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. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world. Tau Ceti, better known as Tech World, is the central trading capital of Frontier 921. McGill figures he’s lucked out. The assignment looks dull but luxurious. Tau Ceti boasts a planet-wide city with a trillion inhabitants, all of whom are only interested in making a few credits. But all is not well on Tech World. The Empire is crumbling, an invasion is coming, and McGill’s easy ride through life and death has come to an end.
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By S. Morris on 02-09-15

Hooked

OK, I admit it .... I'm hooked. No, really hooked on these Undying
Mercenaries books. I've just finished reading Tech World, the third in the
series and I've just had to read each book one straight after the other.
I've read all three books in less than a week which might give you some idea
of how good I think these stories are.

I've read quite a few science fiction novels in my time and many of them
have indeed been every bit as enjoyable as Tech World and its two previous
books in the series. However, what I would have to say is that B V Larson
manages to pack in as much interesting story into his books as some other
authors take twice as many pages to achieve. it's quite rare for an author
to grab the reader right from the first page and then hold their interest
constantly for the entire book. Nowhere in Tech World did I find my
attention wandering as has happened while reading other stories. Larson
doesn't waste words on unnecessary character expansions, lengthy thought
processes or rambling dialogue for the sake of it as some do. Larson's
narrative is efficient and as such there's not an ounce of fat to trim here.
Chapter after chapter were relevant, interesting and just kept me wanting to
read on and on. Larson could not be accused of writing overly thought
provoking or cerebral stories but what he does do is get the reader engaged
in the narrative and then keep things moving and relevant.

In this third instalment Larson again manages to draw the reader into the
vivid and very alien cultures and once more we find our hapless heroes up to
their necks in death and destruction. Tech World is perhaps a little more
subtle than the previous two books in the series in terms of the nature of
the hoards of aliens now wanting to do bloody murder to legion Varus but the
nature of the fighting is just as relentless and brutal once all hell breaks
loose.

It is best to read these books in the correct sequence so if you are someone
that hasn't read the previous stories in the Undying Mercenaries series then
I would urge you to get into this great set of stories by picking up Steel
World followed by Dust World. Larson brings back into play a story element
seen in the previous book that left us a tantalising hint of what the
Galactic Empire might face in the not too distant future and sure enough
Larson picks up on this thread in the latter stages of Tech World to great
effect. Just when you thought the main plot was done with we are met with a
new situation that is not good news for Earth to say the least.

Tech World differs from the previous stories in the nature of the threat
facing McGill and his legion and more of a detective element is present in
terms of finding what has happened to provoke the attacks on the
legionnaires. McGill, as ever, finds himself in the centre of a maelstrom of
trouble as usual and comes up with his own way and unique style of dealing
with his situation. It has been said by one reviewer that the characters in
these books are paper thin but to my mind so was I when I was 23 or so.
Chasing women, drinking and being rather reckless and doing stupid things
sometimes are all a hallmark of youth and I think Larson has got the key
characters right and not fallen into the trap so many authors do of trying
to make them somehow much more mature or complicated than their years should
really allow. It's McGill's roguishness combined with his charm and outright
courage at times that makes him appealing. he's not perfect, he does do dumb
things and he is distracted by women too often perhaps but he does think for
himself too. All these good and questionable traits too make for a more
believable character to my mind. McGill's commanding officers too are also
largely stereotypes and conform to what you might expect of them. However,
I'll bet that many real-life officer types within the hard fighting infantry
units of many forces would indeed fulfil the same stereotypes too.

A word on the narration. Mark Boyett does an excellent job as ever and I'm
glad to find that he is narrating all the books so far in this series. I've
only noticed two mistakes thus far in his rendering of the story to date.
One that was present in this and the previous book on one or two occasions
was the misreading of the alien race, the "Skrull" as skull. The other thing
I noticed was that the accent used for a character not seen since the first
book, a Centurion Thompson, was now generic North American rather than the
clipped British accent used originally. Still, two very minor things in my
book given the overall top quality narration seen here.

As with the previous books, Tech World leaves the reader and the story in a
state of baited breath as we want to find out what happens next earnestly.
So, I'm about to purchase three more credits just for the pleasure of
getting the next two books in the series as I just cannot wait for close to
a month for my next credit! however, once I finish book 5 in the series I
really don't know what I'm going to do. Perhaps Audible should find me some
sort of rehab I can go into to help deal with the wait until the next book
is released!

Another thoroughly enjoyable read from Larson, need I say more?

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Smudger444 on 22-04-15

Can't stop reading

This series Undying Mercenaries is so good im loosing sleep. I just cant stop listening.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By D on 13-12-14

Dying isn’t enough this time

Now that earth has become enforcers for the Galactic Empire in this part of the universe Specialist James McGill and Legion Varus have been assigned guard duty on a High Tech Planet called Tau Ceti, better known appropriately as Tech World; but even before they can embark on their mission some political infighting and McGill’s uncontrollable need to express his opinion lands him in trouble again.
Once matters are somewhat settled McGill and Legion Varus ship out for Tau Ceti where dying isn’t enough this time as the mercenaries must cope with greed and corruption on a planetary scale. As usual McGill will take it upon himself to make choices and decisions that could affect all of humanity as possible big changes concerning the entire Galactic Empire are coming to light.
B.V Larson’s main concept of re-growing bodies and retrieving memory leads to some interesting sub-plots in this latest installment in his series. From previous books we have learned that there are rules set in place regarding “Re-growths.” A person must be verified to be deceased before a new grow can occur to prevent multiples of the same person for instance, and if one does not die over the years it is recommended that the data banks be updated so a person doesn’t come back looking ten or fifteen years younger; both of these scenarios are explored in this book.
The narrator, Mark Boyett, gives another good performance and I look forward to the next book.

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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Caleb on 01-12-14

Fun story but left me irritated

Performance. Mark Boyett did a fantastic job and I enjoyed his narration.

Story: This is an extension of the series, which I have enjoyed so far. Throughout the series McGill has done some crazy stuff. He is a troublemaker, a virtual slave to his passions, and a generally heart-of-gold type guy.

This installment was just as good as the previous two, and the first 2/3 of the book was great.

The last 1/3 really illustrates how much a slave to his passions McGill is. He follows his personal code and emotional state without looking back.

Without spoilers I'll just say that, in the previous books, he puts his own welfare on the line to help others, and convinces his friends to help when needed. In this installment he begins putting the lives and welfare of others on the line without their consent. It turned me off to his character. I don't know that it's inconsistent with the previous McGill, but I think it's certainly illustrative of a protagonist I'm no longer interested in.

I doubt I'll be buying the next installment.

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