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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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Horrible female characters

This is a very male centric story with one weak female character serving only to decorate the main character.

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Perfect Narration. Exciting Story.

Exciting Battles!!! Characters could have used better development and descriptions but that's just my personal taste. I can't wait to read more books by this author.

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Reasonable concept, terrible exec

What disappointed you about Swarm?

Pretty much everything.

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

No

Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Boyett?

Yes

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

No

Any additional comments?

This book is why sci-fi gets a bad name, a superficial, formulaic and poorly written book with two-dimensional, unbelievable and annoyingly simple plot about unlikable, emotionally vacant and unrealistic characters. The style is also USA centric, sexist and dependent on stereo types.

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Decent series - consistent quality throughout

I found the central character a bit unauthentic throughout the series, although Cody seems to be an improvement. The story is well read with steady action and twists that make it very interesting. My commute gives me 30 minute snatches of story per ride, and I like books that accomplish something besides describing the wallpaper in that time. Undying Mercenaries is the best of his series in my opinion.

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Sci-Fi Magic

I truly enjoyed Swarm to the fullest. This production kept me interested from start to finish. I will listen to it again for sure.

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It is a Hum Dinger

If you could sum up Swarm in three words, what would they be?

Very good action. I found it entertaining, and believable. It is possible there are other life forms in the Universe, why not? I have only listened to the first of the trilogy, but it was good. I am going to get the others.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Swarm?

When the leader of the rebel forces realized that he couldn't defeat the enemy, as things stood at that time. Maybe later Earth could change things, but not right now.

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

The narrator did a good job, not too "dramatic" and not boring. Good Job.

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Great Start!

this is a great start. for a new series of books for me I very much look forward to listening to each and everyone.

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Loved the story and performance, editing was not so good.

You can clearly hear a hiccup in the audio where they had spliced two tracks together. It's a bit annoying and sounds like you miss part of the story but I don't think you do.

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Addictive and Compelling - You have been Warned!

If you could sum up Swarm in three words, what would they be?

Scarey - Gripping - Amazing

What other book might you compare Swarm to and why?

Starship Trooper - Heinlein. But the enemy is tougher, unrelenting and more merciless.

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Seamless change of character voices and great dramatic reading ... puts you into the scene

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

In this Swarm Space You Can Hear Screams and More Screams!

Any additional comments?

Characters, plot and scenes are very complex, realistic and gripping. Battle scenes ring true and you feel you are in the midst of the storm.

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Mediocre story

honestly, interesting story concept but the characters are all utterly unrealistic and you can't really get behind any of them. the main characters are completely unbelievable.