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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.....

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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surprised. started slow but it was fun

enjoyed it. it was good. just how guys like it. I couldn't stop listening to it.

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How does he do it?

To write a Saga is great but when the book 4th book is as good as the 1st!? I can't wait to hear the 5th!

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great book 📖

love the series I can't wait to listen to the next one I have to wait until it is out 😔
but I highly recommend listening to this book series 5stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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great book

Great part. can't wait for another part. as usual Larson left a cliff hanger, but I don't mind :)

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff Carpenter
  • 09-12-18

Entertaining as always

I thought this was well written and what I was expecting. Just think the story line needs some variance. How many times will he bluff and have the enemy fall for it.

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  • Maxwell
  • 18-11-18

is it a bird? is it a plane? no it's Godwin.

at this point if Blake turned out to be Godwin I wouldn't be that surprised.

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  • Kalin Blaskoff
  • 11-11-18

Another masterpiece by BVL

Awesome book. Story to the bone. So great to listen another book by Larson without some other boring author like David Vanduke, which gives no story and only boring details. Good job Larson and M Boyett!!

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  • James
  • 26-10-18

Boyett tries but cannot save a really bad book

I have the entire series and I am giving up after this one. Its never been "A" list scifi like the Fear Saga, Bobiverse, Expeditionary Force or Spiral Wars but the first couple books launched an interesting universe with plenty of room for growth. After that the writing has become lazy, the characters are not developing and the adversaries fall for the same bluff over and over and over again. It is a sad effort with no attempt to develop the greater universe as characters wither into predictable dialogue and actions. Even characters that are killed off have their role replaced with a duplicate of a different name.Stop after book 2.

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  • CAt-man-do
  • 26-10-18

Entertaining from beginning to end

B.L. Laarson's Epic story of Leo Blake and the rebel Kerr continue to fascinate and intrigue. Mark Boyett performs each character masterfully. The story line intrigues the imagination while the performance of the narrative gives eye candy to the mind's eye

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-10-18

Each book has been great!

I really enjoy BV Larson's unique SCI-FI universe. once I started listening I didn't want to stop.

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  • Trey
  • 26-10-18

not your best work BV

I have loved your work for a long time now. I understand that you want to be creative ,and try different worlds. This one is just not for me. the other three books are ok. this one is.... to be honest really bad. I hope you will wright more of the star force , and undying mercenary.