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Storm World

Undying Mercenaries, Book 10
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)
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Summary

James McGill is sent to the Core Worlds!  

In an unprecedented first, Earth sends a message to Mogwa Prime. Unfortunately, the messenger is not met with enthusiasm. Misunderstandings soon threaten all of Humanity. Forced to prove Earth can serve the Empire better than any rival, McGill does his best.   

Eager to prove our worth to the Galactics, the frontier war between Rigel and Earth is expanded to Storm World. Circled by six moons, the planet is ravaged by wild storms and tides. Battles are fought in raging hurricanes, and death stalks the soldiers on both sides.   

McGill grimly fights and dies in the mud until the job gets done, but will it be enough to satisfy the angry Mogwa?

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I gave up Sci-Fi for a very long time, but was brought up on series like the Stainless Steel Rat and Robert Heinlein so I thought I'd dip back in as crime novels have become so dreary and generally dead-ended.

I am really glad I did in this case. I went through the whole of this series in a couple of weeks because I enjoyed them so much, there is a blend of elements of action and intrigue although as some reviewers have pointed out, there are all sorts of sometimes quite significant holes in the core plot lines. In this case the narration is so good that he smooths out a lot of the wrinkles just by the performance, with only some minor fails with certain accents, etc. I am really glad that they've kept the same narrator - as given the style, changes would have grated. Some attention to basic plot detail would be useful (like what I am sure were inexplicable changes in shoe sizes). The worst thing about listening to all 10 "On the spin" has been the way that negatively highlighted great swathes of repetition. I know that some of that is needed in each book to allow new readers (out of series order) to pick up on certain key principles, but a lot of it is padding pure and simple. As I write this it sounds much more negative than I'd want, but the fact that I went through them so quickly and in sequence tells you how much I enjoyed them and how willing I was to suspend disbelief. I'd prefer less of the growing use of swear words, but that's just because I'm really fed up with that in general.

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Awesome

One of the best of the series, hope to hear much more of McGill in the future.

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love this series

Fantastic series. Already looking forward to the next episode. Always has plenty of action and humour.

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good listen

it's a good listen, nothing too taxing but a good story well told that holds your interest to the end, the whole series is excellent.

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Great fun original

what can I say about James McGill and the undying mercs,well if you have Read any or listened to any of the other books then this is another great adventure well performed by Mark Boyett , will James finely settle down with one woman, will that rascal Clayvor finally get permmed and will Earth make its self independent from the Iron rule of the Galactic Empire? , all in all this is another great tale although a chance for a slightly different dynamic on the horizon, not much changes in the empire but all in all a great instalment with lots of laughs .

If you are new to the series check out Steel World where it all began this is a very unique space fantasy series where earth best commodity in a cruel universe is ist fighting legions paid to fight and die among the stars for their masters, with a twist they have tech that can regrow your body and reinstall your downloaded mind to get back among the Frey and die all over again, This might seem Grim but for the soldiers of legion Varis it's just life, and they do it with a smile on their faces, you will surely be shocked entertained and laugh a long with the crew , Download Steel World and you wont look back .

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The Undying Mercenaries

The Undying Mercenaries series has become just about my favourite series Larson has produced a very entertaining story here with multiple threads and plot elements and it should offer a solid foundation to continue this enjoyable series far into the future. I went through the whole of this series in a couple of weeks because I enjoyed them so much, the narration is so good that he smooths So nice to see that the excellent Mark Boyett is narrating once more & sounds much more negative than I'd want as it goes down low same times.

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inconsistencies in story line

this book has so many gaps - you can tell it was written in sections and those sections don't always sync.

1. mcgill meets up with the same primus 2 times but the second meeting doesn't flow from previous meeting.
2.ship was identified as from Rigel then mcgill has to ask where ship is from
3. mcgill confesses a crime to Galina but at end of book she doesn't know anything about it.
4. End of book Mcgill hears about an investigation but he has already spoken to the magwa about it...didn't understand how he could be worried about it at all

there were a few less ittitating flaws but this book just needed to be read end to end

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  • Liam
  • Hull, United Kingdom
  • 26-01-19

done again a grate story I can't wait for the next

well that was just what I expect from this serise keep them coming and you'll have my credits.

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Old Enemies & new Allies

The Undying Mercenaries series has become just about my favourite series from B V Larson closely followed by the excellent Star Force saga. So, as usual, just as soon as I had the chance to pre-order Storm World, I did so. I have never been disappointed with any book in this series to date. Some have been better than others but none of them what I'd call bad. Now, if you thought that leads me to say that Storm World was disappointing you'd be wrong. No, just prefacing the point that not a "bad" book in this series exists.

In fact, I'd say that Storm World is actually one of the better in the recent group of this series and, to me at least running to some 78 chapters, is a bit longer than is typical. This is a welcome change as we get more elements in this story than perhaps previous books. Our hapless hero, James McGill, has adventures on no fewer than three worlds and one of them is an old battleground and the other is a surprise.

