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

B. V. Larson
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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 award-winning author B. V. Larson.

This book is the first book in the STAR FORCE Series.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended - military sci-fi 15 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While feeling in the mood for a new sci-fi read on my Kindle I came across this, surprisingly good read. The reason I say surprisingly, is typically I wouldn't impulse buy. A few of the already posted reviews, provided the extra push to purchase this e-book and I'm very glad I did.

*Minor story spoilers*

The book is a sci-fi action book, focusing on a ongoing battle between 'Biotics' (gooey, flesh bags like me and you) and the 'Macros.' While it may sound like your fairly standard affair, there are some interesting takes on the genre with the inclusion of the 'Nanos' - 'Sort of friendly(debatable)' defenders of biotics. The Nanos come to earth, and their first task is to recruit command personnel to command...well them, to ultimately provide a defence against the 'Macros'.

It sounds complicated, but its really demonstrated & presented in a very straight forward understandable way. The whole book is easy to read and it has that 'Just one more chapter' effect in some parts. After finishing it I promptly purchased the next 2 books in the series, and I'm looking forward to the 4th.

A couple of criticisms that have made me give this a 4, instead of a 5 - There is something of a lack of explanation for various things that occur which is a flaw present throughout all the books so far. (e.g. By the end of book 3, we still only really know a relatively small amount of info about the Macros.)

Also some of the character emotions/responses to events around them are almost a bit stilted. Without giving too much away, the main character, Kyle Riggs, ultimately seems rather detached after a rather personal traumatic event happens early on in the first book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is an OK book with a reasonably entertaining story, however there is something about the style of writing which seems almost child-like in its naivety which I found a bit off-putting and stops me rating the book highly. Literature is very subjective and others may well not share my criticisms, but for me the characters have not been sufficiently developed and seem very one dimensional. The fighting scenes are similarly shallow and distant, somewhat more like watching a computer game , than real people battling for their lives. At under £2 for the kindle version, I cannot say I have wasted my money as it was distracting enough for me to finish the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starship Troopers meets Independence Day. 17 Jan. 2011
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If you are looking for a good modern science fiction read then you need look no further.

A fleet of hundreds of alien ships snatch people from their homes. Subjected to a series of tests most are quickly rejected and thrown dead from the skies - and these are the nice aliens. The not so nice ones are on their way.

With set piece battles both in space and on Earth, this book reminds me in parts of Independence Day and Starship Troopers.

The plot is very action driven. Focusing almost exclusively on one of the abductees and his fight for survival the plot is easy to follow, fast paced and rather absorbing.

One of my pet annoyances on the Kindle is e-books that don't have a cover picture - every book should have a cover! This one passes that little personal test. The rest of the presentation on the Kindle was very good with no obvious formatting or other errors.

Being a long novella or a short novel you can read this story in four or five hours. There are enough unanswered questions and enough scope in the story to justify a sequel, yet the story still stands on its own and has a clear ending.

Well worth the asking price and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SWARM: Darn Good MilSciFi 21 Jan. 2011
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I have to say that I was running short on stuff to read and I had read Mech and Mech2 before and although they were good I had read better. So when I saw a "suggestion" on Amazon I saw it was cheap and bought it... and enjoyed it thoroughly!

There were a few things that bothered me though... I would have expected more anger after what happened to the family (not saying any more as I don't want to do spoilers). Also why was there a war between the two robotic races in the first place (maybe that will be answered in the sequels... and if there aren't any sequels I'm going to change this review to -1000 stars heh)? But all in all it is a cracking good read. By the end of the first third of the book I just couldn't put it down, only taking breaks to get something to eat or drink...

So, Mr Larson, we want sequels... lots of them please. ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swarm 30 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was fun and a very quick read. Some have compared the author to Heinlein. I would disagree and see more Andre Norton type writing with some adult sexual nature thrown in. But, not quite to Norton's level yet. This book is not for the person looking for an intellectual fantasy. This book sticks with many cliches: the indidvidual against the evil outside aliens, coupled with incompetent and slightly evil governments. The governement appears to have nothing but idiots working for them and if it wasn't for the brilliant hero who single handed leads Earth to survival all would be lost. The price is right and you don't have to force yourself through the book. Good entertainment, but don't think about it too much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Weakest of his books I've read. Was ok, but I may not go further with this series.
Published 1 day ago by Foz
3.0 out of 5 stars It gets better after the first handful of chapters
I read the first dozen chapters and gave up. It was only after reading another B.V.Larson novel that decided to give Swarm another go. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MildDiscomfort
5.0 out of 5 stars Different with good ideas
I'd been thinking of buying this for a while. Ever since I'd read Vaughn Heppner's Doom Star series and realised Sci-Fi and military warfare in space etc went very well... Read more
Published 4 months ago by GH
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 5 months ago by mfrobbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 months ago by Stan Richmond
2.0 out of 5 stars At least it was free
Well at least it was free...
Badly written, with no research into the subject matter
Published 7 months ago by A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like SF so this is another for my collection as I am going paperless
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
I really felt a connection with the primary character. Being an I.T. nut myself I could see the logical sequence of events unfold. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Force, book one.
Entertaining and not to heavy a read. Couple of type errors though. Will by the next book to see how the story progresses.

First BV Larson book and I would recommend it.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely fantastic series
i've always imagined using nanites and constructing fleets on asteroids, so this series was a fantastic find,read them all solidly and loved every bit. Read more
Published 13 months ago by calum
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