Swarm: Star Force by B. V. Larson, is story that takes alien invasion into a whole new realm of interesting possibilities.
Beginning: Carpenter Middle: Marine then Firefighter Latter part: IT Admin; Books have always provided fuel for my imagination to feed on.
After the first chapter that seemed slow the book blossomed into an excellent listen.
Great imagination. Stuff I have never heard before.
The author has a very creative mind.
The book is built on a great premise, but the main character is just too competent in all the wrong ways. After the very beginning of the book, nothing really goes wrong for him. He's supposed to be a supper smart computer scientist, but he misses so many obvious solutions.
The pacing is good and overall the tension is fine. The main reason I don't like this book is the love interest. She has a personality, but no identity. I don't feel like she came from anywhere, she just landed in the story for the protagonist to bang eventually. The entire romance falls totally flat.
Really loved the premise, interesting development early on. As some others have mentioned the characters were a bit flat in the beginning and inconsistent in their actions but I found this was easy to overlook in view of the creative story line. Just as I was engaged in the daily development of the story and characters however, the story jumped forward in great leaps of time and became more of a shoot em up with great loss of life and a lack of detail.
The reader did a fine job.
I liked the premise of this book very much, but not sure the follow through will convince me to read further.... One of the best Science Fiction ideas I've seen, not so much on the presentation though. I would have loved this as a stand alone with a bit more consistent story flow, but not sure I'll continue the series.
Yes. I think I've listened to this book 3 times total. It is just that good.
The ending is so big you just cant stop there.
When Riggs confronts the assassin after the nano injections.
Laugh. The book is not without its own sense of humor.
This book is a grate starting off point to an amazing series. It only gets better form here.
I enjoyed the main character actually using his brain and logic to figure things out throughout the book. A great, and sadly rare, characteristic in most sci-fi books.
The first person POV and that not everything after an initial loss was victory after victory. Realism was established.
Kyle as the main character
The ending was kind of an "oh crap" moment that you shared with the main character. Very fun.
This is what sci-fi is all about. Futuristic technology from a human perspective where the characters have to use their intellect to figure things out. And that's the strength of this book. Told from a first person POV, Kyle Riggs is abducted by an alien spacecraft and has to use his brain, with a little brawn, to figure out what is going on. Kyle isn't a super soldier, Buff McHardsteel guy but a computer programmer college professor. That is the strength he brings in to the story. It's enjoyable to see the character tackle a problem from different angles using his knowhow.
The plot reminded me a lot of Space Invaders if it was ever made into a movie/book. While there's not much new here, kind of just your standard alien invasion plot line, what is done with it is interesting. What's also interesting that I wish the book would have touched on a bit more was the creation of the new sovereign entity of Starforce in the view of world affairs. It reminded me a bit like John Ringo's "Under A Graveyard Sky" but not as in depth.
The story moves pretty quick and actually I would have liked to seen more problem solving from Kyle's POV. However, with like 13 books in the series there's probably more room there than in this single book. I will be picking up the next book. The ending was pretty impressive and felt realistic. Throughout the story, there are wins and losses that add realism to the story as well. It's not just loose battle A, change one thing, and win everything after that. Very well done in that regards.
I would recommend this for someone looking for a good alien invasion story. Final Grade - A