I found this second installment a tad more exiting than the first one. My initial complaints and hang-ups about the first book still stand: there little to no visual cues outside of space battles, we're stuck on the bridge with Geary, and the supporting cast still seems to have little to no depth. The brave Captain did seem to ease up on the reminding us about his self doubt every other thought, so I was encouraged by that.
This second book introduced some new problems other than enemy ships. There were some interesting logistical conundrums to iron out like supply shortage and some new characters with very distinct (albeit, still not bright) personalities. I imagined Captain Falco to be the very stereotype of the futuristic space captain, complete with a dimpled chin and a hands-on-hips stance for every sentence that is confidently stated. Rummel did another excellent reading and this book seemed to fly by - I was incredibly surprised when I reached the end. I'm taking that as a good sign and I'll be moving on to the next book.
These books represent no stroke of brilliance. It is Master and Commander Go to Outer Space. It draws heavily on the author's real-world experience in the Navy. That makes it feel almost historical and real.
I compare two categories of science fiction. Some elucidate a brilliant new idea and its consequences. Others, this kind, use a change of context simply to tell a story. Both have their place. Each has different pitfalls for author and listener. This book avoids them quite well.
This is the second that I have read and it is every bit as good as the first. In both cases, I can see some flaws. The author is a Navy-guy, not a literature guy. His prose is grounded. His relationships are, shall we say, not as well reasoned as his space warfare concepts. But the flaws are minor and the pleasures great.
Each time the protagonist has to figure a way out of some box for his fleet, it's just great. The author goes to great lengths to imagine real solutions to real problems of space warfare. The plotting is good. This is a fun, interesting book. Having read two of the books, I will read the rest.
Wasn't a huge fan a the first book. While it did have superior space battle action scenes, the character development was very lacking. Since I put in some money to get the first installment, I decided to give it a second chance and was very happy I did. This book left me wanting more. The battle scenes were among the best I've ever read. Campbell grabbed my imagination right away and I am in for the long haul.
Exciting, suspenseful, satisfying
Dauntless, the first in this series which was great and this was even better. Fearless the Narration was just as good and the story was better as you get to see the relationships evolve and the Fleet mature and more questions arise.
the first book got me hooked and this one kept me wanting more. I recommend both this this book and the first in the series and I just downloaded the third because I can't wait to hear how this story continues.
Not as good as the first book in the series, but it was a good follow-up to it. The characters' personality and etc. are not detailed as was in the first book, but I guess they don't have to as there are only a few new characters. I loved the space battles descriptions; they feel more real than any other SF story. However, the love relationship between "Black Jack" and "Madame Co President" feels forced, like it was added later. Another thing that I didn't care for is the first book seemed to go on for a long time while this book seemed short and abrupt.
As if Captain John Geary didn't have enough to worry about with his command of the fleet shaky as it was even after he had saved them all. The author through in a curve ball that we had to expect was coming. It was in the form of Captain Falco who Geary liberated from a POW camp. He reminds me of Marine/Army officers I knew and had come from well off families. They were simply there to do their time and then go off to careers in politics or corporate board rooms. Captain Falco has the idea that many today have concerning congress and that is that they can do it better. Can they? Geary has to deal with this very issue and keep his fleet together and despite another victory here in this book will he keep the command living up to 'fearless?' The author sticks true to the military way and to science fiction.
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!
If you read my review of book one in this series, you will know that I hated the fact that it didn't feel like it had an ending. In fact, I returned the book so I can't rescind my bad review of it (although the caveat still stands: these books do not end -- they draw you in to the next one).
Christian Rummel is the most amazing narrator of any audio book I have listened to. This series is an epic saga with dozens of characters and he gives each one a unique voice and personality. Not only that, but they are consistent over the six books of this series and on into the second series.
Yes. You may have caught that... I am hooked. After a few weeks it kept eating at me and I had to get book two, then book three... As I write this I have listened to all six books and so far the first two books of the sequel series.
The battles are exciting, the relationships are engaging and the character arc is compelling.
I assume that if you got this far you are already hooked, so just relax, credits in hand, and enjoy the ride.
I still took one star off the story rating solely due to the fact that I personally do not like the fact that this series is written so that you can't read just one.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
If you like your fiction with a little science, you'll probably like the 'Lost Fleet' series. Don't expect radical new ideas or cosmology on the fringe. This is what you might call "practical sf." I love the main character. He's the kind of person that I could serve under with confidence and loyalty.
If I remember correctly, some reviewers complained that the battle elements are excessive. I disagree. I think the books include just the right balance of action vs. character development, even though I have to admit that the characters don't have extreme depth.
You won't find any really clever ideas here, but it's good solid writing. I'll continue to the next volume.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
This is almost like a continuation of the various Star Trek TV series - with three dimensional characters, great, well structured stories and .... Okay I love this series. It's that simple.