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Extinction: Star Force, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Earth's Star Force Marines invade an alien world!

In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission - one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.

Extinction is the story of Earth's entry into an interstellar war between living creatures and machines. And to buy the peace, we've signed up with the machines.

Battle stations! Listen to another Star Force novel.

©2011 B. V. Larson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    J 08/06/2016
    J 08/06/2016
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    "enjoyable not as good as the first"

    enjoyable and didn't have to think too much.would recommend if you enjoy SciFi then give it a go

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    Mr 28/09/2015
    Mr 28/09/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "great book."

    Excellent 2nd book. What does book three have installed for readers. Good Read. next book.

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    se 23/09/2015
    se 23/09/2015
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    "Not as good as the first"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. Relaxing and interesting.
    Most of the time looking forward to what comes next.
    Some of the characters becoming predictable, hopefully the 'girlfriend' gets killed off quite quickly!


    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Accents for characters interesting. Some good, but some comically awful, especially the rather dubious ship voice.


    Was Extinction worth the listening time?

    Yes, not as good as the first but willing to give the third a try.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Morris London, UK 21/09/2015
    S. Morris London, UK 21/09/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "Better Than The First In The Series"

    I was in two minds whether to read this second book in the Star Force series
    after my rather ambivalent feelings regarding the first. however, I tend to
    give a first book in any series the benefit of the doubt if I'm not sure and
    so I purchased Star Force: Extinction to see if this series is worthy of
    continuing with. Don't get me wrong, I really like B V Larson's writing when
    I first came across his work in the Undying Mercenaries series but was a
    little under whelmed with the first book in the Star Force series in overall
    terms despite its promising beginnings.

    The second instalment of this series picks up directly where the first left
    off seeing our protagonist, Kyle Riggs, having negotiated a truce with the
    Macro's and now wondering just how he is going to deliver on that. This
    story is really a book of two halves as it were in story terms. The first
    part is very much like the first in terms of much of the key elements being
    present. I was becoming more and more hopeful that the irritating character
    of Crow would finally be expunged from this series until he makes an
    annoying re-appearance in chapter 11. The Sandra character is still pretty
    much just a sex object for Riggs and it seems whenever he's with her that he
    cannot think of much else but ogling her or having sex. In the best of
    circumstances this might be more understandable but there are several
    instances where Riggs remarks on her shapely form etc after having fought
    for his life! Kind of strange to me but hey, what do I know, I've never been
    in combat.

    Where this book redeems itself is in the second act that sees Riggs and
    company deliver on their deal with the Macros and head off to parts unknown
    to fight for their new machine task masters. This is where Larson excels in
    his depiction of strange alien worlds that have different types of stars
    shining in their skies than the yellow stars like our own Sol. Further,
    unlike a lot of pulp science fiction where the gravity on alien planets
    always seems to be the same as Earth's we find our Nano enhanced Marines
    land upon an alien world that is almost twice the gravity of our Earth, an
    unbreatheable atmosphere and a red giant star for a sun. The indigenous life
    too are anything but humanoid and pose a formidable adversary to the Riggs'
    ground pounders. Brutal and visceral fighting takes place and this is where
    Larson always manages to deliver as he does in the Undying Mercenaries
    books.

    We also find that the Macros appear to have some exotic faster than light
    speed travel technology which is depicted in an unusual way I thought
    interesting. Not entirely original, of course, but a different
    implementation that is not space based.

    Just a couple of minor plot anomalies I noticed in this story. The first was
    that it was stated that the language used by the Nanos and Macros was
    basically the same and yet in the first book Riggs had to do quite a bit of
    work to decode the language as his Nano ship had evidentially not been able
    to translate it. The second thing comes near the closing stages of the book
    where a character called Sloane is injured in his tank and has compound
    fractures to his legs as I recall. However, in just a few minutes he appears
    to be able to run along with a Nano filament without any difficulties. I
    know that Nano troops have a much faster healing ability than unmodified
    humans but this seems to me to be an error from Larson. As ever though, such
    minor observations do not affect my enjoyment of this story in the least.

