Reading or listening, this book is just fun. The listening experience gave an increased sense of fun to a light read. It extended the pleasure over a longer period than I would ordinarily have experience. I read quite quickly and would have ripped through this book in an evening. The audio version gave me more time to savor the story. Even a light story can be enjoyed this way. This is one of the primary selling points about audio books.
This book is similar in tone to the Honor Harrington or John Ringo. It has a fast pace with one problem after another. It differs in that the enemy is never really shown or defined except as perhaps the Establishment. Characters are sketched and too often killed. There is no love interest, sex, any sort of objectionable reference., It does have a definite political overtone as do many of the books in the genre. It is lighter than Honor Harrington and less violent than Ringo.
This is my first experience with his narration. He had a good pace, voice, and diction.
War in Low gravity is the New Frontier for the Corps. One where Stark leads one shot at a time.
It's a good series, light and funny, I recommend it on that basis.
too much like real life if or if you every wanted to know what war really is like get this book
There was too much separation between the enlisted and officers. The author did not sell me on the fact decisions were made on made up numbers. A good author would have developed the story line the was remotely believable.
I like the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell, so I hate to say anything negative, but this book is just... not very good. The characters are 2 dimensional at best. The plot is pretty standard "soldiers go where they are ordered and fight who they are told to fight" books, and the dialog is incredibly repetitive. The characters have the same conversations over and over again about how stupid the officers are, and how civilians don't understand the military, and how stupid the officers are and so on. The combat is not very well written either. The physics of fighting with projectile weapons on the Moon isn't addressed, And the logistics of fighting that far away from the factories on Earth seem to be an afterthought. It is a very early book for Campbell, and it really shows. Listen to anything else by him.
It is difficult to rank Stark's War against the Other Jack Cambell Books I've read, but it is among my favorite.
The quick pace, humor, excellent story telling and plot with believable characters and situations.
That is a toss up between when when Stark covered the retreat of the Platoon and the confrontation between Sgt. Reynolds and Stark after he "fragged," their captain.
I laughed a lot and Jack Campbell, also caused me to think while I was laughing about the possibility of this becoming reality and not fiction.
The narrator was excellent with a variety of voices that stayed consistent. hHe brought the story to life with good delivery and timing.
Don't get me wrong, the underlying message and premise of this story was solid. Unfortunately, the author repeatedly slapped his audience in the head with his messages. Nothing subtle here, and it did the story a disservice.
The book did entertain me, but it could have been much more nuanced. The narrator was pretty good, but was a bit deadpan when not doing voices.
So, if you're interested in seeing what one author thinks of what military / civilian/ governmental relationships will look like in the distant future, give this one a listen, but don't expect too much.
Of note, the author does indicate this is his first novel, so you must take that into consideration. I'm assuming his writing style has matured since then.