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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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    Pamela Ann Kerns HOUSTON, TEXAS, US 03-18-13
    Pamela Ann Kerns HOUSTON, TEXAS, US 03-18-13
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    "pretty entertaining"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    The charecters were engaging enough to nake me want to follow their further adventures


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The femake charecter was pretty thin


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

    Crow was interesting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Hunlock Creek, PA, United States 03-18-13
    Robert Hunlock Creek, PA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrific"

    Keeps you on your toes wanting to hear what happens next. Very unique and original. Want more of his books now..

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    staff-fam WA State 03-13-13
    staff-fam WA State 03-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Frustrated with Kyle"

    It was a good enough book - the story moved along nicely and the plot was interesting. But one thing kept bothering me - Kyle kept wasting time - lots of it. He would have a breakthrough interaction with the ship and learn some valuable piece of info...then would seem to sit around and flirt with Sandra for 8 hours until the next crisis, then have to play 20 questions with the ship again while the fate of the earth hung in the balance. The world is at stake, man! Keep talking to the ship! Also, would someone really sit around that long without contacting some experts or government types? I understand the paranoia that they'd want to take your ship - but don't be so arrogant to think that you can figure out how to save the world w/o a little help. Stop and pick up a cell phone or walkie-talkie if nothing else. Even taking into account that this was a fiction book and of course we want to see a "hero" - his actions just didn't follow common sense for as bright as he was portrayed to be. And, finally - the ship kept saying the thing about "Command Personnel" - but Kyle didn't once try to make Sandra "Command Personnel". Sure, the ship may have rejected that - but at least try.

    I guess I like it when the protagonist either A) does what I think I would do in that situation (my own arrogance, I guess) or B) does something that makes me say "that's a great idea". I don't like it when they continually do things that seem contrary to common sense.

    So, in light of that - while the story was interesting - I think I'll pass on the rest of the series. I want to enjoy a book and get lost in it - not wish I could take over (either the writing or the character) and do things differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States 03-11-13
    Patrick Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swarm to be better than the print version?

    Audio is easier for me to do as i drive around a lot and do not have time to sit down and read.


    What other book might you compare Swarm to and why?

    Have not listened to anything like Swarm.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Seth Watkins Sterling Heights, MI United States 03-06-13
    Seth Watkins Sterling Heights, MI United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Unfortunate"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is good if you consider the elements. The narrator Mark Boyett did a nice job. I like a story to contain plausible reactions from the characters. I would have liked some humility in the main character.


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

    The characters in this book are weak as other reviewers have commented. I felt as though I was audience to someone's fantasy. Tough guy name, check, endless affirmations of self worth from other characters (hot young coed, hardend soldiers, a General, scientists, etc) and the main character himself, check. Congressional Medal of Honor, check. I felt a little insulted after this one.


    Could you see Swarm being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, well, maybe as a Saturday night movie on that science fiction network with the wrestling and ghost shows.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trungnghia H. Nguyen San Francisco, CA 03-05-13
    Trungnghia H. Nguyen San Francisco, CA 03-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "BEST SCI-FI SERIES"

    I have listen to all 6 books and this is a must read or listen if you're a sci-fi fan!!

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    Rich LANCASTER, OH, United States 03-04-13
    Rich LANCASTER, OH, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story hanging on for the next book"
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    The lead charter


    What did you like best about this story?

    The new use of teck


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Made contact with the BLUES


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

    Dream


    Any additional comments?

    Hate to need to Waite for the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin B. Leigh Alden, NY 03-04-13
    Kevin B. Leigh Alden, NY 03-04-13 Member Since 2002
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    "From the beginning, fast paced and violent"

    Don't play this one with the kids in the car! Once you get past the initial shock you will not be able to put this down. Fast paced and very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia A. Cross Cortland, NY, US 03-01-13
    Patricia A. Cross Cortland, NY, US 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Smart Read"

    This author is clever to find a way to grant characters extreme powers, without having to explain the science. I liked the cleverness of the characters, and there was some conflict of power controls, but I felt is was whitewashed over.

    It almost feels like it was written to explain things needed in the next series of books. I liked the explaining part, but the first attack adventure was hard to follow, and turned me off completely on picking out other books in this series.

    I need more human interaction and less bang bang action.

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    Lynn Fremont, WI, United States 02-25-13
    Lynn Fremont, WI, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "New twist on who the bad guys are, and why."
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    Yes, I would and will listen to this again. The main dude is a bit to mocho, but it works well.
    As you get into the book you start placing actors in the rolls and the Action heroes of todays movies all fit well. Wouldn't be hard to fill the leading characters. I have read the next two instalments as well. Not sure I will due the next one. I have been in war and luck is always a good thing, but it is not the standard thing that determines the end results. The Star Force in thies books runs only on luck.


