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I really can't believe I waded through all 9 books in the series but I guess I got hooked. I think probably because I'm a lot like Kyle Riggs myself. An excellent series if a little awkward at times. I liked the ending although would have liked it if there had been some closure with Miklos and the other characters like Kwan, Gaines, Nukum and of course Marvin.
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Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Mark Boyett was a great narrator. A professional in his art.
Any additional comments?
I must admit I've never much cared for first-person narration, however I make a huge exception to the Star Force series -- in the end, Mark Boyett (i.e., his voice) was Colonel Kyle Riggs.
Mr. Larson did a great job keeping the story fresh and the progression interesting throughout the series.
As a space opera, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that saved humanity. I was never bored or agitated at this series, as I have been with others, and I finished each read enthusiastically and quickly.
I will be continuing on with any other series Mr. Larson and Mr. Boyett present, and I look forward to another ride.
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The Dead Sun represents the final chapter of the war against the Macros and
brings the primary Star Force series to an end in its current form. The
series does continue in a sort of spin-off or at least follows on many years
later from the events at the end of this book.
Once more the author, B V. Larson has come up with a superb easy to read
story that brings the reader of the series so far to the final battle
between the machines known as Macros and humanity. This book weaves intrigue
and action in a mix that has created a page-turner of a novel. I have always
marvelled at Larsson's consistency and prolific writing abilities and this
book is no exception.
Having reached this point and seen the scale of the series, I can definitely
say that I think that no movie or TV series could likely do such books
justice. It does appear to me that if you want to experience the best and
rawest form of science fiction then you have to resort to the written word.
I mention this aspect because one of the questions asked in one form of
review offered by Audible asks if the book read would make a good movie.
Well, thinking about it, the only way I could ever see any real justice done
to these stories is to split each book up into 12 one hour TV shows and
literally use the book as the screenplay as anything else would be cutting
corners which is all too often why the movie or TV versions of books fall
I love the way Larson writes the Marvin character. The robot's dialogue is
superb and really befits the pure logic of an artificial intelligence. The
writer really does well with his depiction of alien life and just how
differently they behave and even think.
The Dead Sun rounds off the series nicely almost going full circle by seeing
Kyle Riggs return home to his farm and settle into retirement. I did detect
a slight rushing to finish the book as although it was mentioned as to how
to help deal with the impending collision of the comets brought along by
the Macros, I don't believe the author actually tackled that final element
during the wrap up phase of the book.
This audio book has a nice preview of Larson's newer series called the
"Undying Mercenaries" series and gives the reader about one and a half
chapters of Steel World to get their teeth into as a taster preview of this
exciting series from Larson.
I will certainly miss all the regular characters featured in this series and
hope to perhaps come across some of them in the spin off or follow on books
in this series. The Star Force series has been a very enthralling and
entertaining one despite its somewhat shaky start in my opinion. I know now
that I will be consuming this authors other works in short order as I cannot get
enough of this writer.
A great book, a wonderful saga and well written and read.
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So many lose ends. What became of Marvin and many other characters that had played key parts throughout the series. Disappointing.