Well thought out
He is value added. Once I heard this book, I began to look for other things he has performed. He voice database is remarkable. He voice is soothing. My wife will listen to his voice when we go on trips without complaint.
It was a good run .
this was a book that I didn't expect to like as much as I did. The title can be a little misleading when you think about swarm. However I was thoroughly pleased with this book and can't wait for the next one. Narration was great as well.
I purchased this book mostly because of the narrator Mark Boyett and he did a great job. The story itself took a while to get me in but the narrator did a great job of keeping it going. Its a bit of fun and light listening and I look forward to where the story can go. The author has opened up a lot of possibilities. I thought it was longer than I expected with a few chapters after the big battles to work into the next book.
Hell hath no fury like a woman interrupted while listening to a really good book!
I came across this story through Audible's "recommendations" and from the description it sounded interesting; however, due to mixed reviews I was hesitate about getting the book and placed it in my wish list where it sat for along time. When I finally downloaded the story, I was very impressed with the story and how much I liked it.
While this Sci-Fi in some ways is like other alien invasions stories, where aliens invade an we fight back. This story has several twists like the aliens who send ships that are looking for commend personal, and capture people and test them and if they fell the test they are discarded. Once the ship finds a person who passes the test, they become the commend personal and fight the other aliens who want to destroy earth.
I gave the story five stars because I found it to be creative, different and captivating. The alien technology was different and I loved the military aspect of the story. Swarm kept me captivated, and was worth the time I invested in listening to the story.
Mark Boyett's performance was solid, and made the story even more enjoyable.
Good military SciFi, but don't expect too much. It is engaging and interesting enough to encourage you to follow along for a nice adventure.
I just finished reading Steel World and Dust World and they were two very terrific books! So I got Swarm, the first Star Force book in the series and settled in for what I just knew would be a good time. Well, I have to say this does not feel like it is by the same author. This has more the feeling of a much younger author, just finding his style, but no, this one was published in 2010. The main character is so terribly self-important and so very chauvinistic to/about the main female character and big on fight/fight/fight with little story in there, well... I was not able to finish it. I think these books would appeal to a young, male audience. I was also appalled at how quickly he got over the deaths of his children, but this is a small, side comment.
If you were looking for just a simple time passer with sci-fi flair, then this may fit the bill. Not much depth, 2-d characters, but lots of action. The book kind of loses the plot and wanders too much mid way through. I'd like to learn more about the aliens in the story, but not sure I'd want to sit through another one to find out. Unfortunately, there are far better SCI FI stories out there competing for my time and attention.
I will to give them a second chance. This book was horrible, but they might have wrote something good. I shouldn't hold a single book against them. But I will inspect that book more thoroughly before starting it.
The lack of character development. The main character starts flat and devoid of all emotion, and continues pretty much the same way. And no, losing loved ones is not an excuse to not having emotions.
The disregard of the ways physical changes to the characters would affect their behaviour. After the main character undergoes a radical physical change, he acts the same. I would believe such a change would impact a person's character somewhat. But if that was the only thing wrong with it, I would have been more than willing to suspend my disbelief for it.
Complete disregard to the ways warfare is conducted. For some reason the author thinks that if a certain faction is comprised only of computer equivalent devices they will operate the same way as his buggy computers at home. This is Independence Day virus scheme stupid.
Sandra. As much as the story needed a female character, it could definitely do without this stereotypical buffoon. Her presence just strengthens the misogynism of the story because she is such a degrading stereotype, and she does nothing to advance the plot.
The premise sounded very promising at first, and the fast pacing makes it easy and interesting to read, but this story doesn't stand on its on.
1st book in the series of 8. It was ok. The Narrator was really good, but everything else was boring. Kept finding myself drifting off onto other thoughts and would become lost of what was happening in the book. The plot was not very entertaining and at times was very predictable. If you read this don't bother reading the rest of the series. They are all the same right down to the same exact plot.
I'm a bit more lenient with an author's first book, and this was a quick and enjoyable listen. It kept my interest pretty much the whole way through. It starts very unconventionally, which really keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. The main character gets abducted by an alien ship, has to pass several tests, and then gets put in charge and forced to fight another invading alien force. It feels very original since it could go anywhere.
Then about halfway through the books really speeds up and devolves into a more traditional marine military sci fi. The author skips a lot of time as forces build up and alien technology is proliferated in order to fight a huge ground war, and most of the latter half is filled with bloody ground battles. This part is more disappointing as it loses much of its originality and actually feels like a different book.
Then the very end puts on a twist that I didn't expect. I wondered how the next book would get set up and whether it was just a continuation of the battles we've seen. But instead something unexpected occurs and leaves a huge hook for future books. I'm interested to see where it goes from here.