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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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    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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    James United States 01-27-12
    James United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Epic stellar Story"

    Extreamly well writen and performed story. I've listened to the first three books and really enjoyed each . Could not waight to listen to the next installment. Looking forward to book 4.
    Star Force series is a major hit for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-27-12
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Get it when it's on sale"

    I got this book because a few reviews said if you like John Ringo, you'll like this. Well, it was ok. I listened to the whole thing, but it wasn't very developed and the story is a little weak and out there. I doubt I'll listen to the others unless it's on sale. Save your credit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 12-12-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2006

    71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.

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    "Agreat start ot a series"

    I loved this book and will read on in the series. A great premise of two warring extra-terrestrials with the earth caught in the middle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lars Tucson, AZ, United States 08-29-13
    Lars Tucson, AZ, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding popcorn sci fi"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    No, I dont listen to anything twice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Swarm?

    The nano bot ships


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kyle Riggs having to move from room to room on the ship to filght and survive


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A great series. Im also a fan of Star Wars books but these books move faster and are more geared to a young adult audience. B.V. Larson is a genius.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 08-17-13
    Steve SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Non Stop Action"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    Good Story


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

    nice voice and did not get tired of him


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

    Yes the story is strong and you feel for the characters and there sacrifices .


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. miltiades usa 05-13-13
    P. miltiades usa 05-13-13 Member Since 2013

    sojourner

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    "Great Idea, decent read, light on action."
    What did you love best about Swarm?

    I like the concept.


    What other book might you compare Swarm to and why?

    I don't know of any books like this one. Other than the rest in the series.


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

    Very funny in some of the satire.


    Any additional comments?

    I listend to all the books in this series. It is a very good series with a lot of humor and good characters. I only point out 3 things that make the books a litle less than amazing.
    1. The author builds into his story a loophole that allows him to manipulate any plot conflict without any restraints. While the entire series hindges on this one loophole. I applaud the creative idea behind it but it leaves no challange in creating smart resolutions to conflicts. Your plot just uses the loophole to solve every problem.
    2. The characters while using and adhearing to a military complex of honor would not necessarily react as they do in the books to many of the situations that happen. I found myself getting pissed off at the main characters quite frequently. For example: Someone is going to try to assasinate a main character and the main character does nothing about it but try to make nice.... that would never happen in a military or political situation.
    3. Much of the books could be condensed or use the pages to elaborate on the main plot archs.

    This all being said. The book series is still a great read and a ton of fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-23-13
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-23-13 Member Since 2008

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Very exciting & enjoyable"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it blends my two favourite genres, scifi and military memoirs. Unlike another author in this genre, Jack Campbell, this author writes good stories (although the dialogue is stilted and unrealistic). I've put the rest of the series in my wishlist!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Damien Orlando, FL, United States 02-27-13
    Damien Orlando, FL, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't Waste Your Time!"
    What would have made Swarm better?

    Believable characters to start with. Devoted father loses his two children and within a week is pawing after a sexy Latin sexpot with no use in the book. Secondly, if you want to make a military sci-fi book, study some military tactics. Everything about the military scenes reeked of someone who had no clue. The protagonist made stupid decisions throughout the book, every time he made a decision I was shouting NO!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will listen to the second Troy Rising book by John Ringo. Although it has a bit too much "science" and not quite enough "science fiction", belief can be suspended without a lobotomy. If you want a lighter military sci-fi listen, try the Dauntless series by Jack Campbell, who totally understands military tactics and writes fleshed out characters...men and women.


    What three words best describe Mark Boyett’s performance?

    Fantastic voice actor.


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

    Frustration at every step of the way.


    Any additional comments?

    I made it through the book after three tries, would never buy another from this author again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon3417 USA 01-10-13
    Simon3417 USA 01-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Meat and potatoes scifi..."
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    Fast-paced, fun characters, alien starships, civil wars, and an 'everyday Joe' protagonist who just so happens to be an ex-military badass... "meat and potatoes" scifi at its best. Blast of a read!


    Any additional comments?

    I had no idea this was an indie when I downloaded it... Well done.

    0 of 1 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.

    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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