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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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light easy fun read

Fun read. the plot is exciting, the setting is enjoyable. it's not the most thought provoking read ever, but like a good action movie it didn't need to be. I encourage anyone who wants a light few hours of entertainment to listen/read it.

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yes!

Narrator is good and I love the amazing mind of B.V. Larson, I finished his undeying mercenaries series and hoping another book comes out(if it hasent Already), till then I'm getting the second book for this series!

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Meh

Not bad. Not good. Just Meh.
I was overall underwhelmed by the writing and have no plans to listen further.

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  • Nicholas
  • Cranberry TWP, PA, United States
  • 02-02-15

A little bit immature... wasn't a bad story

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Ultimately my journey with this series ends here. The story wasn't awful, and I got the book on sale for $5. It's not good enough for a credit but I would consider getting the second one if it was on sale.<br/><br/>It reminds me of a story a bunch of drunk teens might write if they were hanging out in their mom's basement. <br/><br/>A robot arm destroys some guys entire family and 5 minutes later he wants to get down and dirty with some stranger. That's just the kind of stuff that you write up while laughing like Beavis and Butthead.<br/><br/>Nothing wrong with some mindless action here and there, but it's sort of average. I'll keep looking for something more compelling.

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GOOD SCI-FI TALE

Narrator was great. The whole "kids dying, so I'm gonna screw a coed" was a bit weird but overall a good story.

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Great Sci-Fi

Great basis for starting a series. Detailed events and plausible scenarios.

Excellent narration. Recommended. Good road travel book. Looking forward to the second book in series.

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SD - scfi fan

Good action story, a little sexist. Page Turner. Nice hard science fiction. Starting to show its age.

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Absolutly Floored by this saga!

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

Out of the 16 series and 54 books I have through audible, this saga has to be in the top three. Maybe two. The majority of my collection involve space opera and futuristic sci fi. I believe Hyperion book series still remains my number one but for different reasons. This is the best military/combat focused style futuristic sci fi.

What other book might you compare Swarm to and why?

I'd say Dan Simmons Hyperion, Undying Mercenaries, Peter Hamilton's Void series/Pandora's Star, D.J. Molles The Remaining series (zombie) and Alastair Reynolds Pushing Ice. It's a first person view of humanities experience sprinkled in with future tech, military combat and dominant leadership flaws/strengths.

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Storytelling and narration is exceptional. Nothing annoying like a strong Scottish accent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without any spoilers, the main character overcomes many flaws in government and humanities culture when applied to space and interplanetary travel. The extreme loss and pain the main character experiences was not fluffed over as he works through his mistakes. A real good vs evil battle goes on throughout the series.

Any additional comments?

This review is for all books in this series. I only wish the books were longer than 11-13 hours.

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Sexist, militaristic alien action novel

Well paced, well-constructed alien invasion story which develops into a global battle with a militaristic feel. An engaging listen with a good narrator....BUT.....

Okay---how many books are out there which start out so promising, only to introduce some female characters in an end-of-the-world setting who just sit around, passively waiting for the male characters to take action?? It's so tiresome and ridiculously sexist. This is yet another one of them. The story structure and pace was so promising, but with this one element, it just ruined it. Having a fierce-personality female character who becomes clingy and stupid broke my enjoyment in the story.
I wonder if these writers even respect their wives/sisters/mothers/girlfriends....

I returned it. So disapointing.

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Amazing!!

My hands down favorite series! Amazing action, emotion, and imagination here. Really wish I could give it 10 stars!!!