparhawk perfectly and I can’t wait for the next book.
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- D "I read, I write; I listen"

Disappointing, Juvenile

The concept for “Battle Cruiser” could have spawned a dynamic, textured, engrossing world, but it was so poorly executed that tackling each chapter became its own, special chore. Frankly, the quality of the writing in this book was way sub-par, with all the sophistication of high school-level prose, however professionally edited.

B.V. Larson's first-person narrator tells the story strictly linearly, with no flashbacks or deep exposition beyond what's immediately necessary to the situation at hand. Add to that a complete lack of guile on the writer's part, and what might have been meant as plot twists are easily guessed well ahead of their would-be reveals. The idea of such a story suffering from a case of plot holes and loose ends ought to be ridiculous; sadly, the diagnosis is very real, and it's terminal.

The character development is just about as robust, too. The reader gains only the most superficial insight into any of the secondary characters, all of which have approximately as much dimension as the paper on which they were first printed. As for the main character, he tells the tale with such melodramatic (almost histrionic) bravado, as somehow to come across as a simultaneously whiny, pathetic, and pitiful, pompous ass.

The real disappointment here, however, is the dramatic reading. It might be better never to ask why Edoardo Ballerini chose to read this story in a breathy, somewhat hushed, NPR-style voice, all while playing up the writing's shortcomings. Granted, he didn't exactly start with the best story ever written. Still, the uncomfortable tone and unimaginative speaking styles only make a lousy book more boring.

To give credit where it's due, I've read some truly excellent work by both B.V. Larson and Edoardo Ballerini. These two really do have the capacity to engross their audience. Sadly, “Battle Cruiser” doesn't come close. If, as Audible suggests, this truly is Book One of a new series, let’s hope Book Two returns both writer and narrator to their usual high standards.
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- Russ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios