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.
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.
This book is totally dreary. The characters are paper thin as is the story. Not a single person has the slightest sense of humor and the interactions between them are mechanical. Our hero maunders on about his self doubt, failing to sound human. The end is predictable about half way through, and the narration is as flat as a pancake. I will not be continuing with the series
Dead man comes back to life to lead the fleet to victory
Star ship troopers. Similar feel.
Haven't listined to any.
No there is already one.
Anyone who likes lots of detail on how things would be done in space from an experience navy officer
I am looking for something more mystical or magical or unexpected in Si Fi
Perhaps some of the detail on how light speed and moving works, but that's the good bit for someone else
Not my cup of tea,
The Lost Fleet: Dauntless is among the best sci-fi stories I ever read/listen to; Jack Campbell’s storytelling is insightful, funny, and well paced, in the style of Mike Shepherd’s Kris Longknife and, to a lesser degree, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan and Orson Scott Card’ Ender series.
Rummel is simply fantastic; he creates believable female voices (and male ones, of course) with each its own characteristics; you always know who’s talking!
A bit too long to listen to all of it in one sitting, but I found myself going out of my way to do things that would let me listen to my iPod...
Half way through listening to this first book, I bought the rest of the series and do not regret it one bit. That’s how good it is.
I can't say I have not read the print version but the audio version is great.
Yes I did but life gts in the way.