I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
The journey to Alliance Space continues to takes its physical and mental toll on fabled hero Black Jack Geary. This book is solid entry into the series, and we're beginning to see the toll it's taking on the leaders of the Fleet from the different starship captains as well as John Geary. We get to see more of the same in terms of the flow of the way the books go. Travel to new system, battle, resupply and move on. There's more of that, but there's also a shift in the way the Syndic forces appear to the Alliance. Geary's actions have begun to affect the psyche of the Syndicate worlds citizens. There are also new threats that the crew must contend with, some within the Alliance and some outside.
Book 4 was a much better book than book 3 in the series. Valiant gives us the opportunity to build upon what the first few books only hinted at in terms of crew relations, the Syndics and the mounting tolls on our hero.
Christian Rummel's performance was solid as usual and he remained engaged to delivering a solid performance without becoming bored with such a long series. If book 3 was a letdown for you, book 4 does much of the same, but there was enough here to make me want to see finish the journey home.
I found the author to be very good and the storyline to be exiting and hard to put down. creates a connection to the characters and an overall view of mankind and their ambitions to create a better life.Also how some people only think about their own gains and do not think of how others are affected by there selfish goals.
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.
SOMETHING! Sorry it was funny when I typed it.
As with the other's in this series I really enjoy the detail of the battles. Just to think how it was done during WWII is just unbelievable. Also as a Navy hospital corpsmen the discription of the Marines was outstanding.
The best series ever... The story line is awesome, not predictable, very believable (in a sci-fi universe), and very emotionally intense.
I will buy them all before the year is out.
My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...
These books are really pretty good with great characters and science that makes sense. The reason I rated it a 3 instead of a 4 was the books are expensive and fairly short. So, it is a costly experience getting through the end of the story.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I would recommend that you start with the first book in this series. These are not stand alone novels.
Christian Rummel does an excellent job with all the 'Lost Fleet' books. This one is no exception.
So, this is book four. It starts off strong, but it falls back into the same old melodramatic, unbelievable, exasperating love-triangle nonsense that made the third book less appealing than the first two.
I like the parts about the mystery saboteur.
I like the internal power struggle that keeps evolving in the fleet.
I like the suspense of not knowing what awaits in the next star system.
I absolutely love the stuff about the unknown alien intelligence that seems to be pulling a lot of strings for unknown reasons.
These are the things that make all the 'Lost Fleet' books great. But for God's sake enough with the forbidden love garbage! We get it, and it's only getting cheesier. This story would be so much better if the corny romance junk was kept to a bare minimum. Leave the love story to those who can write love stories. Sheesh!
Something else that really, really bugs me about these books is the cover art. The pictures are awesome... BUT THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORY! None of them do. What's up with that?
With that said, you need to listen to this series. It's good.
This is the first of the four books that I actively enjoyed (bits of) so far! The template that books one through three followed almost slavishly has been at least partly done away with and the sub-plots are doing interesting things at last!
The good things from the previous books carry through like the actions between opposing fleets, although the final battle of the book left even me wondering if the maneuvering descriptions could have been slightly more, well, descriptive and slightly less a list of exactly what commands Geary gave (especially since one of the earlier books goes to great pains to point out that the commands could never be issued verbally to the other ship captains for execution due to requirements for speed of transmission and execution). Additionally, some of the major characters start acting far more like humans and have ranges of emotion.
On the down side: Rione's relationship with Geary goes into an unbelievable super-bipolar mode almost immediately (around chapter 3) and I found the characterisation of both Rione and Desjani throughout the book quite disappointing (I simply can not believe that the character Rione was depicted as through the previous three books would buy into the petty sniping and bickering that is attributed to her) and actively detracted from the overall plot.
I was interested to discover the introduction to Lost Fleet: Relentless where Campbell/Hemry talks about REQUIREMENTS from his publishers with regard to word count. I'm beginning to wonder if my reviews of the previous books misplace the blame on the author for stretching out the story and instead I should be getting upset with the publishers for enforcing arbitrary word limits. I stand by my earlier assessment that books one through three (and probably four) could easily have been combined into one volume.
I would listen to this story several times because Christian Rummel does such a great job at all the different voices and projects the persona so well that it is not distracting in the least when he jumps from a male to a female voice. Excellent job on his part. In addition to this, these stories are extremely well written and very entertaining. They take you along a wonderful journey that you wish you could be a part of in real life.
My favorite character is Black Jack Geary; I would have loved to know someone like this in real life. Not only is he interesting and intelligent, but he keeps a very high moral ground.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
Unlike Nesbo's Harry Hole, who I'm also following, our hero in this series is a bit of an ideal. I like that. I want to believe that some people are doing exactly what they were born to do, and with honor. If you, too, want to believe in the existence of people who are not petty, political, and self-serving; then 'The Lost Fleet' will entertain and inspire. There's nothing too deep here. Just an entertaining tribute to those who serve and a bit of exploration of how, under the right conditions, an entire race can lose it's way.
Our narrator, Christian Rummel, is excellent.