The characters in the book are slightly cliche. The author admits that he loved the idea of a sci-fi novel, because you can construct plausible reasons for someone coming back from the dead, and the characters seem to have that flat, "standard" feel about them. Here is the hero, back from the dead... and here is the bureaucrat who gets in the way, and here is the diplomat who knows just a little too much... probably a spy of some kind... and here is this one... and that one... etc... etc...etc... So don't expect any deep emotional connections. This just isn't a character driven story. But that's not to say its not a good story!
What builds the tension and the excitement is the technical way that these space battles are fought. The author says he pulled from his naval experience, and he translates it for the reader (listener?) very well.
Unlike the star-ship battles in most movies, where everything is very fast, with high action, and white-knuckle piloting, with fighter pilots zipping here and there, The Lost Fleet introduces the concept that there is a whole lot of SPACE in outer space. Much more like the submarine battles in Hunt for Red October, it takes time to get into range. Even lasers traveling a light speed take time to reach a target that is tens of thousands of miles away. Will the target still be there by the time the laser beam reaches it? Seeing the enemy isn't enough... You have to know how to predict where he is going to be! And if you are wrong, you can't just turn around. Gigantic starships are not known for being nimble. They have to slow down first. The technical nature of these battles are very engaging. Its easy to follow, but not oversimplified or dumbed down. The military tactics seem sound, and sensible, and exciting!
Yes... Because things take time... you are always anxious... you always want to see what happens next, and if the gable paid off!
Pretty good listen. Heavy on the 'real physics' aspects and military lingo. Voice acting is very good, with no silly sounds, and consistent characters across the whole book.
There is not much to say about this book. Everyone has read a book like this, which has characters with no depth. The dialogue is simply words on a page with little energy or emotional attachment. The entire contents of this book could have been produced in a few chapters by a better writter. I got to the end of the book still waiting for the book to start. I am not impressed. I think in the entire book there are maybe 2-3 fights between the hero and the antagonists. There were very few moments of actual intrest. There was very little in the area of universe development and very little character development. The main character only goes through 1 point of development (determining to be the leader that everyone else expects him to be.) The Main character in the last chapter is basically the same as in the first chapter. This is poorly executed. The author doesn't even understand basic story telling, conflict drives character>character drives plot> plot drives story. There really isn't a story here. When the characters in your book are still dealing with the same quandry in the last chapter as in the first, you have a bad story.I would recommend the StarFleet series if you are looking for more entertaining space epics.
I found the main character and the supporting cast very good. The concept of trying to live up to or down to your reputation that has been embellished for hundreds of years a good framework. I will listen to the whole series but am not compelled to do it immediately. This is my rationale for the four star rating. I listen to many audio books on my commute and to put me to sleep at night and found this great entertainment and the author's naval background clearly reflected in his battle and decorum sequences. It is a "Beach Read" predictable but still engaging.
Very good start to a very good series. Worth the credit. Good narration, plot, everything. Not the best series Ive ever read. But its in the top five. If you like sci-fi or space opera, I promise you wont be disappointed.
If I wanted a textbook on military strategy - in SPACE - I would buy one - oh wait, I already did. The lost fleet is dry and boring. The narrator does a nice job with a dull book but that is about the best thing I can say for this. I could not make it all the way through. This was a waste of a credit.
Exciting, Great characterization
Basically the story is about a military leader frozen for 100 years and most people think he is the greatest military commander in history, unfortunately history is never correct. He is awakened and is inadvertently put in charge of the fleet and he has to battle his way home and his reputation. The story is exciting and the charters are interesting. I was surprised how much I liked it. Got to love the Audible sales that is why I got this. This is not my normal type read but I will get the rest of this series.
I enjoyed this story. It gave me the opportunity to hear an author I've never heard before. Yes, I'm interested in hearing the rest of the story. The description describes it as blood and guts. This is not true in book one. There are no blood and guts ,just an introduction to characters and their dilemna. I say, try it, you'll really enjoy it.
Starship Troopers Shows the reason for miltary rules.
It is always best to have the author read the book
Finished it in 2 days
Steve Gibson was right again with this series! I got this whole series because of Steve Gibson's recommendation on the 'Security Now' podcast.
The story starts out with no back story and that is true with each book in the series. The story picks up right after a major battle where the 'Alliance' gets its rear handed to it. It comes down to a man 100 years out of touch with time and tactics to save the fleet. This story is a great depiction of what has happened with the military lacks true leadership and discipline. It also is a real depiction of space battles without the 'advance' technologies appearing in most science fiction movies and shows. Humans haven't evolved to the point where they can build 'Hyper' drives for each ship or 'Warp' drives either. The author took a navy fleet and put it in space as if we continued to evolve at our present rate for the next 200 years. I like the story as I've seen it played out in military units when they're allowed to go lax and a real leader shows up to put everything back in place. I began the second book immediately and it doesn't skip anything from the first book at all.