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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It was a good enough book - the story moved along nicely and the plot was interesting. But one thing kept bothering me - Kyle kept wasting time - lots of it. He would have a breakthrough interaction with the ship and learn some valuable piece of info...then would seem to sit around and flirt with Sandra for 8 hours until the next crisis, then have to play 20 questions with the ship again while the fate of the earth hung in the balance. The world is at stake, man! Keep talking to the ship! Also, would someone really sit around that long without contacting some experts or government types? I understand the paranoia that they'd want to take your ship - but don't be so arrogant to think that you can figure out how to save the world w/o a little help. Stop and pick up a cell phone or walkie-talkie if nothing else. Even taking into account that this was a fiction book and of course we want to see a "hero" - his actions just didn't follow common sense for as bright as he was portrayed to be. And, finally - the ship kept saying the thing about "Command Personnel" - but Kyle didn't once try to make Sandra "Command Personnel". Sure, the ship may have rejected that - but at least try.
I guess I like it when the protagonist either A) does what I think I would do in that situation (my own arrogance, I guess) or B) does something that makes me say "that's a great idea". I don't like it when they continually do things that seem contrary to common sense.
So, in light of that - while the story was interesting - I think I'll pass on the rest of the series. I want to enjoy a book and get lost in it - not wish I could take over (either the writing or the character) and do things differently.
Audio is easier for me to do as i drive around a lot and do not have time to sit down and read.
Have not listened to anything like Swarm.
The story is good if you consider the elements. The narrator Mark Boyett did a nice job. I like a story to contain plausible reactions from the characters. I would have liked some humility in the main character.
The characters in this book are weak as other reviewers have commented. I felt as though I was audience to someone's fantasy. Tough guy name, check, endless affirmations of self worth from other characters (hot young coed, hardend soldiers, a General, scientists, etc) and the main character himself, check. Congressional Medal of Honor, check. I felt a little insulted after this one.
No, well, maybe as a Saturday night movie on that science fiction network with the wrestling and ghost shows.
The lead charter
The new use of teck
Made contact with the BLUES
Hate to need to Waite for the next book
Don't play this one with the kids in the car! Once you get past the initial shock you will not be able to put this down. Fast paced and very interesting.
This author is clever to find a way to grant characters extreme powers, without having to explain the science. I liked the cleverness of the characters, and there was some conflict of power controls, but I felt is was whitewashed over.
It almost feels like it was written to explain things needed in the next series of books. I liked the explaining part, but the first attack adventure was hard to follow, and turned me off completely on picking out other books in this series.
I need more human interaction and less bang bang action.
Yes, I would and will listen to this again. The main dude is a bit to mocho, but it works well.
As you get into the book you start placing actors in the rolls and the Action heroes of todays movies all fit well. Wouldn't be hard to fill the leading characters. I have read the next two instalments as well. Not sure I will due the next one. I have been in war and luck is always a good thing, but it is not the standard thing that determines the end results. The Star Force in thies books runs only on luck.
Good si-fi action, gets straight into it no flowery overkill. story is interesting and holds you the so called ozzie accent is a bit yuk but not enough to ruin it. i look forward to listening too the second book
There was no one in this book whom I cared about. For me that makes a pretty poor novel. The reader was mediocre .. it seems like the only accents he has mastered is a southern drawl and or Russian. Well, there might have been a Frenchman for a short time .. but he was killed off ... and I didn't care. There were a lot of dramatized battle scenes that reminded me of Terminator but not as good. This book just didn't work for me at all.
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