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Metal Swarm: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 6 | [Kevin J. Anderson]

Metal Swarm: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 6

For years, the alien Klikiss robots have pretended to be humanity's friends, but their seeming "help" allowed them to plant an insidious Trojan Horse throughout the Earth Defense Forces. Now, in the aftermath of a devastating war, swarms of ancient black robots built by the lost insectoid Klikiss race continue their depredations on helpless worlds with stolen and heavily armed Earth battleships.
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Publisher's Summary

For years, the alien Klikiss robots have pretended to be humanity's friends, but their seeming "help" allowed them to plant an insidious Trojan Horse throughout the Earth Defense Forces. Now, in the aftermath of a devastating war, swarms of ancient black robots built by the lost insectoid Klikiss race continue their depredations on helpless worlds with stolen and heavily armed Earth battleships.

Among the humans, the Hansas' brutal Chairman struggles to crush any resistance, even as King Peter breaks away to form his own new Confederation among the colonies who have declared their independence.

And meanwhile, the original, voracious Klikiss race, long thought to be extinct, has returned, intent on conquering their former worlds and willing to annihilate anyone in the way.

The saga continues: listen to more of Kevin J. Anderson's Seven Suns series.

©2007 Word Fire, Inc.; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Rapid-fire action and panoramic plotting make this a first-class space opera." (Library Journal)

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    Tamera Duvall, WA, USA 07-10-08
    Tamera Duvall, WA, USA 07-10-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Good but could have been better"

    This book and the series is very interesting and an entertaining story. There are some implausabilities that could have been done better but if you look beyond that and just enjoy it is good stuff.

    I much preffered George Guidell's reading in the first 3 books. This narrator is a little over dramatic in the read.

    And also why cant new narrators in series ever listen to the way the first ones were read so the names are at least consistent?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde Dale 06-25-08
    Clyde Dale 06-25-08

    Clydesdale

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    "A good Yarn, but Steven J. Baxter he is not."

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the series quite a bit but, as I've stated before, if you're the type who likes Hard Sci-Fi then you will find parts of these books highly annoying. More Fiction than Science. It's easy enough to overlook, given the overall fun of the story, but it can be eye rolling when Anderson completely ignores some of the fundamental laws of the universe without so much as a Star Trekian technobabble to make it seem even slightly plausabe.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Grant Loving Los Angeles, CA United States 08-03-08
    Grant Loving Los Angeles, CA United States 08-03-08 Member Since 2003

    Show me your paso doble.

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    "Just when you think it can't get worse!"

    My god! I just finished the book and I can wait for the next in the series. It is such an engrossing story! I've become seriously involved with the characters. I cheer and get worried about their fate. Just when you think everything is gonna work out... BAM! epic disaster. And you wonder "how will the spiral arm ever recover?" How in the world is Anderson going to make things ok? Or is he?!?! There are just so many new and amazing things that happen in this book.

    As for the narration. It is different, but you get used to it as with book 4. I do find it weird that the roamers have a southern accent, I always imagined them as Japanese and Italian/European.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-05-08
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-05-08 Member Since 2003

    Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

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    "never ending story"

    When I began this series with book one, I thought it was imaginative and grand in scope. Now, however at the end of book six, I am tired of destruction and resurrection, it goes on and on and has become somewhat predictable. I doubt if I will invest and future credits or money listening to this never ending story. Mr. Anderson, a fine writer, needs to bring it to a succinct ending.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-05-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Martian Pyramids?"

    If you like Sci-Fi and you like it coming at you fast and furious and you like as much diversity as possible, then this is the series for you. Anderson is not Dean Koontz, but his style is similar to Dean's latest books of throwing everything but the kitchen sink in. You do want to start at the beginning though or you will be totally lost. I have read several Anderson books and I find that the 2nd and third book of this series to be his best, but still you must start with book one, which is good. I have not read the prequel, yet. That also sounds like a good place to start. Anderson is always bringing new stuff, such as chapter 100 of this sixth book, where he mentions Martian Pyramids.

    For those that are already into the series, get ready for the Klikiss. Not the Klikiss Robots, but the insects themselves. They are a big part of this episode. I enjoyed them a lot and there is lots of explanation as to what they are and where they have been and where they are going. Chairman Basil (Bazel?) really goes off the deep end in this and it looks like they are setting him up for an overthrow. Admiral Willis comes through in this episode, I really enjoyed her. All characters are still two-dimensional, but if you have read this far and expecting complex characters out of Anderson, well your a bigger optimist then me. Even though there are 146 chapters which are only 10 to 13 minutes long, I did think there were lots of boring chapters, with more information then I wanted, yet I will get the last book. I still want to know what happens. I am ready for this series to end.

    I don't understand the complaints on the narrator. He had to do several voices and his females are obvious male trying to do female, but I thought he was real good overall and that he added to the whole experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 03-11-13
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "Great book and series"
    Where does Metal Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely the top half of the books i've listened to.


    What other book might you compare Metal Swarm to and why?

    Hard to compare to other books.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    He had great range and was able to handle many different characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Way too long for that, but it kept my interests.


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    Saud 05-26-14
    Saud 05-26-14

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "What's this?"

    While not exactly bad, it wasn't as good as the previous stories in the series. Yes, it has its moments. Yes, it's addressing loose ends not tied up in the previous books. But it still feels underwhelming.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 12-19-08
    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 12-19-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Im a real fan now"

    At first i thought the stories were okay a real good listen and a good value. but this listen made me a real fan i have since finished the series and hope anderson hurries to write another i enjoy his story telling, a touch just a touch predictable but he is second to none in his story telling.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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