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Demon Star Audiobook

Demon Star: Star Force, Book 12

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Three stars, three worlds, three civilizations...one massive war. In a triple star system, not all planets are equal. When the Demon Star swings closest in her orbit, the Insectoids always invade. They raid the inner worlds with grim regularity, riding hordes of stealth ships in ever-growing waves. Their mission is to destroy all opposition - alien, human, or otherwise.

Cody Riggs, lost among an endless chain of interstellar rings, flies his task force of starships into the middle of an eternal struggle for survival between three civilizations. He takes it upon himself to help the more peaceful worlds, but only manages to bring disaster to all humanity. Demon Star is the twelfth book of the Star Force series, a novel of military science fiction by best-selling authors B. V. Larson and David VanDyke.

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    S. Morris London, UK 16/02/2016
    S. Morris London, UK 16/02/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Quite Right ..."

    Well, I've finally reached the end of the main Star Force series of books
    with the twelfth title, Demon Star. As with pretty much all the books in the
    series, this one continues right on from the previous which sees our hapless
    hero arrive in a star system with three races which are all very different
    from each other.

    In a way, this story is less satisfying than the previous one and for
    reasons I cannot put my finger on precisely. I don't know if the general
    undertone of the narrative was a little different in subtle ways perhaps due to
    a greater majority of the writing work being handed over to David Van Dyke
    now collaborating on the third book with B V. Larson or perhaps some other
    reason. Maybe it was just my personal impression that there was something
    not quite up to the standards seen before or maybe it was just a getting
    used to Larson's exciting prose and plot that I had acclimatised to and
    therefore felt I needed more. Either way, Demon Star didn't quite work as
    well for me as the previous two Cody Riggs Star Force books.

    In my previous reviews of the Cody Riggs stories I had been dubious of how
    the character had been written in that he seemed far too clever considering
    his inexperience and youth. He would often seem to exhibit wisdom well
    beyond his years as a matter of course in the most stressful of situations
    and come up with the right decision pretty much all the time it mattered. I
    had critiqued this character trait in the other two books but rather
    strangely I found that in Demon Star almost the reverse was now the case.
    Some clearly odd and ill judged decisions were made often against the advice
    of others which placed his crew into situations that could well have been
    easily avoided. Had this character flaw and inexperience been part of the
    first Cody Riggs story, Outcast, then it would have actually worked much
    better as it would have been far more realistic for a young freshly
    commissioned Ensign to be making such errors of judgement.

    On the positive, Larson has always excelled at his depiction of alien life
    and comes up with clever and different traits for the various species
    encountered in his books and we have three of them feature in this story.
    However, I would have liked it if Larson had developed the "Demons" a little
    more and gave us more insight into their motives and mindset. I felt there
    was a lot left unexplained as to why they did what they did and there
    appeared to be a hint at more to them given the fact they attacked the other
    two species on an annual basis and took lots of prisoners during the attack
    depicted in the story. I think an opportunity missed and something that
    would have been of great interest and added to the fabric of the story. We
    do see a prisoner taken and interrogated but other than a brief scene
    depicting this we hear nothing else of this captured alien at all thereafter
    which I feel was another wasted opportunity. In addition, the whale aliens
    described sound almost exactly the same in their appearance as those
    described on the water moon where Valliant's crew hid during Outcast as I
    recall and yet nothing was mentioned of this. This and other aspects to this
    story lead me to conclude that Demon Star was much less Larson lead or that
    it was a somewhat hurried project by the two writers.

    Still, in the Larson style, the combat scenes are well written and quick
    paced in a way that it seems clearly only Larson can write and this helps
    keep Demon Star moving nicely. Cody Riggs eventually gets his man in terms
    of the long running thread throughout the trio of Cody Riggs stories that is
    a "Who done it." sub-plot. The person responsible had been on my short list
    from the outset actually but the true nature of this individual and the
    extent to which their influence had spread like a cancer was a real surprise
    to me so hats off to the authors for pulling this off so well.

