What enemy could be more terrifying than a soulless, alien machine?
A year ago the Kher Empire was forced to retreat, but they were not beaten. In Orion Fleet, they return with a new weapon. A huge ship driven by AI begins methodically grinding inhabited worlds to dust. This unstoppable enemy is without fear or remorse, and the Rebels begin a desperate battle just to slow its advance.
Leo Blake takes Earth's first warship into space to find a counter to this deadly new attack. The Imperial Fleets take notice of Earth's interference, and they're intent upon revenge. Even if he wins, Blake might have doomed our homeworld.
Orion Fleet is the second book in the Rebel Fleet series, military SF by best-selling author B. V. Larson.
©2016 B. V. Larson (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
A great follow up I finished this in a couple of days. The ongoing storyline is well written and leaves you longing for more....
I hope the author is busy with the plot development for another book. If your a sci-fi fan give this series a go.
Being a big fan of B V Larson, it was pretty much a "no brainer" to go ahead and purchase book 2 in his new Rebel Fleet series. I had very much enjoyed book 1 and so was ready for another enthralling story. Unfortunately, I didn't quite find this in this second book.
Firstly, I found that the story took quite a while to really get interesting. The first book immediately captured my interest with the mystery unfolding as the gripping plot developed. Alas, not so in Orion Fleet. Having said this, I do realize that once the key characters have been defined and the stage set that it is often difficult to maintain the mystery and pace of the first in the series and this story appears to have fallen into this category it pains me to say. That is not to say that Orion Fleet isn't a decent enough story in itself but I did feel that the premise had rather run out of steam somewhat.
I've found that with this slightly lighter fare from Larson that books seem to peter out around the third or fourth instalment. The initially promising "Lost Colonies" series from Larson demonstrated this having fizzled out at book 3 after running it's course. Conversely, Larson's more visceral and gritty works such as the Star Force and Undying Mercenaries series run into around 12 and 6 books respectively. I am left wondering if Larson likes to venture off into smaller projects from time to time to give himself a break from the harder hitting books. Larson is a prolific writer and I was amazed to see just how quick book 2 in this series was released but I did feel that Orion Fleet was a little light on plot and was perhaps a "filler" to a certain extent for contractual purposes which Larson wouldn't be the first author to do. yes, it was entertaining at times but I felt there was more promise to be had that was not taken advantage of. For example, it would've made for a fascinating series of chapters if Leo Blake and crew had managed to venture inside the massive automated hunter ship but we quite literally scratched the surface on this. What also points to perhaps a rushed job was the entirely derivative nature of the key antagonist in the plot namely the automated hunter. For any of you reading this familiar with the original Star Trek TV series from way back in the 60's then you will instantly recognize this "Hunter" as a "Planet killer" as seen in the episode "The Doomsday Machine.". So derivative in fact that it's systematic chewing up of planets in a star system and even a proposed method of killing such a machine was identical in nature to the 50 year old Star Trek episode. To younger listeners this will all be new and very clever but to those like me who have lived a half century and seen it all before, it's far from original. Now that's OK if this book were to take us into the heart of the machine and explore it's miles of interior spaces and perhaps many hidden and exotic mysteries but Larson didn't exploit this element and missed a great opportunity. Sure, there were minor differences in this Hunter from the classic Trek episode foe but the idea is exactly the same. There's nothing wrong with lifting an old idea but it wasn't sufficiently expanded upon to justify that sort of piracy. I will hold out hope that this might well be fixed in the next book and it does indeed appear that there will be a next in this series.
For me, the writing had a few errors and some character contradictions too which also pointed to perhaps a rather rushed effort from Larson. Firstly, the phase ship that Earth had constructed that Blake and crew use was stated to be a vessel that lived in space and wasn't designed for atmospheric entry. however, this doesn't stop said ship from being constructed on Earth and launched into space like a conventional rocket. It also doesn't stop it from landing on another world in a similar fashion. Oh, but towards the end of the book this feat is allowed in "emergencies". Hmmm ... sounds a bit thin to me and smacks of a bit of bad story cohesion. next up, I might be mistaken but there was a section in the story where Leo and crew had to depart their carrier escort quickly and had left a key crewman behind in the hurry to leave. Strangely, this crewman makes an appearance complete with tablet in hand having spent time in his quarters analysing data. Another odd thing was that I felt sure that the "Friend or foe" system which generated gravity waves to fool the "Hunter" had been ripped from Blake's ship by him and sent out an airlock only to be employed again soon after? In addition, I felt that the voicing of the Urssan character wasn't the same as that in the first book being less sarcastic or adversarial in tone. Perhaps I am picky or even in error in some of these observations but this is what I took as being flaws in this story.
