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Swarm (Star Force Series) [Kindle Edition]

B. V. Larson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 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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147 of 160 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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115 of 135 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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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading January 8, 2011
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Great escape reading. I love a book that has you cheering for the individual. Well written, with good character development. There is enough time spent on the main character in the begining to invest you in rooting for his survival.

As there is little swearing or graphic sex, this book would also be appropriate for teens.
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66 of 78 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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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Go aliens! March 7, 2012
By pete
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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.

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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a Sci Fi series
New concept for foreign entities and of course anal probing. It will be interesting how it develops from here. Great.
Published 1 day ago by Frank Statham
2.0 out of 5 stars Even for sci-fi, its premise is pretty thin
I had just finished Steel World and Dust World which I much enjoyed and was expecting the same with Swarm. But this book was much inferior. Read more
Published 3 days ago by eagle1515
4.0 out of 5 stars Another invasion
An interesting take on an alien invasion. Getting processed by aliens to defend the cosmos against a different alien force. A good read.
Published 8 days ago by Gerry Mc
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read!!
This was an amazing read and I can't wait to read the rest in the series. I'm giving this book 5 stars! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Casondra
5.0 out of 5 stars Start of a great series
I am re-reading Star Force from the beginning as the new episodes arrive, so I am fully primed for episodes 9 and 10. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Robert Adam Follis
3.0 out of 5 stars Swarm Start Force Series Review
The original premise behind the story is engaging, but the writer's female characters are a little one dimensional and the use of sexist language really spoiled my enjoyment of the... Read more
Published 18 days ago by laura arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating sci-fi series
Action packed, captivating, story telling at it's best, books are hard to put down. The plots are always changing to keep you interested.
Published 24 days ago by haaukon
4.0 out of 5 stars Brain Candy- Yum !
Fun, quick read that moves real fast through a broad story. No...don't think too much.....just enjoy. And yes I immediately downloaded the second book. Classic pulp Sci Fi... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Roger Ten Elshof
4.0 out of 5 stars Female scifi addict says Mr Larson -- stop trying to write female...
This rollicking, fast-moving, compulsively readable novel with its almost endless battles and creativity is terrific escapism. Read more
Published 1 month ago by abycats
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read and nice twists
Compared to other Space Operas I liked the twists in this book. It's nice to read something that doesn't out humans as the sole masters if the universe but actually makes us seem... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BiggEarn
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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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