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James McGill and Legion Varus are off on another mission ready to piss off the Galactics and the rest of the universe while still trying to keep earth safe in B.V. Larson futuristic military world.
In the first book of this series, “Steel World,” humans found out that they were not the dominate species in the universe; in fact, as far as the Galactics are concerned, humans are about as significant as ants. Earth is considered a fringe planet with no real significance and would have simply been destroyed unless they could come up with a unique or superior trade good. With the help of some negotiated alien technology earth found its trade; undying mercenaries. In “Steel World,” the superiority of their trade good was tested but thanks to James McGill and Legion Varus earth’s viability survived.
In “Dust World,” the resolve of the human spirit is once again tested. Earth finds out there is another planet that has been colonized by humans, Separatist’s that wanted to get away from earths rules and govern themselves; but since it is against Galactic law for a planet to colonize Earth sends Legion Varus to handle the situation. Not sure exactly how his legion is supposed to “handle,” this situation Specialist James McGill has some concerns about this mission. It is a dilemma that could put him at odds with his Legion and possibly place all of earth in jeopardy if the Galactics find out about the colony, but he always seems to follow his own moral compass no matter what the possible consequences. The situation becomes more complicated when another alien species, not connected to the Galactic Empire, is discovered with plans of its own. What these aliens, the Galactics, and even some of Legion Varus’s own people for that matter, don’t seem to understand is human unwavering determination and will to survive.
So far through two books this has been a good series, if you like this genre, with lots of action and futuristic technology. I liked Mark Boyett’s narration, especially the southern accent of James McGill.
20 of 21 people found this review helpful
I really can't add much to the excellent reviews below except for one little annoyance. Like someone said, Mark Boyett is a pro but after just finishing like book 11 or something in the Star Force series I got the feeling I was listening to Kyle Riggs again. This is the problem with great character actors like Mr Boyett and Scott Brick. They have a certain delivery that is so identifiable that it's hard to transition from one author to another with the same narrator. Does that make sense? I love Scott Brick but after awhile his laconic delivery sort of makes all stories sound the same. Same thing with Mr Boyett. Minor stuff. Still love the series and can't wait for the next installment.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Dust World in three words, what would they be?
I wouldn't use that few words to sum up a brilliant book. Would be an insult to the author.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Without doubt McGill, although I love Veteran Harris (Mark Boyett's vocalisation of his part is brilliant, really helps you envisage the man) and Centurion Graves.
What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?
Oh, all of it, he really gets to the nub of the characters and portrays them brilliantly and unfalteringly, although watch for a mistake in the last few minutes of the book, but that didn't really spoil it at all. Just a bit of an easter egg :)
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me laugh, the legionnaires are treated ruthlessly, and Primus Turov is just like a middle manager would be, If it works, its my idea, if it fails, you get the blame.
In fact the whole of legion Varus could be holding the mirror up to any large corporation who don't care about their staff, but more about their assets.
Any additional comments?
You can't sum the book up in sentences! Download it, listen to it, (make Steelworld your first) - if you like science fiction, you'll love this series.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
this story had lots of gruesome descriptions but I figure that's coz boys are made of Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails and have a secret fear of the whole childbirth process. I had some laugh out loud moments... on to the next one!
Pretty good book, plenty of action and worth a listen. The narration is fantastic and puts you in the story.
Equally as good as the last one, but with Squids instead of Dinosaurs. I want McGills powers with women....