Since I haven't listened to the whole series yet, I can just judge this one book. I suspect I'll really enjoy the rest of the series however.
I won't say that this is as good as a classic like Heinlein's Starship Troopers (one of my all time favorites) but I really, really enjoy reading scifi written by someone with personal knowledge of military life.
If you like military scifi, definitely give it a listen.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I read this book via the Audible version - the narration (by Christian Rummel) was good; well paced, well toned and easy to listen to. It is a fairly easy read, developing plot along the lines of managing a large fleet of ships in enemy space. I am looking forward to further books in the series.
The Good: The space battles are interesting. The story and its universe showed promise.
The Bad: The dialog is dumb and really repetitive (this includes internal dialog). It feels like a broken record. It would be an interesting (not fun, interesting) project to count how many times the author repeats the characters feelings about being worshiped. I know its part of the character, but we have to read a paragraph about his feelings about it every 3-4 pages. I love books that explain their character's thoughts and motivations, but explaining the same thought hundreds of times just shows that these characters have no depth.
Its no Enders Game and it isn't going to win a nebula but its a damn good book that keeps you glued to it from beginning to end. I am going to check out the rest of the series.
I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.
Don't waste your money on what is perhaps half a novel at best. Believe me when I say that this is the most generic form of sci-fi there is.
I have always been a StarWars reader, got this book by mistake. but I listened to it, then the rest of the series, and was amazed. I have since listened to this series, and his two others 4 or 5 times, well done. I loved them the history of the navy, the movements of the fleet, the explainatiuons of what was happening, and it wasnt mushy even with two warring women! Mr Cambell I applaude you. as an avid reader it takes alot to get me away from Anne McCraffrey, and Starwars. owning over 12000 books, I add yours to my most loved shelf. and hope to see more from you soon.
I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging the story & characters were and how well the book was written. The author's emphasis on the value of morals, honor, mercy and the value of human life during war and even in the face of a cruel enemy was simple yet profound. It seemed very timely with so much of what is going on in the world today and in the military. Although the book deals with serious and mature material the book lacked any major profanity which allowed me to enjoy it with my kids in the back seat. I look forward to the next book.
I loved the complete lost fleet series. The naration was good and the story even better. This is what I want in a good sci-fi book. If you like Honor harrington and old man's war than you are going to like this too. And it's nice that jack campbell does an intro on some of these books. Allthough he sometimes tend to give away some of the story to much ;-).
The overall series is ok but the author repeats himself constantly. Did I mention that he repeats himself. Each and EVERY book he retells the entire story from the beginning. That means that the first book is good and each one afterwords gets more frustrating. If he had cut out the repetitive parts the series would be much better and more cohesive.
The other thing about the series that I don't like is the way that the author wrote the 2 main female characters. They are uninspiring and many times I wanted to smack the author for the things that they said to the main character. I was at first glad to hear that the author had a female character in a strong role. But the bickering and in-fighting between the leads was horrible.
The reader is a good one.
All I can say is if you like space combat, this book may be for you. Just don't expect BSG type combat. This is considerably more realistic and slow compared to other SciFi combat. But just as exciting.