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Extinction (Star Force Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1140 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publication Date: March 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UBFVPO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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B. V. Larson is the bestselling author of over thirty novels and has sold well over a million copies. He's published both as an independent and as a traditional author. Several of his books have reached the top 10 bestseller list of all books on Amazon. He writes in several genres, but most of his work is Science Fiction. Twenty of his books have been professionally produced as audio titles, and they're available in print, ebook or audiobook form. Five of them have been translated into other languages and distributed by major publishers in foreign countries. He writes college textbooks in addition to fiction, and his three book series on computer science is currently in its fifth edition.

For more information check out the author's Homepage: BVLarson.com

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Sybrand Strauss on April 2, 2011
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I don't normally go for the shoot-em up sci-fi genre - but the pure fun factor of the Star Force series thus far has me hooked. Extinction doesn't pretend to be anything more than 'n fast paced popcorn sci-fi, yet it still explores some interesting premises, and leaves you curious about other aspects of the odd interstellar war that drives the story. It's a worthy follow up to Swarm. If you liked Swarm, you'll like Extinction.

If you need a comparison to something else, I'd say Extinction feels a bit like Heinlein's Starship Troopers, mixed in with a bit of Poul Anderson's The High Crusade. (Yes - it's an old school sci-fi feel, with a thoroughly modern take.)
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2011
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This the 2nd book has more of a 50's pulp fiction feel to it. Clipped, too clever Sam Spade dialog throughout the book. It is a bit wearing after a while. Bogart is the only one to perfect this and it took black and white to complete the effect. Story ideas from or like Stargate, but not a ripoff or a redo. The use of nano was good but nothing new or really cool.

Characters are shallow. The female lead bounces into the room to kiss or slap the protagonist several times. And of course she is hot with long tanned legs. This is fine but she is now a love toy not a person. Depth is needed on all the characters.

Enjoyable light, and I stress the light, read at a good price. I would have really loved this when I was 13. And that describes the book best for me.

I describe it as pulp fiction and that is no insult, this is play reading and as important as the great works in their own way. Just wish it was a bit deeper.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Wachter on April 6, 2011
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My concerns from the last book were all answered in a resounding fasion. Leaving me with a few concerns going forward such as do the Mechanoids really ever intend to send the metric tons of earth forces back to earth after just one campaign.

But let me tell you this was a great read and I highly recommend it to anyone who even remotely enjoyed the first book. Also my concerns with ethe start of the first book was not even a consideration with this book. This one started with a bang that continued on the whole book.

The Deposed King
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Troym132 on April 1, 2011
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If you enjoyed Swarm then no doubt you will enjoy this too. Plenty of action, an interesting story line, a fallible hero. For 2.99 and the fact that the author has not tried to make his story into something it's not, I give it 5 stars. If you're looking for something mindbogglingly complex then this is not it. If you just want a fun book and an enjoyable evening then Extinction will more than provide.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brad N. Bleakley on May 29, 2011
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Let me say that given the price, I was entertained and will likely purchase the next one in this series. However, as stated in some of the other 3-star reviews, there is zero character development going on here, and basically nothing occurs plot-wise that is outside the protagonists first-person perspective. This is basically a faster and shallower sci-fi version of a James Patterson novel. I really hope to see this author develop past these books, and eventually start weaving together at least 2 or 3 sub-plots, as I do enjoy the style and sense of humor. There's many authors I read that are overly verbose and I wish would just shut up and move on with the story...Larson is one of the few I find myself wishing would slow down a bit, add some character development to the supporting cast, and some story depth outside the protagonists single-track bulldozer ride to the finish line.

Again, the price made this a quick, fun read...but the unrealized potential this author has left me feeling rather empty before the final page. I am continuing in the Amber Magic series and can see that Larson has some difficulty keeping a handful of characters interacting in a manor that contiues to add depth while being believable and consistant, but I really think the potential is there. I hope to see a Lason novel someday that took 1-2 years to write, and leaves me happy paying $7 for.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John White on December 13, 2011
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B. V. Larson's "Extinction" has the potential for great storytelling. There's the story of the Earth diplomat, forced to deal with an artificial intelligence which has coerced humanity into being it's ground fighting force. The story of the weapons system engineer who has to study new technological tools and materials almost magically advanced. Dumped in his lap is the mission to design a flexible combat system that can be field-adapted to surprise terrain and enemies; And don't forget the logistical planning necessary to outfit a fighting force with the new gear; And don't forget it has to be done in a single year. And finally, there's the story of the Marine Colonel forced to use the new tools and weapons in the field, slightly outside the scope envisioned by the designers.

Unfortunately, those are all the same character. The writer doesn't effectively communicate why the single character has to do all the designing himself without any input from professionals (besides ... distrust?). Nor does the writer actually tell much of the systems design story. And why does the single character have to do all these jobs again? And why do they fail so completely in their logistical vision? Why don't they use their magical nano-material to extract the material they need from Earth mines? Or from hazardous waste sites? Or from nuclear reactor waste? Or from the nuked-to-hell South American terrain? Or from asteroids?

Oh they can use the magic nano-material to extend power, communications, and sensors through tunnels? Clearly they'll use the stuff as a scouting material instead of sacrificing Marines as ... no? Wait, why not? And if they have to send Marine scouts, why don't they connect them with power and communications via long streams of nano material?
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Is it too demanding to ask for another... now?!
Hello PT and Jason,
It takes a while to write a book guys, but I am working on REBELLION.
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How does it compare to "The Lost Fleet" series?
BV Larson's Star Force series is in a league of its own. This series (and many of his books) revolves around a protagonist desperately trying to deal with surrounding events. His writing is fast-paced and entertaining, but the most fascinating part of this series is its premise - one of the... Read More
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