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.
no one I can think of
the biggest waste of time I've had in a long time
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 author states that his book is based around two premises. What would it be like to have a space fleet retreat through hostile territory. Which he delivers on very well and it makes for a great story. The fleet battle scenes are great!
He also wonders what would it be like dealing if the main character was considered a hero but didn't think he was. This part of the story is very dull and makes the protagonist seem whiney and weak. The reason for this is that the character never grows, he never discovers more about himself and changes for the better. Instead he continues to lament his "hero" status and tries to get those around him to change instead. Unfortunately the side characters are one dimensional cardboard characters.
So in summary; great idea but the main character gets in the way of a great read.