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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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.
I think the most memorable moment was the ending, though I won’t give that away for aspiring readers.
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.
Highly recommended. I have listened to over 75 Audible books and Swarm is one of my favorites.
Mark Boyett has a dynamic voice and creates a believable and entertaining storytelling environment.
The action is basically nonstop.
The story is fresh have not heard another one like this.
Riggs is a great character. He is smart and idealistic.
I was disappointed that the man lost his children and carried on like nothing happened. A bit disappointing but I can see why he didn't linger on it.
I was pleasantly surprised how I quickly I was reeled into the story within the first two chapters and managed to keep the pace though out the whole story. I was so glued to this story that I ended up listening to it in one day and my impulse is screaming at me to buy the next book. Such a thrill!
This story starts off on the right foot and then goes into overdrive right away. The characters are REAL and believable. I believe that if the author would have invested more time into some of the characters I would feel more sorrow but that's ok.
I gave the story a 5 star performance except I hate it when male narrators have to voice female voices. That's just in general. In my opinion I think they should have had a second actress for that part.
Oh come on, what kind of question is that? Obviously Riggs is the man. (Riggs! RIIIIIGGS!!<---Lethal Weapon). Smart, cleaver and thinks outside the box. How could you not admire the man for who uses their smarts to win?
Riggs, definitely. I would also add Crow to this due to his grim outlook on life.
I listened to ALL John Ringo books first, no disrespect to Larson, but this is why the comparison. If you like John Ringo, you will like Larson. I personally like Swarm even a little bit more, but this is a close call based on averaged Ringo's books impression (some later Ringo's volumes, specifically written in collaboration with others I rate way lower than earlier ones authored by Ringo himself. But then again, I never believed in creativity by committee, so this was another confirmation of this belief).
He goes into detail in all the right places and his use of nano/macro/near-future tech works. Every Scifi reader has to embrace that suspension of disbelief when it comes to the physics of space travel e.g. space debris do not harm a ship or person but enemy weapons do and FTL . The use of Nanotechnology is sweet and his problem solving keep you interested. I wish there was more out there like this.
Loved Hunger Games, Ender's Game & Michael Vey. Looking for similar books.
I really enjoyed this book. I am now on the 3rd in the series and I cannot turn it off!
I am currently on book five of the series. I am putting this review on book one, since, of course, this will be the first book someone will look at to see if the series is worth a read. I have been an avid reader of sci-fi for over 50 years. I teethed on Heinlein, Asimov and Clark. I do recommend the series. If you are looking for something groundbreaking and complelely original then move on and good luck on finding what you are looking for since sci-fi has been around a long time. If you are looking for an entertaining story that will keep you interested and buying the next book in the series then you will not be disappointed.
Mark Boyett also does an excellent job on narrating the series.
I enjoyed Swarm a great deal. It wasn't a perfect novel, but it had a quality that is hard to find these days - it gave me that "just one more chapter" feeling.
The good: Many books have a main character who ends up being crucial to the fate of the world. This is such a book. But Swarm does a good job of actually explaining it, and making it seem plausible, without making its protagonist superhuman. As he explored the heartless AI that had taken him prisoner, the main character's attempts to figure things out and musings about what was going on mirrored my own. There is a definite back story going on, an incredible plot that is hinted at, but that does not quite take shape in this book. Good thing it's only book one, because I want to know more! That being said, there's also a definite (and somewhat happy) ending.
The characters seem interesting - nobody is a cardboard cutout villain, and although we don't get to know most characters very well, most seem interesting. Mark Boyett does a great job of making them come to life with different voices and accents, and I'd be happy to listen to another novel narrated by him.
There is conflict in the book, and consequences. Things are rarely black or white in the novel; instead, the author takes pains to show shades of grey, both morally (sometimes there are no right choices) and with decisions (sometimes the main character fails and sometimes people die because of him). There are also surprises in the book - I was caught off guard a couple times by directions I did not expect the book to go. Even the ending caught me off guard, and set up a wildly different book 2.
The bad: Swarm can be a pretty dark book. As mentioned, lots of people die in the novel, including several because of the protagonist's choices. His own teenaged children die in chapter 2, and while it happens quickly and moves the plot along, it was still darker than I'd have preferred. There is talk of extinction, murder, and a vague hint of rape (not by the main character). At times I found this off-putting.
In addition, the book is a book about events and ideas, not about people. Few people get much fleshing out in the novel, which makes the romance between the main character and an unlikely passenger seem slightly forced. It also seems like some of the angst that ought to be in such a dark book is skimmed over a little too quickly, although not horribly so. The new technologies described in the book are also not covered in much depth, although that's not always a bad thing - lacking a science background myself, I often find hard sci-fi to be trying a little too hard. Swarm was at least internally self-consistent, and often had good reasons for its powers and limitations.
Finally, Swarm changed directions. At the very beginning, it was an adventure, but quickly became a puzzle in which the main character had to figure things out, which I loved. But then it became a science fiction war novel where the protagonist fought side by side with marines against giant robots and talked about politics and logistics. While a great read, I wasn't expecting it (maybe I should have been, though).
All in all, Swarm was a great book, one that was gripping and plausible, but also a little dark and gritty. If you like books about war and solving puzzles, have I got the series for you!
Fun scifi adventure
Kyle Riggs because he is a badass
Couldn't put it down. Very compelling.
A fun read with out a lot of a depth. Excellent if you like scifi stories like Starship Troopers but want the entire story to be about war.
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