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.
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.