Undying Mercenaries

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,195 ratings

Steel World Summary

In the twentieth century Earth sent probes, transmissions and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers…someone had to do their dirty work for them, their fighting and dying.

I, James McGill, was born in 2099 on the fringe of the galaxy. When Hegemony Financial denied my loan applications, I was kicked out of the university and I turned to the stars. My first campaign involved the invasion of a mineral-rich planet called Cancri-9, better known as Steel World. The attack didn't go well, and now Earth has entered a grim struggle for survival. Humanity's mercenary legions go to war in Steel World, best-selling author B. V. Larson's latest science fiction novel.

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  • Book 1

    • Steel World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 1
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 659
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 616
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 615

    In the twentieth century Earth sent probes, transmissions and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Should I start this series

    • By luke on 10-06-15

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 2

    • Dust World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 2
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 455
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 424
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 422

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is thirty-five lightyears away.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A brilliant follow on from Steelworld

    • By Captain Haddock on 26-01-15

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 3

    • Tech World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 3
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 394
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 366
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 361

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hooked

    • By S. Morris on 02-09-15

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 4

    • Machine World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 4
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344

    In the fourth book of the series, James McGill is up for promotion. Not everyone is happy about that, and McGill must prove he's worth his stripes. Deployed to a strange alien planet outside the boundaries of the Galactic Empire, he's caught up in warfare and political intrigue. Earth expands, the Cephalopod Kingdom launches ships to stop us, and a grand conspiracy emerges among the upper ranks of the Hegemony military.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 4th Hit

    • By Steve on 25-03-16

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 5

    • Death World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 5
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 321
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 319

    Unknown aliens attack Earth. Their planet is uncharted, mysteriously having avoided detection for centuries. It's a world packed with the most vicious aliens humanity has yet to encounter. James McGill has discovered: Death World.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Damm it, McGill!

    • By Ashrak on 09-09-15

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 6

    • Home World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 6
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 415
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 391
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 390

    When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill's legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path. Traveling to star systems no human has ever visited, he searches for a technological edge to beat the enemy before it's too late. Along the way he unleashes new terrors, triggering the biggest battles in human history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More McGill, More Mayhem!

    • By S. Morris on 28-05-16

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 7

    • Rogue World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 7
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 314
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 296
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn't been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Really enjoyed

    • By spencerhudson on 23-06-17

    Regular price: £24.19

  • Book 8

    • Blood World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 8
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205

    A dirty deal was struck. Humanity was allowed to keep 300 rebellious worlds. In return, we declared war on a powerful enemy from beyond the frontier. A frantic build-up of forces has begun, but the task is hopeless. Seeking allies, Earth's legions are sent to Blood World. A planet on the fringe of known space, where the people only respect masters of combat. Earth's Legions must impress them, but other alien powers have been invited to join the contest. The prize consists of billions of loyal troops - Earth must win.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Solid Adventure

    • By S. Morris on 04-03-18

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 9

    • Dark World

    • Undying Mercenaries, Book 9
    • By: B. V. Larson
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 32

    Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the 300 rebellious worlds it left behind. But light years away on the far side of a disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They're stealing our planets, one at a time. Earth Command decides to invade the center of the frontier to set up an advanced base. The mission to DARK WORLD is highly classified and deadly. Legion Varus spearheads the effort, and James McGill journeys to the stars again. How many ships do they have? How advanced is their tech? 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • another good read

    • By david on 20-06-18

    Regular price: £22.89