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4.0 out of 5 stars Readable but not believable, 18 May 2014
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I bought and read the first book in this series and bought and read the second book on the strength of that. I was not disappointed it is a good action packed yarn. The major plank in the storyline that troopers can be killed in action and reproduced, ad infinitum, by a mysterious alien machine with their memories, skills and life experiences intact is preposterous and stretches the suspension of disbelief required for most Sci Fi to breaking point. When a large proportion of the human race can be traumatised and in need of therapy by witnessing someone else have a nose bleed apparently our heroes can be ripped to death by giant lizard and be back on the front line in jig time without problem That said and given the fact that the main character is not really likeable it is a fact that hard core Sci Fi buffs like me will enjoy the nonsense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars At first look, the book is unoriginal, but there is something…, 8 Dec. 2014
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This is volume 2 of the "Undying Mercenaries Series" who, as hinted at by the series title, can be regenerated every time they are killed thanks to some rather fantastic alien technology. Earth has become part of the Galactic Empire since 2052, some seventy years before this story and, as all other vassal planets, is allowed to govern itself but must provide one item for inter-stellar trade for which it has a (local) monopoly and this is the hiring out of its men as mercenaries in modern ultra-high tech Legions.

The story starts as Varus Legion, one of the less glamorous outfits of which our hero is a member and which tends to get handed the most difficult mission, is tasked with finding out what happened to Earth’s one and only colony mission after their message arrives some eighty years after having been sent.

At least one of the battles against a new and rather awful alien race – the cephalopods – is simply superb, with the Legion’s troop transport getting boarded. Other features, such as what happened to the colonist and how they managed to survive and defend themselves against their tormentors, are also well thought out and their armament made of nanotechnology is quite fascinating. The features of “dust world”, the name of the planet where the colonists have settled and are regularly raided by the cephalopods, are also of interest, especially what seems to be a “local version” of piranhas.

The weak point is the characterisation, as other reviewers have also mentioned. Many of the characters, such as Carlos, the hero’s best friend, Primus Turov, his grasping and scheming commanding officer (the equivalent of a battalion commander), Harris, his sergeant (although the exact title is “Veteran”), Adjust Leeson, Centurion Greaves or Tribune Drusus, are simply not developed. The story does not provide you with any kind of background explaining who they are and how they became the kind of persons they are. The hero himself is a bit tiresome, not very likable and not always credible. The first feature, illustrated by his constant womanising (to put it in polite terms!), may be intentional but it makes him into some self-centred and rather immature kid instead of the super killer and hero that he is supposed to be, or maybe he is both at the same time?

I rather liked the depiction of the aliens seen through human eyes, with this explaining the limited amount of information that we get on them. I also liked the sense we get that, in their view of the Galactics and of their auxiliaries the bureaucratic Nairbs, the humans are uncouth barbarians and barely worth preserving as a sentient race (even if the theme of the more advanced alien looking down on the “primitive humans” is not exactly original). Also interesting was the glimpse we got of “Galactic politics”, with the Galactic Battle Fleet of Frontier 921 being pulled back to the core worlds and the humans left to fill in their shoes.

Four stars, although, as other reviewers have mentioned, you absolutely need to read the first instalment (Steel World) before you get started on this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more meat on it than the star force series, 4 Jun. 2014
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Steel and Dust Worlds strike a great balance of background complexity and gung-ho, high tech action. Larson never scrimps on the parts that drive a good scifi yarn, particularly when describing the make up, use and effect of the hardware he's envisioned for earth's future.

This series is a great and a satisfying read. Can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whee - Great fun, 12 Jun. 2014
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Really good second book - much more bloody and horrific than the authors other books (which are pretty bloody and horrific too)

I'm just a bit disappointed we are already going to be moving away from the "mercenaries on a foreign world for downtrodden Earth" to a "Defenders of the quadrant as Earth is mightily elevated"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another world visited, 28 Jun. 2014
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Yet again a book I can't seem to put down. Larson has a way with words that keeps you wanting more. A great read and I can't wait for the next Instalment of this brilliant series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good sci-fi read, 5 July 2014
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The title says it all a good strong book with good characters and believable storyline. A worthy follow up to Steel World. Look forward to the next in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for the best read I have had for many years and may ..., 12 Mar. 2015
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Reading Steel World I was hooked after the first three first three pages. I have now read the last in the series, Machine World and because I could not put the Kindle down to the very last page er' indoors 'jobs to do around the home' got ignored thanks to McGill and Mr. Larson. However, I am now on 'catch up' and the matrimonial situation is becoming less frosty by the hour. Thanks Mr. Larson, for the best read I have had for many years and may McGill and Varus appear again sometime soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great storyteller, 10 Jun. 2014
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Took me back to my teens (the 70's) reading Heinlein. Great new worlds in my head. just downloading the next series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better all the time, 26 Aug. 2014
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Getting better all the time.
The first one was bit amateurish; but had some good passages and an easy read.

This one explores the natives more than the last and there is some character development.

It was a good enough read on the Kindle, that I bought and am reading the third one in the series.

Nice one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, 3 July 2014
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This is a good read from start to finish with some good twist throwing to keep you wanting more. So cannot wait for the next one.
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