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Swarm Audiobook

Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

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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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    aaronrod77 12-04-14
    aaronrod77 12-04-14
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    "Rarely a lull in action."
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    Action...tons of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Use of common sci-fi storylines to weave a unique story that is believable.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    It felt like I was watching a movie.


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

    Time for Earth to put on it's big boy pants.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're sleepy, then you can easily fall asleep, so the story isn't complicated and doesn't make you think. However, it's full of action and keeps you wanting more. Larson's Mercenaries Series is the best I've read of this Author so far.

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    D. A. Gordon 11-27-14

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    "Interesting ... want to hear more"

    What a unique beginning! And from there I found the book interesting all the way through. Never a dull moment. Believable interaction between the Star Force leaders and among the warriors too. Good detail for the aliens. Wonderful narrator.

    I realize BV Larson has been writing for some time, but this is my first exposure to his books. As soon as I finished Swarm I ordered the next two in this series.

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    Rick Percific 09-28-14
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    "Einstein? DaVinci? Eh, halfwits to this guy."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Character development. Any character development at all. It was an excellent concept that by the end became formulaic, it's characters one dimensional.


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

    So many opportunities for characters to grow. Instead we have an online college professor who somehow knows how to engineer laser weapons, factories, starships, train and command troops, is a diplomatic genius... And his girlfriend is nothing but a sassy sex toy throughout the whole thing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader was fine. If I saw his name I wouldn't hesitate to download.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment is the perfect word for the second half of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm afraid I won't be pursuing this series.

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    David DALLAS, TX, United States 09-23-14
    David DALLAS, TX, United States 09-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't bother, don't bother, don't bother"
    What would have made Swarm better?

    If you like good military science fiction, go find David Drake, John Ringo and David Weber. Don't bother with BV Larson. Characters are unrealistic, enemies are flat, and there is NO attempt to bring even Science Fiction logical conclusions to the contrived emergencies.

    Oh, look! You wrote yourself into a plot hole! Do you use human ingenuity to get out of it? NO! Bring in a miracle in modern (alien technology nanite) machines to fix it for you!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably something light and fluffy, like the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.


    Any additional comments?

    Just write a book called Deus ex Machina and be done with it.

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    Deep Reader 09-15-14
    Deep Reader 09-15-14

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "An epic story"

    What would you do if an alien ship picks you up and give you control to fight an army of giant space robots? This story explains what most of us would do in these circumstances. The sequel is definitely on my list. I want to know what happens next.

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    Lena Skov 09-03-14
    Lena Skov 09-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Two authors?"

    When the book started out - I was truly mesmerized. Enough to tune out the voice of my GPS and end up somewhere else. Halfway the "action" started and it felt like there was a completely different writer taking the lead. The ending was great. The only thing I can assume is that Mr. Larson had a great idea for a story but ran out of juice and filled in the middle with military minutia. I will give the second book in the series a try.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 08-29-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "…..Shanghaied Professor Becomes Tactical Genius….."

    After listening to Larson’s first two Undying Mercenaries books, and liking them, I set out to try Larson’s most popular series: Star Force. I liked the opening section of discovery and wonder, but found the climax to be anti-climatic. The Computer Science Professor protagonist is interesting. I like the way he is able to work around the Artificial Intelligence machines with his mad programming skills. It becomes farcical though when he is the sole person to figure out just the right process for defeating the enemy at each and every step in the conflict. He even becomes the on the ground field commander of combat troops in as the battle escalates. If this was a Philip K. Dick story that would be a clear indication that our guy is hallucinating, but in this book, the hero is supposed to be for real. I am well used to the idea of willing suspension of disbelief—a prerequisite for a Science Fiction reader—but after already buying the idea that intelligent alien machines are in a war and need our help; believing that a nerdy professor can go from teaching at a community college to leading the forces of earth to repel the first wave of alien invaders and single-handedly negotiating a peace that will enslave mankind for a generation, is one suspended disbelief too far. Do I think this series has potential? Yes, I can imagine how this can expand into something far more vast than this first installment, and so I may try the next book in the series at a later date.

    Mark Boyett is, as always, excellent. I think the Undying Mercenaries series gives him more opportunity to demonstrate his range, but even here he is pitch perfect.

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    Kenneth J. Gates 08-28-14

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    "Fantastic ! Series"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    Oh yes I will, I'll wait about 4months then re listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Swarm?

    The entire story line is my most memorable moment.


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

    Mark Boyett made the audible book one of the best listens I've had. Great emotion, one of the best readers I've heard.


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

    I could not shut it off, as soon as I finished one audio book I would load the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't do many reviews, but I'm hooked on BV Larson, and Mark Boyett. They make a great combo..I just wish he did all of BV Larson's audio books.

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    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 08-20-14
    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2011

    Loving Father

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    "First contact gone wrong done right."
    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There have been audiobooks that made me stop and rethink my role in this existence. This book was not one of those kind of books. But it is very well written, very well performed, and a creative fresh perspective on the concept of first contact gone bad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    No glaring flaws in concepts, fictional technology believable, a more realistic character portrayal. UNLIKE many series books I have read, you are not left hanging at the end. There was a logical break in the story line to justify the next book.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Each character had a unique speech pattern so that they were easily identified.


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

    Yes, but why do you mention sitting. I listen while gardening, fertilizing the lawn, cleaning dishes, and removing old finishes from wood.


    Any additional comments?

    I read two other books by the same author that are very well written. Steelworld, and Dustworld that are worth a read.

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    Steve Texas 08-18-14
    Steve Texas 08-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book!!!"
    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What other book might you compare Swarm to and why?

    Star Wars


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

    Riggs


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

    Aliens have arrived


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. Great book.

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