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The story was enjoyable but in the grand scheme of the McGill world, one of the more pointless adventures. James's motivation throughout the story made very little sense, and the book kind of resets itself at the end so that nothing that the characters worked on really seems to matter. Instead of developing anything new, Larson continues to recycle the same old cast complete with lots of scheming from Claver who of course is in this book too. Larson does introduce "new" aliens so that James can sleep with them and then run off to the next conquest, its all stuff you have read seven other times and frankly now that James is a 40 year old man it just seems kind of pointless and depressing. I think that this series is like a TV show, its a cash cow for the writer and so he can't afford to actually do anything interesting with the franchise, he can't take risks or commit to any changes in the series dynamics because that might jeopardize its financial viability. Each book is like an episode, none of the characters can die, the plot can't really move forward, and we reset every time. Ultimately its just cheap scifi, and its enjoyable but if you want to read anything that commits to telling a sincere story you are going to have to find a different author.
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BV Larson can call the worlds in the “Undying Mercenaries,” series anything he wants, “Steel world,” “Dust world,” “Rogue world,” “Tech World,” etc. but they are all “McGill’s World;” and everyone else just lives in them. If you’re looking for logic or a sense of world order than this series isn’t for you, James McGill sets the terms and everyone else just falls in place; but it’s the way he goes about things with his country charm and bravado that makes these stories entertaining.
“Blood World,” is typical of every other James McGill tale; he annoys superiors, dies a few times, chases women, and becomes the hero while thwarting any divisive plot that he doesn’t agree with. There is subject matter from previous books that tie into this story giving fluidity to the series, and, of course Mark Boyett gives another spot on performance as the voice of James McGill. Can’t wait for the next one
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Blood World is the eighth book in the Undying Mercenaries series and has been a long wait for me while B V Larson pens other books in his various sagas. It's hard for me to decide which of his series I most enjoy, the Star Force or the Undying Mercenaries. The former has a more serious undertone while the latter, although perhaps more visceral and brutal in its descriptions of combat, has a slightly comic element to it in the James McGill character. One thing Larson tends to do with most, if not all, of his leading characters is to make them brave, clever and a real ladies man. I suppose you could say that he models his main lead males on the classic Captain Kirk mould. It's not terribly sophisticated or layered by modern standards perhaps but certainly makes for a more straight forward "go getter" type hero that keeps things simple.
So, what of the story? Well , if you are a fan of this series as I am, then I'd say it wasn't the best but it's by no means the worst. The difference between those two poles is very small in fact given Larson's ability to write solid action stories. It has pretty much all the elements we're used to seeing which makes for a satisfying read. However, I did find the premise a little confused. Earth has to put its fighting forces against those of other species to determine who gets the millions of troops waiting for a new master. wwe've seen these ferocious soldiers before but I'll not say here who they are. OK, so a competition to see who is the most worthy of the fighting force on offer. So, why does Earth get to send two representatives in the form of legions Varus and Germanica? Perhaps I've missed something here but I thought only one entry ought to be allowed. Other species in the competition were only represented once so I didn't understand what was the point. I do think Larson could've come up with a plot that made more sense in this regard .
Nevertheless, Larson keeps the action coming and he is adept at doing this. As ever, Larson comes up with imaginative aliens and detailed battlefields and worlds. Based on how this book ended, it is perhaps more exciting to see where the next book takes us as Earth prepares to do battle with forces that are fighting a civil war within the mighty Galactic empire.
Mark Boyett is here to narrate this and has been all throughout the series which makes for lovely consistency. He delivers all main characters just as we remember although I did feel that the early renditions of Claver were not quite right. He corrects this later in the book though.
Not too much else to say here. Larson delivers another satisfying if somewhat convoluted plot that essentially ticks all the boxes for an Undying Mercenaries story.
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war & peace it aint but it bounds along for a fun few hours... cant wait for the next instalment
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