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

    GOOD LUCK


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  • Neil
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    12/23/12
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    "Flight of the Navigator for adults"

    Exciting within the first 5minutes and sets up a world that is gonna force me to spend all my credits til I've listened to them all. Narrator has great voice and tells it well. No two characters come across the same. To me, that is the difference between a good narrator and a great one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Barton Upon Humber, UK
    5/12/14
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    "Swarm - I want to join up!"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this introduction to the Star Force series. I'd relisten to it again but I'm just enjoying the second book at the moment!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details of the life aboard the ships and how the commanders learn to control the ships. Also, although it was military sci fi, the background details were excellent, how people lived and learnt to deal with day to day life.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Some of the planning of the battles, the logic for how things were worked out.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an excellent introduction to a series I think I'm going to love. Depth of characters and details of battle strategies made this a brilliant choice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Lower Earley, United Kingdom
    4/11/14
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    "Good start but needs work"

    This was an enjoyable listen and one that I would recommend but it is not without some flaws and quibbles which are relatively minor and don't detract too much from the main story. There are a couple of issues around the logic of the nanos and macros and with the nano ship Alamo's behaviour but nothing terrible.

    The biggest weakness of the story is the character development. The main lead character generally behaves in a believable manner and is a likeable character that you can follow and get behind. Most of the other characters in the story though are quite thin with little developed between the main character and them. The main female character has some potential at the beginning when they meet on the ship and when she is recovered but this is pretty much wasted as she falls into a rather simple adoring female role that borders on the uncomfortable. And, here is where the story falters the worst, with dialog and behaviour that while possible in the situation they are in seems a bit wrong footed. There were a couple of times where I thought the author was going to go into a full blown sex scene but fortunately the author restrained themselves and didn't veer into trying to write erotica or porn.

    Overall the novel moved along and you are able to develop a fondness for the lead character and a desire to read the next novel to see what happens to him and the universe he resides in. Hopefully, as the story advances so will will the writing and character development.

    The narrator did a good job and was able to convey the story well and create character voices that you were able to associate with the various characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Fantastic Introduction to the world of Star Force"
    What did you like most about Swarm?

    I liked the about of thought that had gone into character development, and how it made you thing how you react to the situations that arise in the book. Its difficult to say what i liked most without giving too much of the story away if your a fan of military science fiction, where humans suddenly have access to advanced technology you'll like it.


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

    The way the story plays out it does have you always wanting to listen for that little bit longer.


    Any additional comments?

    For me it was a little short I prefer to listen to books that are much longer, but thankfully this is the start of a series of books that I look forward to enjoying in an episodic manner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth
    bargoed, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Interesting concepts"

    I really liked how this book started out. It was quite a traumatic start and you felt very much in the dark as you went along with the main character. I hoped to have seen a bit more exploration on the inner workings of the ship and the ai but it took a slightly different direction. The narration was ok but some scenes felt a little spoilt with the narrator's feminine voice was being put on. I would describe this for someone considering as Flight of the navigator meets Halo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/10/14
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    "Visual story telling great read"
    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    From the beginning Swarm charges along a full speed, the atmosphere is spot on and desperate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Swarm?

    The black surface of the ship has a personality of its own.


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

    I've started the Steel World books where Mark Boyett performs a different younger big ego character which comes across well, whereas in Swarm and Star Force he performs the slightly older lead just right.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Jon Ryan
    London, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Great book and easy to listen too."
    If you could sum up Swarm in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, engaging and smile.


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

    It's a bit like starship troopers but with robbots.


    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    easy to understand.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say moved but it did make me smile when the guy got his foot blown off and explained that the reason he still had a boot was because he found one. Only problem was that the boot was too small but not to worry as he didn't have a foot anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, easy listen, already started book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rich M
    West Midlands
    6/28/14
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    "Good read with a few minor flaws"
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    I have listened a military based sci-fi book before, and whilst this has not me got me searching for them I have been put off them. I enjoyed the concept and the story development.


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

    I thought the narrator did a great job and had an excellent voice for the military characters within the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it hard to take to the Riggs the main character in the book, and the way he reacted to situations lost a bit of realism for me. I would go into detail but do not want to spoil things by giving away important events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mara
    6/20/14
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    "Amazing book! Action filled sci-fi! Great narrator"

    It's an amazing book! Loved it from the very first "page" till the last!

    The story is great and original, very fast paced sci-fi novel, filled with action, aliens and cool technology. There is no moment you could feel bored. Couldn't put it down at all. Despite the fact that there is a lot of military insight and strategy in the middle of the book, it wasn't too overwhelming (even a girl like me was still interested). I guess it helps that the main character isn't a military person as well, so it's simple enough to understand his solutions and thinking. And the story has a lot of twists and surprises to keep you on the edge!

    And special love goes to the narrator - he is just amazing! The best I've heard so far! He really makes you feel the book on your own skin, the way he paces his talk, all the emotions he puts in the voice! And it's so easy to understand (very well pronounced and clear voice - English is a foreign language for me, so it's important)! The different characters also have different distinguishable voices. Great work!

    I'm already prepared to listen to the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Fitzgerald
    coventry
    6/1/14
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    "Best read this year"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The reader was very good,reminded me of Ed Bishop.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gripping stuff from start to end,have got all the star force books now. Will get the audio versions too.


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

    All of the characters were good ,hard to pick out.Riggs I think


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

    Yes I did one Sat Morning.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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