great series, but this book dropped the ball. spoiler of the story to follow. Got too far way from the great detail of the space battles. Instead replacing them with a love triangle resembling twilight. Granted the story is starting to get a little repetitive: fleet meets enemy, hero uses great strategy, somehow defeats enemy with minimal loses, hero upset over the few loses, everyone tells him how great he is and shouldn't be upset. Story starting to drag. Narrator is fabulous
Overall good like the rest in the series, but the plot line with Rione and Desjani was almost enough to make me want to stop reading.
I listened to the first 4 books and then read the 5th in paperback. These books are so much better with the narrator. He is awesome. Needless to say I'm downloading the final book to listen to.
Overall I like the series and I'm looking forward to the next book, but frankly the repetitions are getting annoying.
I liston to all 4 books and give rne a 6 Stars if I could, waiting for the next one (book 5) to come out unabridged so I wont miss a page of it. come Jack hit those keys. the stores line is fast, and well written and I look forward to reliston then again and again
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (sci-fi) - I love this series and, don't get me wrong, I'm sure I will continue to love it, but this book is my least favorite so far. There is the usual cat-and-mouse game with the Syndics and the strategic battles we have all come to love and expect. There are more inside attempts to sabotage the fleet, and the unknown alien presence continues to aid the Syndics against the Alliance. Geary continues his policy of preserving the lives of innocent civilian Syndics and starts to plant the seed of peace-talking with them. The love triangle between Geary, Rionne and Desjani becomes more important in this book, but I'm thinking (and hoping) it will return to its usual smaller background role in future books.
While the book is good, it is kind of SSDD (same shit different day). You could probably skip it and not really miss anything important that contributes to the future of the fleet. The opening battle takes an extra long time, seems like about half the book, and there are constant references to Geary's being considered a hero and how he's sent by the ancient ancestors to save the human race, blah, blah. I know that from the previous books and I didn't need it repeated 20 times in this book alone.
PERFORMANCE - Love this narrator! Not only does he have a sexy low voice for Captain Geary, but he gives Rionne and Desjani two completely distinct female voices. They actually sound feminine and not like drag queens! The only thing I'd complain about (and maybe this is just me) but the word "auxiliaries" comes up a lot. A whole lot. In my part of the world we say it four syllables (aux-il-a-rees) but he makes it five syllables (aux-il-ee-air-ees). Kind of drove me crazy.
OVERALL - No sex or cursing. There are space battles but no talk of blood or gore. This is the third book in the series and it can stand alone, I suppose, but I'd recommend starting with Book 1 and following the series in order.
I can't see any military officer just throwing away lives and failing to deal with traitors as Jack is doing. He also says he doesn't want to be a hero, but says he is the only one that can make a difference.
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Didn't finish this space opera in 1 sitting, but a weekend was well filled.
The story flows well, the characters getting deeper , and the syndics more desperate.
Now to find a way to visualise those space battles.
In any case, the combination J. Henry and C. Rummel just goes great.
Up to the next book.
The strategy of the battles was great. The female characters were often frustrating but at least they were fiesty and equals.
Explaining that light takes hours to cross a star system doesn't have to be repeated over and over again in the book. It's acceptable in chapter 1 but these explanations become redundant. If you must repeat such explanations, don't cut and paste. Phrase it differently, make it shorter.
Some suspension of disbelief is getting harder: a ship going .1c can't turn around and comes back for another pass 5 minutes later. How about decelerates for a week then turns around and accelerates for another week and comes around again. Campbell also falls into a common trap of loving his characters too much. Characters have to make mistakes for the sake of the story but like many authors he just can't bring himself to have them actually do anything wrong, so he has them beat themselves up over phony mistakes. Fight heroically and win against all odds, but beat yourself up because every soldier who died is solely and personally your own fault. "I killed them." Seriously? It gets sophomoric. How much better would it be to have him make mistakes, learn and grow. In this book Geary is getting whiney and becoming a complainer. A lead character is allowed to say, "I didn't ask for this" once, but then deal with it and grow up, this is the fourth book man!That is said in love because I'm still hooked and just bought the next book.Mike