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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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    clayda lancaster, CA, United States 02-02-13
    clayda lancaster, CA, United States 02-02-13

    BOOK LOVER IN THE DESERT SUN....

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    "great mil sci-fi"

    really like this one...got to get number 2...awesome detail and great characters...this i can see would be just how earth would act under an invasion

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    Bruce Perth, Australia 01-29-13
    Bruce Perth, Australia 01-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    A bit slow at times but enjoyable. Having said that I won't be rushing out to buy the sequal.

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    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 01-23-13
    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy many types of books and am always looking for new authors to read and listen too. I enjoy reading the reviews and adding my own from time to time.

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    "Jumpstarts from chapter one and never stops"

    I am a fan of Sci-Fi movies but in general do not read or listen to them but this one caught my attention so decided to give it a try. I was blown away by the whole thing. The story is so good and characters are well formed with lots of depth to them. The hero Kyle Riggs is a college professor of computer science that ends up saving the world. The save however does come with strings attached. Great sadness when he suffers loss of his children not once but twice. Mark Boyette does and absolutely wonderful job. Kyle sounds like a hero. He does not make him sound macho but like a normal guy caught up in extraordinary events which he must learn to deal with or die. The test the ship puts him through to see if he can be a commander are great. I felt every bit of his turmoil in dealing with what was being thrown at him. Other characters in the book are also very well done vocally by Mark as well as written by the author. I will definitely listen to this again and at some point will go on the the others in this Starforce series. Thank goodness they keep Mark Boyette for the whole series. I was truly impressed with this listen.

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    Llarionx Houston, TX 01-20-13
    Llarionx Houston, TX 01-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Could not put it down!"
    What did you love best about Swarm?

    The book started off a little slow but you have to stick with it. The slow start actually adds to the story by leaving the reader slightly confused as the main characters but this does not last for long. Once the story developed I was not able to put the book down. B.V. Larson did a wonderful job of bringing in a realistic interpretation of how we as humans would have to deal with beings that are AI (artificial intelligence) based. I could see this story developing in the world of today.


    What other book might you compare Swarm to and why?

    I also read Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" series and I would say they are similar. "Swarm" is not as hard core military sci-fi as "Lost Fleet" since it seems to be a little lighter in military/battle detail but B. V. Larson's series is a wonderful addition to the genre.


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

    At first this was not a book that I would have wanted to listen to in one sitting but once I was past the introductory chapters I did find myself finding time and ways to increase my listening time dramatically. I could not put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William MARLBOROUGH, MA, United States 01-14-13
    William MARLBOROUGH, MA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    I'm considering listening to the next in the series, but I didn't find it so good that I need to do it right now. I'll wait until I finish my latest audible purchases.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would not have made any changes. The story line is unique.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the only book by this author that I have listened to.


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    Douglas 01-13-13
    Douglas 01-13-13

    Doug

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    "Good story, great narration."
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    The narrator! I still am not convinced there was not more than one.


    Any additional comments?

    A well done sci-fi novel that takes one back to earlier times of the genre. Fast paced and riveting enough to make some very implausible situations forgivable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Perry, Utah, United States 12-19-12
    Tracy Perry, Utah, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    What disappointed you about Swarm?

    The main character constantly embellished himself as a Hero. Good thing he has a super human arm to pat himself on the back.


    Would you ever listen to anything by B. V. Larson again?

    doubt it


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

    The General


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is good, 'fun', Sy-Fi and has lots of potential


    Any additional comments?

    If I get board I'll try book two. But book one is not very good.

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    Jessica HOUMA, Lao People's Democratic Republic 12-14-12
    Jessica HOUMA, Lao People's Democratic Republic 12-14-12 Member Since 2010

    I am a 40 year old physical therapist. I can remember when I was 12 I thought Stephen King was the only author in the world and I read any of his books...... Now my love for reading has grown...I love to listen and now... To about anything.....

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    "Very boring sci-fi adventure"
    What disappointed you about Swarm?

    The story did not give you much background on the characters. The story never took off and just the overall idea was just corny!


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

    No real excitement. I expected a lot more .... It is supposed to be sci-fi


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I guess but it was just bland


    What character would you cut from Swarm?

    Does not matter


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    Nathan W. Hiatt Bayfield, CO, United States 12-03-12
    Nathan W. Hiatt Bayfield, CO, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great start to a very promising series"

    Great book!! Plenty of action and lots of creative concepts to make you smile. I really enjoyed this book.

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    Jacob D. Akers West Union, OH United States 11-29-12
    Jacob D. Akers West Union, OH United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2015

    big jakers

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    "Great Start to a Sci-fi Series"

    I've had this book in my queue for a couple of months, I bought during a special deal from audible and didn't know if I'd like. After listening to a few other books this was one of the last books I hadn't listened to so I gave it a try. This book was very fun and I'm glad I gave it a chance. I came to audible today only to add the rest of this series to my wishlist.

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