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.
I tried out book one of the Lost Fleet series and was hooked. Haven't been able to set these down. Having been a career Marine during the same time as the author was in the US Navy, we shared some of the same experiences of sorts. From book 1 to now 4 I have been thrilled and thoroughly entertained for hours on end.
I usually listen to a book on my way to and from work, but find that even when I get home I'll continue to listen to the book due to its riveting nature. It is a wonderful ride not only of science fiction but also of leadership which principles are timeless.
Christian Rummel does an excellent job in this narration and is one of the better audio book narrators in the tradition of George Guidall and Patrick Tull.
If you want a read or a listen that will capture your attention and keep you on and off the edge of your seat, become a fan of "Black Jack" Geary and the Alliance Fleets struggles to return home.
Great first book of a series, the action start quickly, really easy to understand even english is not my first language.
The dicovery the lendary Black Jack Garry !!
no, in fact, this book was my first audio book ever... i'm now finishing the 3rd book of the lost fleet, and I just bought the 4th book.
Well, I like the part that John Garry reestablish the rules of war... and the way he do his best so that his ancestor would be pround of him...
You must listen at least the first book.
I have been a fan of science fiction and adventure stories for over 60 years. My first Hornblower book was read in 1960 and finding the lost fleet is just as exciting. The story is magnificent and well crafted. Black Jack is just the person all men would aspire to be.
The thrill of the fight and the heroism of the characters
First time but many more to come.
Hornblower in Space
I plan on completing the "Lost Fleet" series in order and continue on beyond the frontier
This is a really fascinating story and of my favorite type: hardcore deep space warfare story. I highly recommend it and I will go straight into the following books of this series.
I picked up this book at Audible about a month ago and now have the entire series. They have been hard to put down because they have a plausible premise that is extremely well executed by the author. The premise: a ship captain who was presumed killed after a heroic battle at the beginning of a war that still continues 100 years later and who has been built up as a mythic hero over those years "returns from the dead" (in a reasonably plausible way, given the genre).
The hero is Captain John “Black Jack" Geary. He has been discovered in the long lost escape capsule he used as his ship was destroyed at the end of the now famous battle. The capsule has kept him in suspended animation for 100 years.
He returns to a world that is dramatically different from the one he left. 100 years of war have made casual brutality commonplace and all important decisions of the fleet are voted on by the commanders of the fleet. Black Jack’s return is certainly timely and possibly even providential. It occurs just as the fleet admiral leaves to discuss the terms of the fleet’s surrender. It seems the “Alliance" (his side of the war) has taken a risky bet to win the war and has lost the bet. The admiral’s last act is to appoint Jack as fleet commander (he thinks of Jack as a hero too, Jack does not think of himself that way) should he not return from the discussions, which, as you should expect, he does not.
Everything that flows this set of event - the struggles to get the fleet back from behind enemy lines, the envy and suspicion of Jack by other officers, etc., - make sense to me as do the changes the author describes as having happened over the past 100 years. The battle scenes are exciting and realistically written. The interpersonal relationships and how they evolve make sense. If you want Tolstoy, get War and Peace. If you want a really nifty piece of military sci-fi adventure, this is a good place to start and you won't go wrong with the rest of the series either.
In addition to a good story, I thought the performance by Mr. Rummel was nicely done.
I was addicted to this story after the first chapter. The quality of narration enhanced the mental formation of character identity in a way that was endearing.
This is a solid opening chapter in a great series. If you are looking for fast moving story this is not it, but the story that unfolds is very good and solidly detailed. The combat is some of the best I have ever read.