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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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    B. Orman San Diego, CA 09-25-12
    B. Orman San Diego, CA 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Extreme Entertainment"
    If you could sum up Swarm in three words, what would they be?

    Non-stop action throughout. Your imagination runs wild with each new solar system and the aliens that inhabit them. If you like the Marines, action or science fiction, you will love this series!


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    Carl HUNTINGTON, WV, United States 09-24-12
    Carl HUNTINGTON, WV, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "that was... nice..."

    Genre: Sci-Fi present day, aliens!

    Rated: R disturbing violence, some sexual themes

    1st or 3rd Person: 1st our main protagonist and 4ish characters to follow

    Static or Dynamic: Dynamic. The story definitely moves along at a pace with twists and turns.

    Art or Entertainment: Entertainment. This book is the boring filler material pulled from the scraps of another book I might respect. The book was very droll even though it had a few things happening. I don't think that there was any moral at the end and I don't think there was any concept that stuck with me. It's an action book but not a thriller.

    Linear or Non-Linear: Linear. I did this, and then this, and then that

    Narrator: Plain Jane

    Plot Outline: Aliens invade... or do they? People die. then more aliens invade... or do they? Then more people die. and then some more people die. It's an action book. If you like actiony war books with some tactics and strategy then you might like the book more than I did. I can't say that I'm particularly enthused and though the series continues on, I don't think I'll be following it. This book feels like a stepping stone between to much larger stepping stones and unfortunately, I couldn't get my footing on it.

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    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-22-12
    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Reminds me of War of the Worlds."

    This story reminds me of the original War of the Worlds. The H.G. Wells version that set the world on edge many years ago. It’s one of those books that you just can’t put down. I would recommend readers that enjoy good Science Fiction to read this. I haven’t done the rest of the series yet but I’m going to read the whole thing. I found that once I get into the story you continue for the next event that occurs.

    In my opinion, this definitely rates a 5 in all categories.

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    Carmen Gainesville, FL, United States 09-17-12
    Carmen Gainesville, FL, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Way better than I expected."

    This book is pretty original in a lot of its ideas. It is also of good length, and I felt that the narrator did a good job. Add to that the four subsequent novels in the series that are available, and it is well worth your credit. If you can snatch it up before the $4.95 sale ends, you should.

    Pros: Well written Military Sci-Fi with a pretty original twist.

    Cons: Sometimes the protagonist seemed wildly immune to any form of grief, but honestly I'm reaching for something to say here.

    Summary: Totally worth my credit. I'm eager to read the next book in the series.

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    Dwayne Callahan Gainesville, FL, US 07-16-12
    Dwayne Callahan Gainesville, FL, US 07-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Humans vs. Advanced Alien Technology"
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    This first salvo of the Star Force series is a good listen, I would place this is the same area as John Ringo's Troy Rising series minus the heavy political commentary and minus the actually superior Alien species, just the superior Alien Technology.

    As others have said, Larson does tend to repeat himself alot, and you will find your self thinking, why is he explaining this again. One example is how many times he will describe nanites, and the injections.

    On a positive side, Larson doe snot overly explain technology nor does overly describe things, leaving you to fill in the rest with your own imagination.

    In all the story is very good, and worth the credit. I am currently at book 4 of the series and it is still worth the time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The explination of Alien visits and abductions.


    What about Mark Boyett???s performance did you like?

    Mr. Boyett has a strong voice although he does have a limited range when it come to multiple character voices. You will find he uses the same voice for several characters.


    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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    Nelson Glen Burnie, MD, United States 06-27-12
    Nelson Glen Burnie, MD, United States 06-27-12 Listener Since 2009

    A school bus driver for 10 years and love the kids. They make you feel so young!

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    "Great"
    If you could sum up Swarm in three words, what would they be?

    Great summer reading!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The bad guys at the beginning turn out to be the good guys!


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

    Carries the excitement very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked it. It could of had a little more with the love interest as that is the human factor that makes Kyle so appealing indeed.

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    Steve Paso Robles CA 93446 05-27-12
    Steve Paso Robles CA 93446 05-27-12

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    If you could sum up Swarm in three words, what would they be?

    Outstanding Story very easy to follow and fun I would say the story would be fo 16 and up but it's such a good story that if you are in to simple SiFi and you like something that stands out this is the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Swarm?

    Him boarding the ship is outstanding


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

    I wouldnt change the name


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    Don Memphis, TN, United States 05-22-12
    Don Memphis, TN, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Close Encounter"
    If you could sum up Swarm in three words, what would they be?

    Extremely good, easy to follow the action as it develops


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has sequels


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

    Yes but I am too old to stay awake that long


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 04-30-12
    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 04-30-12 Member Since 2011

    science- fiction fan

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    "fun and smart sci-fi"

    the author makes you walk almost in his character`s shoes and makes you think what if it happened for real.very fun listen

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    J. Locke Tampa FL 03-24-12
    J. Locke Tampa FL 03-24-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Very lite on the details, almost feels abridged"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. I enjoyed the story but there are way too many unanswered questions. At least things I'm naturally curious about. The ships that first appear in the skies, looking for commanders, so little is known about them even after completing the entire book. The regeneration process, after nano organisms are introduced into the body, takes how long for an arm or eye or foot?

    Why was no one attempting to intercept communication transmissions of the enemy?

    A ground war were the enemy has ZERO flying aircraft and only ONE friendly space craft is used for supporting ground troops?!

    Destroyed alien technology would have been used to find vulnerabilities and advance Earth's military's ability to wage war.


    If you???ve listened to books by B. V. Larson before, how does this one compare?

    My first listen to a BV Larson book.


    What about Mark Boyett???s performance did you like?

    Good performance by the reader Mark Boyett.


    Did Swarm inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, to write this review.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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