I thoroughly enjoyed the voice acting and the story. I read the first book in the series and listened to the second, it was nice to hear how all the names should really be pronounced. If you like a good space fleet battle, Honor Harrington style, I think you would like this series.
The story continues...actually, this could almost literally be the same book as Dauntless, it's the same basic plot, leading up to a similar set piece "finale" closing out with a teaser for the subsequent book. The minimal differences come from a new physical location and a slightly stronger threat to Geary from inside the fleet. The major characters reveal slightly more detail with regard to their history but don't develop beyond the boundaries reached in Dauntless. The baddies remain nearly irredeemably bad (to be fair, there are efforts to explain the motivations of the main antagonist) and the goodies continue to lead the charge for universal truth, justice and liberty.
Unfortunately this book continued to strain credulity. There's some really tenuous connect-the-dots going on in the lurking sub-plot. The 100-year war that has managed to pound all traces of intelligence out of the Fleet through raw attrition seemed a harsh juxtaposition against the (SPOILER ALERT: SLIGHT SPOILER IN THIS SENTENCE) sudden discovery of a literal physics genius commanding one of the fleet ships (YOU'RE GOOD TO KEEP READING FROM HERE) and the changes wrought on the fleet by Captain Geary continues to strike me as things that would obvious to even the dullest of people that were still trusted enough to be given charge of what would have to be a very, very expensive piece of equipment (not to mention the numerous lives entrusted to their care).
I'm still reading because the naval theory seems sound (to my civilian mind anyway) and I enjoy that kind of thing. After completing book two I have quite a strong feeling that I know how book three is going to play out and I can't help but feel that this six volume series could probably have been edited down into a more palatable trilogy. But, I've started and I really hate not finishing things so I'm going to push on!
Campbell continues to develop the saga of the lost fleet as "Black Jack" Geary struggles to maintain command of the fleet that views him as some sort of larger than life hero. His main tool is to retrain the fleet in the more sophisticated battle knowledge of an earlier time -- techniques and strategies that have been lost with the deaths of so many space navy commanders over a century of conflict. This creates opponents among the fleet captains who prefer their own glory-seeking methods, even while his continuing success against enemy fleets reinforces the hero worship of his crews - a hero worship he wants to reject.
The second book of the Lost Fleet series is another example of the talent of Jack Campbell (aka John G Hemry). There are a couple of mistakes in the book, but unless you are looking for them you'll miss them until your third or fourth read through. Every book has it's errors, but Campbell's errors are so small and so few they are easily missed. Campbell's attempt at incorporating real world physics into space battles are a proven success and he is slowly incorporating real world politics and diplomacy into his storyline. He proves that he is very familiar with how both work in the military world and molds them seamlessly into his story. By reading this series you are observing a very good writer slowly build up his knowledge and moving toward Hall of Fame status.
Christian Rummel is back and does a very good job continuing the story of Captian "Black Jack" Geary. Rummel's voice character development is very good and makes the story come to life. He brings Campbell's world to full color and life with his verbal theatrics.
I really like this series. I don't think it's the greatest thing I've ever read but it's very well written with great detail given to military viewpoints, procedures, strategy and tactics. Additionally, it seems to handle the scientific logic exceptionally well. I do feel it lacks really good, riveting characters unfortunately and the narrator doesn't do much to help with that.
I don't mind low-key narrators at all - most of my favorite narrators are low-key (Jonathan Davis, Robertson Dean and Lloyd James.) Christian Rummel doesn't do a bad job at all in my opinion but I just feel like his match with this book lacks something. Or maybe it's the story that lacks the character and Christian Rummel just can't quite breath life into the characters because of that. Either way, it hurts the performance.
All told, however, I highly recommend this series to fellow fan of military science fiction. It's well worth the credits I think.
To be honest I was enjoying the books so far, but for a battle field commander to let discipline go in an organization that he's trying to renew discipline is not like any military I know. Jake wants to get control to make sure that those who have done something wrong will be punished, but he's a contradiction by not executing those after have a court martial. No US commander would allow that. Not mad dog Mattis, not General Petraeus not any commander that wants what Jake wants which is to gain discipline to get men back home.
I was very disappointed by the author John Hemry a Naval Officer to have such a weak belief and setup.
Possible slight spoiler alert...
I am listening to this book for the action (which is outstanding by the way), but not for the illicit love scenes. I understand that a lot of people do foolish things like that, but if it is going to be mentioned, it shouldn't be in detail.
Other than that problem, this book was very well written, very detailed in the right spots, and a nice touch where he almost gives into his desires.
The detailed descriptions of worlds and battles as well as characters would normally put me to sleep. Here is makes the story come alive instead. Can't really say what the key is. But it's good