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Summary

At long last, Earth has a handful of starships. Surrounded by Rebel Kher, Imperials, and the mysterious Nomads, humanity dares to assert our right to independence.  

The interstellar community reacts harshly. In the eyes of our neighbors, we’re upstarts, dangerous beings who don’t know our place.   

For the Kher, freedom can only be won through battle. War fleets arrive to instruct us, and Captain Leo Blake is again sent out to voyage among hostile stars.   

We’re far from ready, but the time has come. It’s game on.

©2018 Iron Tower Press, Inc. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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And then there is a time to move on....

Unfortunately this series is one book too many. As a Larson fan, this is very hard for me to say, but i think its time to move swiftly on.....

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Another great offering

B.V.Larson and Mark Boyett come together again in the next rebel fleet instalment.
For the fans, it’s more of the same, the story continues and I haven’t been able to put this one down, two days and I’ve listened to it all.

If you enjoyed the first three books then you’ll love this episode.

Stroll on book five.

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another one

this is so similar to the others. the charicters are too repetitive now saying the same things with the same feeling over and over just in a different location

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Unsatisfying

I like Larson's work but I have to say that apart from the first in this series, the Rebel Fleet books have been somewhat disappointing to me. The premise started well and I found it nicely paced and above all a page turner. It had mystery, action and was full of interesting character dynamics. However, once that first book was out the way I feel that the following instalments have been far less appealing with this and the previous in the series being below par for Larson in my opinion Sure, they are fine as basic stories go but they lack the punch and interest I've come to expect from this author. For all of this story's 60 chapters, I feel that not an awful lot happened. In other words, the overall plot was pretty thin and basic even for a Larson science fiction book. I do like Larson straightforward approach to his stories but this is a little too far in that direction.

I much prefer his Undying Mercenaries saga which is far more appealing to me with its visceral life and death struggles and complex political machinations. In the Star Force, Undying Mercenaries and this Rebel Fleet series Larson's central character is very similar. He is both a ladies man and a trickster able to bluff his way out of dire situations. I suppose this might give his books a somewhat unpolitically correct alpha male lead character more reminiscent of the old Captain Kirk in his 1960's TV adventures which can be refreshing if rather simplistic in our more complex times. The Star Force and Undying Mercenaries books, however, make lesser use of these fundamental traits and so it makes it look as if Leo Blake is pretty much a one trick pony with little in the way of real depth. In itself this might be acceptable but what this story lacks is any real personal danger. I liked the first in this series and to a lesser degree the second as they presented Blake with personal danger having to use his wit and guile to fight off multiple foes. Not so here which is a shame.

To me, it feels as if these series of books have become a labour of love for Larson perhaps as a result of some contractual commitment to complete a set minimum number of these, I don't know. Things feel a bit lacklustre as if Larson is on autopilot and is churning out something to be able to move on to something else. He is a prolific writer for sure but it can make for some sloppy errors in is writing such as near the start of chapter 41, I believe, where a nomad dissolves onto the deck of Devilfish when in fact they were aboard Hammerhead. Just a few sentences later it is mentioned that they are on Hammerhead so this, in my opinion, is unacceptable carelessness. I think there may have been another error but in fairness I cannot say for sure. It seems to me s if an injured bridge officer by the name of Ensign Costa was knocked out when her head hit her console but eventually awoke and remarked upon the situation at hand. However, in the following chapter she had died without mention of any complications as a result of her injuries. As indicated, I may have got this wrong but it felt that way to me and I have come across one or two other such similar types of fundamental errors in Larson's books. Having said that, it's not all his fault. Where were the proof readers here? Surely manuscripts are sent to publishing houses, read and edited or corrections made as required.

Anyway, I'm rambling as I so often do. Suffice to say that Earth Fleet felt rather unsatisfying to me and it was a book I could pick up and put down for days before reading more which might indicate my thoughts better on it. Not a terrible story but a bit too simplistic for me.

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  • Pablo
  • 24-09-18

Not much of struggle

the ride it was over before it started. Im a loyal fan but you need to think up more stuff.

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  • jack
  • 23-09-18

Such Crap / Trash

This is such a Horrible book, The first few books were really good then we got a bad one - Book 3.
Book 4 Carries on with being crappy and even lowers the bar a few notches, This book is a dumpster fire burning feces.

Blake who starts off the series being a tough but intelligent Man is now a indecisive little wimp - Snowflake.

Aliens attack earth kill 3 million+ people, Blake talks tough about revenge and then He travels to the Alien planet
and Nothing - He Wimps out, Literally, -- Paraphrase Quote -- "Oh well these Aliens were only doing what they were told to do" ........ We'll Just bomb the Empty Mountains and Hope they get scared and learn their lesson " --- ????????? WTF.

Every Sub plot / ploy turns out to be Filler, Every Choice and judgment call Blake makes Leads to and Ends up being
incredibly STUPID and causes more problems..

I can't help it, I LITERALLY want to use nothing but Foul Language to Describe how I Feel about this thing called an audio book that was written by someone who is supposed to be a professional --- Yeah right, Not professional in the least.
More Like this Book was written by a 12 year old.

Mark Boyett is AWESOME -- Thank You Mark for being a Wonderful Narrator... Do yourself a Favor and get away BV Larsons Audio books , I know you have to work and pay bills... But your better than this drivel that tries to pass for a "Story".


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  • shoshidge
  • 21-09-18

Getting a little tired of the formula

Larson and Boyett have given me many hours of light weight entertainment, but I would like to see them venture outside of the comfort zone.
All of the books, regardless of which series, are essentially the same, dimple chinned hero protagonist, careens through the narrative pulling off endless strings of risky, reckless gambits, thanks to an enormous amount of dumb luck and the fact that all adversaries are unbelievably arrogant, cruel, and gullible.
Very little moral complexity, mass deaths are shrugged off, female characters are rare, usually brought in as sexual conquests for the main guy.
The result is less military science fiction and more adolescent male wish fulfillment fantasy.

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  • Scarlet Stark
  • 13-09-18

Earth is not alone and the Rebel fleet remains

Rally to the rebel call. The forth entry in the the Rebel fleet saga is a strong developed well put together edition to the the overall story arc. The editorial novel is a worthy adventure and a interesting powerful science fiction space saga.

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  • A. Lauper
  • 18-10-18

Earth fleet

Leo Blake is at it again. Great adventure and action throughout the entire book. I highly recommend it.

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  • John
  • 18-10-18

Keep them coming.

Some folks suggest that Larson's writing style is basically same story over and over again with different characters and settings.

I however love his writing style and thoroughly enjoyed all of the series. Excitingly waiting for the next one.

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  • Markus
  • 14-10-18

love this series

Great story and main character. He reminds me of bishop from the expeditionary forces. Worth a listen!

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  • paul zuman
  • 10-10-18

next?!

can't wait for the next book in this series! it's gone from decent to great over the series.

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  • C. More
  • 06-10-18

Really good story line

Quick pace story told by a masterful narrator created by a very good author. I highly recommend this book series.

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  • Mike
  • 02-10-18

Leo Blake Gets Played

Story was good, I like the first three better. But it's easy to be an armchair critic.