Home World : Undying Mercenaries

  • by B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by Mark Boyett
  • Series: Undying Mercenaries
  • 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast empire that spanned the Milky Way.
When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill's legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path. Traveling to star systems no human has ever visited, he searches for a technological edge to beat the enemy before it's too late. Along the way he unleashes new terrors, triggering the biggest battles in human history.
Home World is the sixth book of the Undying Mercenaries Series, a novel of military science fiction by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

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More McGill, More Mayhem!

As a fan of B V Larson's work and the Undying Mercenaries series in particular, it was with great anticipation that I waited for book 6 of this saga to be released. I had stumbled across this fantastic series late and so was able to consume the first 5 books in rapid succession and having done so found myself at a loose end. In the interim I gorged myself on the entire Star Force saga from the same author in the hope that the prolific Larson would write the next Undying Mercenaries book but found that even after reading all the Star Force books as well as a couple of others Larson has penned that I was still eagerly awaiting the next in this series of stories. So, when I received the notification from Audible telling me of the new release that was entitled Home World and was book 6 in the Undying Mercenaries series, I immediately made my pre-order.

I read the book in less than 4 days not able to put it down I had been so long without my needed fix and in short I can say this next chapter in this saga was indeed worth the wait and gives us everything we have come to expect and love from the James McGill character which the book centres around as we follow his campaigns and adventures that are undertaken in the very unique and rather unorthodox manner we have all come to enjoy so much.

The publishers synopsis outlines the key story well enough so I shall not go into unnecessary details about the plot other than to state how much I enjoyed it. Larson has managed to maintain the consistency and quality we have come to expect from his writing and Home World is no exception. Larson always manages to pace his stories so well and keeps everything moving and interesting and is probably the sci-fi author that could well best have his books converted to the big screen as he never dwells on heavy tech or complex plot narratives. What I have always liked about Larson is just how accessible his science fiction stories are. he write straight forward stories that the reader does not need a physics degree to fathom as do some other authors of what I refer to as "heavy sci-fi" often do or get bogged down in overly philosophical content. Larson writes direct, understandable and entertaining science fiction and in the case of the Undying Mercenaries series also adds a degree of visceral and gritty elements which gives these stories a harsh edge at times. As with any series of books, I would strongly recommend that anyone reading this review that has not read all stories to this point in the saga that they should get the first book of this fantastic series, Steel World and get yourself off to a great start.

I really hope that the Undying Mercenaries saga runs for at least 12 books to at least match the sort of scale of the Star Force saga. My only minor gripe with the Star Force series was the very limited number of worlds explored considering the scope of the linked network. However, this series has a much larger range of worlds from which to make use of and especially now with the newest technological piece of equipment that allows FTL travel among the stars. Also, in this universe the key characters given their revival abilities are effectively immortal and so the author is not limited to either a normal human life span or the confines of stories that keep its characters out of mortal danger and so the very nature of the narrative can be that much more dynamic and dangerous.

Very pleasing to see the same narrator for this series, Mark Boyett, make a return. There's nothing worse than a different narrator being used within the same saga as it completely destroys continuity and so Boyett's return is very much welcome. This narrator has an excellent repertoire of voices and accents and remains very consistent managing to bring back to life all the key characters as we know them. One very minor point is that I seem to believe that the Keavy character was originally of Hispanic origin as I recall when first voiced several books ago but now seems to have an eastern European accent. Of course, I might be wrong on that count.

Overall the book is excellent but I did notice either a narrator issue on one or two words like saying "pursuing the report" rather than I suspect was actually "Perusing the report". More obvious was that in chapter 37 there was a clear continuity error from Larson. The Keavy character is hacked to death but less than five minutes later she wonders back now with just a broken ankle? I listened to this chapter again to verify this and indeed this was the case. Also, I was left scratching my head a little as to how the Claver character was revived so many times without any real explanation. Finally, in chapter 58 our hero, McGill, manages to get himself onto a distant world but the needed recharge to his suit required to get him back was not covered so I was left wondering how he did it. However, as critical an ear for detail as I have, none of the above minor points detracted from this enthralling story.

Finally, we are left with yet another situation of massive proportions looming on the horizon which could well cover the next few books in this series such is the potential scope of the possible threat and so, yet again, we the reader are left wanting more and having to wait an age. I will have to try and find another vast series of stories elsewhere now to tide me over until the next part of the Undying Mercenaries saga is written.

If you've red and enjoyed this series to date then getting Hone World is a "no brainer". Larson continues to excel with these books so I can only recommend this latest instalment whole heartedly.
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- S. Morris

2nd time I listened to this series

the ultimate audio scifi series. could well be the most successful scifi series on audible.
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- ANthony

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-05-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios