• City World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 17
  • By: B.V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,910 ratings)

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By: B.V. Larson
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Publisher's Summary

Earth’s entire fleet and all her legions are conscripted by the Galactics. Centurion McGill of Legion Varus is among countless troops pressed into service as cannon fodder for the Empire.

Not everyone on Earth is happy with the demands of the Galactics. Earth has built up her military for decades, and now she might lose everything in a foreign war no one understands. As the man who has killed more Mogwa than any other human in history, McGill is approached and given a mission. He has a fateful decision to make. Will he serve Earth’s overlords faithfully, or will he assassinate the arrogant alien leaders?

City World is book 17 in the Undying Mercenaries series, an epic saga of space battles and ground combat. With millions of his titles sold, USA Today best-selling author B.V. Larson is the king of modern military science fiction.

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Keeping to the downward slope

Every time I see a new one pop up, I trick myself into believing that "This has got to be the one! This one will finally get back on the tracks!" Every time, for the last 4-5 books or so, I've come away more disappointed. Maybe the growing disappointment is causing a perceived downward slope and the last 5 books have actually just been of the same, formulaic, names and places replaced, quality, but who knows.

It's literally the same, exact story with the same, exact, lack-of-growth characters as the last 4 have been. The plot is the same, the cast is the same, the dialogue is the same- only the setting has changed, and really only in the most technical aspect. McGill is a dumb, womanizing redneck. The brass/his superiors (many, if not all, are outright traitors that apparently everyone forgot about) throw him into an unwinnable situation. He cheats and turns the tide and accomplishes something with galaxy-wide implications. The brass/his superiors take the credit (with who? Who knows. He deals personally with several of the highest ranked military and civilian authorities.) and go back to treating him like a dumb, womanizing redneck.

Any semblance of a series arc/plot is either gone, or so dissembled that it may as well be.

I very much hope that Larson stumbles back into the tracks of this series soon. It is/was such a fantastic series until the tracks curved and he kept going straight about 5km back. I'm not even sure if he could turn around and get back on at the point of departure at this point.. He needs to stumble back onto the original tracks or find some new ones to get on because this series has just been coasting on momentum and is getting bogged down quickly.

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I think even Mark Boyett is tired of this story

This was my last go at giving BV a chance to revitalize this storyline to something worth spending credits on. And now, I am done with it. Like the title says, even Mark Boyett's narration seemed halfhearted this time... it's just dead stick at this point.

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The most entertaining story to date.

Kept me involved from the start to finish. Larson weaves a fantastic story and Mark Boycott gives it life. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys science fiction.

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It’s important to make me laugh

And this audio book keep me company during my dose of plague. Laughing while sick is the highest honor

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Worst of the series so far

The book is called City World. But you don't get to "City World" until like hour 9 or so. Then the world isn't a city. There is a large city on a world. Boring story. The best part of this book were the characters.

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such a great series never dull

I do not know how he can write 13 books all the same but never a dull minute I know we all know the basics of what's going to happen to McGill but you can't stop listening. this should be a TV series it would be bigger than the walking Dead or game of thrones

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One of my favorite series. Hate having to wait

Love this guy's sarcastic characters. The book is good, if you are listening you get what you want from this book.

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Goods series but a little stagnant

I very much like the writing, world building and narration. however, the main character, known to be a scoundrel is becoming stagnant. There has been no growth or character arc for him and the world has advanced a little but still seems to be similarly stuck. I hope things begin to change or I will need to shelve this series for a bit.

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long time fan

this book addressed allot of the questions left after blood world and introduced a new interesting story line with the galactics . we the fans are on book 17 of the series and still want more. b.v larson if you read this next step is a tv series please 🙏 lol even an animated series like clone wars would be amazing 👏

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The McGill Creature Strikes (Out) Again

These Undying Mercenaries stories are a hoot to read. But to HEAR it as read by the amazing Mr Boyett is BETTER THAN A CGI ACTION MOVIE in a theater. Every audio character comes to life as if custom built by a Galactic flesh printer. Just fantastic!

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  • Quigglebert
  • 05-01-22

A return to form

After the last couple of books feeling a little tired, a fantastic return of the galactic universe.

the story is back to where I personally enjoyed it the most, James pulling his usual shenanigans on his foes and friends alike in a captivating war story which had a few moments that took me by suprise and a twist or two that leaves me wanting more.
if you like the series, this is closer to the classic style in the first few books focusing on the legion and McGill, it's less about the black ops.
And I have always had a soft spot for the grand admiral, some might even go so far as to call it slave love

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  • Craig M
  • 08-12-22

More greatness from Centurion James McGill

A man like James McGill has many talents; fighting, dying, being a relentless womaniser, being the perfect sycophant giving the proper "slave love" to mankind's 'rightful' masters- the Maguire-, and totally screwing up just to fix the disasters he caused and win the day in the end. The undying legionnaires are full of gut-busting jokes, James' utter good natured contempt for his superiors, love for his legion (Legion Varus), loyalty to his men (and Earth: if it fits his plans), and lots and lots of brutal fighting, gory deaths and revivals back to life that mostly come out all right. He's not the world's greatest mind but he has his own form of slack-jawed Georgia bred genius. If you are offended by misogyny don't bother reading, but do remember that it's all in good fun and well meaning. Loved by his men, disgusted and horrified by his superiors, this is what you get with "a man like James McGill!"

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  • Rob
  • 07-28-22

Same as all the others

James is getting boring. His antics are ridiculous and the whole story is getting tired. Do women have no respect for themselves in these books?! There has been zero development of the main characters at all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-15-22

Great book

Happy he brought a lot back this time. It really makes it worth wile to read the series.