In addition, I also felt a bit confused at the Urssan' character chiding Blake for his cowardess for not wanting to head into a suicide mission, then berate him for being foolish for wanting to pursue an enemy. This cycled back and forth a couple of times so was rather an inconsistent characterization.
I do like Larson's work and the thing about a great author is that they are always judged against their own best work. My perception of Orion Fleet might have been marred by having just come away from reading the fantastic "Columbus Day" best seller so some of my complaints about this book might be slightly biased. I will definitely get the next in this series as although Orion Fleet was a little disappointing for me, it was still a worthwhile read in its own right so I don't want to put potential readers off this title. It's just that you might not find this second instalment quite as good as the first.
A fair read if rather unsatisfying.
B.V. Larson can't write a interesting and likeable main character. if you found the Kyle Riggs from star force frustrating sexist and a over all duck you will not like this mine character has well.. just the like star force the first book was very interesting with great promise but just become dumb and dumb has the books continued. the same thing is going to happen to this series has it contains the author can not find a good balance in the main character. there so much plot holes in the story line that its frustratingly stupid. I get the fact you have to suspend your disbelief but there is only so much you can take before you start noticing everything that is wrong with this writing.. I have only read two series by B.V. Larson and I had the same problem with both of them if only could get my money back...
Really enjoying this series. If you are a fan of StarForce or the Undying Mercenaries and his other works you will not be disappointed in this. Mark does a great job as always with the narration.
Can't wait for the next one
I prefer Science Fiction, but have been known to stray into other areas. I'm a retired Veteran - Aircraft Engineer.
5 stars for the story line, the atmosphere, the characters and the narration. I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the next in the series.
"Finally B.V. Larson is back!"
This is B.V. Larson best work jet and the story of Orion Fleet just keeps on getting better. It's fun and it is a great read.
If you liked B.V. Larson first books in the Star Force serie then you will like this one. I have to say B.V's books realy went downhill after Star Force book 9 after that I really don't know what B.V was trying to write it was just bad. So i'm glad he's back and please give us more books in this serie!
Mark Boyett makes this book come alive.
"BV does it again with Mark "
One of the most beautiful twisted minds in sci-fi, accompanied by unparalleled narration, not a lul point in the entire book, just like undying mercenaries.. Wtg guys
"It was really fun!"
Great science fiction coupled with an interesting story. I highly recommend it for people who like a good medium length book that moves quickly.
"Goor fun but..."
I am still wondering why when B.V. Larson tries to make someone sound extra smart he actually only makes him sound like an idiot. The doctor in the book is always jumping to stupid conclusions and sounds like a complete idiot at times. It is irritating, not enough to make the book bad, it's still a fun ride but I wish he would stop doing that. Loved the book and am looking forward to the next one.
"An excellent continuation of the series"
It really rated 4.5+ stars but because it lacked the same level of excitement, outrageousness and character dynamics as book 1, I didn't feel comfortable giving a 5 star rating. Even so, this book moved the series forward quite a bit. There was the introduction of a number of new human scientists and earth flight crews and the conflicts between the original 5 crew members and the new personnel unpredictable; especially for anyone who was familiar with how this played out in the Star Force series. There was also additional Kher species added and another, more circumspect, one.
Will longingly wait for book 3 in the series.
"I Really Didn't like Leo"
I loved the story, it's fast paced and fun. I went from sort of liking Leo, to being really annoyed, the man has no depth. He does not respect anyone but himself.
"Not literature but a fun listen"
The science is a thin and the characters flat but the plot is tons of fun. I enjoyed to book a good deal.
"Formulaic, and he just phoned it in"
I quite enjoy his other books, but he did almost nothing new in this one. I never got a feeling that he knew what he was talking about, and he never convinced me that if any major points.
He did use a lot of the old lines about how his days in the military allowed the main character to make assumptions, but it sounded false.
B.V. Larson has given us another heroic tale of adventure into the unknown with compelling characters and crafted plot.
B. V Larson is an amazing story teller. This book and the last have been a very enjoyable adventure to listen to. Great character development, which helps you to believe and care about the characters. Mark Boyett's reading, with voices, brings the characters to life. I'm highly looking forward to the next book in the series, along with Boyett's narration. Two big thumbs up to this series.
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