Kyle Riggs has been away from Earth for a long time... but that's about to change.
In Storm Assault , the eighth book of the Star Force series, the story moves in a new direction. Massive fleets are built by both Star Force and the Imperials - but there is a third player in the game: the Blues.
A three-way battle for the known star systems breaks out, with the fates of many worlds and species hanging in the balance. Riggs realizes he must destroy his enemies before they destroy him. Seeking justice and revenge, he gathers his strength and ventures out on a mission of conquest from the Eden System. Humanity must fight to survive, and Riggs is the right man for the job.
Storm Assault is a military science-fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson. To listen to the series in its entirety, start with Swarm (Book 1).
©2013 B. V. Larson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Storm Assault is the eighth in the Star Force series and yet again B V Larson delivers the goods. I'd have to say that I enjoyed the previous book, Annihilation slightly better as that dealt with direct conflict and hand-to-hand or should that be hand-to-appendage combat with the machines in the form of the Macros. However, Storm Assault is another enthralling read from Larson and I've yet to be disappointed in any of his stories. Sure, some of them are slightly more enjoyable or action packed than others but on the whole there is not a bad book in the series at all which in itself is a testament to the authors ability to churn out these books in rapid succession and all of high quality.
Storm Assault (Cool title by the way) sees Riggs finally turn his attentions toward Earth and dealing with the megalomaniac dictator, Emperor Crow. This has been a long time coming but Larson has rightly taken his time and wove a story that has built to this point in a natural and believable way rather than rush events along too quickly. No story spoilers here but I will say that I am starting to feel a little sad to be approaching the end of this series which I think runs to 12 main books in the Star Force series discounting spin-offs and stand alone stories set within the same universe. I am waiting on Larson to publish the next in the excellent Undying Mercenaries series which I hope Audible has before I reach the end of this series. I will also have to seek out other works by Larson to try and tide me over in the meantime.
Storm Assault sees Larson bring in a new and viscerally terrifying combatant that only Larson can come up with. He has inserted something akin to what we might find in one of his Undying Mercenaries series of books. Larson has a way of coming up with highly imaginative and horrible things that strike primal fear into the average human. Many science fiction authors tend to shy away from the more nightmarish creation that this writer comes up with in favour of more cerebral constructs and this is another reason why I've come to enjoy Larson's work so much. His plots are easy to comprehend and will not leave you requiring a PhD in science and / or philosophy to understand which makes for a refreshing change to some of the heavier science fiction out there.
Any review I write wouldn't be quite complete without my mention of some errors which in this case I would have to say point toward Larson as the author slipping up. I was confused when I first heard mention in this book of the "Blues" home planet as being "Eden 11". I felt certain that I had heard this as Eden 12 in previous books and found out later in this book my feelings were correct when it was stated once more as being Eden 12 where the Blues come from. It was also stated when referring to a new nasty that Crow had made that they had found these crawling about the hull of the Defiant. The Defiant had been lost earlier in the book and I suspect the ship should've been the Relentless instead. As before, I only point these very minor errors out for the sake of completeness and to say that if Larson's publishers would like to give me a job proof reading his books that I'd be more than happy to do so!
Storm Assault leaves us at story's end with an entirely new situation for Riggs and this paves the way for the following book which I will be downloading as soon as I post this review!
Another recommended read from B V Larson.
This is yet another thrilling episode of star force from B V Larson. Perfectly read by Mark, giving you the most pleasurable story every time.
"The Emperor must DIE!"
I am shocked. Fans who've been following the series know that Krowe needs to be taken down and now it's about to happen. But it's not JUST Emperor Krowe and the Imperialists Kyle has to worry about. The Blues have been up to no good and show their hand before Kyle and crew can even make it out of the Eden system to return to earth.
What new abomination has The Blues created this time. How can they possible return to Earth and overthrow Krowe? What kinds of traps has Krowe laid for them along the journey back? What new creatures will we meet? What woman will Kyle choose? What's Marvin going to get into?
This is what we've all been waiting for and it isn't predictable and doesn't disappoint. I can't wait for more. I missed Sandra though. What a loss.
As always Mark Boyett does a phenomenal job narrating. I really enjoy his voice for Marvin and The Blues. He really brings out the humor.
