The Swarm

The Swarm

Audiobook CD - 2016 | Unabridged.
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Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston return to their Ender's Game prequel series with this first volume of an all-new trilogy about the Second Formic War in The Swarm .

The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces, and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's 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.

There is a mothership out beyond the Solar System's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system, unstoppable by any weapons that Earth can muster.

Earth has been reorganized for defense. There is now a Hegemon, a planetary official responsible for keeping all the formerly warring nations in line. There's a Polemarch, responsible for organizing all the military forces of the planet into the new International Fleet. But there is an enemy within, an enemy as old as human warfare: ambition and politics. Greed and self-interest. Will Bingwen, Mazer Rackam, Victor Delgado and Lem Juke be able to divert those very human enemies in time to create a weapon that can effectively defend humanity in the inexorable Second Formic War?

The Second Formic War
#1 The Swarm

Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, 2016.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781427273697
Branch Call Number: Audiobook FIC Card
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
digital,optical,1.4 m. per second,stereo,Digital recording
15 audio discs (18 hours) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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leocardinal
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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