Steel World: Volume 1 (Undying Mercenaries) Paperback – 4 Nov 2013
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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.
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.
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
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.
A very good book which has made me want to read the sequel Dust World (Undying Mercenaries Series Book 2) Kia (my friend's son) is already on this sequel and he says it's very good, so I am looking forward to getting and reading this one too.
A note on the Kindle version of Steel World: Perfect. No problems at all.
There are similarities with more than a few military novels, whether of the science variety or not. One well-trodden path is that of the new recruit who discovers what a military life means in one of toughest human military outfits. Of course, our blue-eyed boy will become an outstanding hero: again, no surprise here. Another typical ingredient of this kind of book is that it is “fast-paced” and “action-packed” (it really is, by the way). It is a page turner, to use yet another conventional expression. You also need to note that this book, unlike quite a few others of its kind, is largely free of typos, which is also something that makes it more readable.
The context of the story is interesting. By the middle of the 21st century, Humans have been contacted by “the Galactics” and integrated into their Empire as a fringe and vassal race. They have also been largely confined to their planet by this lose federation of alien races from the core of the galaxy, all of which are vastly more advanced than Humans and all of which (or at least the two species we come across in this volume) consider the Humans are barely sentient and half savages whose main talent is to wage war.
In an interesting twist which does not exactly present Humans in a flattering light, each species is required to specialise in one area.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this entire series. I buy the next one as soon as it is published. The premise is outrageous, but Larson does outrageous so well that we are just delighted to go along for... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Bookworm
Great storyline.great writer,I had to read this from start to finish,work got in the way.waiting for the next book in the series.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
a thoroughly riveting read, very enjoyable sci-fi storyline liked it so much I'm getting the next onePublished 5 months ago by Mr. T. Moss
A great read with grate characters! Looking forward to reading the rest of the seriesPublished 5 months ago by MildDiscomfort
After reading all the Star Force books I took a break and read a few non-space Sci-fi books.
Having gone back to reading BV Larson, I remembered why I liked the Star Force... Read more
Simple, uncomplicated and a little procedural but short and fun. I was a little worried that this would not be an interesting read, as I don't usually read military sci-fi, but to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer