I haven't read yet many of the audobooks but I would say that from those I read, this one was a really nice and welcome surprise in terms of what I've expected.
What I was pleasantly surprised the most was the fact that the author gave a lot of effort into describing tactical space combat. That applied specially in regard to the effort put into describing the space physics of transferring data from the space and responding to such data since in the "Lost Fleet" universe, various data like ship positions, scan data from the planets etc. is transferred no faster than light-speed which means that every data received by ship is something that already happened from several minutes to several hours or even days ago. Then there are specifics regarding space travel and distortion caused to ship sensors by travelling fast through space and so on. Anyway these mechanics are really nicely developed and tactical space combat is nicely described as a result.
The other layer of the story is the internal struggles within the fleet, a long lost hero with a completely different view from an era long gone suddenly takes command and his views are not necessarily the views of his captains. How does he restore order and discipline to the fleet. This is also something I consider to be the weakest point in the novel. The Alliance captains sometimes act so stupidly that is really hard to swallow. I understand the story background which tries to justify such behavior but its really hard to swallow. At moments it seems like the whole human race experienced overall IQ loss. Well, nevertheless I find the story very promising and the plot, with time, opens up even further which makes me wonder where it will take our lost fleet.
Well, its hard to pick a favorite character since the story is told from a perspective of one character but other supporting characters seems to offer a lot of promise like co-president Rione and captain Desjani, so I am looking forward to see them grow.
I am not a native speaker but I didn't find any problems with the performance. It was clear and adequately paced, not to mention that various appearing characters were nicely performed.
If you are looking for a very well sc-fi novel with believable and interesting space combat physics supplemented with inter fleet machinations and standoff with a ruthless and mostly calculating enemy (Syndics), you will not regret reading this novel. I am looking forward to listening to the remaining 5 books in this series.
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.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
This is the first book in Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" series.
It's been a long time since I read/heard a book that left me immediately ready for the next installment. I can find no fault with Christian Rummel's reading- very well done. Black Jack (our protagonist in this series) is my kind of hero. He is quietly competent and ethically sound. Maybe this series should be required reading for all public officials! I found the mix of action and intrigue to be just about right. Some reviewers have commented that, as the series progresses, the "escape" of the fleet (see publisher's intro.) is drawn out too long. We'll see. So far, I'm loving it!
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.