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Storm World

Undying Mercenaries, Book 10
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Series: Undying Mercenaries, Book 10
Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
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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?

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

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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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Good story line not the best by mark this time.

The story has been great to listen to, with all the previous series in one go it takes a couple of weeks to get through. This book is as good as some of the first books.
Mark this time seamed to have had a few bad days as the voices tended to merge a little.
Overall very good.

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Brilliant

I thought this was a fantastic story and well written book - thoroughly enjoyed it. Narration excellent

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Getting Boring.

I have really enjoyed the series so far but I'm getting bored of the same old thing, time and time again. specifically Claver, I just don't understand why every single time theres and issue Claver seems to be behind it. It's boring now.
Also for the last 4 books or so it has been mentioned how the empire is a toothless old man yet nothing comes of this. This book we finally get to one of the core worlds and its skipped over quickly with McGill spending his entire, very short time, in an apartment, really????

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McGill. Masterclass

Another great Undying Mercenaries masterclass.
Looking forward to the next installment. Keep it up BV Larson.

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another brilliant book

another brilliant book, I'm looking forward to the next chapter of James McGill and crew

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great book 😀 👍

Love the book great narration and story cant wait to listen to the next book I highly recommend listening to this book series
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Another good book

Good book, unfortunately it contains a few logical flavs. Apart from that highly recommended. I'm looking forward to the one.

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awesome

read all 10 well listened to all 10 great easy listen and well voiced funny and entertaining well recommended

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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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  • Brian Harris
  • 20-02-19

Jumping off point

I was enamored with the books to start, thinking a great saga lay ahead, and McGill's episodic advancement in rank seems to preclude a vast story arc. The Starship Troopers-like action crossed with the Star Trek-like episodes were entertaining enough.

Now, 10 books into it, I'm noticing McGill saying the same stuff he's said verbatim in prior books. The same love interests cycle around as less and less quirky intermissions. Larson re-explains every tech and phenomenon as if this is the first book I've ever read in the series. McGill hasn't advanced in rank in several books now. Even the heavily promoted visit to the core worlds takes up only about 30 minutes of story, then it's back to the same old fight. The climactic battle is a repeat of "Death World."

The battles have become generic, sex irrelevant, antagonists monotonous, storytelling repetitive, and future absent. The collapse of the Empire is no nearer than it was in the first book. Earth maintains the same spot in the galactic hierarchy as it did at the end of the third book. It's become like reading the daily sitcom adventures of an upwardly immobile office grunt.

Having binged on books #1-10, I'm relieved to be jumping off to some other series. Perhaps I'll find myself pining for McGill's superfluous wacky antics in a few years and poke my nose back in to see if the overall tale has picked up speed. Otherwise, on to more cerebral fare.

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  • Elliot
  • 31-01-19

A bit more of the same... but still fantastic

As repetitive as these books are, Mr. Larson still finds a way to keep me hooked. This book in particular *does* throw a few new interesting ingredients into the mix - a naked McGill writing a book for a Mogwa isn't something you see everyday. Still, McGill actually seems to be showing a bit of maturity and growth, as unlikely as that sounds.

The series has a few ways it can go from here, and I personally hope to see some forward movement.

Mark Boyett is exceptional as always.

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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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  • 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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  • Foxdrake
  • 16-02-19

Much of the same...

Formulaic to the max, rinse, recycle and repeat,...then, rinse, recycle and repeat again, I think I'm getting sick of the name Mcgill.

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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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  • Greg
  • 17-01-19

We've been here before...

There's always too much of a good thing, and Undying Mercenaries as a series name seems more apropos that BV Larson probably ever intended. The first book was novel, life was cheap, and bullets were expensive in the universe of a legionnaire, a technological einherjar where soldiers are forever young via valkyries of science. Or at least that seemed to be the promise of series in the first book or two.

Here we are on book 10, and everything and nothing has changed. Sure there's been a larger story unfolding at a glacial speed of a galactic empire in turmoil, but little else changes. How many times can legion Veras be deployed to a hard-scrap mission, defy the odds and still be considered beneath the others? How many times can James McGill defy his superiors, often with little forethought? How many times can he reference his large stature and shrug away from his intellect? How often can those around him even begin to trust him? How many times can James McGill be illicitly grown? How many times McGill kill Claver, or others for that matter? How many women will fall his dopey, "Now C'mon girl, now wait for a second" spell or metaphors about folksy metaphors about rural Georgia life? How many times will McGill oggle any woman he lays eyes on. How many times...

There's only so many series tropes that it's not worth listing. Even Larson seems bored with some of the details of the series, not even bothering to describe for the hundredth time the gross-gorey mess of being birthed by the bio-machines. Other side characters like Carlos and Kivi are sidelined to near nonexistence. Even the insultingly stupid harem fantasy of intelligent, fiercely strong, independent women who all end up in McGill's bedroom seems to be background noise this go-around. Larson almost entirely forgets McGill's daughter despite being the launching point for this book's plot. If he doesn't care, why should we? Sure, we have an ever-expanding cast of aliens like the new found allies in "squids", Blood worlders but they're mostly window dressing. All alien species are ridiculously simplified at least for the last two books, although there haven't been any off-world alien woman for McGill to seduce for two books. That sadly passes for a compliment. Also, At Turov and McGill's hedonistic self-serving relationship seems to be appropriate albeit also reduced now to the same hot-cold cycle. I gave this series 10 books and I'm pretty sure I'm out. It started out fun, if not a little silly but little has changed after the 3rd book.

I'd of given up if Mark Boyett hadn't narrated these, he's fantastic, bringing life to an otherwise sterile book series. I'd of argued in the first two or three books that they smartly stupid. I'm pretty sure now I can remove the adjective from the last sentence.

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  • George
  • 12-01-19

I think I'm done

Series started out strong and with a great concept for a story. I love B. V. Larson's imagination, but after 10 books, things get stale. McGill does so many stupid things that it's becoming difficult to listen to anymore. Story line is weak. Sorry B.V., let's wrap this series up and put it to bed. Maybe re-energize Star Force or something.

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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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