Off we go again! I really want to like these books but they're the same basic plot over and over again (much like my reviews of the books in this series). I like the concepts spelled out in the introduction, in theory it all sounds great, and bits of it are quite readable but the constant theme of "Geary considers his future options and has a miraculous realisation that saves the day", especially when said "miraculous realisation" is always blindingly obvious (to me at least, and I'm pretty sure to everyone else who reads them) really takes away from the story. That and the fact that the author specifically calls out his desire to write well-rounded characters...and then doesn't.
Once again though, I enjoyed the details of keeping the fleet running and the space battles and since the sub-plot is finally surfacing as an actual thing I need to read episode 4 and find out what happens next.
With regard to the narration, it meshes perfectly with the prior books as far as character voices are concerned. The only jarring note was what I assume was an Australian accent for Lieutenant Iger, that was a mistake.
Great series and recommend it highly
Listening and using ones imagination seems to be is a lost art. I can listen at any time or any place. Can't do that with print. I get more involved with the story when I listen. I prefer dramatized books but when the narrator(s) read and present the story while creating the persona of not just the main character but other important characters as well I "feel" the story better and become more excited as it unfolds. It's easy to close a book but with an audio book you don't have to. Go Captain John "Black Jack" Geary. Mr Rummel has a great ability to create other totally different individual characters when he's narrating. Great job.
The author had a couple of things to say, then beats you over the head with them. Over and over and over..
The fleet goes somewhere new. needs something, prepares for battle. The stupid captains make things difficult... Blackjack prevails.... and repeat...
The dialog and plausibility of the situations are just not believable.
Some of the voices were painful to listen to. That said it could have just been the awful dialog.
Co- president what's-her-name
There are only so many ways a limited number of phrases can be put together. The first two books in the series were sufficient to tell the story twice. The battles have few meaningful differences and the dialog just gets rotated. There are too many instances of exactly the same set of words. The predicable pattern is 1) pick a gate 2) traverse inner-space 3) emerge and have a battle in exquisite detail of ship movements and weapons fired, find the next gate and repeat. I doubt I'll go past the last two hours of book 3 I still have to listen to. The performance is excellent, unfortunately the writing is lacking.
emotions and clearer sense of personnel relationships.
This is an iffy response. I will finish listening to it, but will drop the series and find something else rather than listening to "more of the same" in book 4.
I've chosen "Mote in the eye of God" as an alternative next listen. The writing in Campbell's books is not on a par with say "The Human Division Series" by John Scalzi or the Lois Bujold or Roger Zelazny series.
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.
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!
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.