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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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    Stephen 11-29-13
    Stephen 11-29-13
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    "Very Corny"
    What disappointed you about Swarm?

    This book is written for a youngster.


    Has Swarm turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, the logic is totally childlike and not up to date.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Frace Olney, MD 11-02-13
    Kyle Frace Olney, MD 11-02-13 Member Since 2013

    Going with the flow while we speed through the universe on a massive rock!

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    "Unique plot and a great start to a series."

    I was first drawn to this book because it had received a high rating from other listeners. The plot sounded interesting but I still didn't know what to really expect. My experience is that this book lived up to the high rating that it had received.

    The action began immediately. For a first book in a series it covers a lot of ground quickly. But at no point did I feel that we weren't getting the whole story.

    Part of what I liked about this book is that it's a Sci-fi with human and alien interaction type book but the main characters actions and decisions are similar to how I think I would react given their circumstances.

    I will definitely continue listening to this series and can't wait to see where B.V. Larsen takes it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde Dale 10-09-13
    Clyde Dale 10-09-13

    Clydesdale

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    "I really tried to like this series..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    All of it? I got up to book 4 but just could not finish it. It's hard to put a finger on it but I think it boils down to unbelievable characters, villains, and this alien nano-tech that might as well be magic. The whole story feels hollow and like a badly written episode of Star Trek. I've probably just been spoiled by likes of Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds as they set the bar way up there and Larson isn't jumping nearly high enough. Popcorn sci-fi.


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    Anders Denmark 10-03-13
    Anders Denmark 10-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Alternative story about battleing for survival"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    Yes. Because knowing more about the story, I would like to hear the start again. Also, great voice acting.


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

    Crow - I can really like the way he speaks.


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

    No. But that's my fault, not the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The story starts a little weak, in my mind. Not boring, just a little too extreme for what I could believe. But getting past this, I started to enjoy the book a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Gaithersburg, Maryland 09-12-13
    Adam Gaithersburg, Maryland 09-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Unbelievable, but entertaining"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I read the mixed reviews and thought I would give this book a shot. In the end, I didn't believe the premise of the book.

    The "artificial intelligence" ship was really stupid, and whoever came up with the "command personnel" tests was also really stupid. For such an advanced civilization, I just didn't believe that they would design or program a ship so poorly.

    The characters were kind of shallow, but the story moved along and I actually enjoyed the book in the end. It was an interesting take on an old concept.


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    Adam Vista, CA, United States 07-19-13
    Adam Vista, CA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2009

    I am currently an urban fantasy devotee. From Just fantasy to romance.

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    "Great story, poor production"

    I enjoyed the story, and the voice actor was fine. My pet peeve was done, and whispers were in low volume not stage whispers. Worse was there are many skips in the recording, which is the real reason for the low score on performance. The low score is for production values.

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    Karlo Canada 07-17-13
    Karlo Canada 07-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Original!"

    I enjoyed this story because it is new and fresh. I got the whole series and the level of entertainment does not diminish.

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    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-10-13
    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Interesting"

    Interesting story line, entertaining though some of the story has a few holes in it, it was still good enough to go on to the second one.

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    Dustin GREAT FALLS, MT, United States 06-22-13
    Dustin GREAT FALLS, MT, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A good start"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    After reading the other reviews i decided to take it for a spin, i was surprised i liked it enough to give the second book a try.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way he introduced the ships form another galaxy seemed more natural then most.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert QUEENSTOWN, MD, United States 06-18-13
    Robert QUEENSTOWN, MD, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn’t stop listening"
    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in the top three. Daemon by Daniel Suarez still ranks as my favorite, but this one certainly gave Daemon a run for its money. This book is very fast paced and very entertaining. It kept my attention the entire time. There was one section of the book when I had listened for two hours without even realizing it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Swarm?

    I think the most memorable moment was the ending, though I won’t give that away for aspiring readers.


    Any additional comments?

    Though this isn’t the first time that a science fiction novel utilizes the concept of humans gaining access to alien technology and using it against other aliens, the execution of this concept was very original….as far as I know. It was refreshing to see a creative spin to this branch of military science fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    8 of 9 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Lower Earley, United Kingdom
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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
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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
  • ashley
    5/9/15
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    "Excellent"

    Really good. hooked straight away. A good fast progression. brilliant sifi idea. b.v larson legend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    5/4/15
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smudger444
    5/3/15
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    "Grest Read"

    Again another grwat story. and very well narrated. This kept my interest. in the story going. ift there is anything to say. irs a little short..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leon
    2/10/15
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    "Original idea"

    Great book can't wait for my next credit to get the next in series, I like the really original idea

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    10/25/14
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    "Great - fresh and ready scifi."

    Easy to listen to. Not a hugely taxing plot. Candyfloss Sci-Fi. But kept me well entertained. Not Lord of the Rings but when you want a slice of cake you dont want a 3 course meal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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