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Element-X
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
This is another good book from Larson. If you've read his other books, you will enjoy this, as you'll recognize his style and sci-fi theme. I like that he keeps the story moving throughout. He is able to set the scene and characters while keeping a steady flow of action. This is probably why some people think the characters lack some depth. Perhaps that's true, but I prefer to learn about the characters through their actions and decisions during the story rather than drawn out pages of boring back stories. That's clearly a personal preference, but the main reason I always look forward to his books.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
It really pains me to have to write this negative review, because this is the first book by B.V. Larson that I just couldn't get into and like. I can't say that the book is terrible, but I just couldn't find anything that grabbed my attention or imagination and made me care about the story. I didn't really care about any of the characters either, because they had not been brought to life the way the author normally does. To me the characters were just stick figures with names, one dimensional, and not really believable. On the other side of the ledger, the bad guys(Aliens?)are just not that scary. It's very murky as to who the bad guys actually are anyway. Is it the agency(XCU) that seems to be somewhat corrupt, the other teams working with and yet against everybody else, the big bad aliens who's agenda we never get to see, or the greedy world governments? There just seems to be a general unfocused nature to the story and characters that left me not wanting more. All that being said, I am not disappointed in the author. I just see this book as a minor bump in the road for B.V. Larson. You just can't expect a home run every time you step to the plate. I bought this book, and would do it again because I want to support the author. I just don't think it's one of his better works.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
This is the first book review I've ever written so please forgive my brevity. First, I'm a huge B.V. Larson fan - the Starforce series is hands down one of my favorites and Element-X does not disappoint. Without giving too much away, I found the premise for this novel viable and the storytelling vivid. What I like most about Larson's writing is the vivid imagery he is able to convey. I felt like I was in the swamp and the ship - please continue this series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The main characters were a tad shallow, but not without reasonable depth. The story is well crafted and flows quite smoothly, with very few typos or errors. The action is intense and well paced without being overwhelming and has sufficient lulls to let the reader catch their breath. Overall it was a good read, a very good read.

I'll be looking forward to the next adventure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
Wow! This book felt like I was on one of those County fair rides where there is no control. I dislike those rides, but I LOVED this book. What a rush! The action barely let up for one minute, and I was hanging on by the seat of my britches all the way through.

I stayed up all night reading it because I had to see what happened in the end. I know some readers like the hard science and all the facts to line up in a logical and believable progression, but this was all-out, kick-butt entertainment.

If you want to be engaged in a book, this is a good one. The main character, who started off totally befuddled, just had to toughen up and get in the game.

One reason I enjoyed the book so much is because it showed that humanity can come through, no matter how bizarre the situation is we face.

Have a fine day, everyone,
Hope
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
This book is definitely not Star Force. I would say its a solid 4 star piece of work. There's action, adventure, mystery and deceit, but most especially lets not forget mysterious technology and brain drilling mechanical constructs.

This could be the start of a very interesting series. The main protagonist is a female who used to work a low end desk job in the intelligence community, suddenly she's catapulted into a whole new world of cloak, dagger and substance X! She's plucky, determined and more than a little out of her depth and reacts how most of us would hope to when faced with overwhelming situations.

All that said I preferred Swarm the opening book of the Star Force series over Element-X. I've reread Swarm more than half a dozen times and I seriously doubt I'll ever read this book again. That said, I'll probably pick up the next one in this series if the free 10% of book 2 reads good.

The Deposed King
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2013
I'm a fan of your Star Force series, B.V., I like the the swashbuckling amateurs that you write for your P.O.V. characters; everyman / everywoman snatched from normal life into outrageous speculative situations where they rise to the occasion and excel by native toughness and common sense. It's like an old school western set in a space opera environment, Annie Oakley and Bill Hickock with spaceships.

I liked this main character, you made her very believable and empathic to anyone who's tried to survive in this world on their own. Her ordinaryness drew me in. The wild situation you threw her into was incredible and her reactions fit what most of us would hope we could do in her situation. It was a nail biter till you resolved it. Loved the ending and the natural way you set up for the next installment.

I can't wait for the sequel. I want to see where you take your two main characters.

Write on my friend
dave
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2014
Too bad this isn't a series. I loved this book, of course, because it's from BV Larson. Anything he writes is totally awesome! I can't get enough of his books! I'm so sick of the same old scifi stories. This guy, I don't know where he gets his ideas, but I'm so glad that someone still has an imagination. With all the video games out, I was beginning to lose hope that anyone even had an imagination left! He does NOT disappoint!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2014
This is an odd book, like most I've read from Mr Larson. The three stars reflects the fact this writing is a couple of continents away from a classic, but belies the fact that I found it inordinately hard to put down to return to the demands of my every day life. The rating reflects the fact that this writing is bread, rather than cake.

It's not often I find something that I am driven to come back to. I often read five or six books across two or three months. All my other current books have collected dust while I search for and read Mr Larson's next novel.

The book itself is an unusual take on earth folk meeting aliens. It's sci-fi set on earth in the near future. It's not sci-fantasy (yeuchh), and it's not in the depths of space. It has a female hero, lots of action, and a the makings of a difficult-to-maintain love interest. In the tradition of the best comics (not as in funny, rather as in picture stories on paper), the hero is a nothing, plucked from obscurity and hard circumstances to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Mr Larson's writing is just engaging, his heroes very likeable, and his settings intriguing. Like, I suspect, most of Mr Larson's writing there is more than enough in there for a sequel and more..

As long as you understand that the writing is not going to be a pale candle to Dickens or Margaret Mitchell, and set expectations accordingly you should have lots of fun. Just don't get hooked like me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
Fast paced action, ok page turner, not enough development of universe.
Would like to read sequel, for more build up.
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