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Jason

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  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3812)
    Performance
    (3493)
    Story
    (3501)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Utterly cartoonish, devoid of logic and realism"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?

    I'm ambivalent to the narrator but I'm finding it hard to imagine a circumstance in which I'd read another Larson book.


    What was most disappointing about B. V. Larson’s story?

    The characters, the plot, the dialogue.


    What three words best describe Mark Boyett’s performance?

    It was okay


    What character would you cut from Swarm?

    None of the characters had any redeeming or memorable qualities so pretty much any of them, although I suppose Sandra was particularly pointless.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a book that I couldn't wait to finish, much in the way that one can't wait to finish any particularly unpleasant chore. I like military sci-fi, but this book was absolutely horrendous on pretty much every level. I gave it two-stars instead of one simply because I was able to muddle through and finish it.

    The book was told from the first-person perspective of the main character. I had no idea that I'd find a first-person POV so annoying, but apparently I do. Likely this was probably because his inner monologue was as simplistic and cliche as the rest of the dialogue in the story.

    To say the characters and their actions are unbelievable is putting it mildly. For example, the main character just has the most unbelievably horrific experiences happen to him and is in mortal danger yet somehow is ogling an attractive nude woman while sizing up her suitability as a sex partner. In other words, "My life is completely shattered, but I'd still hit that."

    For a "military" SF book, the military portrayals are utterly cartoonish and devoid of all logic and realism. We are supposed to accept that the main character, a computer science professor and farmer, is somehow able to effectively command a large force of military professionals. He's a completely inept commander but apparently everyone is okay with that. The strategies (and to some extent the story itself) are what one would expect from playing a real-time strategy computer game such as StarCraft.

    No disrespect intended to the author, but if I didn't know better I would have thought this book was written by a fourteen year old penning his personal fantasies. The other negative reviews here are completely spot on in my opinion. You may enjoy it but I certainly didn't.

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