part of greatness
It's not just one moment, but a whole series of moments a long the same track. It's how much things have changed during Geary's 100 year sleep, and it's because of the war that's raged on during that whole time. Almost everything Geary was familiar with from technology, procedures, protocols, strategies, tactics, beliefs, and even the rules of war have changed. So with all of those things that Geary considered standard practice being forgotten or changed and command of the fleet suddenly dropped on him while deep in enemy territory, he has to figure out how to lead the lost fleet home in more ways than one.
Seeing all of that play out throughout the entire series is my most memorable moment.
Jack Campbell created this amazing story with a lot of characters and conflicts, but Christian Rummel brings that story and its characters to life. Christian Rummel has this great way of injecting and emphasizing emotions in the narrative and the characters in any situation. It draws you in and makes you really feel what Jack Campbell wrote.I was also very impressed at how consistent Christian Rummel was at voicing all the characters throughout the entire series, especially given how many characters there were and how varied he made their voices.
If you're looking for a good military Sci-fi series, then this is a fantastic one to pick up. I just finished The Lost Fleet series last week, and loved every moment of it. Christian Rummel's narrative performance does an AMAZING job at making everything and everyone in Jack Campbell's story come to life. Definite thumbs up on this series!
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I saw this book for sale & wanted to write a review for a first book I loved in a great series after reading it, plus the character John Geary continues in a newer series that is almost as good (can't make a judgement until the series ends no?). This is a great Sci-Fi for a person who is not really into Sci-fi... why? Because besides the space battles the author deals with many human emotions & what separates a group of people from another or even from possible extraterrestrial life.
The basic premise is that u have a guy who was a commander of a smaller vessel that was surprised attacked by a nation who was neutral at the time of the attack beginning a war. In the process of this attack he fights back as much as he can, saves as many crew members as he can, & then puts himself into survival sleep in cryogenics & its 'good night John Geary.' Fast forward about 100 years when a squadron of Alliance warships happen to find his cryogenic pod floating out in space. Once they revive him he realizes that the 'last stand' he had that begun the war had been immortalized & most importantly, the war is STILL GOING ON! A war between 2 nations in the universe that have been fighting nearly 100 years is not the only shock, he soon comes to also realize not only was the 'last stand' immortalized but because the government was operating on the notion that he was dead, John Geary (the protagonist) is the most famous historical war figure in a race of humans that have been at war for generations.
He quickly finds out that the stories & legends about him are nowhere near the truth nor are they accurate in describing the type of person he is. After the commander is ruthlessly dispatched by the Syndicate's (the other nation the Alliance is fighting) he holds the highest rank due to seniority (almost 100 years lol), but he takes over for an armada of ships that were sent into a trap & the series is the story of his attempt to return the sailors back to they're homes. He battles both enemies from the Syndicate side & those within his own army that don't believe he stands for what the 'true John Geary' stood for, which is a total head trip because how could someone tell u that ur ideals don't match the ideals the government created as propaganda because they believed him to be dead?
Like I said in the beginning, there are space battles & it takes place in the future, which classifies the book as Sci-fi. But it is the personal connections that he makes & the thoughts he brings from an entirely different century that make the minuet changes that will hopefully bring this 'Lost Fleet' back home. This series is EXCELLENT & besides cool space battles it is a book about human nature, the struggle for power no matter the time, & one unique story about a hero who wants nothing to do with the way the history books have made his legend into... With this legend he holds immense power with the populace ('the mob mentality'), existing government, & other universal influences. This power makes him not only a hero & god to some but also a potential danger & dictator to others. The entire series is great so plop onto ur captains chair & check it out lol.
So many fun things to do so little time
When you start this book it feels like you just got dropped into the middle of a story line but that's actually good in this case. I started listening to this book and was immediately confused but within the first chapter I was like oh now this makes sense of why the author started where he does. It does a great job of creating a premise of how this interstellar war has been waged for so long and how the soldiers fighting it have changed so much. Overall great first book of the series and I've listened to the rest now as well and like them just as much.
You'll like this if you like Battlestar Galactica. Author's attention to detail to Navy fleet details is refreshing.
I like the many voices and characterization he can pull off.
I had some bursts of laughing.
Red hair with a big head and an even bigger ego.
It reminded me a lot of the game AI War. A small fleet on the edge of destruction trying desperately to stay ahead of a much larger enemy. The technology was interesting, as was the organization of the ships and a lot of the problems they faced.
However, all the characters except the main were so obviously incompetent. Most the secondary characters felt very two dimensional. That may be something that improves as the series goes on, and I do intend to keep reading, but at least for this book I'd like little more depth of character.
Overall, I would recommend this to people looking for a quick read who enjoy shows such as Battlestar Galactica.
I have now listed to the complete series and can say without reservation that I enjoyed them all. If you’re looking for a good ride without any expectations Jack Campbell delivers. His attention to detail in space warfare along with realizing the limitations of gravity and distance is remarkable. Plot lines are straight forward and interesting. There is no pretense of deep philosophical meaning or intent, just good fun space opera.
If I had one minor negative comment it would be that humans advanced enough to travel faster than light should also have figured out how to communicate instantly over vast distances as well – quantum entanglement. After all we’re in the process of doing this now in the year 2013. Nevertheless, these books remain a very good ride and I look forward to more.
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.