Out of the 16 series and 54 books I have through audible, this saga has to be in the top three. Maybe two. The majority of my collection involve space opera and futuristic sci fi. I believe Hyperion book series still remains my number one but for different reasons. This is the best military/combat focused style futuristic sci fi.
I'd say Dan Simmons Hyperion, Undying Mercenaries, Peter Hamilton's Void series/Pandora's Star, D.J. Molles The Remaining series (zombie) and Alastair Reynolds Pushing Ice. It's a first person view of humanities experience sprinkled in with future tech, military combat and dominant leadership flaws/strengths.
Storytelling and narration is exceptional. Nothing annoying like a strong Scottish accent.
Without any spoilers, the main character overcomes many flaws in government and humanities culture when applied to space and interplanetary travel. The extreme loss and pain the main character experiences was not fluffed over as he works through his mistakes. A real good vs evil battle goes on throughout the series.
This review is for all books in this series. I only wish the books were longer than 11-13 hours.
Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...
Well paced, well-constructed alien invasion story which develops into a global battle with a militaristic feel. An engaging listen with a good narrator....BUT.....
Okay---how many books are out there which start out so promising, only to introduce some female characters in an end-of-the-world setting who just sit around, passively waiting for the male characters to take action?? It's so tiresome and ridiculously sexist. This is yet another one of them. The story structure and pace was so promising, but with this one element, it just ruined it. Having a fierce-personality female character who becomes clingy and stupid broke my enjoyment in the story.
I wonder if these writers even respect their wives/sisters/mothers/girlfriends....
I returned it. So disapointing.
Semi retired computer field engineer.
Remember the movie: "Starship Troopers"? My experience for of this book, was a lot like that movie. Was this movie based on this book? Not a lot of thinking necessary. Just kinda grade "B" entertainment in my opinion.
I have read lots of SciFi before that really made me think about things. This didn't really do that for me. KInda' "fluff" storytelling. Not a lot of character development. Not a lot of fulfilling tech development. Not a lot of cultural/moral/ethical tension that for me makes a story interesting - even if I don't agree with the points the writer is trying to express or explore, I want a bit of a mental challenge in that way. For me, the SciFi genre needs to be used as a vehicle for something more. The book seemed to get started on some tact, and I was getting excited, thinking, "Ok, now it's going to take off!" and then, "Hmm, missed opportunity here."
I think Mr. Boyett did a decent job of narrating what he had to work with. It felt like he was having to work harder than usual, to make this story work. It was much of the time like experiencing someone overacting, but out of necessity.
Is this one of Mr. Larson's first works? A lack of experience maybe? I didn't think what had the potential of a very fresh and interesting premise, got the outcome it deserved. Lots of "gaps" and incomplete takes on things, in some the descriptions.
I'm sorry if my review sounds overly negative, because I realize I am in disagreement with many other reviewers. I actually feel kinda' bad, not to be able to give a glowing review. So much potential here. I know writing a book is not easy to do really well. I mean no disrespect to the author, the narrator or other reviewers.
Would I listen to another one from this author or this series? MAYBE, but I would need to be in the mood for something pretty light weight.
Here is hopes the next books are better.
Action...tons of it.
Use of common sci-fi storylines to weave a unique story that is believable.
It felt like I was watching a movie.
Time for Earth to put on it's big boy pants.
If you're sleepy, then you can easily fall asleep, so the story isn't complicated and doesn't make you think. However, it's full of action and keeps you wanting more. Larson's Mercenaries Series is the best I've read of this Author so far.
What a unique beginning! And from there I found the book interesting all the way through. Never a dull moment. Believable interaction between the Star Force leaders and among the warriors too. Good detail for the aliens. Wonderful narrator.
I realize BV Larson has been writing for some time, but this is my first exposure to his books. As soon as I finished Swarm I ordered the next two in this series.
Character development. Any character development at all. It was an excellent concept that by the end became formulaic, it's characters one dimensional.
So many opportunities for characters to grow. Instead we have an online college professor who somehow knows how to engineer laser weapons, factories, starships, train and command troops, is a diplomatic genius... And his girlfriend is nothing but a sassy sex toy throughout the whole thing.
The reader was fine. If I saw his name I wouldn't hesitate to download.
Disappointment is the perfect word for the second half of this book.
I'm afraid I won't be pursuing this series.
If you like good military science fiction, go find David Drake, John Ringo and David Weber. Don't bother with BV Larson. Characters are unrealistic, enemies are flat, and there is NO attempt to bring even Science Fiction logical conclusions to the contrived emergencies.
Oh, look! You wrote yourself into a plot hole! Do you use human ingenuity to get out of it? NO! Bring in a miracle in modern (alien technology nanite) machines to fix it for you!
Probably something light and fluffy, like the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
Just write a book called Deus ex Machina and be done with it.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
What would you do if an alien ship picks you up and give you control to fight an army of giant space robots? This story explains what most of us would do in these circumstances. The sequel is definitely on my list. I want to know what happens next.