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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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    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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    "Got Anoying"
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2012

    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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    WilliamMinyard Antioch, CA, United States 11-29-12
    WilliamMinyard Antioch, CA, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Decent Sci-Fi"
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    Different approach to the "First Contact" genre. A little less detailed than I like with a number of gaps but still a solid story. Obviously written with the idea of at least one sequel. The ending seemed a bit contrived and rushed but I did enjoy the listen. I felt like the story should of continued rather than have another book but we got to make a living. If you like military sci-fi and have an extra credit then go for it.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    His reading probably made the book better than it was written


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Knox grean road, New Brunswick, Canada 11-11-12
    Eric Knox grean road, New Brunswick, Canada 11-11-12 Member Since 2014

    I value the scientific method, have some understanding of the size and age of the universe and I respect the methods and findings of science.

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    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This rates somewheres near the middle. Not bad and not spectacular either.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice story. Not to disturbing with great man on machine fight scenes.

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    Ira Utopia, TX, United States 11-07-12
    Ira Utopia, TX, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    Loved the book. It reminded me of Ringo's "Troy Rising" but on a more realistic tract and story line. Excellent book and I just downloaded the next in the series. Great read.

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    Franc Barcelona, Spain 11-07-12
    Franc Barcelona, Spain 11-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Listen without prejudices"

    Whitout any pause to ruin the action using the brain, Swarm remember me the old funny action movies from the 80's . Sometimes, when listening other books while going for a stroll, I finally came up thinking about things I should buy for dinner, or something I have to talk with my wife, or something I've forgotten to do at my job (geez!). Well, this doesn't happen while listening Swarm.

    Get your popcorn and enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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