John Geary has been using tactics that the Syndic and the Alliance have forgotten after 100 years of warfare. However, like all predators the Syndic is learning how to catch their prey. They hand Captain ‘Black Jack’ Geary his first defeat since taking command of the Alliance fleet. Is this the end of Alliance fleet? Have the Syndic fleet finally won? No, idea because I haven’t finished the series. This book is true to what happens in war when one side is handed an overwhelming defeat. General Patton after being handed a defeat by German forces said that a true commander feels the loss of all their people. However, a true leader must pick himself up and keep going because his people need him. Will John Geary learn this in the next book or this one?
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!
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.
Great sci-fi. If you're curious about my thoughts, see my comments for book 1.
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.
While the saga progresses, the star system encounters are becoming repetitive. Geary is becoming less assure of his role and his relationship with Captain Tanya Desjani is losing its appeal.
I like sci-fi and fantasy books Dresden Files is a must for anyone!!
Yes, to get a better grasp on the large fleet battles that take place!
The return on the Alliance!
Avid science fiction & fantasy reader.
By this point in the series, we understand the relationships between characters. We understand how the universe works. However, we are slowly dragged through in depth descriptions of both. Again.
You will be begging the narrator to skip ahead and get to some actual story and not read the parts copied and pasted from book 1.
Christian Rummel is a fantastic narrator. He does great voices and has fantastic intonation. The story is pretty good but (spoiler alert) every time Geary and Victoria Rione have alone time, i want to hurl. Its just weird. haha I had to fast forward through that part because it sounded like a dapper young man and an old lady who has smoked too many Virginia slims getting it on. :) Nevertheless, this is a pretty good series and I've enjoyed it. I look forward to the other books.
I doubt it.
Sure not on my list of must read author's.
Disappointment at being such a sucker to buy it.
Unique, detailed, suspenseful
The whole series is geared towards those of us who enjoy the mixing of science, strategy, and the action of warfare in a well written book.
Christian Rummel does a great job on every character, but I think he really gets into the 'mind' of Victoria Rione and John Geary in terms of performance. He gives voices to the minds and personality rather than the more simple (though still difficult) form of simply giving an accent or tone to dialog. He helps you feel as if Victoria Rione is staring at you coolly, not Blackjack Geary.
Angry Birds physics meets naval space warfare
This whole series is worth the read / listen. Though they could be a little longer!