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Battle Station (Star Force Series Book 5) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

B. V. Larson

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In BATTLE STATION Kyle Riggs faces new challenges, new alien fleets and learns the secrets behind the war he has been fighting for years.

In the fifth book of the Star Force Series, the Eden system is in humanity's grasp, but can they keep it? Star Force is weak after a long war, and many yearn to go home. Knowing the machines will return with a new armada eventually, Riggs seeks a more permanent solution. Along the way, worlds are won and lost, millions perish, and great truths are revealed.

BATTLE STATION is a military science fiction novel by bestselling author B. V. Larson.

(To find the first book in the series, search for SWARM, by B. V. Larson)

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awesome 5 mai 2012
Par S. Blodgett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
It's hard to give a review of this book without giving spoilers. I've run into several other fans online and they await each new release like a kid waiting for Christmas so this review will be short and general.

Battle Station opens up the Star Force series to a million and one possibilities of where the story can go. I dare say its the most important book in the series to date. Of course all the action and characters we know and love are here but as we finally get the answers to some mysteries, some new troubles and new opportunities open up for our heroes.

That's about as general as I can make it before I get into spoiler territory. If you love the series, as I do, you're going to buy it no matter what I say. However if you're new to the series, reading the rest are an absolute must because Larson writes each installment as if you've been following all along and already know whats going on.

Buy it. Love it. And count down the days until book six, Empire, is released. This is a great series and I can't thank Mr. Larson enough for giving us such awesome reads.
12 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Riggs' Pigs ride again!! 6 mai 2012
Par T. Coffey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Battle Station picks up right where Conquest left off, with Riggs and his motley fleet in the Centaur's system with the Macro's fleet destroyed, but with Macro production facilities on the system's planets.

-We get to learn more about some of the alien species that have been introduced previously and even get to see some new ones. The time with the new species is short but interesting. The idea that the nanos themselves are just as sentient as any biotic is revisited. This prompts some philosophical thinking by the reader. Hopefully the author will continue to revisit this.

-There are a few new innovations of Nano tech created. Also, another form of production is discovered. I'm not sure why they haven't incorporated missiles into their arsenals. The Macros do not have any defensive lasers(I think) and would be highly susceptible. It would take some of the tension out of the battles, but that could always be compensated for by upping the scale of the conflict.

-For most of the book, the Macros just continue to show more of the same and remain predictable. Without seeing new things from them, they become less ominous and less imposing. However, eventually we see some new menace from the Macros that gives the idea of adaptive warfare by both sides. The idea of a different kind of Macro is brought up but never confirmed or disproved.

-Riggs continues with his typical pirate swagger. There are some moments of introspection where Riggs seems to question his tactics and even his motivations. However, overall the character is not really further developed from previous additions. He is still just as entertaining though.

-The only real negative is that the novel seemed to be playing catch up at the end.

Overall, this latest addition was very good and very difficult to put down. Right now the series is at a major crossroads and I'm excited to see which direction BV Larson will take in Empire.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Delightfully Entertaining 30 mai 2012
Par Diane Rivers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié

This series is SO much fun. It's got action, suspense, and lots of robot alien arse-kicking. At any point, I find myself laughing, pumping my fists, or biting my knuckles. If you want a straightforward fun, thrilling, military sci-fi adventure, then dive in and experience Kyle Rigg's intergalactic, heroic, and sometimes insane shenanigans.

(insert fan girl scream here)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Adequate and more of the same -- which is okay 5 juin 2012
Par Mike P. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The fifth book in the Star Force series (where a everyman human becomes a fleet commander defending the home world against a devious race of machines) offers of the same that the previous four offered: major battles in the stars and on planets, slight character tension between the hero, his girlfriend and a wannabe girlfriend, comraderie in a mild Star Wars fashion, sometimes interesting plot contrivances and occasional new species.

It's a solid, well paced reading -- if you liked the others, you'll like this, nothing more, nothing less. I noted that this one at 5.99 is a price increase...I would suggest that this is the top of the line for this series, if they start coming out at more than this, I'll pass.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 My guess is this book was rushed 1 novembre 2013
Par Christopher Bronson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have read all of the Star Force novels up to date (Swarm, Extinction, Rebellion, and Conquest). This is the fifth book in the series. I have to say it is apparent that this one was not given the same effort as prior novels.

Larson is frequently criticized for moving too fast. He doesn't take a lot of time to setup a satisfying background story or develop characters. Another minor criticism is that his story and character progression are too unbelievable to be taken seriously. I will talk in a little bit more detail about these critiques later, but suffice it to say that all of these problems were on major exhibition in this installment. I'm going to give one early example of a repeating theme throughout the book and will try to leave out details on the rest so I don't spoil it.

