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Battle Station is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.
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By William on 11-05-12
Non-stop Sci-Fi Action
If you are looking for sci-fi that is fast-paced, fun, and incredibly interesting, I'd recommend the Star Force series for you. The author has carefully crafted a military sci-fi universe where new discoveries and surprises await, leaving the reader astonished at the depth of B.V. Larson's imagination.
Most sci-fi series that I have read have at least one book where things do not click, or the plot seems forced, or difficult to believe. In contrast, every book of this series is strong, and I keep thinking that the best one is the book I just finished.
Mark Boyett, the narrator, is quite amazing as he seamlessly switches his accent from one member of an international team to another to yet another. It adds an extra dimension of enjoyment over the text version of the books.
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By Andrew Barnett on 05-03-13
Col Riggs Never Learns
Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?
Narration is fine. Earlier books in this series were fine. Long-term problems started getting annoying by the fourth book, so much so that I haven't finished the fifth.
Was Battle Station worth the listening time?
I gave it a listen just to see if I still found it annoying. I did, so I stopped.
Any additional comments?
This is the fifth book in the series, and I started getting dissatisfied with the series by about the fourth book (Conquest). I think my problem is that the main character doesn't seem realistic anymore. When the series started, the character's actions were somewhat believable. By the fourth and fifth books, it's just plain obnoxious. You mean to tell me that a professor of Computer Science can't figure out how to encrypt email? And a former Army lieutenant can't think of a way to structure an officer corps into something like a professional military? It's like the author threw in these details of the character's back story, and then didn't follow that through to logical conclusions (or worse: forgot he included those details).
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By S. Morris on 10-27-15
Star Force Consolidates
Battle Station is another good read from B V. Larson and is the fifth book in the Star Force saga. Riggs is consolidating his position within the Sentar system and engages in missions to rest ownership of the Macro manufacturing domes from them in order to boost his own production output. Of course, as usual, the annoying and self-serving Crow character wants to pull Riggs from his important strategic tasks and is rather like the typical bureaucrat who holds high rank and yet has little understanding or appreciation of the front line realities.
Crow tries to do an end-around on Riggs by promoting one of Riggs' subordinates over him but under estimates Riggs' abilities to handle such situations. Political machinations aside, Battle Station sees more development of the mysterious and ethereal "Blues" and some clever manipulation by Riggs of the Macro's and the Nano ships controlled by the enigmatic gas giant dwellers. Riggs also undergoes some of the same treatment that saw his girlfriend, Sandra, further enhance her abilities but goes a step further in his bid to survive the crushing pressures of the Blues home planet in order to establish contact.
The usually predictable Macros try something new in terms of tactics which is a nice twist and it does appear that they can indeed learn and adapt perhaps a little more than was first thought.
Ironically, Larsson's titles for his Star Force books really seem on the whole to reflect the end-point of each story rather than so much the guts of the book so to that end we only find the actual creation of the Battle Station occurring in the final pages of this book. As ever, we are left with a tantalizing prospect for the next in the series which I am looking forward to.
From a strategic standpoint, I think Riggs as a former professor of computer studies should have simply sent the Macros a copy of Windows 8 which would have completely disabled them and ended the war but I suppose you can't have everything! ;)
I'll keep this review short as those reading it will no doubt have read the preceding books in the series and so it is suffice for me to say that Larson delivers another satisfying instalment to the Star Force saga and I have no complaints and can therefore recommend this book as a must-read for fans of the series so far. Once again, if you've spotted this review and were wondering about the Star Force series then I strongly suggest you start from the beginning with the book entitled "Swarm" and go on from there. Although Larson does take time at various points in the story with some exposition that sort of fills in the key pieces if you've not decided to read the series to this point, I would still recommend reading from book 1. Having said that, Larson does make this story a stand-alone read if you just don't want to read the previous books up to this point.
All in all, another consistently good story from Larson which I can recommend.
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By KEITH P JONES on 04-16-18
More excellent story telling.<br />
Brilliant narration and an excellent story. Kyle Riggs continues to kick metal butt very hard.