- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (19 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1469298899
- ISBN-13: 978-1469298894
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 100 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,223,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*Minor story spoilers*
The book is a sci-fi action book, focusing on a ongoing battle between 'Biotics' (gooey, flesh bags like me and you) and the 'Macros.' While it may sound like your fairly standard affair, there are some interesting takes on the genre with the inclusion of the 'Nanos' - 'Sort of friendly(debatable)' defenders of biotics. The Nanos come to earth, and their first task is to recruit command personnel to command...well them, to ultimately provide a defence against the 'Macros'.
It sounds complicated, but its really demonstrated & presented in a very straight forward understandable way. The whole book is easy to read and it has that 'Just one more chapter' effect in some parts. After finishing it I promptly purchased the next 2 books in the series, and I'm looking forward to the 4th.
A couple of criticisms that have made me give this a 4, instead of a 5 - There is something of a lack of explanation for various things that occur which is a flaw present throughout all the books so far. (e.g. By the end of book 3, we still only really know a relatively small amount of info about the Macros.)
Also some of the character emotions/responses to events around them are almost a bit stilted. Without giving too much away, the main character, Kyle Riggs, ultimately seems rather detached after a rather personal traumatic event happens early on in the first book. There are some brief mentions of this event further on in the books, while it's possible it can be argued, Kyle Riggs is being swept along by events beyond his control there is just some emotional oomph missing.
Also the character of Sandra, while changing slightly in the 3rd book, remains a 'sexy-pouty-crazy-angry' lady throughout. I wouldn't say this is neccesarily a bad thing but her presence can on occasion grate a little.
Overall I'd highly recommend this book to those looking for military sci-fi fix.
The most interesting aspect is Larson's view of flying saucers and why they abduct people. They are basically composed of nano-machines (Nanos) seeking a control unit (sentient being) to aid them in their fight against another machine race, the Macros. Earth is invaded and the motley group of survivors who survive the very harsh selection methods find themselves in the front line against the invading Macros.
I have no wish to spoil the story for new readers but Larson has several unexpected twists up his sleeves and offers a lot of new ideas regarding alien invasion of Earth. This has, unfortunately, been done to death by film makers over the past few years. Good action sf with some novel ideas. Highly recommended.
The start of this book wasn't like I expected due to some of the other reviews I've read to date. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the manipulation of the ships, the change in relationships between the command personnel and the ships and then the ever changing types of Macros the soldiers came up against. Good ideas throughout the book and I'm now half way through book 2.
These are very easy books to read, descriptive but not overly so.
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