    If the second part of this book is now the pattern for forthcoming stories
    in this series then I am going to be reading more of these books. If you
    were unsure, like me, after reading the first book in this series then I can
    recommend this one as I found it a much better and satisfying read than the
    first.

    I can see that Larson does appear to have gotten much of his inspiration for
    this and his undying Mercenaries combat narrative from the Starship Troopers
    movie. There was a line in this book that I had heard in the aforementioned
    film where Riggs tells a nervous officer that he has the job now until he
    dies or is replaced by someone better or words to that effect. I like this
    influence as it makes for a fairly rare breed of science fiction that isn't
    afraid to get down and dirty and avoid being overly cerebral.

    Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RP. 15/07/2015
    RP. 15/07/2015
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    "Let down by 2-d, stereotypical characters"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The sense of adventure is well captured but, as I say in the headline, it's let down by two dimensional characters; in particular Sandra's character; she is written as nothing more than an object of the main character's sexual desire. In fact, so far, the first and second volumes of the 'Star Force' have been passively misogynistic.


    Would you be willing to try another book from B. V. Larson? Why or why not?

    Hmmm. Maybe. I'd like to see how the story pans out but as the character interaction is simplistic and the misogyny irritating. I doubt these themes will change throughout the series so I'm not sure I'll bother. There's plenty more (and better) sci-fi in the sea...


    What aspect of Mark Boyett’s performance might you have changed?

    Sometimes his dialogue between the main character and Sandra is just outright creepy; I lost count of the amount of time I cringed. But then, this could be down to the writer, so, hey, possibly not Mark Boyett's fault and perhaps the best anyone could have done with the material.


    Do you think Extinction needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Smudger444 09/05/2015
    Smudger444 09/05/2015 Member Since 2016

    I am an absolute lover of SiFi & Crime. and have the imagination to put myself in a story. Many thanks to Audible for supporting my Library.

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    "Brilliant"

    This is a great following story in the series. longer than previous books and so worthy of a 5star review. on to the next.

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    Damon Birch 04/01/2015
    Damon Birch 04/01/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "loved it"

    great story. looking forward to reading the next book in the series. it's simple easy to follow but great plot

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom 25/10/2014
    Benjamin STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom 25/10/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Good clean alien fun"

    Was looking for more after the first book but this was still good, enjoyable and fun. This is not complex scifi but fun and fluffy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mara 07/07/2014
    Mara 07/07/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Good continuing of the story"

    In general - to say very short - if you liked the first book in the series, you'll like this one too.

    I think that this book is a very well made continuing to the first one. What I liked most about it is that at the very beginning of the book there were no usual phrases "and after a week... month... year... since the last book ended, happened this and that". No, there was a feeling like you never had put down the first book at all, it continued just were it had left us, in the exact spot. I loved that fact because that way I didn't lose any of the details of the story as a whole. It really helps to blend in with the main character, too.

    I have to admit that sometimes the surprises in the book were unexpected like it was supposed to be but sometimes you were waiting for the main character to at last see what you already predicted long ago. But I didn't let it ruin the joy of reading the book. :) Starting the next one in the series already. ;)

    And like I said when I reviewed the first book, the narrator is just amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander Doha, Qatar 02/07/2013
    Alexander Doha, Qatar 02/07/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "A good follow up to the first book"

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series. It had a reality about it that some other science fiction lacks. I haven't been a big fan of SF in the past for this reason. The first book captured my imagination and I found the alien invasion believable and consequently fascinating. My fear for the second book is that it could have easily moved in to the fantasy realm. Thankfully my concerns were unfounded. The second book is great. Exciting and progressing the story well.