Kyle Riggs is off in a foreign solar system where he is engaged in a struggle to aid an alien race of biotics (called the Centaurs) rebuild their civilization after being exiled from their planets and sequestered off-world in a giant space station by the Macros (essentially a race of genocidal, biotic-hating robots). Without much in the way of planning or even any recorded person-to-person interaction between Riggs and one of the Centaurs (excluding short radio transmissions), you see the Star Force battalion already making moves by chapter 12 to capture a major Macro production facility. In the very short time period leading up to that point, Riggs has already flown through the "ring" (basically a mysterious wormhole conduit that allows fast-travel between far-away star systems) situated at the end of Eden into an unknown system. This is after telling the reader countless times that doing such a thing would be idiotic and potentially draw Macro aggression. As a side note, one of the most annoying things about the story at this point is how nervous Riggs is about the Macros being "triggered" to attack their colony by someone going through the ring while there is a large Macro presence on almost every single world in the Eden system. At any rate, Riggs space walks through the ring and discovers a brand new alien race of "crustaceans" he refers to as the Lobsters as captains of the long-lost Nano ships.

The first 12 chapters are annoyingly incomplete, and Riggs very briefly summarizes segments of the story that deserve much more care and full narration. The part with the "Lobsters" (supposedly a brand new alien race of water-dwelling crustaceans) was exceptionally ridiculous and made me almost stop reading right there. Riggs discovers a member of the new alien race aboard one of the pre-programmed Nano ships, beats him unconscious (as part of the "tests" the ship requires to allow control over them) and tries to demand that the ship not kill the concussed lobster. The ship then proceeds to do the thing where it heats the floor up to a very high temperature, burning the alien to death. Riggs comments that the smell is "mouth-watering" (I'm not kidding). This, along with the ever-changing personality of the robot "Marvin" (who accompanies him on the trip) made me wonder for a second if Larson was purposefully trying to derail the series. What starts as a semi-serious military sci-fi/"light" space opera begins morphing into something along the lines of a C-rated comic.

The conversation between the lobster race and Riggs afterward is also quite ludicrous but I won't go into details. Suffice it to say that I got the distinct impression that nowhere near as much thought was given to this part of the story compared to first contact events recorded in book #1 and especially in books #2 and #3 with the Worms and the Centaurs. I came away from those episodes feeling somewhat intrigued and perhaps even slightly attached to the universe that Larson was building. When compared to this whole episode, my thoughts that Larson may have rushed this novel started to solidify.

But aside from my problems with story progression, the incongruousness of the individual characters was quite annoying. First of all, I never fully bought Riggs as a military tough guy and strategic mastermind, given the fact that he is a college professor with no training, education, or (extensive) warfare experience. I was willing to ignore this little issue because the other elements of the story were entertaining, even if they weren't very believable. But in this book, Riggs seems a lot less stable and his personality seems to change from time to time without explanation. There is a scene in which Riggs asks one of his men to fly in front of a Macro missile to block it from knocking out millions of Centaurs. Riggs proceeds to watch the event unfold and then starts cracking jokes with Miklos, the previously stoic, overly-cautious second-guesser of Riggs. In this scene, Miklos doesn't seem to have any real objection to the death of human Star Force marine in order to save the Centaurs. It seemed that both of them were out of character for the entirety of this segment. But then again, when you are pumping out one novel after the other in a period of a few brief months, it is unlikely you have time to do any detailed analysis of hero congruity.

One character that doesn't seem to have undergone an Axis II-level shift of personality is Sandra. Just when you thought you were going to be able to take a breather from her (as she didn't initially leave earth with Riggs), she still finds her way into the action about mid-way through the story. In predictable fashion, she immediately starts interfering with operational control and pulling Riggs into awkwardly placed sex scenes at the most unbelievable moments. If you couldn't buy a computer science professor as military mastermind and chief defender of humanity, I don't see how you could buy an uneducated bimbo as a superhuman assassin and bodyguard (not to mention a seemingly welcome and frequent distraction to every single strategy session that Riggs has with his staff during a crisis). In my review of book #4 in the series, I stated that she nearly made it unreadable. In book #5, she is equally (if not more) annoying.

I remember reading BV Larson say that half of the stuff he has sold in the last couple years was written during that same time period. Apparently a good portion of Star Force was written before he was even a big seller on Amazon. I could tell from books #1-#3 that a good (but not great) deal of care and effort was put into plot and character development. It was not on the scale of what you would expect from the blockbuster writers of the genre, but the style still had some appeal nonetheless. Larson was far more concerned with avoiding sheer boredom with drawn-out background stories, technical minutiae, and overly-done descriptives. I have even come to appreciate that about Larson on some level, and his success as a self-published writer shows he has no shortage of appeal for his technique.

One the other hand, one has to wonder if his effort to release a new book in a variety of genres every other month is part of the reason this book seems so rushed. I'm not sure I will read the next in the series, but if I do I'm not expecting much of an improvement. The thing that is most aggravating is that Larson has the talent to be a good writer of space opera. He just needs the time to put in the level of care required to make the story believable to those of us who read science fiction regularly. This production is nowhere near his level of potential, and he undersold the reader and himself by putting it out in its woefully unfinished state.
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