This story could be told in one or two books. the story development is repetative with the same phrases and concepts repeated over and over in each book. Plot development is at a snails pace and appears just to be bait to get you to the next book....and there are lots of books in this series. The characters are shallow and do not appear to grow. The story line is interesting but does not deserve this kind of drawn out production. Since I started the series I have given up after 3 books but might by the last book just the close out the story line
last book in series, maybe
For any fans of the recent Battle Star Galactica TV series, or the Mass Effect video games, this is a great book for you. Complex ideas about space travel are written and narrated very clearly, and the political conflicts among the various ship captains really gets you behind the reluctant hero.
Great pulp science fiction!
Excellant military action with all the political officers that everyone loves to hate. Book doesn't bog down with in depth information on the hero's past, but rather gives little glimpses between major and minor plot twists.
Some fans of Space Opera will be more patient than others, with this first novel setup of protagonist internal conflict and supporting character dynamics…I will be in the more patient group and see where the Rip Van Winkle premise leads, giving the series opportunity to surprise me with something other than easily predictable directions. I'm not turned off just yet,, (the pots on the burner,, just no bubbles yet)...
I read this book shortly after it was published several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. When I stumbled across it on Audible, I was ecstatic, but even more so when I found out that between the time when I read the first book of this series several years ago and now, five more books have been added to this great series. I think I will enjoy listening through the series.
Probably the thing I enjoyed most about this book is that it has a strong sense of realism. I know that realistic Sci-fi is kind of an oxymoron, but this book does a good job. The way the weapons work, ships move, fleets interact etc. all combine to make the story feel real.
This is perhaps because of the authors previous naval experience.
All in all, a very good listen. Narrated very well and there are times in the book where I was on a knife's edge during a tense spot of the book and then five minutes later laughing out loud at some of the humor in this book's (well written) dialogues.
This is a great series. The battles take a more realistic approach to dealing with vast distances in space that I find fascinating. Great Characters too - realistic, fallible...
Using the Jump Point to jump away from Alliance Space
Yes, absolutely. A great book for a road trip! Also one that, if you can't listen to it in one go, keeps your mind drifting back to it wondering what will happen next...
Great start to a series. I look forward to where it will lead!
If you like hard (okay, maybe just a little squishy) science fiction with a huge dose of drama and solid, if not overly deep, characters, Jack Campbell is an author to keep on your list. I've listened to the whole Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier series', and there wasn't a slow or disappointing book in the bunch.
It's all about politics and space combat, and a clash of cultures that could ultimately save humanity.
My only complaint (and it's really petty), is that by naming the books after random ships it's a little hard to keep track of what order they come in. I needed a cheat sheet that I kept on a memo in my Blackberry so I knew in what order to listen.
I said it was petty.
Great narration by Christian Rummel. For space opera and science fiction fans these are a great listen.
I don't like to listen to things twice
The captain; I knew more about him and he was the most fleshed out.
I really like the way Christian Rummel's way of performing, providing inflection, thought, feeling and different voices for different characters.
I don't own the print version.
The very begining of the book. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who has not read the book.
Yes. I think Christian Rummel is one of the better narrators on Audible.
Not really, but the overall flow of the book is excellent.
Overall one of the best Space Battle book I've ever heard.
Yes without hesitation, It has the realty of what future turmoil has install for the human race.
It gave an actuate human side of a predicted future events.
The fleet commander John Geary fighting with his alter ego Black Jack.
Just read it, it's realistic for science fiction.