    We are left with a tantalising possible continuation to the Cody Riggs story
    but as yet, Larson has not chosen to go down this route - or not that I have
    yet come across. There are some spin-off or stand alone stories set in the
    Star Force universe but nothing I've seen so far to extend the series. The
    idea we are left with for the next possible chapter in Cody Rig's
    adventures would make for very interesting reading I'm sure.

    A few anomalies I found in this book spring to mind. A clear error was made in the writing when 40 light years was written when it should have clearly been 40 light hours based on the context of the distances within the star system. Also, I was rather confused by a statement at the start of this book that seemed to suggest that Hanson was not the XO or first officer despite him being promoted to that rank at the end of the previous story. However, he appears to be firmly in the role of XO thereafter so perhaps this was just me being confused in some way. For some reason the Valliant's AI voice is now female where as before it was always rendered as clearly male in the previous stories. This last oddity may be explained by the fact that it was alluded to that the ships AI was exhibiting learning traits and more personality but then why not clearly state that it had chosen a female voice now as part of that evolution?

    I also found this book to feature more obvious audio editing than the last in that we can clearly hear distinct differences between the main dialogue track and the inserted edits which is rather clumsy production in my opinion but to be fair, this is just me being my usual nit picking self when it comes to how I review a book.

    Despite plenty of action as is usual with Larson novels, I did find Demon Star less enjoyable than the previous two books featuring Cody Riggs. It still stands as a good read and by no means a poor story. Just not one of the best I've read from Larson and in no small part to the sudden rashness shown by the formerly insightful Riggs. Other plot elements were not explored as I've mentioned above which did reduce the depth of the story to my mind so not a five star effort I think in overall terms.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dave h 24/11/2015
    dave h 24/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "absolutely outstanding!"

    From star force book 1 with kyle rigs and all the way to this latest instalment with his son codi rigs, this series is the best I have listened to by far!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 16/11/2016
    Amy 16/11/2016
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    "Very enjoyable keeps you hucked and wanting more"

    fantastic book great listen always wanting more the stories line makes you want more fantastic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Neveoscar 05/07/2016
    Neveoscar 05/07/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"

    Throughly enjoyed this book. Just like the last 11 books it held my attention throughout. I really hope book 13 comes out real soon and Kyle Riggs comes out of retirement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan 03/05/2016
    susan 03/05/2016
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    "Very enjoyable keeps you hucked and wanting more"

    fantastic book great listen always wanting more the stories line makes you want more fantastic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sir swali 26/04/2016
    sir swali 26/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "More please!!"

    Oh how i wish Marvin/2.0 were real... The author has really described in detail and with humour what I've always suspected that form of an artificial construct to be, would. Loved every second of it! Next book B V! No resting on the success of this the latest in a long line of successful books in this series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 08/01/2016
    Dan 08/01/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Another consistently great book"

    I liked the detail in the plot the story line and action and also the Narrator who has narrated all of the previous Star Force books
    After struggling to find other good reads I was really pleased to find the author had released this book. I'm not disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darren 10/12/2015
    Darren 10/12/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Something's didn't add up"

    As usual the performance was great but this story did wrap up the story arc very well for me, therefore the first half of the book was good and the second half seemed to setup the next story arc but in a very sloppy way.

    However still a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John St Leonards on Sea, United Kingdom 01/12/2015
    John St Leonards on Sea, United Kingdom 01/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "I've never not enjoyed a Riggs book"

    and another great offering. not too sure about the end. upto 90 percent was fab, then... the final revelation I felt a tad weak. but I can forgive because I love these books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • D
    corona, ca United States
    06/04/16
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    "Riggs 2.0 comes full circle"

    The saga that began after book ten of the “Star Force,” series, the beginning of the Cody Riggs odyssey, finally reaches some closure in book twelve, “Demon Star. I found the first part of the series with Cody’s father, Kyles, a more compelling story but Cody’s “Lost in Space” adventure trying to find his way home after inadvertently going through a worm hole and encountering many different alien life forms while trying to find out who tried to murder him a story worth listening to. There are some interesting surprises while questions are answered and the ending leaves the door open for the series to continue.
    Mark Boyett is still consistently great as the voice of this series.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet Sharpe
    Nasville to Southern California United States
    20/11/15
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    "An action-packed Adventure full of story progression"