    I will be buying book 3 very soon!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrew
    ALLEN, TX, United States
    16/11/12
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    "The Kyle Rigs Show"

    Kyle Rigs is special. He's the sort of hero who knows better than everyone, about pretty much everything. If an officer gives an order, he'll countermand it. Sure hell do the same thing later, but he's Riggs. He's so smart that he's not only better than anyone else to run the new tech, he's better than all other people combined. These are the glaring and reoccurring things. Leave aside failing to remember little bits of science like inertia. That's okay, he's The Riggs and not bound by foolish things like planning, military disciple, or a rudimentary appreciation of self replicating factories. Thinking and behavior that could be excused in the surprise and crisis of the first book continue on a larger and more costly scale.

    33 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • A. Massey
    Kennesaw
    14/07/13
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    "Much less than it could have been"

    This is the seconds book in the Larson's Star Force series. I liked the direction the first book took, I thought there were some interesting things the series could explore and decided to ignore the problems with the first book and see where the second book went. Well now I know, we went to lazyville. Lawson must have written this book in about a week. The plot is silly, the characters are flat and the science has left the building.

    Very sad, this could have been a very interesting series. I think Larson has the ability to write a much better book. But for some reason he just seems to be cranking out these books like cheap romance novels. Maybe that is how a writer needs to pay the bills these days - Volume. I think there are about another 9 books in this series, but I am in no hurry to read the rest.

    On the brighter side, Mark Boyett did a great job narrating the book!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    Aurora, CO, United States
    24/05/13
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    "Too much Superhero"
    What disappointed you about Extinction?

    The first book was really good, but in this one, Kyle Riggs was a little too great. This guy does everything but leap tall buildings.


    Any additional comments?

    I doubt that I will read anymore in this series.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Jerry Morelock
    Knoxville, TN United States
    01/02/15
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    "Rip AND Roaring"

    This series so far hasn't sent me into periodic episodes of deep contemplation and introspection, but it HAS provided one helluva lot of fun. So long as you don't try to think too deeply about various premises and events and just go with it, you're in for some quality, good ol' SF entertainment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Share Faerber
    St. Louis, MO, US
    01/09/12
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    "Enjoyable Scifi, Marines in space."

    I think there are a lot of interesting ideas and concepts. I enjoy this series, but it is not one that I wait all year for the next one like the destroyermen and lost fleet series'.
    Also I find the commander's girlfriend very annoying. Obviously the author identifies with his hero so he gave him a beautiful 23 year old bimbo with a great body and limited brains, that loves sex, for his companion.
    I could really do without that character.
    Some of the other characters are really great characters. I love Jack and the general. Most of the others just are placeholders for the story with no depth.
    The story is really the star of the books.with many twists and surprises. The technology is interesting and The books keep my interest, but I don't think I will re read the series when the next one comes out as I do with the In Death series or the destroyermen books.

    Good, enjoyable, worth the credit but forgettable afterwards. not 5 stars

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • NHgirl
    NH
    04/11/16
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    "What a waste of time!"

    Really? Book one wasn't that bad but book 2 was horrible. I kept hoping it would get better but it never did. Everybody on the planet is an idiot except for the main character who knows everything about everything. And his girlfriend???? Was there ever a more annoying character? Jarjarbinks I guess would be the only one who could top her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mario C.
    24/05/16
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    "Meh"

    The story is OK, but something is missing. The main character's personality changes significantly even though Star Force #2 picks up immediately where Star Force #1 it left off. Riggs goes from being a creative computer science professor to an arrogant commander, physics guru and master astronomer without explanation.

    The book is like eating Taco Bell at 3:00am, you regret the engagement after the first bite, but decide you might as well finish.

    Could have been worse.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victor Robles Torres
    Coconut Creek, FL, US
    07/01/15
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    "Very exacting battle chapters."

    Lots of action and very good story line. I'm looking forward to listen to the other books on the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MoneyMaynard
    WV USA
    31/12/14
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    "good listen."

    enjoyed this book. listened to while book in two nights. cant wait for next book in the starforce series. kudos

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Erick
    United States
    29/10/13
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    "A continuation of awesomeness!! Makes you think"
    What made the experience of listening to Extinction the most enjoyable?

    Solid plot, always on your seat, sense of wonder.


    What other book might you compare Extinction to and why?

    The Flood, another series about a realistic possibility.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle at the end of course.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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