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Rebel Fleet

Written by: B. V. Larson
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice.

A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings.

The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them.

The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we're less primitive. Today, we're a target.

One man is chosen to command Earth's single ship in the Rebel Fleet. When the war breaks out, Leo Blake must win it...or die trying.

"Classic B. V. Larson. This book grabs you by the plasma cannon and won't let go. Fast adventure, fast action - and I loved the space-battles!" - S. Arthur

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

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slow start, good listen

decent scifi story, slow start, give it time. would recommend to listen. now I'm just filling words now....

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  • B.
  • 2017-02-08

Formulaic but entertaining

Most of the books that I've read or listened to, by BV Larson, have the same characters reworked and tweaked along with very similar plot lines. This book was no different and some of the content was absolutely ludicrous. That said I really enjoyed it. It's fun and I think it's meant to be fun.

The narrator move things along well and it was quite easy to discern between the different characters voices.

So if you're looking for an action oriented pulpy science-fiction spin... without much need for deep thought, I recommend this book. If you want serious science fiction or something a little deeper in terms of space opera, you might look elsewhere. However , I'm hoping for more in the series.

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  • Kenneth
  • 2017-03-18

Swarm series all over again

Larson is getting in abut by of a rut. He excels at world building but the overall premise is just too similar. Aliens enlisting us to fight their war is the central theme of two other series that I know of that he has written. The book was entertaining but I couldn't shake the feeling I had been here before.
Side note: he has utterly no depth to female characters. They only want to be arm candy for some overly testosterone juiced protagonist. It gets tiresome.

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  • DocJim
  • Southern Indiana
  • 2017-09-19

A book in a series that could stand on its own!

Often I read books in a series that just stop. Then you wait for the next book and if you are lucky, you will remember the characters and plot from the previous book. B.V. Larson wrote this book and it would stand on its own -- and still leave room for more. I enjoyed the characters and the world created for the story to move through.

It is a fun book as the main character has to learn how to live in several different environments and with different protocols. Warning: This book is PG-13 or a bit higher and may not be the best for kids. But I am no kid and I loved the book. I believe I will buy the next one in the series.

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  • JohnJSS
  • 2017-04-13

B. V. Larson didn't seem to put as much effort into this one.

If this is your first book from B. V. Larson I recommend you check out a different one. This one was not as intriguing and the story line was simpler.

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  • Jack Brown
  • Texas
  • 2017-01-05

Undying Mercenaries

I loved BV's first series, it was wonderful. when he released the undying mercenaries series, that quickly became one of my all time favorites. this new series is excellent and is very similar to undying. it seems like a mix between star force and undying.

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  • Alex Furman
  • San Francisco, CA USA
  • 2018-11-09

Amateur hour

This book reads like it was written by a 17 year old. Now, to be sure, I wasn't expecting high literature here, but this is significantly weaker than what I'm used to in mindless sci-fi. Poor writing, naive plotline, no character development to speak of. I'm done with this author.

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  • Christopher
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 2018-10-19

Incompetence

I enjoyed B. V Larson's undying mercenaries series because the military incompetence is actually kind of funny, but this series was almost as bad. The only thing that made it somewhat believable was that the MC is an officer.... If you are looking for a more serious sci find I would not recommend this series

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  • Abbott
  • 2016-12-18

Somewhat entertaining but ... corny

It plays a bit like a cartoon for adults. The pacing is pretty rushed, especially considering the scale of the story he's telling. The main character is endowed with inexplicably extraordinary abilities but is otherwise as bland as under-seasoned mashed potatoes.
It's imaginative and even exciting at moments but, for the most part, lackluster and not compelling. Decent for a quick read (maybe a round trip flight?) but nothing you'd recommend to a friend.

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  • Squished Quail
  • 2017-03-08

Hey BV LARSON!

Get a new idea. Save your money. Get starforce series or this. but same plot.

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  • thomas
  • charlotte, NC, United States
  • 2017-02-01

Solid BV

If you could sum up Rebel Fleet in three words, what would they be?

Humans are Tricky

Who was your favorite character and why?

Our hero has got to be everyone's favorite. A stereotype (in a good way) of the American every man. Calculating, tough and ready to fight. I thought he shared a lot of the same qualities as the Undying Mercenaries protagonist. If you liked that series I think you will like this one.

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

There are several narrators that seem to fit authors well. Liam Owen in the Hard Luck Hank series is one that comes to mind. Mark does a great job here.Snarky, sarcastic, funny and ready for action.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I went through this one pretty quick. One thing about BV Larson .... its not really the plot that pulls you in. It s a combination of the humor, action adn interesting characters that keep you engaged. This isn't Hemingway but that is the point. If you are looking for a diversion, for entertainment and you want fast faced, action oriented Sci Fi. BV is your man. Well done, cannot way for next book

Any additional comments?

A lot of authors take tim eto set up the story, not Larson. WIthi one chapter or so the action takes off. This is sometimes unnerving as a reader adn takes some suspension of disbelief. But if you hang on you are immersed pretty quickly. Another thing .. there is a somewhat uh compromising relationship with a member of another. This is not as weird as you might think once the story gets rolling. Just think Julie Newmar and Catwoman.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful