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Swarm (Star Force Series Book 1) by [Larson, B. V.]
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About the Author

B. V. Larson is the bestselling author of over twenty novels, two of which have reached the Amazon/Kindle Top 100 bestseller lists. Writing in several genres, most of his work is Fantastic in nature, and spans from Military Science Fiction to Epic Fantasy to Paranormal Romance. 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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  • File Size: 859 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 23, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H8FVEQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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I bought Swarm on a whim since it had a lot of positive reviews, the premise piqued my curiosity and it was on sale. Swarm is an easy to read, fast paced story that has a nice level of intrigue in the first quarter of the book or so, and once the initial chaos settles, the book becomes heavy in military action for almost all of the remainder. The story is told from the first person perspective of Kyle Riggs and suffers by having numerous characters that lack depth or that you do not care for, especially his young female shipmate. There are a few breaks between the constant fighting, allowing for some more extrapolation in what is happening outside of the battle zone, but overall the book serves as a good setup for a story that has more to say. The book is not without flaws, but overall it is simple and enjoyable novel. I mostly enjoyed reading Swarm, and if I could, I would give this 3.5 stars. I am looking forward to continuing this series, though personally hope that Larson offers more plot progression and less action. I will know soon enough and am looking forward to it!
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