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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©2010 B.V. Larson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
I am not sure where all the love for this series comes from. I listened to the first five in the series before I just could not force myself to listen anymore. the main character is an absolute moron and I usually could not go 20 minutes before wanting to yell at the author about how stupid the guy was. Each book is just a continuous stream of him making the same mistake over and over that I could not take it anymore. Kyle always think he is absolutely sure he has everything covered and absolutely never does, and he never takes precautions that he could be wrong. This causes everyone around him to constantly die in job lots and people are still willing to listen to him.
This story has action, adventure, lust, and alien robots. I'm not sure why I liked it, but I couldn't stop listening.
The main character is a computer science professor from Northern California who is forcibly drafted into service as a alien spacecraft commander. We follow along as the world is introduced to two different versions of invading alien robots and how a group of disparate thugs joins together to create "Star Force".
There is plenty of action and political undertones as the governments of earth react to the threat of annihilation. As for the sci-fi aspects, the characters seem as bewildered by the technology as the reader/listener. The author doesn't dwell on the whys of the technology, but there are parts where I tuned out as he went into the hows.
Overall, though, I thought it was an enjoyable start to a sci-fi series.
Once you start reading this book your hooked , its nice and easy to listen to with a great story and great characters , you don't have to be a syfy stalwart to like this !
Kyle Riggs !!! hes cool, laid back drinks beer ,beats up guys that brass him off, and doesn't get too emotional , he kills aliens , intelligent and great with computers
He does great characters accents ! its like your listening to a dozen different narrators
If you want a great shoot em up series with heaps of impossible scenarios just round the corner where things go from bad to worse , get this series its worth it !!
Natural reading voice is great, attempts at accents are terrible.
Mildly entertaining story line
The premise of this book, while not entirely original, was still quite intriguing and provided a good basis for quite an engaging story. The story failed to live up to its full potential though.
The main characters were never really developed beyond a glossed over 2 sentence background story. The secondary characters didn't even receive that much attention. As a result there are no real personalities in the book to either like or dislike.
The author tries to explain the motivations of Riggs (protagonist) but it feels contrived and mechanical. I was never really in sync with Rigg's actions and thought processes given what he was going through, and as such never became invested in the character. I found myself indifferent to the danger he was in. The relationships that develop are too convenient and feel 'set-up'.
The narrative is clunky and just doesn't feel organic enough. There was no personality in the dialogue and it ends up feeling like listening to a computer talking to another computer. Which I suppose may fit with the situation, but it just doesn't make for entertaining or engaging listening.
The narrators natural voice is great when voicing Riggs, however the accents were terrible and extremely off putting. It really made the character become nothing more than cardboard thin stereotypes.
All in all it's an average audiobook, not great - but not terrible either.
I haven't read the reviews on other books in this series, but there is definitely the potential that the author can salvage the story and produce more well rounded books in the future.
This book is written for a youngster.
Yes, the logic is totally childlike and not up to date.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
Great Start! Can't wait to get more!
The trials and tribulations the main character Faces.
Despite his loses, his personal feelings & whatever urges he may be feeling.. He decides to start down a certain path although he knows that there's no possibility that the end of said rode is far from guaranteed except the knowledge that nothing he personally has lost will be returned to him. He moves forward, driven by unseen forces, things that make a Man.. A Man! I look forward to seeing where this man will end up landing.!
Unsure but I can say this book had me excited from start to finish of this series of books I couldn't stop, always in the edge of my seat, always looking forward to listening time, rooting for my characters & worrying how things will play out.
Seek out a Movie deal! If done correctly.. Allowing no external interference from "Tge Experts" this could be the StarWars of the new millennium if your given the freedoms to create the visual version of the world I'm sure is clear and crisp in your imagination.. I could see this becoming a icon if done right, you'll no doubt need to fight to stay loyal to your story but ask George Lucas what it feels like to have created such a complex universe for his dream to exist?! I'm sure he'll admit how many people wanted to change his story.. "Had great ideas", "Knows what the people want" etc.. Personally I'd rather stand strong behind my work & fail, then sell out to succeed!
Going with the flow while we speed through the universe on a massive rock!
I was first drawn to this book because it had received a high rating from other listeners. The plot sounded interesting but I still didn't know what to really expect. My experience is that this book lived up to the high rating that it had received.
The action began immediately. For a first book in a series it covers a lot of ground quickly. But at no point did I feel that we weren't getting the whole story.
Part of what I liked about this book is that it's a Sci-fi with human and alien interaction type book but the main characters actions and decisions are similar to how I think I would react given their circumstances.
I will definitely continue listening to this series and can't wait to see where B.V. Larsen takes it.
All of it? I got up to book 4 but just could not finish it. It's hard to put a finger on it but I think it boils down to unbelievable characters, villains, and this alien nano-tech that might as well be magic. The whole story feels hollow and like a badly written episode of Star Trek. I've probably just been spoiled by likes of Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds as they set the bar way up there and Larson isn't jumping nearly high enough. Popcorn sci-fi.
Yes. Because knowing more about the story, I would like to hear the start again. Also, great voice acting.
Crow - I can really like the way he speaks.
No. But that's my fault, not the book.
The story starts a little weak, in my mind. Not boring, just a little too extreme for what I could believe. But getting past this, I started to enjoy the book a lot.
I read the mixed reviews and thought I would give this book a shot. In the end, I didn't believe the premise of the book.
The "artificial intelligence" ship was really stupid, and whoever came up with the "command personnel" tests was also really stupid. For such an advanced civilization, I just didn't believe that they would design or program a ship so poorly.
The characters were kind of shallow, but the story moved along and I actually enjoyed the book in the end. It was an interesting take on an old concept.
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