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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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    bonnie 02-21-13
    bonnie 02-21-13

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    "Lots of sci fi but not much humanity"

    There was no one in this book whom I cared about. For me that makes a pretty poor novel. The reader was mediocre .. it seems like the only accents he has mastered is a southern drawl and or Russian. Well, there might have been a Frenchman for a short time .. but he was killed off ... and I didn't care. There were a lot of dramatized battle scenes that reminded me of Terminator but not as good. This book just didn't work for me at all.

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    Lisa Ardrie, AB, Canada 02-15-13
    Lisa Ardrie, AB, Canada 02-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow!"
    What did you love best about Swarm?

    This amazing adventure starts off fast and keeps on going at a wonderful pace.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line is science fiction to the core! It's a believable theory to alien abductions.


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

    Kyle Riggs of coarse, who is professor turned commando, is pretty awesome. Crow, self appointed leader of a new fleet of spaceships, adds humour,and a touch of the renegade side of humanity.


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

    Absolutely! I tried, but couldn't make it.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Boyett performs brilliantly. The accents and characters changes are smooth and easy to listen to. Thank you for sharing your talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Darwin, Australia 02-14-13
    Benjamin Darwin, Australia 02-14-13 Member Since 2009

    Long distance interstate driver. I need my books to be interesting to keep me going at 4am. I'm biassed towards action, scifi, fantasy but also entertaining non fiction/educational

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    "Good fun"
    Any additional comments?

    I found this one particularly fun near the start with all the developments. The main character was intriguing and really brought to life by the narrator. Then about half way through it started to get a bit hard to swallow. Still entertaining enough to continue but I wasn't hanging out to get the next in the serious immediately.

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    Amazon Customer midland, tx, US 02-11-13
    Amazon Customer midland, tx, US 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great read"
    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mark Boyett does a superb job of convey the emotional tones and nuances of the characters that are natural when listening to someone in real life tell a story, but are usually lost or ignored when reading text


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    William Birmingham, Al, United States 02-11-13
    William Birmingham, Al, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant Story"
    What did you love best about Swarm?

    Characters are well developed with plenty of surprises. Narrative detail to the story was well done.


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    Joe Fountain Valley, CA, USA 02-11-13
    Joe Fountain Valley, CA, USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Really good military Sci Fi."

    If you like science fiction on the lines of The Lost Fleet, you'll love Swarm. It's smart, establishes a believable technical basis and delivers great action and suspense. The character development is very good as is the narration.

    I enjoyed every minute of it and have already purchased the next audio book in the series. I suppose that I can't offer a better recommendation than that fact.

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    Nikki Australia 02-11-13
    Nikki Australia 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Twists"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    Loved the hero. Good people die, bad people live. Lots of twists and plot lines


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Swarm?

    the guy losing his kids (spoiler)


    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no, but it caught my interest


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable listen, well performed. Probably a 4.5 star story but 5 star performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    thomas leming, TX, United States 02-11-13
    thomas leming, TX, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Kept me wanting more"

    Good story line..... slightly reminiscent of " flight of the navigator" but more aggressive. Im listning to the fourth book....I really enjoy the the narrators voices and accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 02-04-13
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Worth every Credit"

    Interesting characters, epic space battles, long series, what else could you want? Just finished the last book and it was well worth it. Lots of different books from different authors all mixed together here.
    Old mans war series and The hot gate series are both here in drips and drabs.

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    david Barstow, Ca, United States 02-03-13
    david Barstow, Ca, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sci-Fi that I probably could have skipped."
    Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?

    Hesitant to try any other book in this series.


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

    I don't think that one book should ruin a writing career because we learn from our mistakes.


    What aspect of Mark Boyett’s performance would you have changed?

    He did the best he could with the way the book was written.


    Do you think Swarm needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really, I didn't get the feeling at the end of this one that "I can't wait to see what happens next!"


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Battlestar Galactica and some Star Wars. Although this is original, it is not put together well in my opinion. The author never explains how the first two aliens he encounters are at the same location(Sentaurs). Redundant use of I said, He spouted, I roared, etc., I felt as if this book was a rushed title and although it had the potential to be great, it wasn't thought out very well.

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