The Second Formic War Series

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The Swarm Publisher's Summary

Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston return to their Ender's Game prequel series with this first volume of an all-new trilogy about the Second Formic War in The Swarm.

The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system, unstoppable by any weapons that Earth can muster.

Earth has been reorganized for defense. There is now a Hegemon, a planetary official responsible for keeping all the formerly warring nations in line. There's a Polemarch, responsible for organizing all the military forces of the planet into the new International Fleet. But there is an enemy within, an enemy as old as human warfare: ambition and politics. Greed and self-interest. Will Bingwen, Mazer Rackam, Victor Delgado, and Lem Juke be able to divert those very human enemies in time to create a weapon that can effectively defend humanity in the inexorable Second Formic War?

Full cast of narrators includes Susan Hanfield, Emily Rankin, Orson Scott Card, and Aaron Johnston.

©2016 Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Swarm

    • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Vikas Adam, Stephen Hoye, and others
    • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,399
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123

    The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great for a theoretical physics geek

    • By Daniel A. Dennett on 09-20-16

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 2

    • The Hive

    • The Second Formic War, Book 2
    • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 630
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 584
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 581

     

    A coalition of Earth’s nations barely fought off the Formics’ first scout ship. Now, it’s clear there’s a mothership out on edge of the system and that the aliens are prepared to take Earth by force. Can Earth’s warring nations and corporations put aside their differences and mount an effective defense?  

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not up to standard

    • By Sam G. on 07-06-19

    Regular price: $31.49