The least helpful reviewer on audible.
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!
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
The series is well written. It is, however, predictable. I enjoyed listening to it, It was very "boys own adventure" in space. An impossible hero and an equally impossible relationship that works out in the end in perhaps the soppiest ending I have ever heard/read in my life. It made me smile. So yes it's cheesey and it's really really obvious, like a brick in the face but it is fun. I mean it's nice every now and then to get on a roller coaster, you know that the danger is false, you know what happens to you but you enjoy it anyway once in a while. That's this series.
Zipping through the universe at sub-light speeds, trudging through the story arch at a glacial pace. More of the same repetitiveness, constant word-stuffing references seemingly only to achieve the publisher's demand to reach 90,000 words and his relationship with Captain Tanya Desjani has ruined the dynamic between them. She is beginning to nag him (her superior) over his tendencies to continually get into a funk and he is beginning to show all the traits of a hen-pecked husband without even to joys of a sexual relationship.
Avid science fiction & fantasy reader.
Not worth the money or token. It feels like 25% of the book is devoted to explaining what happened in the last four books.
Yes, the story is interesting, but it is so obviously diluted with repetitive descriptions that I couldn't enjoy it at all.
I'm sorry I bought the book, even though I got it as part of a 2 books for 1 credit.
YES, I love the entire storyline.
The proper military doctrine, rules, and customs.
The exciting battle scenes.
Yes the sacrifices that men and women made to save the fleet was amazing.
I bought the whole series and am re-listening to it! About 4 weeks of books!
Details of the plot
Continue growth of good human nature
Hold on, another great movie
If you like hard (okay, maybe just a little squishy) science fiction with a huge dose of drama and solid, if not overly deep, characters, Jack Campbell is an author to keep on your list. I've listened to the whole Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier series', and there wasn't a slow or disappointing book in the bunch.
It's all about politics and space combat, and a clash of cultures that could ultimately save humanity.
My only complaint (and it's really petty), is that by naming the books after random ships it's a little hard to keep track of what order they come in. I needed a cheat sheet that I kept on a memo in my Blackberry so I knew in what order to listen.
I said it was petty.
Great narration by Christian Rummel. For space opera and science fiction fans these are a great listen.