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Summary

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.

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Not as good as the 1st...

Narrator great but story not as entertaining as first. Disjointed mix of action-romcom. Disappointing. Word.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Sci-Fi or Rom-Com?

Hmmmm! Not for me, I think. The storyline was jogging along quite nicely, but the author needs to decide whether it is serious sci-fi or a rom-com. For me, it came across as a rom-com.

Its a shame really as this could have been a good series; but, for me, the sex, at the drop of a hat, at ever turn, got in the way of a serious storyline. When that happened, it made the storyline a little silly. So I doubt I will continue with the series

The narration, however, was first class, as usual.

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The Doomsday Machine Revisited ... Well, sort of

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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<br />kept me hooked and wanting to know more

The story kept me wanting to know more about . The main character Blake almost seemed invincible at first, but then he started to experience more than his fair share of life's little challenges. This left you starting the think how was he going to get out of this.

The scientist character made me think of WWIi doomsday scientists, not sure if that was deliberate. I couldn't help but relating Blake to a young captain Kirk, and also, I wonder whether the Probe from Star Trek 4 (voyage home) had any influence on the "planet killer"

Mark Boyett gave a really good performance and bought all of the characters to life very skillfully.

Really enjoyable, cant wait for next book.

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B.V Larson produces another cracker

Story was great. Mark's performance was fantastic again.
I'm in a mission to listen to every B.V Larson book narrated by Mark Boyett.

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about the same

still a good read but its getting a little repetitive. i still like the story line though

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brilliant!

excellent story line looking forward to book three, then more BVL for me great writer and excellent reader mark boyett!

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Great book

I'm a big fan of B.V.Larson. I like this story. few mysteries and a sense of humor of the main character. can't wait for the next part

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Loved it

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.

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Excellent

A little like starforce in places but with likeable characters,well paced and well written, the narration is first class.

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  • Anders
  • 03-03-17

Finally B.V. Larson is back!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What other book might you compare Orion Fleet to and why?

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!

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Mark Boyett makes this book come alive.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 03-03-17

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

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  • thomas dye
  • 31-03-17

Traditional BV Larson!

Any additional comments?

BV Larson writes a very specific lead character in all of the science fiction that I have read from him to date. I rather like the character, despite the fact that I'm reading the same guy with different names in different series. This series appears to be no different. But just like with his other works, I like the lead character, I like the circumstances he gets himself into, and I like the worlds that BV Larson takes me to.
I hope he continues to write in this series, as well as goes back to do more work in his previous science-fiction series. I own a lot of his work, and I'm looking forward to more.
Don't start with this book! Go to the first one in the series you'll thank me later

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  • Hannah
  • 24-03-17

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.

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  • Nickolas
  • 20-03-17

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.

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  • Hunter Codlin
  • 18-03-17

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.

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  • Sailfish
  • 03-03-17

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.

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  • Mitchard Apides
  • 01-03-17

Read lost colonies instead. Such a disappointment.

hero is the king of plot armor. happy go lucky nonsense all through out the story. narration is great but it can only do so much.

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  • Jeffery
  • 17-09-18

Character Template?

Larson seems to have a pretty standard template for his hero. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I always enjoy his books, they're always well-paced, interesting, and fun to listen to. This book was no exception. His Ladies Man Rogue hero who uses common sense and tactics over Doctrine and Brute Force was present and accounted for. I enjoyed this book and we'll be looking for the next one.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 10-09-18

undistinguished story

I love BV Larson. I love Mark Boyett. If this is your first series with them you will love it as Larson is stupendous at aliens, battles and causes.

However, if you have read his other things, specifically his Undying Merenaries series, it may be hard to get into this one. I read the first volume over a year ago, and finally got around to this one. The problem is not the writing or the narration; the problem is it all sounds the same. You won't remember if you are listening to Campbell, Larson, or Nuttall (except for the moral politics). Mark Boyett is a master at creating voices, but even he can't make that many new ones.