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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Lamonica Johnson on 04-25-12

If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel...

If you are a fan of Isaac Asimov's deep thinking, or Larry Niven and his habit of making the reader do math, then this book is a welcome mental relief. Another reviewer referred to it as "sci-fi easy listening" and I think he hit the nail right on the head. Much like a Michael Bay film, if you start thinking too hard, you just ruin it for yourself. But that's not to say it can't be entertaining. To understand what I mean, simply read the following (spoiler free) synopsis:

Computer Science professor Kyle Riggs is abducted by an artificially intelligent alien spacecraft. With occasional interjections from his stunningly beautiful consensually captive co-ed companion he must make clever use of programming, hacking, strategy, logic, and knowledge of powers of two to save Earth from merciless robotic aliens.

At several points throughout the novel I considered how it might have made a good story line for a real-time strategy computer game (a la Starcraft). I must say, the book is massively entertaining. Listening to it is akin to having testosterone injected through your ears. Mark Boyett captures the different characters exactly as you would expect with all the seriousness that is required. The book skates a fine line between easy to take in and outright melodrama. It does a pretty good job at staying this side of melodrama (most of the time).

I feel I must give a disclaimer that, as a computer science graduate myself, I think there is a certain draw to a book featuring a computer science professor as a protagonist. Especially one that gets the girl and saves the world. It's not really the kind of thing one would expect out of someone in my field.

To sum things up: The characters aren't deep and neither is the plot, the action is enjoyable and constant, the hacking is surprisingly realistic (5 points for executing a privilege escalation exploit on an alien ship), and I think I'm going to pick up the next one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-25-11

Finally some ORIGINAL scifi action.

I got this book on a whim, and I am very glad i did. I found the story to be very original and let you really use your imagination to decide what some things should look like. It wasnt filled with a bunch of technical fluff that i have found in other books. Its a very entertaining story that keeps you listening. Every time you start to wonder about a certain topic, or why is this happening, or why would they do that, the author fills you in. Its as if he knows just when you want an answer but makes you wait just a bit longer for it to keep the story going.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Londongirl on 05-26-17

Such a shame

Really liked the narrator and the story was well paced. Unfortunately spoiled by very dated storyline and some poor writing. It reads more like 1950s science fiction with very limited imagination. Very big plot holes (no clues where the spaceships come from or why & the science is plain silly) and a shockingly callous & 2 dimensional attitude from the professor lead character. Perving over some conveniently half naked nubile Latino student ten minutes after the violent death of his kids? Really? I would not recommend unless you are really in the mood for truly mindless entertainment.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 05-12-14

Swarm - I want to join up!

Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

I really enjoyed this introduction to the Star Force series. I'd relisten to it again but I'm just enjoying the second book at the moment!

What did you like best about this story?

The details of the life aboard the ships and how the commanders learn to control the ships. Also, although it was military sci fi, the background details were excellent, how people lived and learnt to deal with day to day life.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Some of the planning of the battles, the logic for how things were worked out.

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent introduction to a series I think I'm going to love. Depth of characters and details of battle strategies made this a brilliant choice.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-27-14

Good old fashion B grade action

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

In the top 20/100

Would you recommend Swarm to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. It is just honest fun.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Was a while back but probably where he got abducted.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


Any additional comments?

If you like military Sci Fi, it is hard to go past this New Yorker author. Thanks BV.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Dean on 11-05-16

elevate the mediocre because of happenstance

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not a whole lot to be honest. The main character isn't smart, resourceful, or particularly charismatic. He just wants to be in charge and makes rookie decisions that for the sake of the story work out and make him look like a tactical genius.

What will your next listen be?

Don't know

Did Mark Boyett do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

I like him for the sci-fi story narrations, but the book just lacks a lot.

What character would you cut from Swarm?

The main character.

Any additional comments?

Not really, i managed to finish it but more because i didn't have anything to do.

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