    This action-packed installment was my personal favorite of the series. Fans of the series will enjoy this installment and I found it to be full of action and story progression. Cody Riggs makes mistakes battles aliens all the while bargaining width Marvin The robot for help showing himself to be his father son in true. For my part the authors did a great job with making the story come full circle check it out I think you will enjoy it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • D. A. Gordon
    MOAB, UT, United States
    23/11/15
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    "Worth the wait!"

    I wanted to hear this book months ago, but I knew the audio wouldn't be released until November 17th. So I saved a credit and purchased Demon Star that day. I love this book. Really. I've heard all of them, but this one takes the cake. It is rewarding and never has a dull moment.

    I think every sci-fi fan should read these books, but even if they start with this one, it's a good place to begin. What a great book. Let's hear it for Cody and Marvin!

    Okay, now I'll be waiting for number 13. I hope Larson writes another dozen in the series - at least.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    20/11/15
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    "another great book "

    I can't wait to see what happens with Cody Riggs next . dose he get his command and go after the ships .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robert G.
    29/11/15
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    "Possible end point for the Kyle and Cody Riggs & nano-ship saga"

    This is book 12 and still fun and interesting. Of all exploratory/military science fiction not carried by a publisher. This book and the entire series was just amazing. The author starts with some very simple and believable technologies that are quite clearly on the horizon. And takes them to a fun speculative place that is populated by a wide variety of life forms. But what kept things from becoming boring like so much hard sci-fi is that the main characters were vivid and central. They were not just pawns for one mans speculation about an alien or tech scenario. And that along with lovable characters, well painted vicarious experiences from sex to nano injection to tightly drawn battle scenes, that make the reader effortlessly jump from book to book and not get bored. That they have been able to keep things fresh without too much redundancy for this many episodes is a real testament. Anyone who like military or light science speculation with lots of adventure will love these books. They were a genuine delight for me while I was needing the solace of a book, or in this case a well performed book on audio. Every book involves you, gives you a bit to speculate on, and lots to feel vicariously. Everything a well told story should do. I would recommend it to any Sci-fi reader or listener. Well written and terrifically performed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roald
    21/11/15
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    "Can't wait for the next book in this series!"

    Looking forward to the next book in this series. Well written books, That make you glue the headphones to your ears.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aussie in Japan
    Thailand
    03/01/16
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    "Great story line"

    I enjoyed this mates installment in the series. Mark doe his usual great job narrating and his ability to Change his voice and accent to depict the various characters in the story does a fantastic job of bringing them to life. The only thing about the story line that troubled me was that the character Kyle Riggs was not more involved. He appears briefly at the start and finish of the story. Based on his actions in previous novels I find it hard to believe he would stay in retirement and not take any action. I won't say anything more for fear of spoiling the story for others. Having said that if you are a Riggs and Star force fan I recommend this latest installment to you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SRacerWV
    Huntington, WV, United States
    03/12/15
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    "Was alright..."

    Mark Boyette gave a great performance as usual. But the story didn't keep my interest as the previous books had. I know this is a spin off off the original nano ship books, but something is missing. Open for a forth in the series, yes I'll buy that one too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tanner Nivert
    20/11/15
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    "aaah wow"

    let's just say I teared up in this book, not gonna spoil anything. A+ yup

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    19/11/15
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    "Nice Conclusion of this arc."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. I mean, i'd tell 'em to start at book 1... Cuz its decent popcorn scifi action!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Demon Star?

    The reincarnation of an old character.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Everything?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Something good.


    Any additional comments?

    My only real problem, is that Cody seemed bipolar as shit. Hes whiny, hes screamy, then hes super stable, then hes badass, then hes whiny, then... Eh.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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