I don't think anyone that has read this series thus far is going to not want this book so I shall not go over again what it is I like about Larson's accessible form of military science fiction. We all know that Larson's style of story telling isn't "high brow" like other authors in this genre. Instead, what we get with Larson is straightforward, uncomplicated action adventure. Sure, some of the situations and solutions are rather simplistic but this is what endears the character of James McGill to me. He is a talented con man in his dealings to worm his way out of tight situations but I think I'd rather consume stories of this type if given the choice between something like this or other much heavier science fiction. Sure, the heavy stuff is often superbly written, profound and clever but it can leave you less entertained than these unpretentious action adventure format stories. Ive said it numerous times but this sort of story style would lend itself well to the big screen in a similar fashion to the 1998 Starship Troopers movie which I'm sure has inspired Larson as well as others to pen books such as this.

Larson has produced a very entertaining story here with multiple threads and plot elements and it should offer a solid foundation to continue this enjoyable series far into the future. There is enormous scope and potential here with new alien races and if there's one thing Larson does well, it's aliens. He manages to come up with very imaginative creatures with their own traits, culture and personality and it's these that McGill so often uses to his advantage in dealings with them.

So nice to see that the excellent Mark Boyett is narrating once more and he delivered his customary solid performance here rendering all the familiar characters as well as new ones which are also distinct and fresh.

Of course, it wouldn't be a review from me unless I threw in a tiny nit pick into the mix. One plot point which was contradictory was the fact that in chapter 18 McGill was told that none of the Blood Worlders could be revived. However, later on in the story we see the huge near humans being revived. This is in one way a key plot point error but I liked the story so much I didn't really care :)

Storm World is another adventurous romp, with James McGill and his legion on another harsh planet facing an old as well as new foe. I can't wait to see where this series goes next.

Another hit in my opinion and one of the best in the series so far.

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  • Andre L. Gray
  • 14-01-19

THIS SERIES NEEDS TO MOVE FORWARD!

B. V. Larson is an awesome Sci-Fi writer and I love this series. But the story has not moved forward and is becoming stale and repeating itself! Please tell us more about the Galatics and the civil war that's going on! What's the big deal with it? James McGill seems to be fighting for nothing at this point in the series. He cracks me up but his story is still the same.
It's time to add some twists and turns!

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  • C. Barber
  • 16-01-19

better with every book

This series has been great from the start, but it gets better with every book. After 180 or so scifi books on audible, I can say without a doubt this series is my absolute favorite. I would preorder the next 10 books right now if I could.

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  • Jade
  • 15-01-19

book 10 continues strong

10 books in and have the same excitement reading the book. it always seems fresh. new threats and characters and of course great narration. If you enjoyed the others in the series you will enjoy this one. book 11 please!!

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  • D. S. Nattrass
  • 14-01-19

Gotta Love Ok’ James McGill!

Every time a new one comes out I snap it up immediately and put it at the top of my listening queue. Mark Boyett is masterful in his performance. He makes you love the ones you are supposed to and revile those that deserve it, above and beyond Lawson’s excellent writing. He is right up there with RC Bray and Ray Porter as the masters of bringing the stories to life for those of us who spend long hours on the road.

I can hardy await the next installment on this epic and ever developing adventure following our favorite scoundrel, McGill!

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  • Sailfish
  • 13-01-19

The Entertainment Goes On

B. V. Larson continues to uncover and explore fresh new veins of gold storytelling in Storm World. McGill and his antics continue to threaten and, somehow, save humankind from destruction; all the while treating us to hilarious situations along with informing us of new insights into the aged but still very dangerous Galactic Empire.

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  • J. Gordon
  • 10-01-19

James McGill!

I listen to a lot of audio books, many good, some great, a few meh. It's actually embarrassing how much I listen. It's to the point where I wish Audible would remove the stats on lifetime listening totals. Anyway...No matter what though, I have come to love the adventures of James McGill above all others. When a new book becomes available for pre-order I am thrilled. I would spend my last $10 on a new "World" story. James McGill - the REAL Most Interesting Man in the World (still pretend of course).

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  • jason kirby
  • 15-01-19

I love Mcgill

Mark Boyett is the best narrator I've listened to by far. The undying mercenary series is the best BV Larson writes. Hope they keep coming.

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  • Alsor2000
  • 10-01-19

Loved the book, love the series

When I saw book 10 of the Undying Mercenaries series was up for pre-order, my credit was spent instantaneously.
I downloaded my book copy just after midnight on the release date and started listening right away. I wasn't disappointed.

This is another home run, "just one more chapter", edge of your seat James McGill adventure. Larson also continues the fine character development of the last few books as the usually playboy McGill may be finally growing up and seems to be getting closer in his one real relationship. This relationship is a real highlight of the series for me since it feels realistic and has developed so naturally. Another author might take the quasi-cartoon villain of the first few books, and keep her that way, never really moving anything forward. Instead, Larson fleshes her out He doesn't proceed along the cartoon-villian route, and but over the course of these 10 books makes her the most interesting character outside of the MC himself.

I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Justin
  • 10-02-19

This series gets even better with time

This has been my favorite book since Tech World. Introducing Claver was about the best thing Larson could have done for this series. Larson's books, while certainly not very deep, have a great cast of characters that keep you invested over time, and Mark Boyett brings them all to life with unique voices and fantastic performances.

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  • mhsneon
  • 06-02-19

Another James McGill Adventure

I couldn't wait for this book and I wasn't disappointed. More ridiculous unbelievable but entertaining adventures by James McGill, the man with infinite lives and luck. This was another story that was stand alone with very little call back to previous books except some character backgrounds. Narration was good as always however there was some issues with levels where the sound would get quieter during some parts of the book.

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