Swarm: Star Force, Book 1 by B. V. Larson

Swarm: Star Force, Book 1 by B. V. Larson

Book Description

July 8, 2011
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 bestselling 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.


Picked this book up on Audible because the description seemed interesting and at the time there were 5 of the 6 books out. At the time of writing this review I'm finishing the 6th book and awaiting the 7th. First let me say, I love science-fiction military novels, especially involving spacy navies and combat between fleets of ships. If anyone has any recommendations for me please toss them out for my consideration.

I'm a huge fan of Asimov, Heinlein and Niven and find that Larson channels a bit of each while bringing his own essence to his writing as well. Meet Kyle Riggs, computer science professor and father... finds himself woken up one night by an alien ship hovering over his farm house, ultimately he finds himself aboard the ship fighting the ship and it's former crew for his life. Meet the Nano's, a race of artificially intelligent nano-robots going from system to system abducting local biologicals as part of their mission, pitting them against other biologicals trying to find command personnel for each vessel in their fleet. Meet the Macros, an H.G. Wells like massive robotic race of artificially intelligent creatures bent on domination, eradication and strip mining of star systems. What unfolds is humanities involvement in a war not theirs, a war between the Nano's and Macro's with humans being brought in as command personnel of the Nano fleet. The series is a must read and I HIGHLY recommend the audible version as Mark Boyett is a fantastic voice talent that really brings the characters to life.


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