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Swarm (Star Force Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

B. V. Larson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (734 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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....

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. SWARM is an 88,000 word novel of science fiction by bestselling author B. V. Larson.


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  • File Size: 857 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1460953134
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H8FVEQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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150 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heck of a page turner! February 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been reading science fiction for half a century. I read Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov in first edition. In all the years that have passed I have never before read a book that I would realistically compare with Heinlein. Now I have. When you pick up this book, physically or digitally, be prepared to be unwilling to put it down until you finish it!

Swarm is just sufficiently full of true science and seasoned just enough with fiction to pass muster as something Heinlein would have written. Joe average is quite literally yanked out of his calm, pleasant life and forced into a life or death situation not only for himself but for all of humanity. In classic science fiction commonly the protagonist was an egg-head who was fully up to date on the newest radio technology, in this case a computer science professor has to shoulder the responsibility of saving the world.

Heinlein was convinced that a well-educated American engineer or scientist could take on the most advanced tyrants in the universe. More, he was convinced that given a hint of whatever was behind the technology of that tyrant, American academics and engineers could reproduce and even better it. His optimistic view was overshadowed by the post-apocalyptic mood that seemed to grip scifi writers in the waning years of the 20th century. B.V. Larson has recaptured that indomitable spirit exemplified by Heinlein that sees the best of American scientific culture and the self sacrificing nature and courage of professional soldiers as a force that makes humanity far too much to chew for any alien invader.

The highest complement I can give is due this book. I squirmed with the lead character as he faced the death of his family and again and again the horror of total war. In the end though Larson make me feel good to be an American and a human being. I ache to read the next in what I sincerely hope is a long series.
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135 of 158 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated April 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was surprised to find that I did not like this book, given the overwhelmingly positive reviews. I've concurrently purchased and read quite a few of the other similarly priced indie sci-fi ebooks written at the same time, and I enjoyed all of them, and found them almost all high quality, well written, and entertaining. However, this one was the one that I felt underperformed by a fair margin - even given the low price ($2.99)

The book is fast-paced, but at great cost to the characters. As an adult reader, I found none of them believable - they all seemed to me oversimplified caricatures of a teenage boy's fantasy reality. This is coming from a reader who loves action, no less.

In particular, I found the protagonist's development completely unrealistic. A schoolteacher by background, becomes a military genius on his very first battle, manages to forget the graphic deaths of his two kids within days, and is found busily carousing intimately with a too-conveniently placed naked early 20s female sidekick in that time. This oversimplified character and plot development is so cliche and unoriginal that I thought only kids would be able to overlook it. The descriptions of the female sidekick pretty much sum up the level of writing in this book - in the midst of a high-tension, life-or-death scenario, generous wording is given to pay particular attention to her shapely form, state of undress, and appealing features. Oh yes, and she's naked pretty much the entire first few days they're together. Seriously? This sort of writing is straight out of a low-budget "B Movie" script - it was a shock to me to encounter such banality in sci-fi book.

The rest of the book is also greatly oversimplified for a fan of hard science fiction.
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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Go aliens! March 7, 2012
By pete
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this book and was impressed by the first chapter. It was well written, thoughtful and totally conveyed the hero's feelings and that made me feel something for him. It also fatally flawed this story.
I read one five star review here where someone compared this writer to Heinlein. Heinlein had a deep understanding of empathy and how it moves a story; the dynamic that brings the reader into a story. This writer made me hate this guy's guts by the end of the second chapter and if any moniker would be an apt description it would be the Anti-Heinlein.
I read lots of this stuff and long for something that I will be able to turn off my brain and read. I hated the hero so much, I couldn't. If this guy represents humanity, I'm rooting for the aliens.

Spoiler.........

Let me lay this out. His adolescent children are eviscerated; chopped into bits while screaming and a few hours later he starts hitting on girl. Together, a few days later, they decide to go back to his house and steal his dead kid's furniture and clothing to set up their new place. A week later (yes a week) he might occasionally think about them. But only for a minute or so.
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66 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another nice read from Larson January 12, 2011
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Having read a number of books now from this author, I felt safe in just grabbing this one without reading the synopsis or the reviews. My faith was justified as this turned out to be a great book. A real page turner. I sat down and read it in an afternoon and was left wanting more. Larson states that he may turn it into a series if it does well enough. I hope it does!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe this is the same author who wrote Steel World
I bought this book because I really enjoyed the Steel/Dust/Tech World books. What a mistake!

The S/D/T World books were written by an accomplished author. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Avid Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars This authour stinks
One of the worst books I have ever read. Simplistic, child-like writing and really, really bad dialogue.
Published 6 hours ago by Abdul Gadi
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're considering, buy it
I wasted months looking at this series pop up in recommendations and passing on it. Finally bought it and I'm starting book 4 after a few days. Great stuff.
Published 1 day ago by Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It works
Published 2 days ago by David Merriam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
B.V. Larson is one of the best authors of Space Sci Fi I have come across in all my years of reading. Read more
Published 8 days ago by William D Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 8 days ago by Morgan Langley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for geezers
Nice space opera, it is on the level of an old guy (me). More like what I read as a kid. I really enjoyed it.
Published 9 days ago by B. EGBERT
2.0 out of 5 stars No fun to read
Unlike his Undying Mercenary series, which I loved, there are no characters in Swarm that I either liked or cared about. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars First time I've read this author.
First time I've read this author,it seems like this series is going to be ok. I will let you know more after I finish the next book in the series.
Published 19 days ago by bublehead
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor plot and character development.
there was such promise of real character development in the first chapter or two. We see a deeply troubled main character that lost his wife and loves his children. Read more
Published 20 days ago by ParityOdd
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More About the Author

B. V. Larson is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels, many of which have reached the Amazon/Kindle Top 100 bestseller list. Writing in several genres, most of his work is Fantastic in nature, and spans from Military Science Fiction to Epic Fantasy. As a California native, B. V. Larson's stories often take place on sunny beaches and in cities such as Las Vegas. He has three kids living at home and currently teaches college. He writes college textbooks as well as fiction.

For more information check out the author's Homepage: BVLarson.com


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