I picked this novel based on customer feedback, I bought the first two books in fact. I can see how the story would just go on and on. I found the books monotonous after a while with the extremely in depth descriptons of the battles taking up much of the story. Seeing how the story never seems to end I doubt I will continue with the series.
Narration was quite good however.
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.
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.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I think it is interesting that the book starts out with an Intro where the author, tells you his name is Jack G. Henry not Jack Campbell. I don't understand the use of a pen name, if your going to tell us right away that ain't your name.
If you have not read the first, do not go pass go, and get Lost Fleet: Dauntless. These books build upon each other and you need to read them in order. I did like this book a little better. There was less of the "I am scared of being a hero" and more story.
CAPT. NEMOES IS SO DENSE, I AM SURPRISED HE DOESN'T HAVE IS OWN EVENT HORIZON.
I really like the co-president character. She is trying to make sure Black Jack does not get the big head or become just like his enemies. While Geary surrounds himself with yes men and yes women, Reone is not a yes woman, Except when it comes to sex. I do like also that they don't try to deny that humans need sex. Although Capt Geary his pretty dense when it comes to women and Co-presdent Reone almost has to rape him.
Falco reminded me a little of my wife. Once when I accused my wife of 35 years that she would never admit when she is wrong, she responded by saying she could admit when she was wrong, but it had not happened yet.
I was disappointed in how fantastic all of Black Jack Geary's plans came out. Everything almost always seems to go exactly as planned. I was excited when Falco appeared, believing that would lead to some real conflicts, but Falco leaves so soon after showing up and then does exactly as Geary predicts that it really was not much of a confrontation. Real life does not work out that great.
Narrator is excellent.
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.
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
I'll definitely listen to the rest of the series. it is an interesting story and the author makes it easy to understand. good story telling, great performance by narrator and highly enjoyable to listen.