“Alpha Fleet (Rebel Fleet, Book 3)” by B. V. Larson

Captain Leo Blake and his crew have been more or less grounded due to an outbreak of peace in the stellar region. They are naturally getting bored considering the terror they have most recently experienced out in Rebel space. Under Rebel command, you had to always watch your back or it soon would have a club coming down on it very hard. And hitting you in the back was done only because they missed your head. Peaceful Earth with no fighting just wasn’t what the crew of the Hammerhead were used to.

But, it appears that peaceful existence might be coming to a halt. A rift in deep space has appeared and some unknown ships are arriving. General Vega, commanding all Earth space forces, decides he doesn’t want to wait to find out what’s coming through that rift so he orders his small phase-ship fleet to fire on the first vessel coming through. That turns out to be a mistake since its none other than Admiral Flex with ships and crews from Gref. Their cruisers make short work of the two phase-ships that fired on them and now they sit. Once they do contact Earth, they don’t want to talk to General Vega, but to Captain Blake. Fex is back to inform the Earth that he and his Grefs are there to form a protectorate over Earth. Since Earth has no means of defending itself, he wants the planet to commit to him as its planetary Commander. He wants any and all Earth space forces placed under his command. Continue reading ““Alpha Fleet (Rebel Fleet, Book 3)” by B. V. Larson”

“Orion Fleet (Rebel Fleet, Book 2)” by B. V. Larson

We’re back on Earth with Leo Blake and his crew. They have, almost single-handedly, saved he universe, but they also don’t want the notoriety that comes with being a hero. They just want things to settle down which they do in a hurry. So much so, that most of the crew is getting really bored. With the Imperials pulling back, it doesn’t appear that their will be any further combat for a long time. So, Blake finds himself in limbo not knowing what he’s supposed to be doing.

Except, none other than Captain Ursahn of the Rebel Fleet ship Killer, shows up with some Earthly intel she’s not supposed to know. She has found out that Earth is building a spaceship! Even Captain Blake wasn’t sure of this, but he kind of figured out that was what happened to is old ship, the Hammerhead. He stole it from the Rebels just for the purpose of letting Earth’s scientist reverse engineer the things so we could possibly defend ourselves. It turns out that the ship Earth built was a phase-ship. This is the very kind of ship that the Rebels despise and have made it almost illegal for one of their members to create such a ship. Still, the Earth is new to this Rebel stuff and plays things they way they want to. Now that the ship is known to the Rebel Alliance, they demand that Earth send it into combat. Continue reading ““Orion Fleet (Rebel Fleet, Book 2)” by B. V. Larson”

“Rebel Fleet (Rebel Fleet)” by B.V. Larson

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Well, this is going to be a fun series! Leo Blake reminds me of James McGill of the “Undying Mercenaries Series” also written by B.V. Larson. They are both irreverent, cocky and don’t follow the rules. McGill gets into more trouble, but Blake has his hands full in this series. There’s just enough comedy thrown in to make the story mildly amusing, but not to the point it gets ridiculous.

Aliens have dropped some kind of rock in the water just off an island in Hawaii. Blake and a friend of his swim out to find out what it is, showing off for their girls who remain on the beach. Blake’s friend disappears below the water and doesn’t come up for way too long. So, Blake dives down and finds Jason stuck to some kind of glowing rock. He doesn’t appear to be breathing. Blake attempts to pull him away from the rock and eventually gets a rocking motion that succeeds in getting his friend free. He drags him to shore and start CPR, but it doesn’t look good. By this time, the girls have called for help and a doctor arrives on the beach to pronounce Jason as dead. Then one of the girls suddenly notices that Jason’s hand is missing. Blake must have broke Jason loose from the ice block holding his hand to the stone by just ripping the limb off. There was blood everywhere on the beach.

