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Home World

Undying Mercenaries, Book 6
Written by: B. V. Larson
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
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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.

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.

Home World is the sixth book of the Undying Mercenaries Series, a novel of military science fiction by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

©2016 B. V. Larson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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lot's of fun

it was a good read I enjoyed every second of it can't wait for the next one

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  • Don Gilbert
  • corona, ca United States
  • 2016-06-04

Obstinate to the Core

In “Home world,” James McGill is still as obstinate and stubbornly determined to do what he thinks is right no matter what anyone else has to say; and he now has rank, as in Adjunct. He seems to have become somewhat more mature and diplomatic given his new positon, but deep down he’s still the same old James McGill, and that’s what makes this series fun.
As the title suggests, the setting of the six book in the “Undying Mercenaries,” series is earth. It is under attack by the “Squids,” and their superior force seems destined to destroy the planet; but for better or worse earth has James McGill. To try and save mankind James will travel to the core of the Galactics universe to retrieve some high tech weaponry that could turn the tide of the war and piss off a lot of aliens.
His usual gang of mercenaries is present and accounted for along with Imperator Turov, and Claver of course. In my opinion this is the best of the series and listening to Mark Boyett play James McGill is the only way to enjoy it.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • Orem, UT, US
  • 2016-05-28

Great story! Action, invasion, and introspection!

This is a wonderful series! The tech is awesome, the battles are exciting, and the plots are thick and twisting. The universe is interesting and believable. The people are real. Few other authors can juggle all these aspects as well as Larson does here.

I read (listen) a lot. I have been a reader all my life (well since about 4). I read and write academic analyses and criticisms. In my book (yuk yuk), Larson has created a perfect set of characters in this series. They are distinct and well-rounded, with their flaws as well as their strengths. And they fill necessary roles. There are no superfluous characters. Harris, Graves and Carlos are real and vital. Kivi, Natasha, and Della are different from each other. Even the ones we love to hate-- Winslow, Claver, and Turov-- have their important places. These are people we wish we knew, even if we want to perm them sometimes.

And McGill, ah McGill. Irreverent, insubordinate, lying, conniving, loyal, philandering, seat-of-the-pants McGill, ya gotta love him even when you slap his face. He'll quote his mama's rules as he disobeys them, explain the universe with hog farm philosophy, and scheme and plot on a dime to save his friends or all humanity. He is so real, you will miss him when the story ends.

Despite McGill's seeming superficial flirtation and rutting, he does get himself into some practical self-evaluation and realistic, honorable contemplation of the future. Deep down he has a good sense of right and wrong, fairness, and commitment. This saves him from just being a total jerk. This book could be the end of the series, but we sure don't want it to be.

Mark Boyett's performance is superb. He has the voice range an opera singer would envy, so is able to create anything from a gravelly gunnery sergeant to a wisp of a girl. He keeps all his characterizations in order. But the best is his ability to inflect correctly. We know that these performances are not rehearsed as in theater, but he gets it right all the time. McGill is southern po' boy, and Boyett is smack on with his delivery of the accent, the phrasing and pausing, and tone. He delivers lines that will crack you up. For example: "She rolled her eyes. Women do that all the time around me." Or:

McGill: I was wondering what exactly our mission is, when we get aboard [the enemy ship]?
Graves: I would think that would be obvious. You're to eliminate the crew and take control of the ship.
McGill: Is that all? You don't want us to... repaint it or nuthin?

Best line in the book, perfectly delivered!!! And each book has at least one like it.

Keep 'em coming.

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  • Nik
  • 2016-08-20

Unbelievable

Having listened to and enjoyed the previous books I was pleased to see another 4 plus star offering from BV Larson. Whilst I accept that the series is probably aimed at a much younger audience than myself I had found the previous books to have enough character and plot development to be satisfying. This time around, however, I was reminded (on more than one occasion) of how, when playing as kids, one or other of us would miraculously revive from a mortal blow we had succumbed to earlier or some other highly imaginative reason to return to the game, to the point that I began to wonder how old BV Larson was and whether the books were aimed at 12 - 14 yr old boys!
As usual the narration was excellent and McGill is still a likeable character, but the fabric of believability has been stretched too thin in many places.
I do hope the next book gets back on track as the previous books , although light, at least has some credibility.

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  • David Brodie
  • 2016-06-02

Compelling - for some reason

I love the narration on this. Absolutely fantastic. The story itself is decent enough scifi, but there are so many small plot holes in every book that I don't know what keeps me coming back. I've read the whole series so obviously it's enjoyable, light fiction.

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  • James Hook
  • 2016-11-12

I think Larson is losing track of his universe

Having listened to the entirety of the Undying Mercenaries series up to this point I feel like this is definitely one of the weaker stories on offer so far, at least from a consistency and action perspective. The main thing that bothers me is that it feels like the equipment used by the legions is actually getting worse, rather than better. I remember in earlier books heavy armor came with an integrated energy shield, plasma swords (which was originally the best weapon to use against a squid), and full power assist that could be redirected between things like speed, strength, and stealth. Now based on these scene descriptions I feel like Larson is either deliberately making the equipment under-perform, or else he is forgetting what capabilities he gave to the soldiers in earlier books.

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  • aj howe
  • 2016-09-27

Great series for listening

I've quite enjoyed this series so far and Mark Boyett is seriously talented in this medium.

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  • C. Michaels
  • 2016-08-13

Keep them coming

Would you consider the audio edition of Home World to be better than the print version?

Absolutely and Mark Boyett just does a fantastic job with all the characters! The voice acting and depth of the characters adds to the theatrical magic. I believe that this exceeds what movies can do with film. I can't wait until the productions move to an actual cast of characters...Enders Game was a much better audible book series than the film...

What did you like best about this story?

James McGill is my hero...

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

B.V Larson and Mark Boyett are the perfect combination...keep up the great work.

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  • beresford
  • ROyal palm beach, FL, United States
  • 2016-08-10

Ok I guess

First of all narrator was excellent! I am happy the same person was used for the entire series.
Story kind of became tiring in this book but wanted to see how series ended. Perhaps my experience was tainted by some of the reviews I read before starting the last book.

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  • Brian
  • 2016-07-14

Change of Story

Any additional comments?

This book was a change from the other books in the series -- which followed a fairly steady pattern. Previously the series was James travels to a new planet, James stops aliens, James deals with political fallout. This one changed the entire pattern, making the story a refreshing change.

I wish some of the characters changed. I feel like we've had the same antagonists now since the start of the series, and it would be nice to have some closure. I would also like to see more evolution with the supporting characters. Graves, for example, stays completely static through the series.

Overall, though, the series is a great read. I suggest it for an exciting adventure through space and the guts of many revival machines!

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  • Mike T.
  • 2016-07-11

A slight disappointment.

The bad:
The fun space opera feeling that made the previous novels so enjoyable is gone.
Nothing new aside from the "jump suits".
A lot of confusing "jumping" about.
Claver, Winslade and Turov, again.
Earth!

The good:
Mark Boyett! If I buy another book in this series (expect there will be more), it will be Boyett that will make me buy it. His narration is just great.
The jump suits. I want one. ;)
The squids.

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