[Review] Steel World by B. V. Larson

Chris's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 15th January, 2015

[Review] Steel World by B. V. LarsonSteel World by B. V. Larson
Series: Undying Mercenaries #1
Published by Self Published by Author on September 21, 2013
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction
Pages: 338
Source: Purchase
Goodreads
three-half-stars
Amazon
In the twentieth century Earth sent probes, transmissions and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed.

The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn’t the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers…someone had to do their dirty work for them, their fighting and dying.

I, James McGill, was born in 2099 on the fringe of the galaxy. When Hegemony Financial denied my loan applications, I was kicked out of the university and I turned to the stars. My first campaign involved the invasion of a mineral-rich planet called Cancri-9, better known as Steel World. The attack didn’t go well, and now Earth has entered a grim struggle for survival.

Humanity’s mercenary legions go to war in STEEL WORLD, bestselling author B. V. Larson’s latest science fiction novel.

Steel World is the first in the Undying Mercenaries series, and why are they called the undying mercenaries? Quite simple actually, because as long as they can be confirmed dead, and their files are on record, they can be revived / cloned / reconstructed, whatever word you choose for the process. All this is because Earth only has one trade good to sell to the galactic empire, the lives of its warriors.

The universe in which Steel World takes place is interesting, and the main characters catch your attention. The story is highly believable, another race tries to prove they can do the job of local mercenaries better than the humans, and it’s going to be one hard fought battle to prove it. Because without their mercenaries, the humans will be exterminated as worthless to the Galactics.

The only thing that really does bring the story a bit of a creepy note is the way a soldier will remember how they died when they are brought back to life. And this can happen again and again and again. How can a sane human withstand this? Most of the members of the Legion take this as nothing more than another day’s work. Maybe these individuals are just so used to it by now that it’s nothing, but I think it would bother the fuck out of me. Sure, it would be cool to know if you fall in battle you’ll be back in time for the celebration, but are you still you or are you someone else?

This was one of the main questions going through not only my head, but the head of the main protagonist. The action was riveting, the battles were bloody, and the women… well you’ll have to read the book yourself for that one. I give Steel World 3.5 stars. It’s better than average, but some questions about the universe were left unanswered, and thus prevented the tale from reaching a solid 4. But I’d recommend it to any fellow fan of military sci-fi. It’s a good start to the series.

Written by Chris Gilman

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