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War of the Spheres

Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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When humanity reaches for the stars, our probes are destroyed. They crash into an incredibly advanced piece of technology: a massive force-field. Unknown beings have placed a barrier around our star and planets, enclosing us within. We’re locked inside a Great Sphere. 

Was this invisible obstacle built to imprison us - or to protect us? No one knows the truth, but it soon becomes clear the barrier has leaks. Aliens infiltrate and try to sabotage our efforts to escape our cage. 

A warship crewed by military people and scientists beta-test an engine designed to pass through the barrier. Chief Gray, a security officer from Control, is assigned to help. His mission is critical: Earth must escape her bonds at all costs, even if it means war with our hostile neighbors. 

War of the Spheres is a new novel by James Millington and B. V. Larson, a best-selling SF author with over three million copies sold.

©2019 Iron Tower Press (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Steve Patterson
  • 2019-04-04

Awful and choppy

I have no idea why BV Larson put his name on this. Mark Boyett did his usual great job, but giving him a 5 star effects the overall rate.

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  • Neil Kresl
  • 2019-04-04

misleading summary...

Bland and unrealistic characters with nonsensical attitudes, weird pacing, and very boring fight scenes. Most of the dialog is bitching arguments, places where tension could be drawn out deliciously are swept aside as the plot bulldozes past them. Time passes apparently but what feels like a couple days is apparently weeks worth of time, at least if the dialog is accurate.

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  • RM
  • 2019-06-18

even Mark Boyett's talent cant save this

Very disappointing, poorly written, with characters that are confusing and unrelatable. The main character and narrator is opaque and leaves you scratching your head about his motivations and actions. Sadly, I was looking forward to this book as I loved Larson's Starforce and Undying Mercenaries series, but this book is just painful to listen to - I only have an hour left and I may not ever finish.

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  • Jacy Legault
  • 2019-04-12

Not a Larson book?

It was like a different person wrote it. The characters and plot were very shallow. Not much was there to enjoy compared to his other series.

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  • John Garner
  • 2019-04-27

Just ok

Mark Boyett did well. The story was just not that good. Not the worst I have read, but not what I expect from BV Larson.

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  • Northern Virginia
  • 2019-04-09

Didn’t leave me wanting more

Mr Boyett’s performance is the high point of this book, as always he was great. Unfortunately, the story is not up to par with Mr Larson’s works, which I’ve previously given high marks. While I liked the stories main character the mechanism for his adventures seemed unsatisfied.

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  • R. Simon
  • 2019-09-23

Good Read

This book was a lot different than most of the SFi that I read. I hope there is a follow up book, you could do a lot with the character Gray.

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  • Brad J. Horton
  • 2019-09-02

I really enjoyed it. I want more!

I know this isn’t the typical book that we’ve come to expect from BV Larson. It was a pretty good story though, maybe it’s just because I’m a captive audience. My career as a truck driver means I am always looking for more content. The main character in this book was a bit more “matter of fact” protocol driven than we were used to. There were a few gaps and in my opinion failed linkages in the story. I just feel like if the series were to continue farther we would fill a lot of those gaps. I don’t think it exactly compares to a lot of the other work out there that we’ve become used to with Larson, But we also have another author James Millington and his style might be different. But I still think it’s worth listening to. I feel really bad that a lot of the reviews have been negative

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  • Billy from Philly
  • 2019-08-23

Its a twilight zone without James McGill

First of, huge fan of B.V. Larson's books. I have enjoyed most of the projects he has worked on. Every day im driving hours and audible helps pass the time. I have listened to all of the Undying Mercenaries series and have enjoyed them immensely. They are 'page turners' that I want to keep listening to after I shut the car off. Mark Boyett is a reliable, understandable, and well rehearsed narrator whom I have enjoyed listening to in the past on other series (Galactic Liberator, Star Force, Rebel Fleet)

Unfortunately for this book, Mark Boyett uses the same voices for the characters in that series as he does for the characters in this book (Grey is a dead ringer for James McGill). The other problem is im constantly cringing as i listen to this book. Nothing adds up, the protagonists is constantly just accepting things that literally make no sense and the people around him seem to have no urgency to the villains actions or connection with reality, and Grey has the same personality as an uninterested rock (except for when it comes tol proportioned women) I'm going to finish listening to the book but I won't be sad when i turn off the radio when i stop the car.

In all honesty, if the last paragraph is (Grey wakes up, and realizes that he's actually James McGill whos been brainwashed by Claver into believing this is all real.) I wouldn't be surprised.

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  • Sailfish
  • 2019-06-22

Similar Larson Characters But A Change Of Pace

Most B. V. Larson fans will find a lot to recognize in this book. An Alpha male, beautiful women, a quirky undependable yet needed character, and several pretentious and arrogant scientists and even a Klaver-like character. However, where the character personality types are similar, B. V. Larson and James Millington team up to present a story that is very different from previous novels which makes for an interesting and unpredictable story. There's also a subtle Half-Life aspect that adds an element of mystery to it.

Also appreciated is how the authors finished the book with a completed feel to it while also leaving enough hints and wiggle room for a continuation if they later decide to write one.

Mark Boyett performance was up to his well-known skillful standards.

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