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In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away. The Legion commanders have a secret plan of their own. And then there's James McGill, who was never too good at listening to authority in the first place....
In Dust World, book two of the Undying Mercenaries Series, McGill is promoted to Specialist and sent to a frontier planet outside the Empire. Earth's status within the Empire will never be the same.
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By Don Gilbert on 07-07-14
They’re back ready to die; again
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.
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By Aziz on 08-26-14
Solid sequel but...
B.V. Larson has a gift for writing great military sci-fi books, there's no question about it and the sequel to Steel World is no exception. The action was great, the story/plot developped at a good pace and made sense, however there were a couple of things that began to annoy me.
1. I can't understand how McGill is still with the legion after continuously demonstrating his ability to ignore orders and do what he pleases. In any real-world military outfit he would have been dishonorably discharged at the very least a good while ago and the legion he's in is supposed to be far more draconian in discipline, akin to how the Roman legion operated. It just strains credulity how much he's able to get away with! Sure he accomplishes a lot along the way but a soldier who is unable to follow orders, despite being able to deliver results (albeit in an extremely unorthodox and unsanctioned manner) won't last long in any military outfit.
2. Other than Dela (spelling?), the women that McGill has liaisons with are rather uninteresting and are portrayed in such a manner as to have the reader feel little respect towards them or their actions. By this I mean that one of them, Kivi, is a wanton woman who keeps going back to McGill despite knowing he's slept with other women and being quite bothered by this. The other, Natasha, very clearly spurns him towards the end when he asks for a kiss while indicating that she wants nothing more to do with him given that she now knows that he 'cheated' on her with both Kivi and Dela. However at the end of the book she makes the costly trip to go visit him and ends up sleeping with him with everything seemingly and unexpectedly forgiven. Yeah sorry but I don't buy that, nothing about her character in both books has led me to believe that that's the kind of woman she is, and if so, I dislike Larson's penchant for creating such unappealing women of low integrity (the same can be said of his one-dimensional female character Sandra in his long-lasting series Starforce).
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By Captain Haddock on 01-26-15
A brilliant follow on from Steelworld
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.
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By Louis V. on 03-04-18
This is a good series of hard scifi with only a few things that are "magic". Good characters and developement.
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By darko on 10-12-15
Pretty good book, plenty of action and worth a listen. The narration is fantastic and puts you in the story.
By Aaron Godfrey on 10-06-15
Equally as good as the last one, but with Squids instead of Dinosaurs. I want McGills powers with women....