That’s starts off this adventure that will take Blake and one of the girls to outer space, far, far from the Earth. Earth hasn’t developed any kind of space exploration capabilities than we have now, yet the have positive proof that aliens do exist and they are visiting Earth. In fact, aliens are now on Earth recruiting humans for their interstellar war. Actually, it’s not a war so much as a rebel uprising against the Imperium which has been devastating alien planets all along the frontier. It turns out the Imperium is using these planets a training grounds for it’s Imperial space forces. They are only sending their inexperienced space craft out to fight against the rebels and not worrying much about the outcome. Except, they don’t expect nor like to lose these battles. Continue reading ““Rebel Fleet (Rebel Fleet)” by B.V. Larson”

“Dark World (Undying Mercenaries #9)” by B. V. Larson

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04/21/18

Whenever I want to take a break from the very serious nature of space warfare and all that rigid military organizational stuff, I read one of these Undying Mercenaries books. They are so different from most other stories that I would have to admit that these series is one of my most favorite.

To my delight, we’re back with Centurion James McGill, Legion Varus warrior. Now that does sound impressive, especially when you realize that after all the stuff James McGill has gotten himself into and out of, he’s still an officer in the Legion. If you’ve followed this series at all, you know that McGill does what he thinks is right in situations where he has not chose but to rely on his own thinking. Most of the decisions he makes in those instances, are disastrous, for him and every one else!

This time, it’s not going to go any different. Right off the bat, McGill finds himself on the wrong side of the former Imperator Galina Turov. Having just come from a mass Legion Varus officers call, he saw Drusus, his long time friend, promoted to praetor, a rank that would take him out of direct command of the Legion, but would allow him to appoint whomever he desired to the leadership of said legion. To everyone’s surprise, he demoted Imperator Turov down to Tribune and promoted Tribune Deech up to Imperator, clearly switching their previous roles. Whatever his reasoning, it was terribly wrong. Unfortunately, our James McGill couldn’t see how wrong it was so he was one of the loudest in cheering the announcements of these changes by Drusus. Continue reading ““Dark World (Undying Mercenaries #9)” by B. V. Larson”

“Blood World (Undying Mercaneries #8)” by B. V. Larson

“Blood World (Undying Mercaneries #8)”
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12/15/17

We’re back with James McGill, Centurion, Legion Varus. Yeah, that guy! He’s managed to stay out of trouble for awhile since the Legion hasn’t gone on a mission for quite sometime. During this downtime, he spends his days in his shack behind his parents home in the “Georgia Sector”. Things are kind of peaceful right now, well, as peaceful as they can be with his, now twelve-year old daughter, Etta around. She’s a very wild child raised for awhile by her Mother, Delia, and Grandfather back on Dust World. We’d call people on that plane savages since there wasn’t much but dust and dirt on the entire world. Being brought back to Earth didn’t change Etta much. She still does what she wants to but does have some grudging respect for James McGill, her Father.

But, this time the peace isn’t exactly shattered by something Etta has done. No, that come in a very strange and frightening way when Primus Graves shows up a this shack door. That’s never happened before and James doesn’t know why in the world it happened now. And, to make matters worse, Primus Graves tells James McGill that he’s sorry but he’s been volunteered for a new mission. Now, Primus Graves have never ever came to McGill for anything other than an explanation of the trouble he’s currently causing. But, since there’s not trouble with the Legion that James knows about right now, he’s terribly cautious about this action on the part of Primus Graves. He is told to report to Central the next day so he assumes he’ll be going on some kind of mission, but Primus Graves didn’t quite mention what that might be; he just apologized for “volunteering” McGill. That sounds pretty dangerous.

So, McGill heads off towards Central HQ where he hopes he’ll get some answers to just what he’s gotten himself “volunteered” for. He doesn’t get far when he’s met by Primus Winslade who’s the Adjunct for Imperator Turov. Why he’s out picking up James McGill is a real mystery and then James finds that all his troops are being picked up. Now he’s really worried about what this mission might entail. Continue reading ““Blood World (Undying Mercaneries #8)” by B. V. Larson”

“Rogue World (Undying Mercenaries Series, #7)” by B. V. Larson

“Rogue World (Undying Mercenaries Series, #7)”
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12/12/17

I had thought this series was over. Then I found two more books available via Amazon; this one and “Blood World (Book #8)”. I bought both books and have been enjoying them tremendously. These are quirky books. They have a concept that I haven’t actually read anywhere else. You see, the military soldiers and sailors all die sometime during their battles if they are not lucky. And that includes the main character of these stories and several minor characters that comprise Legion Varus. But, never fear, for they are easily and immediately resurrected and thrown right back into the same battle over and over until they win! Just imagine how much you’d get paid if you died in battle and got to come back and collect the insurance! It doesn’t work that way with Legion Varus or any other Legion. Death is something that just happens during a battle and they still expect you to perform, dead or not!

