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Extinction (Star Force Series) [Kindle Edition]

B. V. Larson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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Earth's Star Force Marines invade an alien world!

In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission--one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.

EXTINCTION is the story of Earth's entry into an interstellar war between living creatures and machines. To buy the peace, we've signed up with the machines.... EXTINCTION is an 111,000 word novel of science fiction by bestselling author B. V. Larson.


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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, fun & furious 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Action and Excitement 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.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Disappoint 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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pulp Fiction 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but Empty 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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Programmers Don't Make Good Marine Colonels 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun read!
I gave this book a five star rating because it is a great, fun read. This was a nice diversion after reading five fantasy, sword slashing 29 hour books in a row.
Published 18 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, interesting story line.
This is the first book I've read of B.V. Larson. I am already on the third of this series. Unusual and exciting story line with strong characters and neat ideas. Read more
Published 28 days ago by LM Reichel
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another great book in the Star Force Series
I just can't get enough of this series. I am enjoying how the story is evolving and I can't wait to learn more about this universe. I am completely sucked into this series.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Galecki
4.0 out of 5 stars Streach your mind
The plot in this book and the books that follow in the series will cause you to expand your mind about the role humans play in the universe. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LORETTA M. HODGES
5.0 out of 5 stars as good second time
Just started reading the series over. Read it when first started coming out. Few books hold up to second time. This series does.
Published 1 month ago by jlw
5.0 out of 5 stars Larson magic
Absolutely mesmerized by this series.Can't wait for next book! Also waiting for sequel to 'Steel World'. Keep writing! Brilliant stuff!
Published 2 months ago by Michael Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
I found the first book to be a not as good as this book was in terms of overall story construction. Still the first book is required to follow this the second book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by allan
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent SF
I will provide the same review for all books in the series.

It is a great SF story with true aliens and great space fights. Some of the books are just good, other great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the whole series
What a great epic storyline that develops over the whole series of books. I especially liked having the books in both audio and kindle format together with the whisper synching... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars BV Larson Extinction (Star Force Series)
I've read a lot of sci-fi books, but these blow others totally away! You hear me? They rock so hard! It's such a heart pounding non stop action adventure! Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. A. Isbell
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B. V. Larson is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels, many of which have reached the Amazon/Kindle Top 100 bestseller list. Writing in several genres, most of his work is Fantastic in nature, and spans from Military Science Fiction to Epic Fantasy. As a California native, B. V. Larson's stories often take place on sunny beaches and in cities such as Las Vegas. He has three kids living at home and currently teaches college. He writes college textbooks as well as fiction.

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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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