I'm quite new to the Sci-Fi genre and audiobooks, this book has had me gripped right the way from the start.
Fantastic Narration from Christian Rummel compounded by a truly remarkable ability to describe immense battles played out over vast areas of space from Jack Campbell.
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!
I had read the Stark series and thought the author had potential. I noticed the "Lost Fleet" series and after getting through some of my audible backlog tried Dauntless. After listening to an hour or two, I bought the next book in the series (and eventually the whole series). The story was interesting and the narration was good. The author took great pains to describe how you might have to fight when your speed is a fraction of the speed of light. All in all, I recommend the book to anyone who likes military science fiction.
Yes. While it is not on my top 20 must listen list, it is both an entertaining and rewarding story.
It's a guilty read, no deep thinking required, so its more about the emotions than the memories it creates. It hits all of the right 'guy' buttons.
It's a simplistic story that has been told before in various forms, but is an entertaining listen and I've downloaded the rest of the series. Highly recommend this series for a 'mulit-tasking' day.... yard work, etc.
While the story started out a bit on the rough side, it didn't take too long to get sucked right into a fast paced new universe of action. Overall, very compelling storytelling with just the right mix of science nerd and human drama.
I am looking forward to listening to the second book in the series.
Avid science fiction & fantasy reader.
The first book in this series is by far the best. Unfortunately it falls off fairly fast. The details described in the first book that give it uniqueness and help develop the characters is excellent - however it will be repeated in full detail in every remaining book of the series.
I did enjoy the book quite a bit, but I feel that I can't recommend it to other people because of the annoyance I had trying to get through the rest of the series.
Since I enjoy Christian Rummel's reading of this series I would say I prefer this audio version.
I have very much enjoyed the different levels these books have delved, without being too complex or boring. This review applies to all of the first 4 books of the series. Initially it seemed targeted strictly to the space war shoot em up fans, but has pleasantly surprised with intrigue and nice development of various characters.
This series really grew on me and now reminds me of Patrick Obrien's Master and Commander, except I have not become bored with Lost Fleet. Initially it failed to grab me but I persevered and have become hooked. The generous use of conflict, both literally against enemies and between characters who may, or may not, be friends is most enjoyable. When I first read Master and Commander I loved the naval strategies and strength of personalities that were developed in the early books, only to become bored as the later books had very few action packed sea battles and the associated tension. This series has kept my interest with plenty of relevant action and surprisingly interesting relationships.
The use of fleet tactics explained in sometimes too simple of terms was a refreshing take on space battles that often focus only on one or two characters. It is easy to see that the author was once in the Navy due to the detail he uses and the manner in which the battles are told.
The characters were a little undeveloped in this book. The book appeared to be more about the events and less about the characters. That said, each character had a unique voice and it was easy to identify with the main characters. The character development is expanded as you read the series. To me it is much like real life, in the fact that you don't truly understand minor details of the characters until you have some time to get to know them. The bold parts of their personality and clearly defined in the first book, but the details don't show up until you keep reading.
The imagined hero returns.
Very high, it is the perfect kind of book for audio. It is a book you can drive while listening to and if you miss a 1/2 a second you are ok.
I'm writing this about the entire Lost Fleet series. I have enjoyed them very much, however, this series could have been condensed into 3 maybe 4 books. There is much in some of the middle books that could have been cut. The romantic writing is really terrible but luckily you can skip by it quite quickly. Some of the battle descriptions are a bit tedious (6 degrees this at such and such a time) but not horrible. And there is some repetition of why things are called up and down, starboard and such but perhaps that is for people who have not read or listened to the others in the series.
The story line is good sci fi, I will probably try the next series after listening to another style book next.
Imagine that you are an average sailor, commanding a 3 ship escort squadron that is attacked during the opening battle of a new war. After fighting your ship until the last weapon is destroyed you jump into the last escape pod hoping that you are discovered by your own forces and not the enemy.
Now imagine that you are discovered and revived by your own forces, only to find out that 100 years has past and that the war is still raging.
This would be enough of a shock for anyone. But Jack Campbell has a few more surprises entail for Captain John Gerry. For while Gerry was asleep in his pod and humanity waged an endless war, his Alliance has used the example of courage, devotion, and military genius of Captain "Black Jack" Gerry (Hero of the Alliance) to inspire the millions of soldiers and sailors who have fought and died.
One hundred years of propaganda has turned John Gerry into a hero known as "Black Jack." So when the fleet that discovered him finds itself trapped deep in Syndicate territory on the verge of annihilation, they turn to the one man who cannot possible fail.
It's a great story. From those that worship at the alter of "Black Jack" Gerry to those who realize that the lowest Ensign has more combat experience than he does, Gerry must find a way to lead them. And there are those that have no intention of letting him succeed.
Campbell draws on his experience as a Navy officer to create a very realistic Universe. He employs real world physics in the way that the ships move and fight. And when two ships are 6 light minutes apart, the 12 minutes for a single order to be transmitted, received and acknowledged creates realistic tension and problems to be solved that most science fiction simply sidestep.
I would easily rank this series up there with the Honor Harrington novels.