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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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Good scifi book

This would make a great TV series.
Great characters, great action, great scifi element. Will read next book in series.

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Hmmmmmmm..........

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Young adults, for certain. Things come together in a really cool, quick, way - but I would have enjoyed more exposition. Life is a series of meetings, alliances, opinions, secret alliances, enemies, motives, etc... I felt the story needed to be a little more complicated to this not-so-humble old soul.

What could B. V. Larson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More depth - like an extended edition. Kind of like the 1100+ page version of The Stand.

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

It moved, fast.

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A great, pure Sci Fi story

A great, pure Sci Fi story. Well told and well performed. It makes me want to immediately get the next one.

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Good but poorly developed female characters

I enjoy this author but his weakness is writing for female characters. He needs to get a female coauthor or editor so these characters aren't so one-dimensional and erratic.

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Thrill ride!

Much like a previous reviewer noted this is much like a summer action popcorn film. Great action, not heavy on the drama or the unintelligible science highbrow speak.. Just overall a great story about loss and overcoming an unimaginable situation.

The Protagonist in Kyle Riggs your somewhat everyman has to bring a rag tag group of individuals to the defense of Mother Earth and our way of life while loosing loved ones and finding new reasons to keep on fighting.

An easy listen which will keep you entertained. Narrator Mark Boyett does a good job of pacing the story and bringing you into this universe.

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very good book

I really like the story line. I would recommended it to readers young and old.

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Great Listen!

I really enjoyed the book. Looking forward to the continuing series. Nine more words are necessary to complete this review.

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  • Steve
  • West New York, NJ, United States
  • 02-26-15

I finished book 3 of the series and...

This book is amazing, and the series is holding up so far! After I listened to Swarm, which I got on sale during one of Audible's $4.99 special offers, I looked into the author and the series - incredibly, he's written 11 of these so far. My first thought was, when does the series start to suck - I'm not a fan of the series concept in general, and 11 just seems like way too much. I'm happy to say, all three books so far have been fantastic, and I can imagine where BV Larson might be going with it. It's EPIC in it's reach. It's setting up a Star Wars-like future with many galaxies, races, and factions with serious political and military considerations. But the first book starts with Earth today, and takes you there, step by step.

To the people who've called the series flat, or juvenile, I reply, "seriously?"

Try this first book. I suspect you won't regret it. I hope the next 8 are as good as the first three. I'm devouring them with relish.

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Good listen

Great audiobook, sad to see reviews for next volume that seemed to change the tempo. Author has creative mind, need more

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Stoey, just bad, bad, bad.

If your IQ is above 70, don't listen to this book as it will be quite painful.