"Decent story author still sucks at women"
Again Larson gives a decent science fiction story but holy crap this guy just cannot write female characters. They're all crazy, whores or both. And the love scenes are so ham fisted and tacked on. He needs to stay away from these or get an editor to help him. Glad he avoided talking about women crossing their arms under their breasts (who says that?). This story was less repetitive than the previous book but he could've cut a good hour out of it for the same effect. He's improving but needs an editor to be good.
"Can't take anymore."
Learn more about basic command and tactics
I enjoyed the series at first but the as it progressed the series has mainly come to resemble a 12 year old boys fantasy more than anything else.
"Riggs Pigs return to Earth"
Seeing the Blues attempt to fight back.
Crow and Riggs meeting after all the years, and seeing what Crowe had done to himself in his fear over Riggs and Star Force.
General Kerr being caught by Star Force.
When Crowe attempts to kill Jasmine.
A good book. Again you can see its just a set up book for whats to come. But its by no means a bad book!!! Riggs has grown and changed a lot since the beginning. He is still having to come to terms over Sandra and hopefully with this he can finally close that chapter and move on to face the Macros and Blues. The Macros have been awfully quiet and I think they will be back with a vengeance since they failed to take Earth.
The EIGHTH book in this series and I still couldn't stop listening until it was finished! I listened to it straight through! THAT is the way to write a series!!!
I was impressed with the way Mr. Larson finished the book too... It could be a "Solid Ending", OR it could continue!
WAY TO GO LARSON!!!!
"Awesome and inventive"
This was a nice end to an epic series that didn't seem too self indulgent. Very well done. When's book 9 coming out ? i want to know what's going to happen to the Macros and Blues and The Herd, the worms and all the others.....
Sandra's death, rebirth, then second death and rebirth and third death...
Do more Starforce books.
"Frustrating Let down with Crowe"
Kyle Riggs can't possibly be as genius as he is with military strategy and as much of a baboon as he is made out to be with Crowe. It's so frustrating and angering that his character doesn't speak out to share the truth with the world at large. I wish I never started this stupid series.
Not this series
"Entertaining story but frustratingly stupid hero"
This books targeted audience is someone with the intelligence of a 12 year old boy.
The basic concept of the series was very creative and the alien species development is actually fairly good and entertaining.
But the hero has every characteristic of a horrible leader.Stubborn beyond belief.ArrogantStupid eager to kill off men without a good reason to do sounwilling to listen to adviceTears down the moral of his teamemotionally unstable Unable to learn simple obvious lessons from his repeated mistakes.(these characteristics have continually worsen as series progress)Victory is usually achieve by the hero denying reality long enough for it to magically change. Either the enemies weakness change or actual physics of armor/weapons change. reads like a really cheep action movie where the hero wins in spite making extraordinarily stupid mistakes that hand victory to the bad guys. But then by shear stubborn will power manages to pull off an unrealistic victory.
"Riggs is homeward bound"
With the 8th installment of Star Force, Riggs finally makes the decision to save Earth from Crowe. This time out, the design of ever more esoteric nanotized military hardware takes a backseat to political musings and truly alien inventions. Needless to say, nothing goes as planned for Riggs, but he remains ever the opportunist and creates creative solutions for both his new worst enemies, the blues, as well as the Earth defenses.
This time out gravity manipulators are exploited. At the same time Earth has been busy on its own with nightmarish creations of cyborgs as well as as redefined biology. The conclusion is satisfying on many levels and has Riggs entering a new phase of his career, but one that is likely not to be interesting to recount in the future. Alternatively, perhaps Riggs may eventually develop that wanderlust and return to the stars one day for more adventures.
The narration is adequate and complements the pace and style of the story.
"THE END. or. . . ."
I know this book isn't the last one in the series. I have kindle unlimited and I have 12 already downloaded. you can pay just $2 to ADD the audio book if you get the book (free) with kindle unlimited but it says you can't borrow the audio book for free as part of your Kindle unlimited. I think 2 of the 12 series will cost you $2. I paid $17 each for the first 4 so that's ok with me.
The story was kind of monotonous for the last couple books but it gets interesting in this book. If the author were to end it here it would be perfect. This seems very much to he the end. I wish I could tell everyone about BV Larson. Mark Boyett is the best narrator I've EVER listened to.
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