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Swarm: Star Force, Book 1 | [B. V. Larson]

Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Earth arms marines with alien technology and builds its first battle fleet! 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.

A novel of military science fiction by best-selling author B. V. Larson, Swarm is the story of Earth's annexation by an alien empire. Long considered a primitive people on a backwater planet, humanity finds itself in the middle of a war - and faced with extinction.

Battle stations! Listen to another Star Force novel.

©2010 B.V. Larson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 07-05-14
    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "You have got to be kidding me"

    There's a whole lot of unbelievable here, and a great many unlikeable characters. Brain candy is all you can say for it. After readin reviews of the rest of the series, I'm done with this one.

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    wolfje NL 07-01-14
    wolfje NL 07-01-14
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    "Mark Boyett makes most of a so-so story"
    What disappointed you about Swarm?

    The idea behind the story is a good one, but the way it's set out in the book makes me cringe. It feels like it's been written by a 16 year old who has just discovered girls ...


    Would you ever listen to anything by B. V. Larson again?

    I had enough halfway through book 2 and deleted it from my iPod.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

    Boyett is a good narrator - he kept me listening even though I got bored and irritated with the silly plots.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The concept of the story in itself is interesting and has potential - pity really.


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    Melissa 06-24-14
    Melissa 06-24-14

    I am into sci-fi and love a good British comedy.

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    "Space marines COOL. excellent narrator too."
    If you could sum up Swarm in three words, what would they be?

    Tough. Detailed. Incapsulating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I actually loved the narrator's voice for this audio book. Very captivating to listen to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I teared up when his kids died.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    They came in the night but not to probe us .... They came to find the elite of us to fight for the Universe.


    Any additional comments?

    Good GUY book, even though I'm a girl.

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    Lawrence Kinston, NC, United States 05-28-14
    Lawrence Kinston, NC, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2015

    I am a Audible lover! Its my morning coffee, mid day snack and evening dessert.

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    "Man vs. Machine"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great Man vs. Alien technology story. Our hero Kyle Riggs is a computer science professor and farmer who is abducted by a alien space craft that puts Kyle through a series of tests that could end his life if he fails. This is a great story that kept me entertained throughout the entire book.

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Fabulous concept that lost me"

    The premise of this book is excellent, it really got me thinking and the free novella by this author got me completely hooked. The development of the story lost me completely. The love scenes made me feel ill. I was very disappointed that the central idea was lost in what became a predictable action book.

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    Paul 04-16-14
    Paul 04-16-14

    A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.

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    "Non-stop action."
    What did you love best about Swarm?

    I love the opening scene, and the test. Very creative. The battle scenes are very well described, and graphic.


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    kelvin phoenix 04-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I wont go in to the plots too much mainly if it 3 - 5 stars you may want to try it.

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    "Nice start to a Series"
    What did you love best about Swarm?

    I think it shows the human ability to adapt in times of survival and to persevere. From the lost of his children to help mankind survive and help form Star Force fleet and marines.
    Its a perfect mix of man, machines, political, and a little piracy.


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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 04-11-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "What a breath of fresh air!"

    I love sci-fi novels, and was quite excited to tackle this one. This story was so unique from anything that I had read in the past, that I was caught completely off guard. I loved the harshness of the storyline...the super fast pace of the plot...and the amazing visualization that the author led me to. The pacing in this book was breakneck, but Larson never left out any details that were necessary to the storyline. The main character was quite cold in his immediate emotional recovery from the death of someone close to him, and that part of the story seemed to not fit very well, but the author dealt with it in a quick "take it or leave it" fashion, and I found that I soon left it.

    The narrator did a fantastic job. I wasn't thrilled with his voicing of the Sandra character, but that is personal opinion and someone else may love it. Other than that character, I though his choices were very good!

    Great read, and I look forward to the next installment in the series!

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    Chris A. Reynolds Connecticut, USA 04-06-14
    Chris A. Reynolds Connecticut, USA 04-06-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Abducted... Yeah I think I was!"
    Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by B. V. Larson again?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Swarm?

    The protagonist's son and daughter are killed by the aliens by 14 minutes into the book. A few minutes later, but all in the same scene, he's checking out a woman who has also been abducted: "...my eyes ran downward I couldn't help it, everything below the waist was just as shapely as the rest - and naked...."
    Really? So soon after describing his dead children and looking into his dead daughters eyes. If I could play editor, I be looking for my shredder.


    Any additional comments?

    You did warn me that the 'LISTENERS LIKE ME' tool was 'beta' so maybe work on it some more. I was in a hurry and just decided to try it to save time.

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    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 04-03-14
    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Original and Fascinating SciFi!"

    This novel was FAR better than I expected and the synopsis does not do it any sort of justice. The general premise is one that I've never encountered before and it had me hooked from the start. I don't want to spoil anything, as the surprising plot development was the most delightful part of this book for me. If you haven't already read a review that gave everything away I encourage you to get the book without ruining this aspect for yourself! Suffice it to say, Mr. Larson gives the tried old story of alien abduction a twist that might put it into a whole 'nother sub-genre where humans are made to fight for a good cause against their will and under baffling restrictions.

    I REALLY want to talk specifics but the gist is that Riggs is put in a situation where he must work around the bizarre limitations of an artificial intelligence and technology beyond his comprehension to achieve a goal of epic proportions. This is complicated by the fact that he is a random person of no authority forced to take on huge responsibility in a very short time and with no instruction. As many other reviewers have already said, he also must do all this directly following the death of his son and daughter.

    Some reviewers have expressed disbelief at the progression of Riggs' roles and of his response to the death of his children or the plausibility of the plot as a whole. I disagree with all of these. Don't get me wrong, the premise of the story is WILD but it is plausible (at least within scifi) and the rest is really a pretty reasonable progression of events.

    Riggs goes from a nobody to a person of extreme import because he was one of few people given ultimate power by virtue of the premise. What he does with that power and how he responds is quite understandable and reasonable to me. He never makes any leaps in logic or presents with any knowledge or ability that I would consider to be beyond a normal man with a proper education. In fact, I think his character is quite well done. If anything he's just unnaturally calm in crazy situations. His response to his childrens' death is not ludicrous as some reviewers have said. It happens in a situation of high adrenaline and violence so it is completely realistic that he initially turns his despair into rage. In such situations, people usually do not give themselves over to grief until the situation has calmed down.

    The plot is pretty well laid out and supported by teasing clues throughout the book and further into the series. The technology is pretty basic and unadorned. All of it has roots in modern day technology and none of it is really explained in enough detail to say that it doesn't make sense. The author seems to have acknowledged a lack of schooling in physics on his part and the characters admit their ignorance to understand the tech.

    There are only one or two other characters besides Riggs that are developed in any significant capacity and, unfortunately, his girlfriend was not one of them. When she was presented at the start I had high expectations for her but nothing more was ever added. She is used as a human companion (and concubine) for Riggs and little else. Crowe is an entertaining personality and the author sets up an age-old relationship between them that serves the political drama.

    The narrator has a pleasing voice. His character discriminations are mostly very good but the main female is basically just Riggs with a slightly different accent. Nevertheless, I was never distracted by the narrator and the main voices were very satisfactory.

    Overall, I was blown away by the fantastic premise of the book and I very much enjoyed Riggs as a character and his puzzle-solving with the computer (think trying to get a murderous Genie to do your will). It is a unique and gripping adventure with bouts of frequent action broken up by intriguing ideas and thought exercises. Highly recommend it for scifi fans!

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