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  • Gary Nicholls / Sarah Nicholls
  • 07-13-22

City world

Just read it peeps. It's brilliant in every way. Still my favourite author. All the characters are growing almost true to life. seriously though we'll worth reading or listening to it.

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  • Andrew Lawson
  • 06-26-22

Entertaining but some inconsistencies

I’ve enjoyed all the books in the series and it’s always impressive how well Mark manages to maintain the different voice characteristics so well throughout.

It’s not the first time there’ve been some glaring flaws in story continuity though, so I wanted to write to note this. Unless I dozed off & missed them retrofitting something, at the end of the previous campaign, his boss / ongoing love interest had been demoted & supposedly put back in charge of his rag tag bunch. However, recommencing this story, there’s no mention of this demotion and she’s not the tribune she was supposed to be. It just seems quite an oversight given it’s surely a major point from the previous book.

Regardless, it won’t stop me listening and enjoying the overall adventures to come I’m sure.

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  • John
  • 06-23-22

Another great story in the series

It is great to have another instalment of the series and has the usual mix of humour and twists to the story.
Great performance as always adding to the characters

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  • S. Morris
  • 06-22-22

Hmmm ...

Hmmm ... This is better than the previous book in the series, Ice World. however, it continues to be far too formulaic. I've stated this before in reviews of some previous books in this series, so it's a problem that has been around a while now. Larson is a talented writer for sure, but it appears to me that he has a set of basic plot points that he simply repackaged, the key differences is the connections between the major plot points. It's a modular system that allows Larson to have a pretty prodigious output as a writer, but tends to produce stories that seem somewhat variations on a long running theme.

Don't get me wrong, I really loved the early book sin this series. Larson had hit upon an idea that allowed for a huge story telling scope, an immortal soldier. Now however, these books have become more of a case of rinse and repeat to a large extent. Initially, I preferred the Undying Mercenaries series over the Star Force saga, but I have revised this opinion in light of the aforementioned issue I have with the stories. There is huge potential here if only Larson would mix things up a bit and not tend to rely on a set number of antagonist species. Sure, we tend to get a new recurring species every now and then, but these stories really need more dynamism I feel. I'd love to see a completely new alien race that has the originality of the Wur or the aggressiveness of the cephalopods. The galaxy is a huge place and Larson even hinted at the great unknown expanse of our own galaxy in this book, an area that future stories really ought to delve into.

As mentioned above, Larson is a prolific writer and knocks out several of these books a year in addition sometimes to other projects. The problem with this is that stories such as this one have plot holes and other oddities ending up in the writing. For example, the Rigellians daring to attack the Mogwa, a Galactic, should see their entire species wiped from the Galaxy using Hell Burners to destroy their worlds, and yet they appear to attack with impunity and with great effect on a species far more advanced than them.

As ever, I spotted an error in the writing, something I find common in Larson's stories and something I can only put down, for the most part, to the speed at which he knocks these books out at. The first thing I noticed was how Larson failed to remember if the Winslade character was a Primus or Tribune rank. In one paragraph he'd be referred to as Primus, then as Tribune a couple of paragraphs later. This happened several times, so I have to ask yet again, where was the proofing process here?

I may have forgotten a prior book plot point here, but the character of Floramel was stated as being "permed" at one point in the story, an indication that the person was permanently dead without a chance of a revival, and yet later on we find said character on Dust World.

I feel that if Larson cannot add some key new elements to these stories that he really should end the series. I have liked this series, I really have, but it seems to have gone a bit stale for me. I will, of course, continue reading this series as long as it goes on, after all, they are entertaining for all their foibles.

The sad thing is that I tend to find these days that finishing a new Undying Mercenaries story leaves me unsatisfied.

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  • david
  • 06-13-22

Nice read

another nice read. Full of unlikely events and far fetched stories but still worth the read

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  • CJSILV
  • 06-11-22

Great book

Great book love the story and the book series great narration can’t wait to listen to the next one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-22

brilliantly funny

James McGill is a true blue legend, Graves, Galina, Harris, Saigon, Leeson (funny bastard) the slippery Windslade are all brilliant characters... looking forward to Book 18 and then listen to them all again

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  • Warwick Trevithick
  • 09-13-22

More and more enjoyable after each book

As our hero would say “I’m a deeply flawed man after all” . X x x

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  • John
  • 08-06-22

Another fun romp with James MacGill

This is the same basic storyline with the usual irrelevant sexist bravo and bluster.
This is not challenging but engaging and fun.

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  • Theo
  • 07-13-22

I really enjoy this series.

Great narrator, and amusing writing, full of adventure and intrigue. I cant wait for the next one.

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  • joshua hughes
  • 05-23-22

Loved it!

I really enjoyed City World. I like where BV Larson is taking this series and can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-22

amazing and keep wanting more!!

This is one of those stories you never want to end, and it makes you sad when the book finishes because you want more of the McGill creature. Keep it up, please!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-22

the best yet

Absolutely loved the story the depth of it and the detail. Great action 5 stars

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  • Puhek
  • 05-09-22

Meh

Same same of everything. No new concepts, ideas or twists. Event seem provincial without any depth or impact on anyone. Feels like some characters are in the story just so we don't forget they exist. Their personalities are not shaping the story - feels like the other way around.
I'd love to see thinking and solving bigger, existential problems of the Milky way inhabitants rather than just another same dying experience and sexapades of one centurion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-29-22

totaly addicted

so far this series never fails to entertain! okay suspension of reality is required, though made up by story line and consistency between novels. well worth the time!