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Steel World (Undying Mercenaries Series Book 1)

Steel World (Undying Mercenaries Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

B. V. Larson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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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, bestselling author B. V. Larson’s latest science fiction novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FCXPC94
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sci-fi book in a long time 7 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was given to me as a present whilst in bed with flu.
I didn't know anything about the author.I don't read this type of book normally,BUT I'm really glad I did.
I couldn't put the book down,the story was very good and really believable.
Not many books these days take me away from life problems but you really feel for the people in the book and couldn't wait to see what happened to them.
I do hope another book is in the pipe line as it deserves to be a series of say 4-5 books.
The best read this year and A new author added to my Xmas list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Strength of Flesh 14 Jan 2014
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First things first, this is NOT a "new" Starship Troopers". That insults both the original and Larson's novel. It is a rite of passage of a spoiled brat growing up under fire to become on of Humanity's greatest warriors for the Terran Legions.

There are similarities to "Starship Troopers", Full Metal Jacket" and any other story which follows the life of a new recruit from training, through baptism of fire to becoming an experienced soldier. Larson has added something special to the mix. Although the legionnaires can die, due to alien technology they can be reborn minutes later ready to go back into the breach. It is the alien races that make this book a cut above many others.

The Galactics, races from the core systems, control the newer race. They consider Humans to be barely sentient and ripe for genocide except for the one thing they have which few other races can offer. At their best Humans are fighters, the most vicious and most tenacious soldiers available.

Written in the first person "Steel World" is the planet where James McGill finds his role in life as one of the Human Legions under contract to fight the lizard rebels of Cancri-9, also known as the Steel World because of the super abundance of heavy metals and rare earths which make up the crust of this very hot planet. The fighting is brutal, the pace is sometimes breath taking and the characters interesting and varied. Larson is destined to become a "great" in my opinion and I will soon be reading more of his books. I just hope Steel World is not a one-off as I would like to read more about McGill and the mercenary legions. Very highly recommended if you like action novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great squad based romp 24 Oct 2013
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Reminded me of steamship troopers and the forever war but with a nice turn on use of tech.
Decent characters, good dialogue, plenty of action and an interesting overarching political structure.
I'd love to see a follow up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining. 15 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not usually entertained by stories with a military theme, but this book was less about warfare and more lighthearted, character entertainment, with lots of action.
I couldn't help but feel fond of the main character and enjoyed the flow and no nonsense, fast pace of the story. There were in fact a few characters that were well described and enjoyable, without the boring, story interrupting process of writing pages and pages of backstory for each of them.
There was a good bit of humour in the story, and it kept me interested until the end.
I'm very much looking forward to reading the next adventure these characters have, if there is one.
It's not a masterpiece of writing or storytelling, it isn't meant to be, but it is a thoroughly amusing story to read. Anything could happen when you have a story and characters like these ones, and that kept me turning the pages.
Very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick and twisted fun 6 Dec 2013
By Kodiak
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I've read some of the authors previous work, but this was definitely one of the best books written by BV Larson.

It's sickening in parts, full of horrible violence, and great fun. It leaves questions: It makes you think "What happens when someone dies?" "Is the new copy of them a soul transfer?" but feeds you enough information without directly saying it that No, you die when killed. A copy of you is made with your memories, but you are dead. (At least that's what I got from it, it might be visited in another book)

It's also a handy mechanism for this (hopefully) new series of books by an author who usually has a stupidly high death. Now, you can get know the characters and watch them die over and over and over again.

A must buy for scifi fans
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I stumbled on this book through my amazon recommendations. I'd seen it a few times, but didn't like the description. As is often the way, I'd run out of things to read and thought I'd give it a shot.

I found out very quickly that the description really didn't do the book justice.

Replace the 'bugs' from starship troopers with dinosaurs and mix in a machine that revives you when you die and you've pretty much got an overview of the story. Well worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good idea which doesn't quite work. 30 Dec 2013
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It is taken for granted that in Sci Fi novels and similar genres a certain suspension of belief is required to fully enjoy the underlying story. I'm always prepared to do this however this story had so many holes in the plot that it became a distraction the to basic idea of the novel. The premise of the plot that Earth had become a minor even insignificant adjunct of a vastly superior and ancient alien culture is an interesting idea. The story that was hung on that idea is not strong enough. I think the author himself realised this or received editorial advice because he tried to plug some of the inconsistencies later in the book. Too late to save it for me. By all means read the book buying it won't break the bank. It can be entertaining spotting the inconsistencies if nothing else.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story line loved it however I now have to buy the rest of the series
Published 9 days ago by Mr. K. P. Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by screw
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and easy to read even if predictable
This book is the first in trilogy or rather, to be accurate, three volumes have been published so far about the adventures of James McGill, the narrator of the story enlisted in... Read more
Published 23 days ago by JPS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great writing. I've read all three in this series and there should be another instalment!
Published 25 days ago by mr r j drayton
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good with believable character development
Quite good with believable character development. The re-birth idea is a novel twist on the usual military theme although I'd does a convenient mechanism for removing and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by michael fenton
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick moving plot, blessedly limited number of characters and ...
Quick moving plot, blessedly limited number of characters and; unlike many books these days, each chapter refers to an individual's story with one perspective. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dean pickett
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 1 month ago by Paul Woollams
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
When I opened the first page I was hooked. this was a,well written story.
Soon got into the style of writing in flowed well. A bit gory for my taste but didn't put me off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Sweeney
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Look
Enjoyed very much ,and looking forward to the rest of the series
Published 1 month ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars good book if you enjoy a star ship troopers type ...
good book if you enjoy a star ship troopers type story with an element of altered carbon. Have read all in this series and would read more, though the further you go in the series... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Iain
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