I cant say enough good things about this series. Wonderfully paced drama, great characters, truly amazing and entertaining space battles that don't get bogged down in the minutiae of technology.
He takes all the best parts of Weber and Drake and combines it with the wonderful pacing and action of John Ringo.
I do agree however, that this series MUST be read from book one.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
The only problem with this series is - the later books are too short and it's too long between books.
This book details what many never saw coming, an end to the retreat from syndic territory! As Geary and his fleet make their way to the very cusp of alliance space they are seemingly assaulted by every impediment imaginable as they are confronted by overwhelming enemy forces, internal sabotage, alien treachery, and, worst of all, dwindling resources! It all comes together in a climactic battle where the most mundane of threats could snatch victory from the fleet on the threshold of safety. A well-designed, riveting end to the chase!
This Series in very entertaining, the narration is very nicely done. A good listen with great space battles and good character development. I've listened to the complete series and the spin-offs and the time flew by. The humor in it is very well done as well. The story is not very deep, or philosophical, just great fun with likable characters. very enjoyable.
Well not really the finale as there is one more book in the series. This is an excellent read as has been the entire series. I would have to say that Christian Rummel is one of the best narrators that I have heard to date. Outstanding story equaled by a great performance!
I was very pleased to see that the final two episodes in this series were available so we could wrap up the story of BlackJack Geary and tie up the loose ends.
Except for the whiny, annoying, meddlesome Co-President Rionne, I enjoyed all the characters, but the battle scenes were what made it all worthwhile, especially since they take place in three dimensions. A guy's series, but a lot of fun, light reading.
Sci-Fi militaristic drama - easy drama, heavy military lingo and technology. Definitely interesting and fun to read. I don't feel inclined to rush into buying another in the series, just yet, but would definitely read another one.
Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.
This book sets the scene for a series which is remarkably good military science fiction. It is fairly obvious that the author has more than a passing acquaintance with military discipline. It is predicated on the notion of the revival of a former starship captain from a survival capsule against all the odds and much later in time. As a result of an atrocity, he finds himself in command of a fleet locked in deadly combat with a totalitarian enemy. As a consequence, he is nonplussed by the change in military culture which seriously tests him, while dealing with the civilian representative of allied governments proves to be a double-edged sword. He is confronted by internal dissension and an air of distrust. Being a legend brought back to life comes as quite a shock. He exhibits all the insecurity of a man out of time, whose past deeds have been used as propaganda and to a certain extent, embellished beyond belief. Anyone familiar with command will identify with some of the problems he faces but I do not intend to give anything more away.
The characterization of Black Jack is well realized although some of the others do not have sufficient depth in my view. For example, very brief descriptions of some important actors leave the listener really wondering whether they are 7 feet tall or 5 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds. But the stories in this series knit together very well and the narration by Christian Rummel is, as usual, outstanding. For sheer enjoyment and with sufficient hooks in the storylines, this is a series to savor and listen to more than once.
I admit, I was anticipating some "relentless" puns as part of this review but over the course of Valiant and Relentless the story has taken a dramatic turn for the better. I still have my quibbles but at least we're not recycling the same story over and over again like the first three books.
I'm still feeling that this series would have been a lot better off as maybe a duology/trilogy because a lot of time and effort goes into recaps and a lot of scenes feel forced as explanations are replayed for the umpteenth time (when chapter two kicked off yet another marveling rendition of the conference room technology I think I may have audibly sighed). Same deal with things that should just be extra descriptive detail on the characters, in chapter four there's a scene where "Geary never expected to be able to joke about his past being so long ago" which is fine, except he also felt that late in book four too.
I'm still not thrilled about the technology and effort that's gone into explaining it, the path toward technobabble that was tentatively blazed by Valiant's "self-sustaining probability modulation on a quantum scale" has not been followed thankfully but I'd still like to know more about the shielding and inertial dampening, the Hypernet gates too actually although that's obviously less likely to be possible!
I don't think a lot more is going on with characters here either, right up front in chapter one there's an abruptly personal argument between Geary and Desjani that I guess was borne of events from Valiant...somehow, it really didn't gel with the closing chapters of Valiant and the conclusions that those two came to. Rione and Desjani are still refusing to talk to each other, which really is quite annoying.
All in all, it's a story with a set of familiar characters that (perhaps a little too neatly) ties up all the previous sub-plots bar one, which I assume will be the focus of Victorious. I'm looking forward to finishing that book, at which point I'm going to declare myself done - regardless of how it ends. If you enjoyed all the previous books, you'll definitely enjoy this one, and the inverse also applies.
Geary finally get the fleet home with the ‘Syndics’ using them the whole way as a war rallying point. With the Syndics mounting all their ships to one final attack on Geary and the fleet will he make it to safety? Read the books to find out! No spoilers here at all.
The story line continues to follow along with what is really happening within our real military forces. Except the intentional plotting to kill your leadership. We see the ones behind the plans to ‘kill Black Jack’ finally outed and like anyone who knows their going down they take everyone they can with them, but with a twist. People rarely look at the long term result of their actions and when they're forced to they get scared real quick.
At the end of the book we see that Admiral Block wasn't alone in his aspirations. Captain Falco was more like Admiral Block in the end than was expected. The question is what about the of the ‘Admiralty’ and what they will do.
We also get to see the ‘Alliance Government.’ If you’re mad at our government for the intentional blockade they've found themselves in then the ‘Alliance Government’ will shock you.
In the end of the book a whole new path is opening. I can see this series as the ‘Dune’ series as never ending. I just found on Audible the two sub story lines and I will pass on them. Time for a new series because this one is becoming predictable as ‘Dune’ did.. Any recommendations from Steve Gibson?