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.
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Narrator is good and I love the amazing mind of B.V. Larson, I finished his undeying mercenaries series and hoping another book comes out(if it hasent Already), till then I'm getting the second book for this series!
Ultimately my journey with this series ends here. The story wasn't awful, and I got the book on sale for $5. It's not good enough for a credit but I would consider getting the second one if it was on sale.
It reminds me of a story a bunch of drunk teens might write if they were hanging out in their mom's basement.
A robot arm destroys some guys entire family and 5 minutes later he wants to get down and dirty with some stranger. That's just the kind of stuff that you write up while laughing like Beavis and Butthead.
Nothing wrong with some mindless action here and there, but it's sort of average. I'll keep looking for something more compelling.
Great basis for starting a series. Detailed events and plausible scenarios.
Excellent narration. Recommended. Good road travel book. Looking forward to the second book in series.
Out of the 16 series and 54 books I have through audible, this saga has to be in the top three. Maybe two. The majority of my collection involve space opera and futuristic sci fi. I believe Hyperion book series still remains my number one but for different reasons. This is the best military/combat focused style futuristic sci fi.
I'd say Dan Simmons Hyperion, Undying Mercenaries, Peter Hamilton's Void series/Pandora's Star, D.J. Molles The Remaining series (zombie) and Alastair Reynolds Pushing Ice. It's a first person view of humanities experience sprinkled in with future tech, military combat and dominant leadership flaws/strengths.
Storytelling and narration is exceptional. Nothing annoying like a strong Scottish accent.
Without any spoilers, the main character overcomes many flaws in government and humanities culture when applied to space and interplanetary travel. The extreme loss and pain the main character experiences was not fluffed over as he works through his mistakes. A real good vs evil battle goes on throughout the series.
This review is for all books in this series. I only wish the books were longer than 11-13 hours.
Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...
Well paced, well-constructed alien invasion story which develops into a global battle with a militaristic feel. An engaging listen with a good narrator....BUT.....
Okay---how many books are out there which start out so promising, only to introduce some female characters in an end-of-the-world setting who just sit around, passively waiting for the male characters to take action?? It's so tiresome and ridiculously sexist. This is yet another one of them. The story structure and pace was so promising, but with this one element, it just ruined it. Having a fierce-personality female character who becomes clingy and stupid broke my enjoyment in the story.
I wonder if these writers even respect their wives/sisters/mothers/girlfriends....
I returned it. So disapointing.
Semi retired computer field engineer.
Remember the movie: "Starship Troopers"? My experience for of this book, was a lot like that movie. Was this movie based on this book? Not a lot of thinking necessary. Just kinda grade "B" entertainment in my opinion.
I have read lots of SciFi before that really made me think about things. This didn't really do that for me. KInda' "fluff" storytelling. Not a lot of character development. Not a lot of fulfilling tech development. Not a lot of cultural/moral/ethical tension that for me makes a story interesting - even if I don't agree with the points the writer is trying to express or explore, I want a bit of a mental challenge in that way. For me, the SciFi genre needs to be used as a vehicle for something more. The book seemed to get started on some tact, and I was getting excited, thinking, "Ok, now it's going to take off!" and then, "Hmm, missed opportunity here."
I think Mr. Boyett did a decent job of narrating what he had to work with. It felt like he was having to work harder than usual, to make this story work. It was much of the time like experiencing someone overacting, but out of necessity.
Is this one of Mr. Larson's first works? A lack of experience maybe? I didn't think what had the potential of a very fresh and interesting premise, got the outcome it deserved. Lots of "gaps" and incomplete takes on things, in some the descriptions.
I'm sorry if my review sounds overly negative, because I realize I am in disagreement with many other reviewers. I actually feel kinda' bad, not to be able to give a glowing review. So much potential here. I know writing a book is not easy to do really well. I mean no disrespect to the author, the narrator or other reviewers.
Would I listen to another one from this author or this series? MAYBE, but I would need to be in the mood for something pretty light weight.
Here is hopes the next books are better.
"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.
"Swarm - I want to join up!"
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!
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.
Some of the planning of the battles, the logic for how things were worked out.
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.
"great first book"
Great first book. great story. like all the bv larsons books so far. looking forward to book 2
Really good. hooked straight away. A good fast progression. brilliant sifi idea. b.v larson legend
"Another gripping Sc-fi from Larson"
Listened to Larson's Undying Mercenaries series first, and some of the broader ideas seemed to have been copied from these earlier books. But that did not subtract from the thrilling story in swarm. Hooked now!
"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.
"Fantastic Introduction to the world of Star Force"
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.
The way the story plays out it does have you always wanting to listen for that little bit longer.
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.
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.
"Gets going quickly and keeps the pace fast."
Although clearly the beginning of a series there isn't too much scene setting or arc plotting (although you cn clearly see the hooks). The story starts quickly and keeps the pace fast (sometimes it doesn't make sense in terms of feelings but...). Well worth listening to.
My one complaint. Is that special forces don't act like grunts. Apart from that a fantastic story
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