This is an awesome series! I am a truck driver and have loved listening to this series for the past 2 weeks. I look forward to starting my day and driving just to listen to more of the story.
I have really enjoyed the series. Each book is getting better than the last. I just bought the last book to enjoy, bittersweet that the story will be over soon.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
It's been a long journey home for Black Jack and the Alliance fleet. This is my favorite book in the series so far. Relentless is filled with more than just ship battles. There's a ton of political maneuvering by factions within the fleet. Betrayal, heartbreak, and more are in the book. If you were starting to feel a little worn out by this series, Relentless is a huge shot in the arm. As the fleet nears home, the Syndics prepare for a last stand. The fleet faces it's toughest challenge yet as the internal strife comes to a head, and fleet supplies dwindle.
My favorite parts of the book are easily the fleet conferences. Usually they're boring and standard meetings, but in Relentless, they really get into a lot of the motivations of different characters. That along with the marine operations, really shine in this book.
The fleet actions are standard fare along the lines of the last few books, exciting, but nothing we haven't heard before.
I will say, Christian Rummel was either off point, or the studio it was recorded in got some new equipment because the mix was different than books 1-4. He also pronounced some words differently which takes some of the immersion in the story out. It's still a great book and a MUST read if you're into the series.
The tension continues to build, and it's hard not to keep listening for just a little bit longer, which turns into hours later. Good plot twists and new character developments keep the story interesting.
I have listen or read at least 5 books in this series. I find them all fantastic so far.
Thanks Christian Rumble for a great performance.
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After listening to the first four books in this series back to back I decided to take a break from it for a while. I am glad I did. It felt like coming back to old friends.
This book, like the first four, does the same things right (ie. space ship battles, military leadership decisions, navel sentiments ect.) and the same things wrong (mainly the mind numbing, melodramatic love triangle garbage).
Anyone deciding on whether or not to purchase this audio book has surely listened to its predecessors at this point and will be pleased to know that while the story doesn't end here there are a lot of things resolved in this installment.
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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?
One of the most frustrating things about novels that deal with intergalactic conflict is that the author usually does not understand the subject matter fully. Good authors know what they don't know and let the reader's imagination fill in the blanks. Bad authors will work with subject matters which they have little or no knowledge of and torture the knowledgable reader. A good example of this is "hyperdrive". For some reason, some authors feel it is necessary to go over the technical details of how a hyperdrive system works. Usually they end up failing because the technology has so many holes in it. A good author will just say that they used a hyperdrive system to get from Point A to Point B, and leave it up your imagination as to how the system worked (I recommend Michio Kaku's "Parallel Worlds" for a good explanation of how a hyperdrive system might work. He also has a theory on how one might travel to another universe.).
John G. Hemry (Jack Campbell) knows his stuff and it shows. He has such a broad knowledge base about his subject that it makes it believable and compelling. I really enjoyed his fleet engagements, the interpersonal relationships, the sociopolitical intrigue. All this experience comes from his career in the Navy and working at the Pentagon. He comes across as being quite intelligent and thoughtful.
I like his writing style too. It is very fast pace and efficient. By the first or second chapter, you're into the action. There is not a lot of time wasted setting up the storyline. Boom, boom, boom, you're in. Hold on!