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.
When the book started out - I was truly mesmerized. Enough to tune out the voice of my GPS and end up somewhere else. Halfway the "action" started and it felt like there was a completely different writer taking the lead. The ending was great. The only thing I can assume is that Mr. Larson had a great idea for a story but ran out of juice and filled in the middle with military minutia. I will give the second book in the series a try.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
After listening to Larson’s first two Undying Mercenaries books, and liking them, I set out to try Larson’s most popular series: Star Force. I liked the opening section of discovery and wonder, but found the climax to be anti-climatic. The Computer Science Professor protagonist is interesting. I like the way he is able to work around the Artificial Intelligence machines with his mad programming skills. It becomes farcical though when he is the sole person to figure out just the right process for defeating the enemy at each and every step in the conflict. He even becomes the on the ground field commander of combat troops in as the battle escalates. If this was a Philip K. Dick story that would be a clear indication that our guy is hallucinating, but in this book, the hero is supposed to be for real. I am well used to the idea of willing suspension of disbelief—a prerequisite for a Science Fiction reader—but after already buying the idea that intelligent alien machines are in a war and need our help; believing that a nerdy professor can go from teaching at a community college to leading the forces of earth to repel the first wave of alien invaders and single-handedly negotiating a peace that will enslave mankind for a generation, is one suspended disbelief too far. Do I think this series has potential? Yes, I can imagine how this can expand into something far more vast than this first installment, and so I may try the next book in the series at a later date.
Mark Boyett is, as always, excellent. I think the Undying Mercenaries series gives him more opportunity to demonstrate his range, but even here he is pitch perfect.
Oh yes I will, I'll wait about 4months then re listen.
The entire story line is my most memorable moment.
Mark Boyett made the audible book one of the best listens I've had. Great emotion, one of the best readers I've heard.
I could not shut it off, as soon as I finished one audio book I would load the next book.
I don't do many reviews, but I'm hooked on BV Larson, and Mark Boyett. They make a great combo..I just wish he did all of BV Larson's audio books.