Earth has formed a number of Legions who act as mercenaries for the Galactic overlords. Yes, Earth has been conquered a while back by the Galactics who are so far ahead of us in technology that they almost consider us as cattle; little more than semi-intelligent slaves. We’re not exactly mistreated, but we can’t do anything that would be against Galactic law. Most of that law states we’re to stay at our current technology level and we can’t leave our planet unless given permission. Of course, the Galactic fleet that controls our region of space can’t be everywhere at once and the Galactics have their own civil war going on in the Galactic center. So, we’ve pretty much been on our own and it almost costs the human race it’s existence. Continue reading ““Rogue World (Undying Mercenaries Series, #7)” by B. V. Larson”

“Home World (Undying Mercenaries #6)” by B. V. Larson

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10/27/16

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The books in this series are all the same, absolutely perfectly written! I thoroughly enjoy this series and this book was just as enjoyable as all the rest. The only problem is that I don’t know how much longer the series will last and that’s a shame to see it end.

James McGill is a warrior with an attitude. If you have kept up with the series, you’d be surprised at what Jame has accomplished or that he’s even still alive! Pretty much everything he does is against some regulation or directly contrary to what his superior officers want him to do, but some how he always manages to come out to the good. He does whatever it takes to make his plans work out. And when he doesn’t have a plan, he fakes it until something happens. There is a lot of subtle humor in this and all the prior books that I find really enjoyable.

Adjunct McGill is being tested to make sure he has the mental and physiological to become an officer. He was awarded his Adjunct rank by a high ranking Hegemony officer. For it to stick he had to pass these test. Most were hoping he would fail, but that wasn’t about to happen. So, now he’s got some rank, but he’s still the same old James McGill who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Continue reading ““Home World (Undying Mercenaries #6)” by B. V. Larson”

“Star Carrier (Lost Colonies Trilogy #3)” by B. V. Larson

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10/14/16

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Once again, we’re with Captain William Sparhawk, of House Sparhawk, and his stuffy, straight-laced way of speaking and acting. You’d think this book was written back during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, but it’s definitely not. We’re far, far in Earth’s future after the Cataclysm. Earth is now aware of other civilizations out in space and many of them were former colonies of Earth. Captain Sparhawk of the Star Guard was a part of a dying military establishment that had nothing of importance to do until he found a derelict battle cruiser, the Defiant, drifting outside the asteroid belt. He commandeered the vessel and eventually recommissioned it as a Guards vessel. He was left in command and then sent to find out where this huge ship had come from. Continue reading ““Star Carrier (Lost Colonies Trilogy #3)” by B. V. Larson”

“Mech 1 (Imperium Series Book 1)” by B. V. Larson

02/14/16

I have read a lot of B. V. Larson books. They all have been really good military science fiction books. This one is, well, strange. It does have a lot of fighting and the fighting is done by aliens versus humans, but the story is all confusing! It took me a long time to get into the story because I had no idea what it was about from the very beginning. I thought a book titled, “Mech 1”, would be about some kind of mechanical soldiers, cyborgs or something like that against some bad aliens. Well, the bad aliens were there, but the “mechs” never showed up until the very last and then they were like an after thought.

At first, we’re given a story-line about this planet, Garm, which is out on the rim of the galaxy near absolutely nothing, getting a new Governor. We’re not told much about where this Governor is coming from, just that he’s from the Nexus and he’s going to take over. Now Garm already has a Governor, some local guy who got elected locally by the Garm Senate, but never approved by the Nexus. So, were immediately plunged into some political intrigue since a local elder doesn’t want to lose control of the planet via some new Governor arriving. See, this is a Planetary Governor. He or she rules like an Emperor or Empress, but until recently, one particularly old lady controlled the strings of this appointed Governor. She did not want to lose that control.

So, while the new Governor attempts to take control of the planet, Mai Lee, the old lady, rallies her forces, the local militia, in an effort to stop the new Governor from taking office. She’s assisted by General Steinbach who is not much of a General; just out for himself. Anyway, there’s a big battle at the spaceport where incoming Governor Droad (that’s a terrible name for a main character) his elite body guards made up of superhuman know as giants are firmly entrenched.

