The Swarm

The Swarm

Audiobook CD - 2016
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The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces, and the Chinese army, but China has been devastated by the Formics' initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. Earth's government has been reorganized for defense; it now comprises a Hegemon, a planetary official responsible for keeping all the formerly warring nations in line, and a Polemarch, responsible for organizing all the military forces of the planet into the new International Fleet. But ambition and politics, greed and self-interest remain. It is up to Will Bingwen, Mazer Rackam, Victor Delgado and Lem Juke be able to create a weapon that can effectively defend humanity,
Publisher: [New York] : Macmillan Audio, ©2016.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781427273697
Characteristics: 15 compact discs (18 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
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Dec 23, 2016

The characters are all back, but the tone of this book is much more somber. Some are having interesting adventures and others are toiling about in misery. Also, some of the groundwork for the setting of Ender's Game is laid out nicely in this book.

Unfortunately, there are some holes in the logic of the book. For example, the authors keep saying that the hull of the Formic ships are indestructible. They forget, however, that the Scout Ship was blown open when the Free Miners & the Jukes ship attacked it while en-route to earth in the first book of the prequel.

There's a few other things that come up that irked me a little, but I love Sci-Fi, so I'll keep reading the books as they come out. I just don't think that I'll be adding Aaron Johnston to my list of favorite authors.

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