While you got that going on, we get this story of a female smuggler and her son arranging a contract with some idiot and his idiot son. The guys name is “Daddy’ and his son is a mech or a mechanical human called “Mudface”. Apparently, Mudface got the way he is when Daddy killed him and then had second thoughts. He shoved Mudface’s brain into the belly of a mech and that’s how he came to be in his present form. Ah, yeah, pretty stupid. Well, both of these characters are lacking brains. Sarah, the female smuggler is supposed to deliver some contraband to a certain location for Daddy. She knows the payoff will be pretty good on delivery and she also knows the penalty for crossing Daddy. Ok, so this is another story-line.

Then at the same time, we meet this guy or alien, I’m not sure which, who is roaming the desert talking to himself, or at least it appears that way. He’s actually a human that apparently has voluntarily melded with an alien called the Tulk. This alien tries to control his host when it suits him while most of the time he’s just contemplating nothing. This human, Garth, just stumbles from one place to another until others of his kind start trying to contact his Tulk or Fryx as it’s called. They are trying to warn him that the Imperium is coming.

Now, while all of this is going on, we’re flung back out to space where an alien life pod is approaching Garm. It is the Imperium. On board is a Parent. She is the equivalent of a Queen to a nest of yet unborn creatures. Her intent is to land on Garm, bury herself as deep as possible and then to start birthing her Army. That’s how the Imperium conquers planets. The Parent can produce offspring that function in specific military tactics. She can produce soldiers of unmatched ferocity, or flying things that contain other soldiers inside them. She has offspring that can tunnel in the dirt and come up underneath unsuspecting targets. All of these offspring are gestated constantly and in volume by the Parent and eventually by her daughters who also become Parents. These aliens eat humans!

As you can surmise, it’s easy to get lost in this book, especially at the beginning. Eventually, all these story-lines do meld into a final story but it takes a while to get it done. Some of the action is down right disgusting, but it is science fiction. I have no idea why the author chose the title, “Mech 1” because I don’t think it has anything to do with the book. There is a Mech or company of Mechs belonging to the new Governor, but they barely have part of the story and only at the very end.

I’m not sure if I will read the second book. It’s just not that interesting and there’s too much going on.

“Dreadnought (Lost Colonies Trilogy #2)” by B. V. Larson

01/10/16

A stuffed-shirt account of Earth’s return to the stars. As in the previous book, “Battlecruiser”, now Captain William Sparhawk is sent on a mission to the stars. He’s to find out what happened to Earth’s lost colonies and try to make peace with them. He is to command a once derelict battlecruiser built by one of those former colonies, the Betas. This ship is by far the greatest ship the Earth has ever seen. In it’s prime, it could destroy all of Earth’s current space navy and then destroy all civilization on Earth itself. Yet, by cunning and courage, Captain Sparhawk managed to make this ship space worthy and brought it back to Earth.

Having been re-outfitted and repaired, Star Guard Command now wants Sparhawk using this ship to find allies if possible. For on Earth have been found another remnant of a lost colony called the Stroj. These were once humans who are no more machine than human although they make a habit of ingraining human body parts into their mechanical bodies. They have little emotions nor feelings as do humans, but they do want one thing and that is the destruction of Earth and anything that reeks of humanity.

As Captain Sparhawk begins his mission, he finds on major problem at the very beginning. His Aunt who through advanced anti-aging treatments is still among the living. She is from a powerful political house and has managed to insert herself into Sparhawk’s mission as the Ambassador. Now two strong-willed leaders will have to some how manage to share command of this mission, something that never works.

I found this book to be written in a very stuffy style. It’s as if someone wrote it with the intentions that a commoner would be reading it and therefore had to explain every little nuance about Sparhawks actions. He is not royalty nor is his Aunt. She is a political animal much like those of today and apparently her politics were the reason Earth plunged into the Cataclysm some two hundred years prior. I don’t dislike this writing style, it’s just so different from the other books by this author. There is some humor in the story and some weird actions between Captain Sparhawk and his crew that would not or should not have happened. Still, it all made a good story and it appears there will be a third book since this is a trilogy.